The Sage Dart Hits A Bullseye

I’m always excited to see a package on the doorstep with a return address from Sage and RIO. It usually has some of the latest products inside and an offer to test them. I was pleasantly surprised to open this box and find a new Sage Dart 3wt rod, Sage Click reel and RIO Creek […]

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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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Lake Kenoshia Revisited

A few weeks ago we shot the second episode of On The Fly at Lake Kenoshia in Danbury CT. While we caught fish, it wasn’t exactly spectacular. On Sunday I had an opportunity to give it a second chance. It did not disappoint. Almost from the first cast I was into fish. The winds forced […]

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Fall Colors and the Switch

Lately I’ve spent more time with a rake in my hand than a fly rod. For the past four weekends I’ve diligently wrangled leaves, only to have more arrive the next day, completely obscuring my earlier work in a blanket of gold, orange and red. The raking season is in full swing. Several tarps full […]

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How Not To Fish A Trout Park

Day 1 Take kayak and 4wt fly rod to local lake designated as trout park. Fish the entire perimeter of the lake.  Catch plenty of bream but do not hook or spot any trout. Return to boat launch. Begin speaking with local spin fishermen who mention that hundreds of trout have been dumped right by […]

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Mill Pond Morning

Sometimes the best fishing can be found in your own back yard.  No extra packing, planning or plane trips.  Just pure and simple fun. This morning I got up early and secured the kayak on the rack using 2 bungees.  The one-mile trip on backroads to the local mill pond would be quick and the […]

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Product Review: Bending the Butter Stick

Had a chance to review one of Redington’s latest offerings, the Butter Stick fiberglass fly rod.  I enjoy making and fishing fiberglass rods, so when I saw the press release a couple of months ago I immediately put my name in the hat to test it. To see the company web site and get more info […]

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Pondwork

Spent an hour on the local pond, picking up bream with small balsa poppers. Almost every cast yielded a fish, including some small bass. Today’s preferred color was black. Most of my casting is made from the steep side of the shoreline, carefully avoiding the grass and surface cover, not to mention the branches and […]

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A Grand Slam . . . Sort Of

Had a chance to swing by the Farmington for a couple of hours on the way back from a business trip. Temps barely reached 80, and the wind was light and dry. The end of summer tube hatch was in full swing. Although I chose a lesser known fork in the river,  I was frequently […]

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End of July Fishing Trip to Farmington River

My last trip to the Farmington River was cut short due to weather, so I took advantage of a couple of free hours to revisit the spot where I was standing when the sky opened up and rain began to fall. It’s not easy to reach. Well off the main road, it requires driving some […]

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