Carpe Mensis

As the worst month of the year wound down, I fully expected to be without a meaningful blog post. It seemed like the fish had been snubbing their nose at my every offering, and I just wasn’t feeling inspired. I was about ready to give in and wait for the arrival of warmer weather andContinue reading “Carpe Mensis”

Early Spring Struggles

You know it’s going to be a bad day of fishing when you arrive at your spot and there is only about 10 feet of open water. Despite the near-60-degree heat, the pond is still buttoned up with the final icy grip of winter. You’re sure there are fish lurking in the depths, but toContinue reading “Early Spring Struggles”

Eskimo Hand Auger Review

It seems like the life of my first auger has finally come to an end. With a missing handle cap, a cracked handle, and dull blades, I think next year I’ll have to splurge and get myself another one, especially if the ice conditions are anything like they were this year. That being said, IContinue reading “Eskimo Hand Auger Review”

A Trip with the Stars

On Friday, the travel restrictions to Maine were eased. By Sunday, our car was jam-packed full of fishing gear, and we were crossing the Piscataqua bridge into an outdoors person’s paradise. Our destination was Sebago Lake, where on Monday, I’d be heading out on the ice with some of Maine’s finest guides and the OnContinue reading “A Trip with the Stars”

To Kill Or Not To Kill: Smallmouth Bass

When you think of invasive species in New England, one name is sure to come to mind: the smallmouth bass. Most detrimental in the coldwater streams that once served as a refuge for native fish like brook trout and fallfish, smallmouth bass have begun to encroach on these waters with the sole goal to destroy.Continue reading “To Kill Or Not To Kill: Smallmouth Bass”

My Top 5 Favorite Flies for Trout

As the spring trout fishing season approaches, I figured I’d share some of my favorite flies to catch these gorgeous fish. This is just my experience, and everyone probably has a different list. In fact, my list might even change dramatically after this year-there is just no knowing. I have trout fished exclusively here inContinue reading “My Top 5 Favorite Flies for Trout”

Staying Safe on the Ice

Ice fishing is a blast, but there is no need to risk your life to enjoy that excitement. Every time I venture out onto the hard water, I take numerous precautions to ensure my day won’t go south quickly. Even with the 10+ inches of ice we currently have in my area, there is noContinue reading “Staying Safe on the Ice”

8 Tips for Keeping Fish Healthy

Obviously, fishing is in no way good for the fish. For starters, we impale the mouths of these delicate creatures with metal hooks for enjoyment. Not only that, we force them to hold their breaths for seconds or even minutes at a time while we fuss around with cameras, backgrounds, and lighting. To top itContinue reading “8 Tips for Keeping Fish Healthy”

The Highs And The Lows

It seems like full-fledged winter has finally arrived! With a low of seven degrees today, and a high of eighteen, we may actually see some decent ice cover on our local ponds within a few days. Luckily, I’ve had already had a couple chances to get out on some ice this year, although I’m excitedContinue reading “The Highs And The Lows”

Tying the Craft Fur Leech

Tired of wasting massive amounts of perfectly good material when tying craft fur flies? Looking for a way to use the underfur from craft fur? Well look no further! This super-simple pattern is a great way to take advantage of this underutilized material, and turn it into an extremely effective fish-catching machine. This fly excelsContinue reading “Tying the Craft Fur Leech”