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Yes, dear reader, he went fishing

With nothing else to do except watch meaningless college football on TV, I went fishing on Saturday, Jan. 2.
“Wait, what?” you exclaim. “Isn’t it cold and snowy? Aren’t the streams iced over?”
The answers: Yes, a bit; not really; and no.
We had a minor snow storm a couple weeks ago that dumped at most a couple of inches of slushy stuff, and it is pretty much gone.

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Ah, what a year it was for wet flies and trout

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On Wednesday, Nov. 4, I was prepared to leap from the bed at first light, drive 75 miles to Phoenicia, N.Y., and get in a couple of days of fishing on the Esopus Creek, which has an extended season through the end of the month.

Brown trout run up from the Ashokan Reservoir to spawn, and it can be an exciting time. Last year I caught a female brown that was clearly ready to get down, and as I noted at the time, playing it was like hooking a leg of lamb.

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Just like fishing in a snowstorm

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I have many fishy things to report, beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, when I accompanied Mike O’Neil to Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, N.Y., where he talked about naturalist John Burroughs (who used the small house and is buried nearby) and fishing.
The raconteur had to wing it; his computer went kerflooey, forcing him to work from actual handwritten notes.

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The art of trapping smallies in the river

Tristan Wilgan of Monroe, age 17, was in a bad BMX accident a couple years ago, and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
As he recovered, he found that tying fishing flies was something he could do — as opposed to looking at a computer screen, which was something he could not do.
Tristan and his father, Dave, representing the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited, were at Housatonic Meadows State Park in Sharon on Saturday morning, July 11, to talk about fishing for small-mouth bass.

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Everything you wanted to know about fly-fishing

Often people say to me, “Hey you, how do you do [insert fishing question here]?”
I count myself lucky to be addressed as “Hey you.” Compared to such salutations as “You bleeping bleeper bleep” and “the defendant,” both of which have figured prominently in my past, “Hey you” is practically a paean.

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Old tackle but the trout keep on biting

The other day I hit the Blackberry River, which was running low, using a three wet fly rig on an ancient LL Bean “Double L” bamboo rod.
I have the dropper thing down now. I start with a 7.5 foot leader. If it’s 2X I leave it; anything lighter I clip it a bit. That tag end functions as the first dropper.

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No pizza, just trout — and other thoughts on the season

Some thoughts on the trout season, now that the madness is in full swing:
• On Friday, May 7, Joe Cieslowski of North Canaan showed off his home stream to fellow members of the Northwestern Connecticut chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU). He lured me to Beckley Furnace with a promise of pizza, and since I was en route to Housatonic Valley Regional High School for the Mr. Housatonic contest anyway, free food and discussion sounded like a good idea.

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No pizza, just trout

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

Some thoughts on the trout season, now that the madness is in full swing:
• On Friday, May 7, Joe Cieslowski of North Canaan showed off his home stream to fellow members of the Northwestern Connecticut chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU). He lured me to Beckley Furnace with a promise of pizza, and since I was en route to Housatonic Valley Regional High School for the Mr. Housatonic contest anyway, free food and discussion sounded like a good idea.

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Fishing, meatloaf and the New Math

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I feel like Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets.
The Mets are off to their best start since, er, forever — 15 and 5 as of Tuesday, April 28.
Murphy is off to a slow start at the plate, and he sometimes does bizarre and unhelpful things.
Then he makes up for it by hitting three-run homers.

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There will be no solitude on Opening Day

Saturday, April 11, is Opening Day of trout season in Connecticut.
This is misleading, because there are many places to fish before Opening Day. Many of them are nearby: The Farmington River’s year-round catch and release area; the Housatonic River’s year-round catch and release area; the lower part of Macedonia Brook, ditto; Wachocastinook Brook, ditto.
Not to mention the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where there is no closed season — just conditions that make fishing untenable.

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