When Jamie Carr proposed a blog writers’ outing to target big and wild brook trout and landlocked salmon, I was immediately in. So was Ashu Rao. I mean, what’s not to like? Salmonids and fishing buddies go hand-in-hand, and I’ve never fished in Maine. Plus, I had heard that 20″+ brookies were possible. Since the
On Memorial Day, I fished the Westfield River’s East Branch at the Chesterfield Gorge area (our overview here). I’ve not been in a while, and it was as scenic as always. There’s no cell phone service down there, and it is a wild and bucolic area, where anglers can give each other plenty of room.
Now that I’ve been fly fishing for six years, I am (slightly) more calm when I arrive at the river. Previously, there were so many things going through my head: Did I bring the right gear? Do I have enough flies? Where will the fish be? I hope I don’t have to tie a blood
If you tie your own soft hackles, you’ll eventually start running out of small feathers. That’s a pain because skins aren’t cheap. But, all is not lost, for here is a very helpful Tim Flagler video on using larger feathers. It’s a very cool fly-tying trick, but would you expect anything less from Tim?