My First Fish of 2014

Saturday was opening day of trout season in Connecticut. My first fish was  . . . not a trout. That’s right. Instead of hitting a local river for rainbows, browns and brookies, I spent most of the day waiting for a plumber to arrive and unclog a bathroom sink. The first plumber I called promised […]

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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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Fall Kayak Fishing

Fall in Connecticut is one of my favorite times to fish. Daily highs drop into the 70’s.  The air is crisp with light winds. Fishing pressure drops as some anglers turn their sights (pun intended) to hunting. Today was one of those perfect days. Highs in the mid-70s, sunny and little competition for the water. […]

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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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Father’s Day With Casting For Recovery

Had a great opportunity to spend the morning of Father’s Day teaching fly casting and fishing with breast cancer survivors. I learned about this outreach through the local chapter of Casting For Recovery. One of the local residents, who just happened to own a large pond stocked with bass and panfish, allowed us to fish on […]

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A Trout Rod for Bream

After two days of solid rain, and more to come, most of the rivers in the area blown out. The USGS gauge height charts look like rocket trajectories, not yet returning to earth. I decided that this was no reason to let a perfectly good rod and reel sit idly in the closet, so I […]

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Atlanta Trip – Part 1

Spent a few days in the Atlanta area with my family catching up and doing some fly fishing. Shortly after I arrived, we made a quick trip to Lake Lanier for some casting practice with my brother and father. Early on my brother hooked into a nice bass on a popper. Not bad for someone who […]

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An Hour To Spare

May is still deciding if it will yield to spring, alternating between 70-degree days and 30-degree nights. Today it rained off and on, only adding to the confusion. After a day indoors, I needed an outside adventure. This evening I had just enough time before dark to make it down to the local pond for […]

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Connecticut Crappie

For the past few weeks I’ve been eyeing the narrow pond that lies behind a nearby industrial park. Sandwiched between an office complex and the state highway, it is heavily shaded on one side by pine trees rising above the steep landscape and relatively open on the other side due to clearing from residential development. […]

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