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A typical dry-dropper rig includes a high-visibility, buoyant dry fly like a Stimulator and a weighted nymph on a dropper. The dropper is attached directly to the bend of the hook on the top fly with a clinch knot. Your mileage will definitely vary. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan​

The fisherman ‘goes deep’ on dry-droppers

The situation: The angler approaches the little blue line cautiously. The angler, disregarding the stiff joints and aching back, creeps up behind the boulder and peers at the plunge pool. The angler ties on a dry fly, and ever so carefully drops it right where the spooky wild brook trout is probably hiding. 


Keaton Terrall, a senior, was the first man on the mound during the Mountaineers’ opening day game Saturday, April 19, against Northwestern Regional. Photo by by Hunter O. Lyle

Spring sports open with good weather and limited restrictions

FALLS VILLAGE — With the knowledge and experience gained from the fall and winter sports seasons, Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) has brought sports back for the spring in what looks to be a semblance of normal.


A player for Dutchess County’s hometown baseball team, Diaz Pedro of the Hudson Valley Renegades readied himself at home plate with a bat in hand. The Renegades will now be a Yankees affiliate. Photo by Roy Notar

Stadium upgrades bring Yankees affiliate to bat

WAPPINGERS FALLS — The Dutchess County Legislature approved a $1.4 million bond resolution to fund critical improvements to Dutchess Stadium on Route 9D in Wappingers Falls on Feb. 4, in hopes of boosting the economy and improving county facilities.


This Blackberry River rainbow was caught at Beckley Furnace in North Canaan in early April with a heavy squirmy red worm fly tied by Harold McMillan at Housatonic River Outfitters. The fish was returned to the water unharmed. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Looking back: Specks of good news in challenging year

There was one very good thing that happened in 2020: It was the year I finally got the hang of fishing with specks.

I define “specks” as flies size 20 and smaller.

Itty bitty bugs are present on all trout waters, usually year-round. Trout eat them, and anglers using the right imitations catch the trout.

Except me.


Housatonic Valley Regional High School forward Melody Matsudaira, a sophomore, fought for possession during the team’s last game of the season, against Litchfield High School, on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Photo by Hunter O. Lyle

Mountaineers make program history during pandemic season

FALLS VILLAGE — In a season full of questions and uncertainty, the Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) girls soccer team made history when they were crowned as Berkshire League Champions for the second consecutive year.

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