At the Vise: The Frenchie 2.0

Before I started to target big-and-wild browns, as a new angler, I focused on the the rain-bros at the Swift, Westfield, Millers, and Squannacook. It was a lot of fun, and those waters aren’t too far away from metro Boston and offer obvious spots so that you don’t need a guide (our compendium of DIY

At the Vise: The March Brown Flymph

Well, with the Saturday morning forecast anticipating 11 °F, I’ve decided to pass on fishing. Instead, I’ve been making streamers for my trip to Arkansas’ White River for big browns (three recent streamers posted on our Instagram page here). I’ve also been looking at my fly boxes and replenishing. I know which flies have succeeded

At the Bench: Syl’s Midge

TL;DR: Syl’s Midge is a go-to wet fly when trout are active but picky. One of my favorites. I first read about this pattern in Dave Hughes’ book, Handbook of Hatches: A Basic Guide to the Food Trout Eat and the Most Effective Flies to Match Them. He rapturously writes about how incredibly effective it