Fishing Ethically

Quick Note: The word “redd” is used frequently in this post. For those who are unfamiliar with this term, a redd is the nest of a salmonid (trout, salmon, or char) where their eggs are deposited. To create a redd, the female digs a depression in a gravelly substrate with her tail. For this reason,Continue reading “Fishing Ethically”

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”

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”

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)”