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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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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A Morning Smallie Run to the Housatonic

September has started off unusually warm, offering us an extra week of summer-like conditions. While not entirely undesirable, the hot and rainless days have given us lower river flows and water temperatures that may not be safe for trout fishing. With 6 wt in hand, I headed to the Housatonic for a morning smallie session. […]

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Chasing Housatonic Smallmouth

This weekend I had a chance to get out on the Housatonic River and chase smallmouth with members of Mianus TU. They’re a great bunch of folks and their events are always fun and well attended. Overall the fishing was good.  I stuck to streamers, and brought fish to hand using an olive woolly bugger, […]

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Summertime Smallmouth on the Housatonic River

Sometimes a change in plans turns out to be better than expected – Sometimes. Today I headed out to the Housatonic River for what I thought was going to be a chance to chase trout with dry flies. I arrived to find the river clear and low, with better wading conditions than I usually experience. […]

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Morning Kayak Trip and a Bass on a Homemade Popper

With daytime temps headed well into the 90’s and humidity to match, I left early for a kayak fishing trip on a local pond. I usually fish this water regularly, but this year I’ve decided to spend more time prospecting new lakes and ponds in the area. It was overdue for a visit. There was […]

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Evening Brown Trout

Due to my family,work and chores schedules, I’ve been fishing mostly in the mornings on the weekends before my wife and kids are awake, making it home in time for breakfast. Last night I had a chance to get out and do some evening fishing with one of my good friends. We both landed some great fish, […]

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Ready To Go

Our friends at Blanco Honky were kind enough to include a pic of the finfollower rig. While not the top-of-the line way-too-expensive vehicle you were probably expecting, this vee-dub with over 100k miles drives over snow, sand, rocks and mud to deliver us to a number of destinations. 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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Coffee Bean Beetle at Work

Today I had a chance to put a few of the CBBs to work.  They did quite well. Here’s some video. If you want to see how I make them, click here. Tweet

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Summer Summary

This has been an interesting summer for fishing. The weather was mostly wet and mild, with most of us agreeing that August was the only true month of summer. I think June actually had more than 20 days of rain. The Farmington was either too high or too muddy to fish at various times, so […]

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