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 New Rod for 2012

Shortly before Christmas I built a 9′ 4 wt rod based on  a J Stockard Forecast fly rod kit.  It has a blue 4-piece Batson IM6 blank, a gunsmoke reel seat with rosewood insert, and a quality cork grip.  Including shipping it was $90.  Add in a $5 rod bag from BassPro and a rod tube […]

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A Tight Loop, December 2011

The Holiday version of online fly fishing magazine A Tight Loop is here. This issue is largely dedicated to gift ideas. Whether you’re looking for something to put under the tree or in the stocking, this issue will give you plenty of ideas. Enjoy! Tweet

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Why I Really Like Xtranormal

Here’s another Xtranormal video. This time the discussion is about the benefits of purchasing a high-end fly rod. Enjoy! Tweet

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Penns Creek Checklist

This weekend I’m heading to Penns Creek with my friend Patrick for 3 days of fishing. Since it is a 5-6 hour drive into the middle of  rural Pennsylvania, I’m planning on packing the following items for the stream: rods, reels, boots, waders, hat with built-in light, sunglasses, magnifiers, vest, an assortment of flies, tippet, extra […]

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Small Places

Recently I fished a 200-acre lake in Connecticut.  While paddling along the bank I found a small opening, barely wide enough for a kayak to pass through. On the other side was a small cove, maybe 15′ by 15′ at best. I stopped at the opening and cast into the middle of it.  Here’s what […]

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Coffee Bean Beetle

A few weeks ago I came across an article on coffee bean beetles.  I am not a fly tyer by any stretch of the imagination but this intrigued me, primarily because it didn’t really involve tying at all.  Instead it relies on the ability to use a magic marker and some glue – skills that […]

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First Fish on the New Fiberglass Rod

Spent a few hours today on the Farmington River with the 6’6” 5 wt fiberglass rod that I just finished building. I’m happy to say that it was a chilly but successful inaugural trip for the rod, and my first fish of 2010. Air temps were in the 20’s and the wind gusts were brutal […]

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Fiberglass Fly Rod Build – Part 3

The guides, hook keeper and tip top are all wrapped with thread, so it is time to start the final part of the rod build – applying a color preservative typically referred to as color lock and then the epoxy. Key to this step will be the use of a rod turner, which can be purchased for around […]

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Fiberglass Fly Rod Build – Part 2

This winter I am building a 6′ 6″ 4-5 wt fiberglass fly rod that will be used for kayak fishing. The video below is the second in a blog series on rodmaking. This segment shows the progress made on the reel seat and grip along with an overview of the guide placement. Any questions? I’ll […]

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Fiberglass Fly Rod Build – Part 1

Building a fly rod is an interesting project, and easier than you might think.  This winter I am building a 6′ 6″ 4-5 wt fiberglass fly rod that will be used for kayak fishing. The video below kicks off a blog series on rodmaking.  This first segment covers the components that will be attached to the […]

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