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”

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 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”

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”

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 …”

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”