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Month: May 2017

A forgotten stream with wild trout

A forgotten stream with wild trout

Part of my family has lived in the same 5 square miles for close to a century.  We knew a local pond by the name of the old farmer who once owned all the land surrounding it.  When his family sold that land half a century ago, a developer named it after the neighborhood they built on the land.  It was always interesting to me how one could gauge a person’s time in the area by the name they used…

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Sunday at the Swift

Sunday at the Swift

A good friend of mine was in town visiting this weekend, and mentioned he’d like to try fly fishing.  I’ve taught quite a few people how to fly fish over the years, and I’m always excited for the opportunity to teach someone new.  It feels great to share my passion with someone, and to see them feel the same excitement I do when they hook a big trout.  With all the recent rain, we headed over to the swift on…

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A winter and spring fly

A winter and spring fly

I know this is an extremely popular fly, but I had a ton of success with the Rainbow Warrior this winter and early spring.  It seems to work well for me in the darker water of freestone streams in MA, and I often tie them in sizes 20 or smaller. In many cases, I don’t have even have all the materials to tie a by-the-book warrior, so I’ll just use what I have.  I find that it works just as…

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Small Stream, Big Trout

Small Stream, Big Trout

Before the downpour of rain on Friday, I was able to make it out to a small stream.  We’ve been getting a ton of rain over the last few days, and a lot of freestone rivers in Massachusetts are well above their typical flows, which makes wading difficult.  On one hand, I’m anxious to fish the Millers river and the Westfield River in Chesterfield, but I’m also thankful for the amount of rain we’re receiving.  I hope this will help…

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More on my Favorite Dry and Dropper Rig for the Swift River

More on my Favorite Dry and Dropper Rig for the Swift River

Over the weekend, I hit the swift river below route 9 and caught several trout on my favorite dry dropper rig.  It’s fairly simple rig and consists of two flies that are easy to tie.  I had success with rainbows and brook trout on the same two flies.  The brook trout alternated between taking the dry fly or emerger, and the rainbows seemed to prefer the smaller emerger fly in a size 30. Here I am fishing to some risers…

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