5 Tips For Beginner Fly Tiers

As the cold months of winter begin, many fly anglers look to the vise as a way to occupy them during the off season. For some, this winter will be their first time giving tying a shot. Getting into the hobby can be intimidating, and without a plan of attack, new tiers often get confusedContinue reading “5 Tips For Beginner Fly Tiers”

Ice Fishing Ethics

Okay, I admit it: I have become a snobby fly fisherman. Not only do I try to limit myself to fly fishing whenever possible, but I have even begun to look down on the “bait-slinging hogs” (Lou Zambello’s words, not mine). Because of this new obsessiveness to the upper class of the sport, I haveContinue reading “Ice Fishing Ethics”

Late Fall Grind

Winter is fast approaching, and so are the cold temperatures and long nights that come with it. Unfortunately, it’s not here yet, and for now, we are stuck in the dreary time of late fall. As I write this, a wintery mix of freezing rain and snow fall outside my house, putting a damper onContinue reading “Late Fall Grind”

Fishing In An Aquarium

Fishing clear water is almost like being the first person up on a weekend: no matter how hard you try to be quiet, your entire family can hear your every step. The fish in clear water are no different. As soon as you can see them, they can probably see you. This is what makesContinue reading “Fishing In An Aquarium”

Tying The School Bus Perch Thunder Creek Streamer

I’ve been wanting to do a fly-tying post for a while, so this week it will come in the form of a bonus post. Over the time I’ve been tying, I’ve messed around quite a bit with a lot of different patterns, including some of my own. In this case, I’ll be showing you howContinue reading “Tying The School Bus Perch Thunder Creek Streamer”

When Life Gives You Lemons …

There is no disputing that this year will be one unlike any other. Between the cloth strips covering our faces, the evenly spaced markers at checkout lines, and the lack of students at our nation’s schools, it will be a year for the history books. However, the world took our new situation in stride, andContinue reading “When Life Gives You Lemons …”

The Holidays Are Here (Almost)

You can feel the holidays are in the air when the first Bass Pro gift guide arrives. Inside it contains hundreds of “deals” on items you will probably use once and forget about. The thing I really hate about these catalogs is the ratio of fishing tackle to other stuff. I mean, honestly, who isContinue reading “The Holidays Are Here (Almost)”

Chasing Giants

Every fall, the Stillwater River in Sterling, MA experiences a landlocked salmon run that makes anglers giddy. The fish, ranging anywhere from two to eight pounds, leave Wachusett Reservoir sometime in mid-to-late October to spawn. They are triggered by cooling temperatures and huge rains that raise the water level significantly. Once they are in theContinue reading “Chasing Giants”

Winter Came Early

After three fishless weeks, I finally got myself on the board. However, it didn’t come easy. Winter decided to give us a little taste of how brutally tough cold-weather fishing can be. The day before I went, we got about three inches of completely unexpected snow. What was supposed to be a mixture of rainContinue reading “Winter Came Early”

My Favorite Rod and Reel: Cabela’s Fish Eagle and Shimano Sedona Combo Review

Does price really dictate quality? I had a thought this morning as I groggily rolled out of bed, realizing that I had an entire blog post to write: if you compared two rod and reel combos, one very pricey (greater than $250) and one much cheaper (under $100), would there be a difference in fish-catchingContinue reading “My Favorite Rod and Reel: Cabela’s Fish Eagle and Shimano Sedona Combo Review”