Stocker Season Bonanza

As soon as I saw that my local waters began to get their annual dose of stocked trout, I knew my every waking moment would be consumed with targeting them. Stocked trout and I have a very complicated relationship. I mean them no harm, other than to poke a sharp metal object through their lipContinue reading “Stocker Season Bonanza”

Early Spring Struggles

You know it’s going to be a bad day of fishing when you arrive at your spot and there is only about 10 feet of open water. Despite the near-60-degree heat, the pond is still buttoned up with the final icy grip of winter. You’re sure there are fish lurking in the depths, but toContinue reading “Early Spring Struggles”

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”

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”

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”

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 …”

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”

Teaching Fly-Fishing

There is no doubt that helping someone catch their first fish on the fly is one of the most rewarding experiences one could have. Fly-fishing isn’t just a skill, it’s an art form. By teaching someone the art, you are demonstrating that you have practiced and learned enough to pass that knowledge on to aContinue reading “Teaching Fly-Fishing”