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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

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

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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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.

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Fishing in icy waters: ‘Every step an adventure!’

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

By the time this is published, trout season will be open in New York. General regulations fishing begins April 11 in Connecticut, and there is no closed season in Massachusetts.
However, fishing in year-round waters in New England comes with its own built-in restrictions: snow and ice.

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Getting out on the river is a relief

On Wednesday, March 11, I took a much-needed break from bomb threats, budgets and the lingering horror of “50 Shades of Grey” and went fishing on the West Branch of the Farmington River.
The permanent catch-and-release area has a year-round season. Fishing in winter, however, is a very hit-or-miss proposition — emphasis on miss.
Stumbling around on snowy, icy river banks and trying to tie on flies with numb fingers is, generally speaking, not a lot of fun.

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