False Albacore off Cape Cod

False Albacore off Cape Cod

by Ben Carmichael September 22, 2014

Birds and breaking water. The quick cast. The mad stripping of line, hand over hand. The hard set. And then the speed—the speed of the take, the speed of the run, and the speed with which you need to throw the fish back into the ocean, headlong, like a hand-launched torpedo. This is the experience of false albacore on the fly. The whole thing, a rush.

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Photos: False Albacore & Bonito Fishing

Photos: False Albacore & Bonito Fishing

by Ben Carmichael September 16, 2014

The false albacore are in -- and in good numbers. The Compleat Angler crew has had some excellent days of fishing for the past week. We wanted to take a moment to share some photographic highlights of our albie action. We definitely have the fever! Also, for those who like bonito fishing, we threw in a few photos of bones. Now get out there -- or book a trip with us and we'll take you out!

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False Albacore: The End of the Summer Doldrums?

False Albacore: The End of the Summer Doldrums?

by Ben Carmichael September 01, 2014

Ok, I admit it: I had a case of the summer blues. Bad. It started this spring, when everything was late. I went to the Gaspe, in search of my beloved Atlantic salmon, and found the river empty. The talk was about how the run was “late.” One fish, one hookup, and a year’s worth of anticipation, and I returned home. (Read my post and watch my video here.)

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Win a GoPro Hero3+ Camera: Compleat Angler Photo Contest

Win a GoPro Hero3+ Camera: Compleat Angler Photo Contest

by Ben Carmichael July 30, 2014

We at The Compleat Angler are big fans of GoPro: we have published a bunch of videos using them. We love them so much, in fact, that we've decided to give one away! How? It's easy: just enter a photo in our photo contest before Sept 8, 2014, and you'll automatically be entered to win a GoPro Hero3+ -- a $399 value. Pretty sweet, right?!

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Gaspé Atlantic Salmon & Striped Bass: June 2014

Gaspé Atlantic Salmon & Striped Bass: June 2014

by Ben Carmichael June 30, 2014

This June, I drove north to the Gaspé peninsula in search of Atlantic salmon. I’ve been very fortunate to have made this drive north almost every summer for the last 25 years. But this year would be different.

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Packing for an Atlantic Salmon Trip: What’s in Your Bag?

Packing for an Atlantic Salmon Trip: What’s in Your Bag?

by Ben Carmichael June 17, 2014

It is commonly said that fly fishing is a sport for gear heads. It's true -- there is a lot of gear. But after spending a part of my day in a high-end photography store, I wondered: just how much gear do I bring fishing?

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DIY Stripping Basket: A Fly Fishing Essential

DIY Stripping Basket: A Fly Fishing Essential

by Ben Carmichael June 16, 2014

Of the list of essential items that one needs to fly fish successfully in saltwater, I consider the stripping basket an absolutely essential item. It can also be an expensive one.

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Beautiful Aerial Photos of Striped Bass on Cape Cod

Beautiful Aerial Photos of Striped Bass on Cape Cod

by Ben Carmichael June 04, 2014

One of the reasons I love fishing is that it takes you to beautiful places in search of beautiful things. If you've ever held a tuna, or a salmon, or a trout, or any number of other fish, you know that these can be beautiful creatures.

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Video: Spring Schoolies on Massachusetts’ South Shore

Video: Spring Schoolies on Massachusetts’ South Shore

by Ben Carmichael May 11, 2014

First, they were south of me: schoolies in Rhode Island. Then, they were suddenly north of me: schoolies on the North Shore. It was like I was the bulls eye no one could hit -- until I hit it this afternoon.

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Dispatches: Early Spring Miramichi Atlantic Salmon

Dispatches: Early Spring Miramichi Atlantic Salmon

by Ben Carmichael May 06, 2014

In the spring, you dream of your next trip. You also dream of the trips your friends are one, are just returned from. In the spring, the reports start streaming in. Recently, friends have gone to the Bahamas, to Boca for tarpon, and to the Miramichi for Atlantic salmon. I've been thinking about this last one a lot, as my close friend Ben Moody went salmon fishing for the first time on the Little Southwest Miramichi.

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April Fly Fishing in Northern New England: The Waiting Game

April Fly Fishing in Northern New England: The Waiting Game

by Ben Carmichael April 30, 2014

If fly fishing is a sport of delayed expectations -- the long winter, the thousand casts -- then April, the historic start to trout season and often the month when early schoolies arrive, is typically the month of fulfilled expectations. This year, that may not be the case.

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Fly Fishing Massachusetts’s Quaboag River: Video, Photos & Notes

Fly Fishing Massachusetts’s Quaboag River: Video, Photos & Notes

by Ben Carmichael April 27, 2014

 The water? 52 degrees. The air? A bluebird 65-70. The Hendricksons? Hatching with profligacy. The trout? Unseen and nearly unfelt. Such was our fate on the first of serious trout forays this spring. Though the catch was disappointing, it was a beautiful day on the river with a friend, and so a day well spent. Here’s the story.

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