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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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Those who can’t fish, shop for gear

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I should have gone fishing on Saturday, Jan. 24.
If you recall, it was snowing a bit, but it wasn’t very cold out, and the air had that sort of flat feeling that usually works out well for this angler.
So a quick jaunt to the West Branch of the Farmington would have been completely feasible.

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I decided to use a 6X fluorocarbon tippet

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PHOENICIA, N.Y. — The stuffed-animal shrine along the Esopus Creek about a half mile outside of town has been modified, I discovered a few weeks ago.
The last time I saw the shrine there were four of the toys arranged horizontally along some streamside debris.
Now two of them have been rigged up on streamside saplings.
It’s bizarre, however it’s sliced.

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The camera is never there for the big ones

On Sept. 29, around 11:30 a.m.,  I hauled a female brown trout out of the stretch of the Esopus Creek below Phoenicia, N.Y.
And what a trout it was.  It was like catching a leg of lamb. 
She was lurking in a riffle at the top of where the channel moves over to the road side and gains momentum before forming a very deep pool.  

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From specks to hairy mayflies, it’s a mad fishing world

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I hit the Housatonic late afternoon on Monday, Sept. 15, at a stretch called “Push ’Em Up,” which has a long, slow, big pool and, usually, three or four guys doing the usual “I will stand here with my strike indicator and Prince nymph until I catch the big one” routine.
Honestly, some of the anglers I observe could get jobs in physics laboratories as Immovable Objects.

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When fishing isn’t dreamy and relaxing

Today we’ll talk about how to go quietly crazy while trying to catch native brook trout.
Step One: Forget to bring a spool of 4X tippet.
Step Two: Have somebody steal your shoelaces.
Step Three: Drop your camera on some rocks and watch it bounce into a puddle.
The stream in question is Wachocastinook, aka Riga Brook. It comes out of South Pond on Mount Riga and travels 3 miles and change through a steep gorge, with many deep holes and a nice waterfall along the way.

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Old dog, new tricks on the trout stream

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I have been reading up on Euro-nymphing.
I realize this phrase lends itself to misinterpretation. The reader may well be wondering if a little box is going to pop up, asking if he or she is over 18.
Fear not. Euro-nymphing refers to a style of fly-fishing that involves long rods, longer leaders and three or more nymphs, a type of fly that is fished under water and represents bug larva.
And if that still gets you hot and bothered, that’s your problem.

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Forget seed catalog, time to take out tackle

It’s March 11. The sun is shining, and at noon it’s about 50 degrees outside.
There are spring training baseball games on the radio. (The Mets are now on WOR, 710-AM.)
The Mount Everest of plowed snow in my yard has shrunk to the size of a minor Matterhorn. The chipmunks are back. I expect a sighting of the albino skunk who lives under my living room any minute.
What does this mean?
It means it’s time to dig out the fishing tackle and have a look.

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