Bittersweet

This time of year is always bittersweet. Summer vacation is in the rearview mirror, and a full year of school with all its responsibilities is at the doorstep. While I may long for the balmy summer days spent by the river or lake, an unavoidable new chapter is fast approaching. Though free time was harderContinue reading “Bittersweet”

Doomed by Drought

As fellow Native Fish Coalition MA board member Will Friedland and I laid eyes on the brook (or more accurately, the trickle) we were about to fish, we simultaneously muttered two dispirited words: “Oh boy.” This was no giddy with excitement-because the stream is chock-full of-happy little trout Oh boy. No, this was a “I’dContinue reading “Doomed by Drought”

Midsummer Antics

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you it’s been hot lately. Here in northeastern Massachusetts, we’ve had about a week straight of daytime highs over 90 degrees, and while I’m writing this, the high is nearly 100. Couple that with a lack of rain, and it’s bad news for most cold and coolwaterContinue reading “Midsummer Antics”

The Future of Fly Fishing and Conservation is in Good Hands

This year’s Trout Unlimited Teen Summit instilled a great confidence in me: the confidence that the future of fly fishing and conservation is stronger than ever before. This five-day event in the mountains of western North Carolina not only helped me become a better fly fisher and conservationist, but also introduced me to numerous like-mindedContinue reading “The Future of Fly Fishing and Conservation is in Good Hands”

Big Water Bass (Striped Bass, that is)

As I sit at my computer writing this in the early afternoon, I can barely keep my eyes open long enough to see the words I’m typing. I am absolutely exhausted, and not from pre-Fourth of July celebrations or the sticky heat. No, I’m tuckered out from an early wake-up call and a fantastic dayContinue reading “Big Water Bass (Striped Bass, that is)”

8 Tying Materials to Imitate Any Forage

In July, I’ll be one of the lucky few teens to attend Trout Unlimited’s Teen Summit in western North Carolina. I’m ecstatic about the opportunity to connect with other fly fishers and conservationists my age, not to mention become more involved in TU itself. The Summit will allow me to explore and learn about aContinue reading “8 Tying Materials to Imitate Any Forage”

Rangeley Memorial Day Weekend 2022

Yes, I went to Rangeley over Memorial Day weekend. And yes, I’ll admit, it has been a while. With the school year and sports winding down, I figured I’d have all the time in the world to write this post. However, this was about the opposite of how the last few weeks played out. I’veContinue reading “Rangeley Memorial Day Weekend 2022”

Lackluster Return Yields Plenty of Fun

It has been a tough couple of weeks to find time for fishing. Spring is always a busy season for me – of course all my activities have to pick up right at the heart of fishing season – but alas, baseball and school won’t be put on hold because the stripers are running andContinue reading “Lackluster Return Yields Plenty of Fun”

Panfish on the Fly

Fly fishing is often described as a relaxing endeavor – all your worries and gripes are supposed to melt away as you divert your attention to the rod in your hand and the fish in the water. The stress of making important decisions and completing demanding tasks is said to disappear into the surrounding outdoorContinue reading “Panfish on the Fly”

Second Helping

Stocked trout fishing is all too often feast-or-famine, with successful days being legendary and tough ones candidates for short-term memory loss. For most, the first of this year’s stockings have followed this pattern. I’ve heard plenty reports of double-digit days on the river, but also a good amount of skunk days. It seems further west,Continue reading “Second Helping”