Tying the Partridge Soft Hackle Streamer

Flies these days are only getting bigger and better; unfortunately, along with this augmentation comes increased complexity. The number of materials being put on new-age streamer patterns is absurd, and in all honesty, I find it rarely increases catch rate. These flies are beefy, cast like wet socks, and cost a fortune to tie. Sure,Continue reading “Tying the Partridge Soft Hackle Streamer”

The Many Varieties of Autumn Massachusetts Trout

Ah, autumn; an anglers last chance to target their favorite aquatic creatures before they abscond to their cold weather haunts. For many fly anglers, this means a last hurrah before floating lines and dry flies are left to sit in dusty garages in favor of tiny chironomids and tip ups. Thankfully, nature doesn’t disappoint thisContinue reading “The Many Varieties of Autumn Massachusetts Trout”

Celebrating One Year

This Tuesday (October 12th), Current Angler will celebrate its first birthday. I’ve dreamt of this day for many months now, though I never fully knew if it would ever come. Along with this huge milestone come many recollections of great memories forged along the way. This blog started out as a way to share myContinue reading “Celebrating One Year”

Some Things Never Change

The early evening sun spreads a warm, orange glow across the colorful landscape. Red is just beginning to creep across the maples scattered throughout the cattail-studded wetlands, indicating the change of seasons is just days away. Occasionally, a snout pokes through the glassy surface of the pond, sipping midges as they flit toward the nearbyContinue reading “Some Things Never Change”

Best Online Fly Shops

Let’s face it: we live in a digital age. No more are the days of combing through aisle after aisle in box stores and convenience marts; now these goods are available to us with the click of a button. Like any other consumer category, fly fishing is no different. In some ways, this transition toContinue reading “Best Online Fly Shops”

Orvis Clearwater Fly Line Review

Typically when I write a review, I am doing so to promote a product that I have benefitted from. These items are ones that I have been pleased with, and am spreading the word about to hopefully help fellow anglers. In this case, however, I am writing to dissuade others from purchasing a product IContinue reading “Orvis Clearwater Fly Line Review”

Fishing, Simplified

For years, I assumed fishing had to be hard-core. Each trip I took included a minimum of two rods, and my backpack was always loaded to the brim with every bait and lure I owned. Sure, I enjoyed the excitement of feeling like a professional angler on a mission to catch the biggest and baddestContinue reading “Fishing, Simplified”

Two Gates and a Gravel Road Pt. 2

This is the second post in a two-part series about an incredible trip my grandfather and I took to western Maine for conservation and fishing earlier in August. If you haven’t read the first part, give it a quick look before returning to this post. In case you forgot what happened during the beginning ofContinue reading “Two Gates and a Gravel Road Pt. 2”

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)”

Adventures in Teaching Fishing Pt. 2

Last fall, I wrote about the joys of teaching someone how to fly fish after helping my friend catch his first ever trout on a fly rod. Little did I know that I would spend the next summer taking kids out on fishing adventures to teach them the in’s-and-out’s of our wonderful, yet somewhat confusing,Continue reading “Adventures in Teaching Fishing Pt. 2”