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  1. 13 hours ago, Poopdeck said:

    Just don't go poking at one with the tip of your fly rod . 


    "Hello LL Bean, I'm going to need a replacement rod because I was poking a snapping turtle with the rod tip.  Under your lifetime warranty is that considered normal use"?

  2. Thanks Steve. Yours  is the prevailing opinion from what I’m reading online. Also their notorious bad attitude is usually displayed only when their on dry land.  The “experts” say they feel secure in water.  I’m still going to be a little cautious.  

  3. Here's a question for anyone out there with some knowledge of snapping turtles.  Last summer I began to see this guy frequently in the best pool on one of my favorite fishing streams.  He was there so often that I started calling him "Ernie" (for all I know he could be a she).  To give you an idea of Ernie's size, his shell is roughly as big as a toilet seat.  Last summer/autumn the water was low and I was able to "see and avoid" with him and we had no issues.  The water was warm then and so even when I didn't see him I'm sure he would swim away from me if I waded to close.  But currently the water is waist deep and I can't see the bottom while I wade.  It's also cold so the turtle is really sluggish, add in that I'm being as stealthy as possible and I'm a little concerned about kicking or stepping on him-  Should I be?.  

    Thanks all-





  4. On 5/7/2021 at 9:04 AM, niveker said:

    Sad to hear.  Think the water too high/fast from the recent rains?  They may be all pooled up in the same soft spot somewhere, I've seen that happen before.    

      I hope to get out to the Swift his week-end, if I can bushwack a path through my yard to the street.   

    The state stocks this river in 3 locations one of which is from road bridge about 1500 yards upstream from my fishing area.  There is a really deep pool just down stream so It's a safe bet that's where some of them are.   I can fish that pool with a little bit of effort.  There is also beautiful water going upstream from that bridge that is land locked by private property and I don't have access to.  Typically it takes a week or two before some of them make their way down to the area behind my house. 

  5. I can't say I dislike my work, the fact is I truly enjoy my day job most days anyway.    I've also been fortunate to also work as a professional musician in rock bands on weekend for the past 35 years.  But given a choice on a beautiful day I'd rather be fishing.  Yesterday I was outside all day in rural Connecticut doing utility pole surveys.   The pole line paralleled a nice little stream.  At one point we crossed over it and from the small bridge I could see several small Brook trout looking back -mockingly.  Hmph...


  6. On several occasions I've had dragon flys grab a a light brown colored soft hackle while it dangled off the end of my rod and try to carry it away.  My Theory: Bugs eat other bugs.  Flys look like bugs and probably smell or taste like food because of the natural materials they are made with.   You look like food, you smell like food, you're coming with me- 

  7. 3 hours ago, Baron said:

    I raised Barn owls as a kid. They make awesome pets but are best left wild. 

    I am mesmerized by this class of soft flys. What are they called, spiders? No gobs of glue, no UV light needed, simple thread body. perfect assuming it catches fish. 

    They are known as North Country Spiders in the UK, in the U.S. we tend to call them Soft Hackles.  Pretty much the same thing.  They are really effective because all those legs come alive and move in the water.  Traditionally the body is silk thread, simple in their design but they can be tough to master.

  8.  It's 48 degrees out with a forecast high of 58, the sun is shining  and there is only a gentle breeze, an absolutely perfect day to be casting a line.  But not for me because I'm stuck at my @#$% office watching another perfect fishing day slip away through a window.  Earning a living is really starting to interfere with my fishing.

    For anyone out there who's also got the "work ethic" curse here's 4 minutes of sanity-



  9. 14 hours ago, niveker said:


    Excellent topic, DF.  A great looking pool being watched over by that pine tree there.  

    I typically find new spots one or two ways.  Most of the time it's a new area I have taken the dog to for a walk where I can let him off leash.  Like my dog, I very seldom stay on a trail for very long, and like a rat to a meat wagon, I usually find my way to water. 

    I also travel around the central part of the state a lot on business and keep my eyes peeled for any likely looking streams crossing the road and make a note and take a photo if possible.  fact, I'm pretty sure I know the river you mentioned here, but I "discovered" it from the opposite side.  I have not fished it yet though.    

    One of my favorite places I came across while hiking with the dog is just a little brook, barely a thin blue line.  It runs down through a little rocky gorge that  never sees full sunlight but for winter.  The terrain gradually flattens, and the river splits and comes together again a few times,  and finally flows along a private cow pasture and into a public water supply area.  Very tempting that end.    

    I have seen foot long Brookies in here, but have yet to catch any approaching that size.  This one pool in particular, the 4th photo, that must be 4 or more feet deep, I visit every time I'm there.  I know the big guys have to be hanging out in there, but I can only tempt the smaller ones.  A few fly fishers have visited that brook,, as I have seen their offerings to the laurel bushes, but there are no worn paths along the banks.  








    There's even a lone gravestone just a bit back from the brook, to add a bit of mystery.  LOL - I love the New England woods.  





    Wow that's beautiful water!  I also always have an eye out for hidden Brook Trout streams here in Central Mass.  Most anglers won't spend the time or effort trying to locate cold high gradient streams to catch (and release) such a small fish but to me they are a jewel. Sadly as you know so much land here is posted.  I used the Mass Wild Trout streams website and compare the streams they show holding wild brookies with Google Maps to find public access points. It's always a great day when I find one that's not plastered with "No trespassing, violators will be prosecuted signs".

  10. 15 hours ago, skeet3t said:

    Nice looking place. Just curious, is the bike trail close to the stream? Thinking about erosion and silting.

    Not really, I would say at the closest approach it might be 30' but the majority of it is 50' and beyond.  The path in the stream location is not smooth but full of ruts and exposed roots so they can't really go to fast. This is on Army Corps of Engineer/State property project and here in Massachusetts nothing gets approved without an environmental study. 

  11. From the way Robert describes it it sounds like it is a hackle but with qualities like Marabou.  He usually recommends specific substitutes to replace now illegal feathers but It sounds like he hasn't found one for the Brown Owl hackle.

  12. Would anyone like to share their stories of how they discovered a favorite or secret fishing spot?

    I have a nice free stone stream a 10 minute drive from my home that I fish at all year.  Our state stocks it (Bows and Brookies) but It warms and I have never caught a trout in my usual holes past mid June.  Still the water usually flows well through the summer and it's loaded with Fall Fish, River Herring, Gills and some foot long large mouths.  All of which are really fun on a fly rod and I've had days when I've caught 40 of them in 4 hours.   I fish it when I don't have the time to drive out to the cold water rivers in the area.  I have fished from my put in spot to the small dam up stream and to a spot down stream at which point it becomes impassible at least for me. 

     Over the years while at my tail gate getting geared up I have watched pick ups hauling dirt bikes pass by sometimes a dozen at a time.    Saturday morning for the first time in 12 years one of them stopped and asked how the fishing was and if I had ever fished at the other end.  Other end?  He said the dirt bike trails were open to hikers and fishing.  He told me of one trail that followed along side the river for a few hundred yards and that while riding he had always thought that it looked like great fishing.  I knew where the parking for these trails was located but I didn't realize the trails run below the parking area down  fairly close the the river.  This is about 1500 yards down stream form the farthest point I had ever reached.  So Saturday late afternoon my wife and I took the pooch for hike and did some exploring.  When we arrived there were plenty of dirt bikes around.  We hiked down one of the trails and came to the river just as the guy said.  I know you must be thinking "I don't want to listen to dirt bikes when I'm fishing" but there are so many miles of trails there they actually pass by only rarely and when they do they are going slow.   I fished the runs below over 3 hours on Sunday morning and I barely noticed them at all.  Thanks to the kindness of a friendly stranger I now have hundreds if not thousands of yards of easily accessible new water to fish.  Who knows I might even find a trout hold over pool. 






  13. I had a good 3 hours on Saturday as well.  They were hitting winged wets and soft hackles.  I was fishing them upstream dead drift without and indicator other than a 4" piece of red amnesia tied into my leader. (Following Davie Wotton's techniques)  I also caught 2 good sized Fall Fish and lost 2 reasonable sized "somethings".  

    This rainbow came on a #10 Silver Invicta winged wet.




    Brook trout caught on a #10 March Brown winged wet-




    This one grabbed a Red Head Woodcock and Brown Soft Hackle.




  14. 3 minutes ago, Noahguide said:

    Great day on the water on Mother's Day.  Chauga Slam with Bows, Brooks and browns.  Nothing big but a full day of good fishing.  The best part?  The only other "fisher on I saw in four hours was the heron, that stayed one run below me.



    That's a great day as far as I'm concerned, that run looks fishy as hell!


    1 hour ago, niveker said:

    Been a while since I was on my local stream.  Nice to catch Brook Trout again, even small ones like this.  Lost several more, forgot how to set a hook on the swing, apparently.  Swinging a brown Hen & Orange below a weighted Casual Dress.  All took the soft hackle I believe.  



    I'm glad you caught more than peace and quiet this time.  Brook trout are my favorite and I would rather catch small brookies than big bows- Is that wrong?  🙄

  15. 8 hours ago, TIER said:


    Trask River, Tilamook, Oregon, 5/8/2021

    I walked for a long time through mud to find this river and I was fishing for 20 minutes and i got this dude (it was actually a hen). 

    That's a beautiful fish!

  16. 23 hours ago, niveker said:

    I'll be over @ 4.  

    Not a trout to be found yesterday-  I live a quarter mile down stream of the stocking point with shallow water in between so it usually takes a while before they find to 2 pools behind me.

  17. 23 hours ago, Steeldrifter said:

    Still pretty close to it. I'm at 215 lbs now and that's a pretty good weight for my 6'4" height so I am eating about 1600-1700 per day now and able to pretty much maintain my weight at that number so far. This week I've dropped another 1/2-1lb so if I keep losing slowly then I'll probably bump up the calories a bit more to about 2,000 per day.

    Wow- good job!

  18. Nice results Steve!  Losing weight is probably one of the most challenging things in my life.    I remember you said somewhere you were only eating 1400 calories per day.  Is that still correct?  I certainly could stand to lose some weight so please let us know how your doing it (details if you don't mind).  I have some old fishing clothes I would love to fit into again!

  19. They stocked the river behind my house yesterday and it looks like I will be able to fish after work today.  And yes it's just breezy enough, to make it difficult (again).  The river is flowing nice from the rain this week so that's a plus!

  20. 16 hours ago, niveker said:

    Great looking fly and nice rosy red cheeked 'bow.    

    I've only been out on the water twice so far this spring, and got skunked both times.  And from the few fly fishermen I talk to, things have been on the slower side also.  Could be that the waters are slow warm up, so the fish haven't spread out into their regular haunts yet, or the increase in numbers of people fishing has decreased the # of available fish.  I'm certain it isn't any shortcoming or lack of skill on my part.  

    Thanks sir, I've been out roughly 10 times about 3 hours each with 4 bows to show for it.  I've caught plenty of small Fall Fish and River Herring which is fun too.  When I have been skunked I always reflect on my son in law statement "I caught peace and quiet" a valued catch to a married guy .  😉

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