#1 New England Fly Fishing Blog. Among Top 25 in the World. Androscoggin, Ashuelot, Beaverhead, Cape Cod, Cocheco, Connecticut, Deerfield, Exeter, Farmington, Grand Lake Stream, Hoosic, Housatonic, Isinglass, Lamprey, Millers, Natchaug, New Haven, Nissitissit, Quaboag, Quinapoxet, Rock Creek, Saco, Salmon, Sandy Creek, Souhegan, Squannacook, Stillwater, Swift, Wachusett Reservoir, Westfield, Willimantic and others. Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:46:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 124989127 Oh, Snap Sun, 09 Dec 2018 05:05:40 +0000 I was feeling pretty good about things on Saturday morning. The temperature was 13 °F when I started fishing the Swift River, but I was armed with my winter fly-fishing essentials and felt comfortable. Trout were willing to take flies. Old flies worked. New flies did not. Tightlining rocked. Indicator nymphing completely failed.  The action

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‘On the Last Day of the Year’ Sat, 08 Dec 2018 05:01:10 +0000 Gary Metras kindly reached out after reading our recent post about winter fly fishing. As you may recall, Gary is an avid angler (our interview with him is here, his Swift River winter fly fishing guide is here). He also is a published poet. Here is one of his recent works, called “On the Last

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At the Vise: Purple and Some Experiments Thu, 06 Dec 2018 05:01:16 +0000 Sometimes, I tie because I need to replenish the ol’ reliables. Sometimes, I tie for fun. Recently, it has been the latter. I decided to work on the Buckskin Nymph after seeing Pat Dorsey post that it was one of his most effective winter flies. So, I bought some materials via Amazon, which ended up

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Gear Reviews: Three Essentials for Winter Fly Fishing Tue, 04 Dec 2018 05:01:19 +0000 Winter is a great time to fish (more here). There’s an austere simplicity about it and an almost surreal view of a river landscape that was once verdant and teeming with life. I love winter fly fishing. The complication? How to keep warm. Over the years, I’ve learned some painful lessons about what not to

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