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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.

A fat, healthy and wild rainbow trout came to the author’s (wet) hand on the Esopus Creek last week. New York state no longer stocks the Esopus, in order  to encourage the reproduction of wild rainbow trout. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Returning to angling form after long, hot and dry summer

BOICEVILLE, N.Y. — When we last checked in with Gary, he was getting used to his new life of austerity.

See, he’d made the mistake of going to the doctor for a once-over, and the medico brought in a couple of colleagues and gave Gary’s system the gang gong.

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.


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