For many fly anglers Fall means only one thing: False Albacore. With Striper numbers down and Bluefish tough on gear, False Albacore (or Albies as they commonly referred to) have become the marquee fly rod fish during the Fall run. Powerful, explosive, and finicky, these fish have everything you could want in a gamefish. Getting started Albie fishing can be challenging, as there is quite a learning curve. It takes time to figure out the rhythms and idiosyncrasies of these often perplexing fish. Below, we’ve compiled a few things that we’ve learned over the years, some general tips and guidance to get you going.
While fly fishing now encompasses almost every conceivable species of fish in both fresh and saltwater, the trout is still the marquee fish of the sport and the Northeastern US has played a significant role in keeping it there. This region, while perhaps not as “flashy” as New Zealand, Patagonia, or Russia, still has some superb trout fishing. If you know where and when to fish, and if you incorporate some technical proficiency, there are some surprisingly impressive fisheries right in your backyard. Of course, as with any trout fishery, the Northeast also has its own unique set of challenges. This Compleat Guide is a compilation of decades of collective experience fishing for trout in this region, and is designed to help make you a more successful trout angler on its waters.
For most of us fly anglers, Winter is a time of preparation. Sure, you may fish a few times when the weather is nice but for the most part, we tie flies, organize gear, and research fisheries previously unexplored. However, when Spring rolls around it is game time. The Spring season is arguably the best time all year to fish. These three short months will often account for the majority of the fish caught in a year so it really pays to make the most of them. Of course, there are a few different types of trout fisheries out there: stockie streams, wild trout streams, a mixture of both, tailwaters, small local streams, larger rivers, and so forth. However, for this article we will focus primarily on stockies. Why? Because for most fly anglers they offer a great way to dust off the cobwebs, get some fish under your belt, and still have some great fly fishing while waiting for some of the other wild trout streams to warm up. Sure the crowds can be tough at times, but there is nothing wrong with going out and bending a rod on some fat hatchery-raised fish. Below are some tips and tricks on how to best approach these fisheries to make you more successful on the water this spring.
Ah, who doesn’t love summer? Birds chirping, beaches open, barbecues, light beer, and flip flops. For humans, it’s great. But, I'll tell you who doesn’t like summer - fish. They have far fewer options to beat the heat, which leads to sluggish, indifferent behavior and that period of the year the most anglers know as the “The Summer Doldrums.” However, if you’re still yearning to do more than simply stand around the barbecue or hide in the air conditioning, we have a few suggestions. While many anglers simply stick to the same approach they did during the spring and early summer, making a few adjustments can really help you stay on the fish. Read our guide to beating the summer doldrums!
What did I grow up chasing? Largemouth bass, bluegill, and perch. And so it was great to get back out and chase them again with my friend Brendan the other day. We hopped into his new boat, packed a few 3 wt rods, and motored out into a pond near Boston.
The all new 2021 Hatch Iconic has been one of the most anticipated reels in the past 10 years. Hatch is known for making some of the best reels on the market, reels that combine smooth drags, waterproof housings, and rugged construction in a package that has made them favorites of both freshwater and saltwater fly anglers alike. When word got out that the new Iconic was in the works, many of those same anglers were waiting with bated breath. And while it’s been a long time coming, the Iconic is finally here. This reel has not disappointed and it is safe to say this will be one of the top selling reels for the foreseeable future. This is our take on the new Iconic.
What a year it’s been! With plenty of challenges on all fronts, odds are that Dad has earned a little time on the water this summer. And what better way to say “thank you” than setting him up with some new gear to make the most of it?
As a specialty fly shop, we have a ton of tackle coming in and out of our hands all year, and have a pretty good sense of what our customers are enjoying. With that in mind, we wanted to put together a short list of items that are sure to make Dad smile this Father’s day. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite picks.
After a year of lockdown, and the first season I have missed in decades on the Gaspé, with the potential to miss another this year, this video captures how I feel: a strong desire to return to these rivers.
There are few fisheries that draw a following like the Spring run of Striped Bass along the New England Coast. Fly anglers wait patiently all winter for what is often some of the best saltwater fly fishing all year. As veteran anglers know it is a rare moment when the fish are concentrated in a relatively small area, hungry from a long winter, and close enough that fly anglers can target them from shore. In fact, it’s quite common for anglers to come from all over to fish Long Island Sound’s Connecticut coast during the early season. It’s that good.