My Small Stream Setup | A Reyr Gear Rod Review

My Small Stream Setup | A Reyr Gear Rod Review

My favorite type of water to fish is a small stream. I love the solitude and peace you can find on a quiet brook away from the crowds, and I’m always interested to see what wildlife might cross my path. And of course, you never know what fish might be lurking in an unsuspecting stream. In recent months, I’ve spent more of my time at these streams; fine tuning my hike/fish set up. One of my buddies has a very…

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Fall Fishing at the Swift River

Fall Fishing at the Swift River

For the last few days, I’ve been visiting family in Massachusetts after a long time quarantining.  On Saturday our plans were open, so I paid a visit to a stream where I’ve spent a lot of time fishing, the Swift River in Belchertown, Massachusetts.  It’s hard to believe, but it’s been at least a year (maybe two?) since I’ve fished there.  It’s interesting to see how the river has changed.  Trees have fallen, creating new habitat and flows. The riverbed…

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Late Summer Trip to the Catskills

Late Summer Trip to the Catskills

A few weeks ago, my wife and I took a late summer trip to the Catskills. I’ve been wanting to go visit there for years, and finally set aside time for a trip. We stayed in a cabin near the Roscoe area, which is known as “Trout Town, USA”. I know there are probably a lot of towns that claim to be fishing towns, but very few get to claim the title of being the birthplace of American fly fishing….

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Fly Fishing the Farmington River in April

Fly Fishing the Farmington River in April

It’s Saturday again, and here I am standing at the edge of the Farmington River.  It’s April 25th and another beautiful day out.  This April has been unique in a lot of ways.  We talk about COVID-19 much in the same way we used to talk about the weather.  And speaking of the weather, we’ve had some strange days as well.  One weekend I awoke to snow, only to see it evaporated in time for lunch. When I arrived at…

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Farmington River Fishing Report

Farmington River Fishing Report

What a weird world we’re living in.  No one could have imagined the changes that would be taking place in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic.  I consider myself one of the lucky ones.  I have the option to travel safely to a quiet stream and listen to the carefree sound of birds and moving water.  When I look at the fish, waterfowl, and all the other wildlife I see, the world hasn’t changed for them.  Life goes on. Although not…

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Fly Fishing the Raritan River: The Ken Lockwood Gorge Area

Fly Fishing the Raritan River: The Ken Lockwood Gorge Area

It’s been a while since my last post, and I’m sorry to say that I haven’t been fishing as much as I’d like. My wife and I recently moved to New York, and settling into everyday life has left me with less free time. I’m hoping to change that as we move into the Spring, and wanted to kick things off with a report on my first trip; fishing the Raritan River in New Jersey. As I’ve learned, New Jersey…

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Lost a Fly Box at the Gunpowder? I found one

Lost a Fly Box at the Gunpowder? I found one

I fished the Gunpowder River this week and found a fly box along a trail. I didn’t see any other anglers on the path or in the water, so I assume they must have left the river. If you happened to lose your fly box or know the person who did, email me at: hello@troutandfly.com. Please include the appearance/brand of the fly box so that I can verify and get it back to you! The fishing this week was fairly…

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Morgan Run Fishing Update

Morgan Run Fishing Update

This week I took another trip to Morgan Run.  The fishing was good and the trout seem to be spread out evenly in the Klee Mill area. The flows were at a good level and the water remained clear despite the rain we’ve had lately.  I caught a number of trout above and down below the bridge, and nymphing was the name of the game! I used a dark stonefly pattern in size 16 with a rainbow warrior inspired dropper…

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Dry fly fishing at the Gunpowder River…Again

Dry fly fishing at the Gunpowder River…Again

This past weekend I took another trip to the Gunpowder with my wife.  Given all the surface activity I saw last time, I thought it’d be a great opportunity for both of us to fish dry flies.   When we arrived, the fish were rising steadily.  It’s rare that I see the fish rising to the extent that they were this past Saturday before the rain came down. We fished a Sulphur comparadun fly in size 18 all afternoon.  I normally…

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