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Tangled lines - Patrick L. Sullivan

Tough times for trout, but so far they survive

Between the end of February and the second Saturday in April (April 8, this year) anglers crazy enough to head out for some trout fishing are restricted to the state’s Trout Management Areas (such as the designated sections of the West Branch of the Farmington River and of the Housatonic River) or Class I Wild Trout Management Areas, such as Wachocastinook Brook (aka Riga Brook) in Salisbury.
(You might also try certain anonymous streams, not listed by the state, that may or may not have trout, depending on whether they actually do, in fact, exist. Literally.)

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Fishing in winter is not as crazy as it sounds

On Saturday, Jan. 28, I was feeling more than a little stir-crazy. So I went fishing.
This isn’t as crazy as it sounds.
First of all, there was not a lot of snow at the time. Second, the temperatures had been well above freezing, so ice would probably not be an issue.
Third, I had a new little fiberglass rod in my mitts that required a tryout.

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Oh, the joys of the Tenkara rod

Back in February I received a handsome gift from my occasional fishing buddy Ian Davison: a Temple Fork Outfitters 10-foot 6-inch rod — the Soft Hackle.
It’s an unusual rod in that it uses no reel. Instead it has a fixed length of line.
Oh, and it telescopes out. When collapsed it’s about the size of a piccolo.
(We now pause while you Google “piccolo length.”)

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