Peak Rotary Fly Tying Vise Review

Peak Rotary Fly Tying Vise Review

After using the same vise for around six years now, I decided to upgrade to a Peak rotary fly tying vise. I did a lot of research and looked at several vises for a few years before decided on this one.  Another big contender in my search was the Renzetti Traveler and of course a Regal.  The Regal was a little too far out of my price range, but I do like their vises a lot and appreciate the craftsmanship…

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Blog updates and my move to DC

Blog updates and my move to DC

It’s been a busy few weeks for me, which has resulted in fewer blog updates than I would prefer. The big news is that I recently moved to Washington, DC, which means I won’t be able to fish New England streams quite as frequently as before. I’ll still be making visits to Massachusetts and the New England area for work and travel, so I’ll still have opportunities to fish my old stomping grounds and write reports on what flies are…

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Scud Pattern for New England Streams

Scud Pattern for New England Streams

As the weather starts to cool down, I can start to focus on tying more flies.  Here’s a simple scud pattern for New England Streams.  I started tying this one not too long ago, and it’s quickly become a favorite on the swift for both the trout and me. It’s extremely simple and consists of the following materials:  Gray thread  Gray dubbing  Green or Pearl Flashback  Copper wire Lately I’ve been using the pearl flash back as I think it’s…

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Fishing The Squannacook River

Fishing The Squannacook River

I planned on traveling to the Millers on Saturday, but decided to take a detour and ended up fishing the Squannacook River.  This stream has been on my radar for a few years, but I haven’t been able to pry myself away from the streams in western mass.  I live in the Boston area, so the proximity to this river is appealing.  While driving down route 2, I thought of the Squannacook, and decided to save myself driving time and…

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How to fly fish nymphs

How to fly fish nymphs

It’s been a hot topic in the fly fishing world for several years now, and it seems everyone has their own tried and true method on how to fly fish nymphs.  As a self taught angler, when I first saw someone nymphing; I had so many questions. How are they detecting strikes? Why are they using a bobber to fly fish? What is going on here?!  In my mind, I had always thought of fly fishing as making a delicate…

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October day at the Swift River

October day at the Swift River

I decided to spend another October day at the swift river. The idea of landing that huge brown proved to be too much of a draw.  I did see the brown a couple of times, but it was moving around and seemingly not interested in flies.  I did however manage to catch a wide variety of trout. There was an endless population of rainbow trout there to take a fly.  I think I ended up catching more bows than brook…

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Huge Brown Trout at the Swift

Huge Brown Trout at the Swift

Yesterday I stopped by the Swift with the intention of fishing for colorful brook trout, which is something I always look forward to each fall.  I caught several rainbow and brook trout on both dry and sub-surface offerings.  The surprise of the day goes to a huge brown trout at the Swift. I was nymphing the riffles below the hatchery pipe when I felt a hit.   I set the hook and initially thought I was snagged until the fish shot…

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Dusk at the Millers River

Dusk at the Millers River

It’s rare that I make it over there, but about a month ago I made a stop at the Millers River.  It’s a little out of the way for me, but I really enjoy fishing it in the spring and early summer once the flows level out.  I just checked back in my records and the last time I fished the Millers was in June!  One of the reasons I enjoy fishing this river is because 50% of the time…

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Flies for the Swift

Flies for the Swift

I was at the tying bench tonight, and tied up a batch of my favorite flies for the Swift.  These are also my choice flies to fish in the fall. I plan on heading to the Swift in a couple of weeks to chase after big brook trout. I’m sure I’ll catch a few chunky rainbows and browns while I’m at it.  If anyone is interested, I have extra flies that I’d be willing to give away, and I’ll take…

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How to tight line nymph – A video guide

How to tight line nymph – A video guide

I was fishing recently and decided I wanted to make a video to show others how to tight line nymph.  I’ve taught many people who have never picked up a rod how to use this tactic. It’s a fantastic technique to have in your bag of tricks if you want to be more successful and diverse on the water. I’ve used it countless times when the water is skinny, fish are easily spooked, or there’s simply no room to cast. …

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