Nothin’ But Gnat – An Evening On The Housatonic

My first trip of the year to the Housatonic River is a mix of anticipation and trepidation.   The hour long ride through northwest Connecticut is relaxing, and the back roads remind me what a beautiful state this is. The scenery becomes lush and canopied, and the car’s outside temperature gauge drops by a few degrees. […]

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A Night for Bass

Spring has taken its sweet time coming to the northeast. Between cold, rain and most recently tornadoes, there has been little time to fish. After a full day of playing catch up on yard work and chores, I had roughly 2 hours to fish. Traveling to a decent trout stream would take about half of […]

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Renewal

It’s 11 degrees outside as I write this last post of 2017. The pellet stove runs nonstop. Tippet wears a sweater and completes her outside breaks in record time. I’m usually covered in some combination of wool, down and fleece before I step outside. In short, winter is here. The amount of daylight is much too […]

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Fishing Dog

Nothing like sharing your love for fly fishing with your pet. They don’t try to get in your spot, second guess your fly selection, and rarely comment on the size of the fish you caught. In short, they are great fishing buddies. About a month ago, I adopted Tippet, a rescue dog. She is a […]

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Fish Per Minute

Or at least it seemed that way. With temps still in the 80’s, I decided to give the trout a break and focus on Housatonic smallies with streamers. I was not disappointed. The bite was on from the minute I arrived. Often they were hitting the streamer as soon as it touched the water, acting […]

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Ankle-Deep

Sometimes turning right or left makes all the difference. In this case it was a left. I pulled off the main road on to a cul de sac side street. A gas station, multifamily homes and a two-story commercial building lined the sides of the well-traveled path. A half mile downstream is a TMA, regularly […]

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On The Fly Show #7: Open House at Angler’s Den

This was our second on-location shoot at Angler’s Den in Pawling, NY. Each year it just gets better. It was another great day and a well-attended event, with much milder weather. This year we spent some time watching great fly tiers at work, including Frank DeGrazio, Nicole Seymour and “Steelhead” Steve Yewchuck. We also learned about Art […]

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Product Review: Fishpond Buckhorn Sling

Had a chance to review the Fishpond Buckhorn Sling for the past few weeks. I’ve used other Fishpond products before, and find them to be well constructed  with plenty of useful features.  Here are a few of the specifics from the product spec for the Buckhorn Sling: Cyclepond Fishpond fabric YKK Aquaguard #8 external water resistant zippered […]

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Did I Catch One Fish or Two? A Sad and Tangled Tail

Took advantage of one of the last mild days in December and hit the Housatonic River for an afternoon. Had the water to myself. The solitude was welcome. I soaked in the beautiful day, which felt more like October than December. The train was one of the few interruptions. My olive and tinsel streamer connected […]

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A Fall Day on the Housatonic

This is the time of year when you’re reminded that the remaining comfortable fishing days are few, and you better get out and enjoy them while you can. During my drive to the river, I heard on the radio that the number of daylight hours in CT is now less than 12, and falling. The […]

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Product Review: Redington Hydrogen Fly Rod

Had a chance to test out the new Redington Hydrogen fly rod.  Although marketed as a trout rod, I used it in few different situations and it performed exceptionally. Offered in sizes 2 wt to 6 wt, I chose a 9′ 6 wt because I wanted to see if the rod could handle smallmouth and […]

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