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Tag: brook trout

"Bypassed Fishing"

Often, when making long hikes up into the backcountry I pass streams, small or not so small, which “look good.” I’ll think to myself, as if conversing with someone, “If a fisherman took the time they would likely find some good fishing there.” Some of these streams are in steep country and are basically pocket water, pocket water never ending, so...

"Some Days Are Easier Than Others"

Henry Croucher pulled his square-stern Grumman onto the shore of Little Moose Lake. The boat’s aluminum hull glittered under the afternoon sun. It rained twice during the previous month, but the brief showers didn’t make up for the sustained drought that had gripped western Maine since early June. During that time, the lake had receded a considerable...

Hi-Vis Coachmans For Brook Trout

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: You’ve mentioned that you’re a big fan of wild brook trout. What’s your favorite pattern for mountain brookies? - Stanley P., Nashville, TN Answer: The best trout waters near my office in southwestern Vermont are fast-flowing freestone streams, which feature lots of...

"String Theory," Or How to Have More Fun Fishing Without Really Trying

Our drive to go fishing rises from deep in our hunter-gatherer past. We’re scratching a primordial itch, like so many others that are disguised in modern life. For example, curiosity: an urge to pattern and order things, to know their names and to expand our understanding of the world. It’s an ancient genetic skill that made easier the passing of...

"The Confluence"

The Origin Whose idea it was to get me a fly rod one Christmas I don’t know.  Maybe it was my own idea.  Maybe Santa Claus's.  Most likely it was my wife, Beth's. Unlike me, she's good at filing away gift ideas during the year. The previous spring, my father-in-law, Ted Tanner, had loaned me his nine-foot bamboo rod for the afternoon. It was an...

Michigan's Upper Peninsula: "Forever a Wilderness"

In 1836 the Territory of Michigan and the state of Ohio became embroiled in a bitter land dispute that would become known as the "Toledo War."  The area in question was a narrow strip of land stretching from what is now Indiana east to the westernmost shores of Lake Erie.  When local militias squared off on opposing banks of the Maumee River Congress...

"Connecting the Dots"

I don’t spend enough time with the white pines. They don’t grow on riverbanks up here, and in the summer riverbanks are where I spend most of my time.  In terms of conifers, cedars dominate that landscape. Their twisted sun-seeking sweeper trunks and their undercut-joisting roots are the literal and literary framework of many a Great-Lakes-state trout...

"Older Fishing"

ULTIMATELY, I DON'T KNOW exactly what happened in my angling life. I had gone fly fishing for thirty-three years in Montana and then we moved there, so now I’m up to forty-two. Mind you, this doesn’t mean I’m good at it. Good and bad aren’t part of my fishing lexicon. The good can be part of the quality of light that day, or the quality of bread...

Trash Fish: Peleg Goes Fishing

WHEN I WAS SEVEN, my mind was sufficiently developed to decide that Father didn’t take me fishing enough. The year before, we had moved to Cortland, New York for Father’s first full time job in the English Department and Cortland State Teachers’ College. That’s right, Cortland, New York, home of Cortland fishing line, Cortland reels, Cortland you...

"Cutthroats"

AMONG THE HALF DOZEN or so standard questions fly fishers eventually get around to asking each other is, What's your favorite fish? Some say your answer to that will be deeply revealing — exposing you as a covert aristocrat if it's Atlantic salmon, a closet bubba if it's largemouth bass, or whatever — while others just think it might be interesting, but...