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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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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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Small Stream Fly Fishing in Eastern Massachusetts

On Memorial Day I decided to work in a relaxing afternoon of fishing.  I currently live in eastern Massachusetts, and I didn’t want to travel too far to fling some flies.  I decided to try a stream that’s not far from me, which I had heard held trout.  After about a hour of trying a few spots, I caught a strong willed brown trout.  This stream can tend to get a little warm this time of year, so I tried…

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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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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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Fishing the Beaverkill – A quick trip out to the Catskills

This past weekend I took a few extra days off work to go fish the Catskills. It’s open season as of April 1, and I had heard a lot of encouraging stories about how good the fishing can be in the spring. I visited for the first time over the summer, and was in awe of the natural beauty of this part of New York. All the streams remind me of western streams and have a wide and wild look…

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LL Bean Pocket Water Reel Review

I decided to put together a small stream outfit and recently picked up a LL Bean Pocket water reel.  At $89, it seemed to be a nice option for a low cost small stream reel.  I love the look and feel of a click and pawl reel, and already own an Orvis CFO that I pair with a 4 weight rod. I plan to pair the Pocket Water reel with my 3 weight to make a well balanced small stream…

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Orvis Rod Repair

As some of you may remember, I broke the tip section off my Orvis Clearwater 3 weight rod back in 2017.   I wrote a post about it while commemorating one year of blogging.  For some reason, I waited almost another year to send it off to be repaired, and the blog will be celebrating its second birthday this month!  It feels apt to start off the second year with a story of the repaired rod, and hopefully it will set…

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Fly Fishing in Shenandoah National Park

This weekend I decided to go camping and fly fishing in Shenandoah National Park.  I’ve been looking forward to visiting the park since moving to DC, and I love fishing small streams for wild trout.  Growing up in North Carolina, small trout streams remind me of the reason I started fly fishing.  I enjoy spending my free time outdoors and surrounded by natural beauty.  I spend most of my time in a city, and it’s important for me to have…

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Fly fishing the Housatonic in CT

On Saturday, I had the privilege of attending a wedding in Litchfield, CT for two friends of mine.  My girlfriend was part of the wedding party, so I had free time on Saturday morning to explore the area while she was preparing.  I’ve always loved this part of Connecticut, and it is exceptionally beautiful in the summer months.  There are plenty of green meadows, aging barns, and meandering small streams dotting the landscape. I spoke with some locals (always a…

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