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The author’s attorney, Thos. Gallucio, has mastered the art of not being seen. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

How not to be seen…

Here is a grab bag of thoughts as we lurch into the fall fishing season:

Dressing appropriately is important, especially as it starts to get cooler. I am always reluctant to resume the waders, and will go as late into the season as I can wet wading.


They may not look like much in the bottom of a giant net, but panfish provide excellent sport during low flow, high water temperature conditions. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Fishing for panfish in the grim mid-summer

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re having a drought.

Take a look at your nearest babbling brook. Pretty low, isn’t it?

Or check out the Housatonic River. Better yet, get in it without waders. It’s bathtub warm.

At least Mother Nature has cheesed it with the super-hot weather.


Introducing Mongo, a largemouth bass caught last year with a fixed line rod. For perspective, the purple thing in the fish’s mouth is about 2 inches long. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Introducing Mongo: Fixed line meets big fish

The last few years I have spent more and more time using the telescoping, fixed line, no-reel fly rods that come under the umbrella term “Tenkara.”

Devotees spend hours arguing the nuances and nomenclature for different kinds of fixed line rods, and since few of them speak Japanese I suspect they are still missing something.


The legendary Island of Smallmouth somewhere on the Housatonic River. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Dog days come early to anglers

CORNWALL — The dog days are upon us, a lot sooner than usual.

The authorities have cut the flow into the West Branch of the Farmington River to a cold but meager 75 cubic feet per second, which means if you head over there prepare for long leaders and fine tippets.


Trout Unlimited’s Scott Ritchie fished as his fellow chapter members heckled him at Beckley Furnace on Saturday, April 16. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Grinding it out on the Blackberry

NORTH CANAAN — The Blackberry River is well-stocked and fished hard.

It also has Beckley Furnace, which is Connecticut’s only industrial monument and as such has a couple of picnic tables.

On a pleasant day it’s a nice spot to grab a sandwich and relax.


Your tax dollars at work, in the form of a stocked rainbow trout taken in the Blackberry River. The fish was released unharmed and with first-hand knowledge of why it shouldn’t try to eat panfish poppers. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

It’s tackle fondling time!

The snow’s pretty much gone so it’s time for the annual look at tackle fondling.

Let us check out the waders. Do they leak? Why yes, they do. Not so much a large tear in the Space Age breathable fabric, with frigid water gushing in. No, we are talking pinprick leaks, which inevitably develop in even the priciest waders.

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