Roger Hill’s Stillborn Midge and ‘The Mighty Midge’

Midge emergers did well for me during a fun over-nighter at the Deerfield and Farmington (here). In fact, two patterns absolutely crushed it. At tailwaters, midges hatch year-round. They’re important bugs for trout, particularly when there isn’t a heavy hatch of something else happening. At the Deerfield, a size 24 Roger Hill’s Stillborn Midge was

At the Bench: Al’s Rat and the Ginger Wingless Flymph

As water temperatures rise, flows normalize and trout face more pressure, my baseline strategy will be to fish caddis and midge patterns. I’ve really enjoyed chucking streamers (prior post here) and will keep doing so for as long as I can, such as at dawn and on rainy days. But, my gut says that the

Shad

Noted Swift angler Gary Metras emailed and invited me out for shad fishing. I’m very grateful to him for his generosity. I had never fished for shad but had heard much about their fighting power and that their spawning season was very short. So, I was really excited when Gary reached out. He told me