Last month, fellow Farmington River guide Mark Swenson shouted out to me across the river, “Don’t you ever work?!?”
The answer is yes, and if you’re wondering where all the fishing reports have gone, you can blame all this damn work I’ve got to do. I’m right in the middle of a huge (non-fishing) writing project, with another big one on the way. Then there’s yard work. ‘Tis the season, and I am so far behind my flower beds must be wondering what the hell is going on.
OK, I have been able to get out this month for a few late night striper forays (with mixed success). And I’m going to play hooky for a couple precious hours today. In the meantime, I hope you’re getting out. Let me know how you’ve been doing.
I just need a little time…we’re talking a pinch here…to go fishing.
All good things to those who wait (and my apologies for the delay). The 500 followers contest winners are getting their flies shipped today. Coming to a mailbox soon near you:
Drew gets this section of early season bugs. Clockwise from 7 o’clock: SHBHPT, Hare and Copper variant, Frenchie variant, Squirrel and Ginger, Dark Hendrickson winged wet, Hendrickson spider.
Pete wins the classic North Country spiders, tied on light wire hooks with Pearsall’s Gossamer silks. Left cork: Winter Brown, Black Magic. Right cork, clockwise from 3 o’clock: Orange Partridge, Snipe and Purple, Grey Partridge, Poult Bloa.
Greg gets this selection wet flies for the Farmington and Housasontic. Clockwise from noon: Pale Watery wingless (Magic Fly), Drowned Ant, Squirrel and Ginger, BWO spider, SHBHPT, Partridge and Light Cahill.
Tight lines, gentlemen. And thanks to everyone for reading and following currentseams. Another 60 or so followers and we’ll do it again!
Many thanks to the HFFA for hosting me tonight — and for understanding that a fed presenter is a happy presenter. Yummy burger, yummy beer, good company. On top of that, I was gifted some flies and a lovely La Aroma De Cuba El Jefe Corona Gorda. Thanks for your generosity. Thus endeth the 2016-2017 speaking season.
Speaking of flies, my apologies to the contest winners for the delay in getting your swag out to you. I have one more dozen to tie, then off they go. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.
The writing machine is humming along. Look for more stuff soon from yours truly in Field & Stream (summer smallies) and American Angler (streamers for trout). I’ll try to get some article reposts up on this site, too.
Looks like some swollen rivers this weekend. After last year’s drought disaster, I’ll take the surplus.
The Hous at 100cfs. You won’t be seeing any of those rocks this weekend.
What else is going on?
— I’ve been working on (and testing) a new large flatwing design/color scheme. I’ll publish it this spring.
— Just got back from a steelhead trip with youngest son Gordon. Report (meh, but fun) coming soon.
— Contest winners! Some of your flies have been tied, others are still bare hooks. I’ll try to get those out by the end of the month.
— Just finished a feature on summer smallmouth for Field & Stream. You can read it in a few months. Lots of other stuff in the publishing pipeline!
— Finally, while I don’t mind (and even appreciate) last minute guide requests, the best thing to do if you want to fish with me is book well in advance. (The people I’m taking out this week booked me moons ago.) Basically, my weekends are filled from now through June, so weekdays are best.
As always, thanks for reading currentseams.
Drew landed as first seed. He passed on the North Country Spiders and will get a selection of early season Farmington River bugs.
Old pro Pete Simoni took the second slot and snapped up those NoCo Spiders like hot cakes. Smart man.
Greg Tarris, where are you? I sent an email to the address I have on file but have not heard back from you. You are the third lucky winner!
Thanks to everyone who entered. Thanks for your readership. And thanks for your loyalty. It’s much appreciated. And now, on to 600.
Second place swag. Picture any of them seated perfectly in the corner of a trout’s mouth.
Many thanks to the Fairfield County Fish & Game Protective Association for hosting me last night. One of the larger crowds I’ve presented to, and their clubhouse is a great venue. FCF&GPA understands that a fed presenter is a happy presenter, and since I thoroughly enjoyed my monster dog and chili, I hereby award them the currentseams Legion of Hot Dog Merit.
Much later, I went striper fishing. It’s a new spot I reconnoitered last year, and it looked fishy as hell in the daylight. It was a little creepy in the rain and the dark, and there wasn’t much sign of any activity, bait or predator. But I was standing in water throwing a Rock Island flatwing and fishing it on the greased line swing, and life was good. It got even better when I landed my first striper of the year, all 34 inches of her. Nothing like starting the season off with a bang — or in this case, a massive thud.
Gadzooks! The contest! I’m going to try to announce the winners in the next 24 hours.
The Rock Island flatwing continues to produce big bass. It’s become one of my confidence patterns for stripers.
Thanks to everyone who entered the 500 followers contest. The winners will be chosen at random in a few days. I hope the new group of followers who signed up will stick around — currentseams is more about content than contests.
To April. This weather system may suck for outdoor activities, but it’s a blessing for our poor drought-wracked state and fisheries. Water in the reservoirs and woods is a very, very good thing. As the water temps rise and more sunlight penetrates the depths, stripers will be on the move. It’s an embarrassment of riches for the Connecticut angler, and there never seems to be enough time to balance Hendricksons and herring runs. (Not to mention a shot up to the Ontario tribs for drop-back steelhead.)
I’m appearing at the Fairfield County Fish & Game Protective Association on Monday, but that’s a members only meeting. Next public event is “The Little Things,” Thursday, May 4, Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association, Wallingford, CT. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 65 North Main St, 7pm. For more information, visit the HFFA Facebook page.
See you on the river.
April showers, yada, yada, yada. Spring will come. Really.