Good Friday 2017 and the Joy of a Smaller River

It was supposed to be raining. So imagine my surprise when Good Friday turned out to be a blue sky day, with temps in the 60’s. Spring had finally arrived in Connecticut. Errands kept me busy for most of the morning, but my plan was to spend the day chasing my first trout of 2017. […]

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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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A Quick Trip to the Farmington, July 2013

Temperatures have been in the 90’s for the past two weeks, and the high humidity has been giving us “air you can wear.” Needless to say, fishing trips have been few and far between. So when I stepped outside this morning and it didn’t feel like a sauna, I decided on the spur of the […]

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Product Review: Sage CIRCA Rod and Click III Reel on a Trout Stream

For the past few weeks I’ve had the Sage CIRCA 379-4 fly rod,  Sage Click III fly reel and RIO Trout LT WF3F line sitting in my closet waiting to be used on a trout stream.  Due to the heavy amount of rain that we’ve received, the rivers have been too blown out for any small stream trout fishing. […]

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Finishing Off Father’s Day

Had about an hour and a half before my Father’s Day dinner, so I hit the local pond with the fiberglass 4wt rod and some poppers. Picked up these two beauties, and missed quite few as well. When I returned home, we lit up the grill and within a few minutes, had some delicious marinated […]

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