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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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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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September at the Swift

September at the Swift

A couple of weeks ago I was out at the swift on a Sunday.  September and October are my possibly my favorite months for fly fishing in New England.  I’m especially looking forward to October.  This afternoon, I only had a short amount of time to fish, so I walked to the area down from the hatchery pipe.  The brook trout in this area are finally wising up, and won’t eat just any old dry fly that comes their way. …

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Fly Fishing the Olympic Peninsula for Coastal Cutthroat

Fly Fishing the Olympic Peninsula for Coastal Cutthroat

Apologies for the lack of posts lately, but I have been busy during the last few months of summer.  This is a one man show, so I’ve been trying to convince myself to write more posts. On to the more exciting news: on my most recent vacation, I was able to make time for a bit of fly fishing!  Any time I find myself near a place that has even a remote potential of being a trout habitat, I have…

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One Year of Blogging, a Broken Rod, and a Swift Fishing Report

One Year of Blogging, a Broken Rod, and a Swift Fishing Report

It’s hard to believe it, but I’ve been writing this blog for over a year now.  A special thank you to those of you who have emailed me with kind words about the blog.  I’m so glad to hear that it’s been helpful for others.  I started this blog partly to share a bit of the knowledge I’ve learned over the years, and to keep a journal of my fishing trips.  I’m a completely self- taught fly fisherman, and it…

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Fly fishing the Housatonic in CT

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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A June day at the Millers river

A June day at the Millers river

It has been quite some time since I’ve had the opportunity to fish the Millers, so I was glad to be back in the area a couple weeks ago.  The flows in Massachusetts have finally fallen to more easily wade-able levels, and I decided to go check out one of my favorite spots.  This section of the river has a little something for everyone.  It starts with riffles that empty into a long pool, which glides downstream into faster water….

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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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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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