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”

The Case For Native

Undoubtedly, one of the most highly debated topics within the fishing world is the conservation of native fish species. As humans encroach further and further into the natural world, many of our previously untouched water bodies have become cesspools of human destruction. There are countless reasons for the loss of native species, but one thing’sContinue reading “The Case For Native”

First Ice 2021

The temperatures have finally plummeted to allow for sufficient ice thickness on some of my local ponds. Not wanting to waste this precious opportunity, my friends and I quickly scrambled to get on the hard water and find our first fish of the year. As the temperatures warm due to climate change, chances like theseContinue reading “First Ice 2021”

Regal Medallion Series Vise Review

There comes a time in a fly tier’s “career” when they look to upgrade the simple tools they began with. For me, after a long time of using the cheap bobbins and vises I had amassed from various tying kits over the years, I decided to take my game up a notch this fall. ToContinue reading “Regal Medallion Series Vise Review”

The Triumphs of 2020

Ahhh, the smell of freshly unwrapped fly tying and fishing gifts. There they lay, all your hopes and dreams from the past year sitting in a pile on the floor. What used to be a fantasy is now reality, opening a whole new world of possibilities. While it may seem futile, I personally can’t waitContinue reading “The Triumphs of 2020”