First Ice of 2022

After months of seeing posts and watching videos from other northern anglers on the ice, I was finally able to join in the action this past weekend. While the temperature was brisk and the wind was nippy, I didn’t realize just how much I missed ice fishing until I got back out there. Refreezing holesContinue reading “First Ice of 2022”

The In Between

I hate waiting. Though a large majority of fishing is time spent waiting, in actuality, I have very little patience. For this reason, transition periods are the bane of my existence. Here in Massachusetts, ice is a regular part of every winter. While we may not get ice as quickly or in such abundance asContinue reading “The In Between”

Trout Unlimited/Orvis Youth Essay Contest 2021

As a writer, I am blessed to have a passion as deeply inspiring as fishing and the outdoors. There is no doubt the best pieces of writing come from authors who write about what they are passionate about, not what will earn them the highest dollar. Fishing, and more specifically fly fishing, has inspired someContinue reading “Trout Unlimited/Orvis Youth Essay Contest 2021”

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”

6 Surprising Fish You Could Catch in Massachusetts

Massachusetts anglers are well versed with a myriad of fish species. On the eastern coast, striped bass, bluefish, and bluefin tuna rule the choppy Atlantic waters, drawing spin and fly fishers alike. Further inland, warmwater species like largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and pickerel abound. During the spring and fall, four species of trout are stockedContinue reading “6 Surprising Fish You Could Catch in Massachusetts”

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”

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”

After a Hiatus …

Last week was my first full week away from fishing in nearly two years (you could say it was a little bit of a shock to my system). You may have noticed the absence of a post on Monday-frankly, it was because I had nothing to write about. Being away at camp taught me twoContinue reading “After a Hiatus …”

Field Pond Fishing Overview

Nestled in the expansive Harold Parker State Forest, Field Pond truly is the gateway to the park. This 68-acre pond, the largest in Harold Parker, is part of the Delano-Brackett-Collins-Field chain of ponds that travels from north-to-south along the forest’s western end. It’s inflow comes from Brackett pond, and enters Field in one of itsContinue reading “Field Pond Fishing Overview”

Wild in MA

When one thinks of Massachusetts, often their mind goes to the numerous cities, sprawling suburbs, and overcrowded highways that can be found across much of the state. This week, though, I was able to explore a new, wilder side of Massachusetts, one that is seldom associated with this wonderful section of New England. From theContinue reading “Wild in MA”