A Few Streamer Patterns

This time of year the surface action slows and most of us turn to nymphs and streamers. Here are three streamer patterns that I’ve tied and fished successfully over the past year. All will work in both cold and warm water. The Guinness Trout – I’m a big fan of Ralph Long of Ralph’s Fly […]

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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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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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Camping & Fishing

I was finally able to get away for a weekend of camping & fishing on the Farmington River. I used to live close enough to the Farmy to fish it almost daily during the season, but now it requires a day trip or overnight to really enjoy the experience and have a reasonable amount of time on […]

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A Grand Slam On The Still River

As part of the weekend’s camping and fishing program, I decided to explore some new water. Originally the plan was to fish the Farmington, but the prior night’s storm caused the wind and water to be a little too high to be enjoyable, so I thought the Still would be a good small stream option. I was not disappointed. If you’re […]

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Spring On The Musconetcong

According to Wikipedia, the Musconetcong River is a tributary of the Delaware. It rises out of Lake Hopatcong, flows through Lake Musconetcong, then southwest until it reaches the Delaware. Today was my first time fishing it. After a damp overcast morning, the sun broke out in the early afternoon and temps rose from 60 to 70 degrees in what seemed like […]

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First Carp on a Fly/World’s Ugliest Streamer

This didn’t start out to be a post about my first carp caught on a fly or about using the world’s ugliest streamer to do it.  The trip was originally supposed to be the opportunity to test of a new popping bug.  But over an hour into it I realized that despite my best efforts and some great new poppers, […]

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