First Ice of 2022

After months of seeing posts and watching videos from other northern anglers on the ice, I was finally able to join in the action this past weekend. While the temperature was brisk and the wind was nippy, I didn’t realize just how much I missed ice fishing until I got back out there. Refreezing holesContinue reading “First Ice of 2022”

6 Knots Every Serious Angler Should Know

Though I don’t even pretend to be an expert in many aspects of fishing, there is one part of the sport that I believe I am much more familiar with than most: knots. As a scout and longtime angler, I have honed my knot tying skills to near perfection, and have come across numerous knotContinue reading “6 Knots Every Serious Angler Should Know”

Dabbling in Photography and New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! While 2021 certainly wasn’t the major change of pace from the year that shall not be named, I’m sure we can all find something to be thankful for from this year of uncertainty and hope. Throughout 2021, I found myself dabbling in photography; more specifically, photographing flies that I have tied. AsContinue reading “Dabbling in Photography and New Year’s Resolutions”

The In Between

I hate waiting. Though a large majority of fishing is time spent waiting, in actuality, I have very little patience. For this reason, transition periods are the bane of my existence. Here in Massachusetts, ice is a regular part of every winter. While we may not get ice as quickly or in such abundance asContinue reading “The In Between”

Trout Unlimited/Orvis Youth Essay Contest 2021

As a writer, I am blessed to have a passion as deeply inspiring as fishing and the outdoors. There is no doubt the best pieces of writing come from authors who write about what they are passionate about, not what will earn them the highest dollar. Fishing, and more specifically fly fishing, has inspired someContinue reading “Trout Unlimited/Orvis Youth Essay Contest 2021”

Local Fisheries Conservation Efforts Make a Global Impact

Cover image credit: Kalil Boghdan. If you’ve read any of Trout Unlimited’s recent magazine articles, blog posts, or social media stories, you clearly understand the immense amount of work and effort being put into restoring salmon and steelhead populations in the Snake River. The Snake River, a tributary of the Columbia, is fed by aContinue reading “Local Fisheries Conservation Efforts Make a Global Impact”

Native Fish Species of Massachusetts

When you think of fishes native to Massachusetts, what species come to mind first? Brook trout? Striped bass? Alewife? While these native species receive much of the attention because of the sport they provide and the impressive conservation efforts underway to restore their populations, there are numerous other indigenous fishes that fly well under theContinue reading “Native Fish Species of Massachusetts”

If Only …

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve discovered one fundamental truth of the pastime we all love: fishing is hard. Perhaps that’s what makes it such an addictive sport. As school and activities have kicked into full-gear, and the end of Daylight Savings Time has granted far fewer hours of afternoon sunlight, I find it increasinglyContinue reading “If Only …”

6 Surprising Fish You Could Catch in Massachusetts

Massachusetts anglers are well versed with a myriad of fish species. On the eastern coast, striped bass, bluefish, and bluefin tuna rule the choppy Atlantic waters, drawing spin and fly fishers alike. Further inland, warmwater species like largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and pickerel abound. During the spring and fall, four species of trout are stockedContinue reading “6 Surprising Fish You Could Catch in Massachusetts”

Tying the Partridge Soft Hackle Streamer

Flies these days are only getting bigger and better; unfortunately, along with this augmentation comes increased complexity. The number of materials being put on new-age streamer patterns is absurd, and in all honesty, I find it rarely increases catch rate. These flies are beefy, cast like wet socks, and cost a fortune to tie. Sure,Continue reading “Tying the Partridge Soft Hackle Streamer”