I fished recently near two elderly gentlemen. One said he was over 70 years-old. And, yes, they were catching trout!

One person talked about how his wife wasn’t doing well, and that he has had some periodic and serious health issues. But, he said, he was so happy to be on the water.

It reminded me of a time last year. I ran into a guy who said it was his first time fishing in a long time. He had been really ill, for his kidneys had failed, and was finally feeling better. He had received a kidney transplant after many years of waiting.

And, all that got me thinking.

I really don’t want to take for granted this amazing experience of fly fishing. It to me is simply unbeatable. And, part of the reason I blog is that I want to remember my experiences. One day, I will be too feeble to fish. But, I will be able to re-read this blog.

So, indulge me as I post some of my favorite fish thus far from this year. There’s a story behind each fish, a wonderful set of memories.

I’m very grateful.

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  1. Not quite that decrepit yet, but a wading staff and good cleated boots has made a difference for me in chasing fish. That and picking my spots will have me fishing for quite a few years to come. Got to become flexible in your fishing approach as you become less flexible!

  2. Cool pics! Where is this? I will be heading to Boston beginning of August and I have no experience in the New England area. Any tips/tricks/locations would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Thanks!

      Various rivers and streams (about six) in Massachusetts, CT, and NH. There have been extensive posts on all of them on this blog. We categorize all of our posts by body of water for the most part. If you have time, read up on our "overview" posts, too, in which we try to offer a primer on various rivers.

      Weather in New England is fickle, but I will hazard a guess that waters will be low and hot in August. You can hit the tailwaters (Swift and Farmington), but they will be quite crowded, with the Farmington less so, for it's a very long river.

      Fishing in Sept. is extremely tough, for most of the bug hatches have ended.

      But, October is one of the best months of the year, as water levels/temps improve and the brookies spawn, causing various fish to gorge on eggs floating in the drift; moreover, some rivers get re-stocked by early- or mid-October. The state agency publishes stocking reports on their web site.

      Finally, I'd encourage you to build good relationships with the local fly shops. Andy at Concord Outfitters and Cynthia at Orvis Dedham really know their stuff!

      Good luck, and keep us posted on your adventures….

  3. Thanks for the help!! Anywhere in the Dartmouth area? Or between there and Boston, I only have a few days and I would much rather be fishing than driving lol. Also, are waders needed this time of year, or will wet wading suit?

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