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Fishing the Gunpowder Falls River in Maryland

Considering all the warm weather we’ve been having, I made time one Saturday in March to go fishing at the Gunpowder Falls River in Maryland.   It’s only about an hour and twenty minute drive from the district, so it’s not too far for me.  This was the first time I’ve been able to spend a few hours here, and it’s a fun spot to fish. There are what I’d consider two separate stretches of water on this river.  The first…

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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

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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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

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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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

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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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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Essential Knots for Fly Fishing

Whenever I’ve taken someone fly fishing for the first time, the question of knots comes up quickly.  It’s a part of fly fishing that becomes second nature over time, and I think anglers forget that not everyone ties knots as a hobby.  Efficient and reliable knots help us spend our time fishing, rather than fiddling with line and flies. I usually rig up my rod with the flies I plan to use before I leave my house to fish.  This…

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A Warm and Breezy March day at the Swift

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to go fish the Swift river for the day.  I focused my efforts in the catch and release area above RT 9, and caught several rainbows and hooked one big brook trout that escaped me as I was bringing it in. While I prefer to fish below the bridge, the fishing regulations currently make the river open to catch and keep from the RT 9 bridge to Cady Lane.  The catch and release regulations…

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