Monday, December 20, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Wading fishermen should not be intimitated by such encounters and should know their legal rights: http://www.nationalrivers.org/us-law-public.htm This link is an excellent discussion on the subject.
While no one advocates confrontation, knowing your rights will lessen the intimidation factor that many of us have likely encountered as we search and wade our streams and rivers.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
We managed some fine fish on the Farmington just recently, as the above video will show. With the water clarity excellent, I witnessed at least 5 fish throughout the day, rise to my pattern, open its mouth and at the last second, nudge it and reject. In another case an 18" brown who showed in a small riffle, absolutely crashed a winter/summer caddis size 16 without hesitation.
You just never know! You'll be tested at this time of the year but the rewards are unbeatable!
An aside; ran into an angler who proceeded to tell us how he "slammed" them all day upriver as he was entering Greenwoods with no rising fish and a falling rain in the early evening. First question, why leave "upriver?' The fishing on the Farmington is challenging and technical at this time of year for the dry fly guy. If you're going to nymph with an indicator, so be it. But you will NOT "slam 'em" on top. I'm personally tired of the war stories and bragging boards throughout the fly fishing community. You'll not see brag numbers posted here. I'd rather tell it like it is and keep it real ... Drag Free!
Monday, June 7, 2010
I had the opportunity to spend some time chatting with Craig last year at the shop on a trip to Montana and Idaho and he is truly a fine gentleman who spends time with everybody and is present with his wife Jackie at the shop year round. His patterns and creations are tied by himself and his staff and are superb imitations no matter where you fish, east or west. He updates the conditions around the Yellowstone area weekly; get on the email list for his weekly reports! Drag free! New Eastern CT reports coming shortly.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
It is not uncommon to watch the beautiful sulphur duns float unmolested down the feeding lanes as the fish take emergers with a rolling subtle rise. We did manage a few on usuals,parachutes and traditional sulphur drys, but a yellow soft hackle or sulphur emerger fished in the film or just under the surface was a better choice. As the caddis appeared, the rises became more splashy as the fast moving emergers came to the surface.
Low clear and slow moving calls for 6x or lower. I have gone to 7x when confronted with refusals and if your knots are good, tippet fresh, you'll have no problem.
Also spent some time on the Moosup and Quinebaug with few rising fish to report on the Moosup as yet. We did find risers on the Quinebaug with limited success. Let me know your observations if you regularly fish the rivers of eastern CT! Drag free! email@example.com
Friday, April 23, 2010
Fish were sporadically rising to the above imitations; not as active as this river will become once the caddis and then sulphurs begin their appearance. One brown who took a spinner came to hand with a snell and swivel hanging out of its mouth...which may have accounted for its unusual rise form prior to taking the spinner. I cut the snell as close as possible; trying to remove the deeply imbedded hook would have killed the fish no doubt. Shame! Even though this fish was compromised by this situation it nonetheless took the spinner; we all need food when we need it! Took several more very nice rainbows BUT this is not about reciting war stories, or personal brags, or numbers...plenty of that on any number of forums devoted to fly fishing. That subject's for another time!
I won't be too specific here on locations as the entire stretch along CT 198 in Eastford/Chaplin CT provides ample access. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more specifics or any questions. The Natchaug remains one of my very favorite trout streams for reasons beyond the ample fly fishing opportunites; beautiful water, scenery, wildlife and away from the crowd in the state park/picnic area, SOLITUDE!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Moosup River in Central Village (Plainfield) CT is a TMA, catch and release and thus open year round. The past few days, post flood waters, has shown lots of early stoneflies and hungry newly stocked fish. Not many looking up as yet, but did manage to take a brown on top with a stimulator. This is a lovely stretch of river, directly behind the Quinebaug Trout hatchery, with easy parking and access via the yellow trail. The Moosup empties into the Quinebaug, downstream of the hatchery. Deep runs, pools and riffles amidst wooded forest area provides good cover and cool water. Stocking reports show that some 2200 trout are stocked in the TMA, with 7000 throughout the Moosup system. There are holdovers; I had a solid 18 incher on hook for several minutes in fast current and couldn't get him to hand to see if he was a holdover or not...oh well!
This river originates in RI, and receives little fishing pressure with stocking by RIDEM not seemingly spread out although there are some very nice stretches of river on the RI side.
For now, stonefly nymphs fished deep will produce all the fun you would want! Terrific looking dry fly water and in a few weeks with the emergence of early-season mayflies, the on-top action will materialize! Hopefully by then the pale,dreary looking browns and rainbows will have colored up a bit! There are some BIG fish in this TMA; Fished the Mooosup, or any other Eastern CT rivers? Let me know your thoughts! I will not be overly specific with locations in these public posts, but hope to provide some level of interest for those who haven't fished some of the less well-known streams and rivers of Eastern Ct and RI. Drag free!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tennessee is as big,deep, and talented as any team remaining and could get to Indy. Love Turner and O. State and this is a permier matchup.
K-State's road looks easier if they can recover from a punishing win against Xavier...the worst called game I've seen, despite the number of fouls and DQ's. Curtis Kelly is a player! Ask UCONN's Jim Calhoun about him...he let him walk after one year of no-playing time; that program's a mess, but that's another story. I can't see Butler advancing.
Kentucky? 30 points in 2nd half? Deep, big and all of that, but experience?? We'll see. The Mountaineers manage to get by in games they seem out of it and they just might knock off Calipari and his guys here.
America's most beloved team Duke! (ahem) I don't see Purdue moving on...MK gets his guys peaked here as usual.
I have Baylor in my FF but will be rooting big time for the guys from Moraga, CA. How can you not for a College with 2500 undergrads? A COLLEGE...the only one still standing!
Finally...shook hands with College basketball's best color guy, Bill Raftery between Tennessee and Ohio game in Providence 2nd round. Small talk about Tenn's chances etc. What a guy, stops to chat with everyone, a smile for everyone. He and Verne Lundquist (one of sports greatest calls "YES SIRRRR", remember the event?) who I chatted with after Texas/Uconn game at Gampel are paired for the Midwest. IMO, they're the best in the college hoops and listen for the usual Raftery classics..expect MAJOR ONIONS at some point!! or the standard: "Verne Lundquist, Ohio State goes............"you know the rest! Best to all in your brackets!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Staying with the fast/slow theme for a bit, Great Bay Rods is offering a fine selection of fiberglass rods, handcrafted in the US, and SLOW action of course! I wasn't able to cast a sample, but they look well crafted in a "blast from the past" effort to bring back fiberglass.
The Nautilus reels, featherweight models, US made, were most impressive at a reasonable price point. The drag system and overall design appears to be a winner. LOTS of new imported reels on display and none really impressed as much as this line!
Beulah Rods, a new company displaying switch, spey, and blue water rods was present. An import of course and NO rods equipped with reels to demo. It amazes me how an upstart new rod company can show up with an impressive display and "uhhhh we didn't bring any reels, so ya really can't sample our rods" approach to marketing. All in all, a nice afternoon with fly fishing companions all eager for the weather to turn!!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
RiverGuide for Kayakers (link opens iTunes), by developer Wayne Daley, is equally as useful for fly fisherman by providing real-time streamflow information throughout the U.S. The app has a very logical layout — the first screen you see breaks the country into seven regions. Tapping on the appropriate region shows a list of states, and then tapping on the state displays an alphabetized list of rivers or river segments. For each river, RiverGuide for Kayakers displays the time and date that the streamflow information was recorded, the cubic feet per second (cfs) that the river is running, and a wave icon signifying high, medium or low relative water level.
I have been in contact with Wayne and he is quick to add new rivers and updates on any river with a USGS gauge. He recently added a daily and weekly stream chart.
At $1.99, RiverGuide for Kayakers is an absolute bargain for fishermen who can use the up-to-date info before heading to the river or stream. And be sure to keep your iPhone (and your VADO video cam) dry while you’re out there on the river with an AquaPac.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
They are also available from on-line merchants with a liberal exchange policy...I tried the built in magnifier model and was dissapointed with the results, prompty returned for full refund to Zappos. I prefer the neutral grey lens for overall on the water visibility...give 'em a try, you won't be dissapointed.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Drops nicely into my Fishpond Guide pack...switched from a vest last year...won't be changing back soon!
Monday, February 8, 2010
24% of the brown trout are wild stream bred fish.
25% of the trout are over 15".
The larger stocked fish are "survivor browns" in excess of 15".
All of the rainbows are from yearly stockings as the rainbows do not "hold over"...DEP has no answer on this.
DEP estimates for each 16' of river, an angler can be fishing over a trout in excess of 15".
Be sure to get latest river conditions at http://farmingtonriver.com
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