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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.

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.


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