I last year started using tippet rings (Amazon.com link here). When a leader gets shorter and shorter throughout the day, you’re supposed to add tippet to it via blood knot. But, I’m not great at blood knots, and I’m particularly bad at them when I’m in a river. I’m too impatient. I instead use a
I’ve tried a lot of knots. Over time, I’ve found the Double Davy to be the strongest, easiest to tie, and the one that minimizes tippet waste. I first heard about the knot from a magazine interview with Kelly Galloup of the Slide Inn, which is adjacent to the famed Upper Madison River. My favorite
One day, it happens. You set the hook, you feel snagged on something really heavy, but, then, the heaviness moves. You then realize: “This is it–The Big One is on.” I get the same feeling everytime I hook a big fish: excitement and fear. When I first hooked what ended up being a 21″ holdover
During the drive back from Connecticut, I made a quick pit stop to fish the Natchaug. I fished it a few days ago during the drive down. Landed 40 trout (more here). What a difference a few days makes. The river was very low, and there were hordes of folks, swimming in the choicest pools.