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A largemouth bass, nicknamed Mongo, was the highlight of a previous warm-water fishing season. The fly in Mongo’s mouth is about an inch long, for reference. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Swerving into August angling

Back in 2011, for Christmas my mother gave me a copy of “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt.

It’s a dense piece of learning, full of rich detail.

But because deep down I’m shallow, I didn’t get very far with it.

But the title made enough of an impression that I think of August as Swerve Month.

Tenkara madness versus specks

A couple weeks back Gary from Jewett took a ride over from his northern Catskill lair to annoy fish in a different setting.

The Housatonic flow was still pretty robust at 740 cfs and the wading was challenging. I was testing out a Dragontail tenkara rod, a 13-footer, and put a few trout in the net.

Andrew Corrigan shows how to keep a low profile on a brook trout stream. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Tangled Lines tackles the hard questions

Let us open the Tangled Lines mail bag and see what’s on offer.

It’s been so cold and rainy that instead of fishing I am watching documentaries about secret societies. I even joined an order of guys who call themselves Templars. Am I going crazy?  Linus J. Scrimshaw, Perth Amboy, N.J.

Here’s what happened last time I decided to organize my fly boxes. It’s called “mission creep.” Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

2023 Certified Guide to Tackle Fondling

It’s early March, and that means it’s tackle fondling time.

Connecticut and New York have both eliminated closed seasons for most inland trout fishing, but cold respects no human regulation.

And after the subzero temperatures on Feb. 3 and 4, I have not been in any big hurry to suit up and go fishing.

Lo and behold! Fishable water in mid-January! Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

A brief encounter …

With a few hours in hand on Saturday, Jan. 14, I voyaged forth, looking for fishable water.

Stream number one was raging, which is what I was afraid of.

Stream number two I skipped, because getting in and out would require more time than I had.

The author took advantage of a winter thaw to chase brook trout in January 2022. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Why fish in the winter? Well, because we can.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean fishing is over.

Winter fishing has a lot going for it, including: snow, ice, frigid winds, general misery, and the very real chance of serious injury from taking a header on the ice.

There is also an excellent chance of developing hypothermia after taking an unscheduled bath.


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