Marlborough Fly Fishing Show 2022

After a Covid hiatus in 2021 and a postponement to April this year, it certainly felt nice to once again connect with “my people” (as my mom refers to fellow fly fishers, tyers, and conservationists) at the 2022 Marlborough Fly Fishing Show. The show is not only a great chance to chat with some ofContinue reading “Marlborough Fly Fishing Show 2022”

Overcoming Obstacles for the Health of a River

For nearly all of history, river herring swam in massive schools from the expansive Atlantic Ocean, up the mighty Merrimack River, and into the smaller, calmer Shawsheen River to spawn. The journey was one that happened across the East Coast every spring, feeding millions of birds, mammals, fish, and humans along the way. For many,Continue reading “Overcoming Obstacles for the Health of a River”

Road Salt and Aquatic Environments: The Detrimental Effects of the North’s Favorite Deicer

With a colder-than-average January this year, we northerners saw our fair share of road salt to keep us safe while in transit. If you didn’t see the thick mounds of salt pebbles lining the asphalt, then you certainly noticed the cakey, white powder it left on your car or the paleness of the salt-laden cement.Continue reading “Road Salt and Aquatic Environments: The Detrimental Effects of the North’s Favorite Deicer”

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”

Two Gates and a Gravel Road (Part One)

I originally planned to write this post about preparing for a trip. Then I got lazy, and the trip I was preparing for came and went. Thanks to some careful preparations that I will likely share at a later date, this trip was perfect. When I say perfect, I truly mean it. Other than byContinue reading “Two Gates and a Gravel Road (Part One)”

A Lifetime of Passion

After many years of saving, I finally sent in the $900 check for my Maine out-of-state lifetime fishing license last week. This license means a lot to me, especially since it’s a lifelong commitment to the sport I love. While I was saving for the most expensive purchase I’ve made to date, I learned aContinue reading “A Lifetime of Passion”

Fish are in Hot Water (Literally)

As I’m writing this, I’ve sweat through just about every part of my shirt in the 100-degree heat. It’s no secret it’s been hot, and it isn’t just at my house; across the US, people have had to deal with well above-average temperatures this summer. Last year ranked as one of the hottest summers onContinue reading “Fish are in Hot Water (Literally)”

A Little Love for Fallfish

In last week’s post, I expressed my appreciation for one of the Northeast’s most disliked fish species, the fallfish. Often regarded as an unworthy bycatch when fishing for trout, fallfish get little love. Thanks to their poor reputation, people have been lead to believe that they are hideous creatures that litter the depths of ourContinue reading “A Little Love for Fallfish”

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”