31 December 2011

”Lefty” Honored

”Born Bernard 'Lefty' Kreh in Frederick (MD) in 1925, he soars in that rarified air with other one-name icons. If you're a rock'n'roll fan and have to ask 'Elvis who?' you should have your ears boxed and iPod confiscated.

"Same holds true in the saltwater fishing world when speaking of the Left-hander. Anyone who's ever picked up the long wand has heard of Lefty, or at least his Deceiver, purportedly designed decades ago to fool Chesapeake rockfish.”


30 December 2011

Agencies Working to Protect Upper Connecticut River

”The nuclear power plant’s thermal discharge inspired the Watershed Council to establish a series of temperature loggers over the length of the river, with particular attention to the reach from Bellows Falls to Turners Falls, Mass. Temperatures in this reach are directly affected by thermal discharge from Vermont Yankee. The Watershed Council is beginning to use the information collected to create a first- ever database of temperatures in the Connecticut River, meant to also show the long-term effects of climate change on river temperatures.”


29 December 2011

Connecticut Salt Water Seminar 07 January

”The presentation will be hosted by George Poveromo -- Host of George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing on VERSUS, and Editor-At-Large for Salt Water Sportsman, and Tom Richardson -- Noted authority on fishing the coastal waters of New England and a prominent fishing writer and editor.”


27 December 2011

A Fishing Tale from Charles Walsh

”Neither of us said much on the daunting half-mile trek back to the cars. Finally, as we slogged through the chocolate pudding mud flat just off the beach, my friend said: "Hey it was better than sitting inside watching TV, right?"

"I don't know," I said, feeling the sweat turning cold on my back. "Maybe watching the soaps might have been the better choice."

"Yeah, I hear you," my buddy said. "You may be right.

“About that time, a whooshing sound startled us….”


25 December 2011


May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace...this day and always.

Numbers 6:24

24 December 2011

Whales Might Be Going Deaf Thanks to Whale-Watchers

”Tourists are taken in boats to see whales from a distance of a few to hundred metres. This is a good source of income for tour operators. But the whales are exposed to high levels of noise generated by the engines of boats that often crowd around one or two animals. This has caused concern among researchers who believe that in the long run, such activities might affect the hearing capability of whales.”


23 December 2011

Politicians Introduce Legislation to Protect Long Island Sound

”Although decades of overdevelopment, pollution, dumping of dredged materials, and releases of untreated sewage have severely hurt the water quality, the Sound’s economic contribution from sport and commercial fishing, boating, recreation and tourism is estimated to be just over $5.5 billion a year. The Long Island Sound Restoration & Stewardship Act extends two complementary water quality and shore restoration program authorizations through 2015 at $325 million over the next 5 years. Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) is introducing the measure in the House today.”


22 December 2011

Outdoor Recreation's Good for Connecticut's Economy

"The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) recently released an extensive analysis conducted by UConn's Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis (CCEA) showing that outdoor activities on state lands have an economic impact of more than $1 billion a year.

"The $1 billion represents the amount spent by state residents and visitors on a variety of outdoor activities including camping, boating, fishing and hunting."


21 December 2011

Light Tackle Cuda in the Keys

We're off to Islamorada in another week and a half, and the guys down there have been taunting me with stories of the fishing...including this photo of Charley with an outstanding barracuda.

You can see from the rods/reels in the photo that they're not catching these fish on 80-pound tackle...more like 10-15 pounds.

This same day they also got into schools of cero mackerel running 10-12 pounds.

20 December 2011

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

"Did you hear the big news?

"Striper fishing on the Atlantic Coast was just fabulous this year.

"What, you don't believe it? Well, tell it to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which came to that startling conclusion in its annual report delivered at the annual meeting in mid-November in Boston."


19 December 2011

This Is Fly—New Issue Posted

”Winter is upon us with this 32nd issue of This is Fly. Why not warm up in the Bahamas as our editor Paris Fleezanis takes us aboard the Sea Hunter in pursuit of monster bonefish.

”Still dreaming of warmer weather? Let's meet up with Rasmus Ovesen in Belize for some trophy fish. We know everyone loves a Blitz - Pete McDonald gives us the lowdown on his new book in our one on one interview. As always our gear section is jammed packed and we have released 3 new t-shirt designs of our own. Be sure to stop by the Shop after reading this issue of This is Fly.”

This Is Fly

18 December 2011

Four Fly Rods That Changed Fly Fishing

”In marketing-speak, we've been through so much ‘next generation’ graphite hype in the last 20 years that, if you actually buy the hyperbole, you might just think a rod made in the mid-1990s is virtually un-fishable.

"That is, of course, utter hogwash. No matter what anyone tells you, fly rods have not, in fact, evolved at the same techno-pace as things like digital cameras, laptop computers and cell phones.”


17 December 2011

Bearing Witness to the Perfect Storm

”October 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of the original Perfect Storm, the Halloween Nor’easter that ravaged New England in 1991.

"The phrase "perfect storm" is now used to describe events beyond weather, including political shifts, economic trends, and other drastic confluences of circumstances. But at its core, the perfect storm is a case of occupational fatality—a work-related disaster that cost six commercial fishermen aboard the Andrea Gail their lives while doing their job.”


16 December 2011

Need to Be Careful About Discarding Fishing Line

”Bunches of line left on the shore — with or without a hook — can tie ducks, shorebirds and even turtles in knots, while other birds are injured after nibbling a bit of bait left on a hook and swallowing it.

"Lead sinkers, too, can poison birds that ingest them. Fishermen also cut lines that get snagged on trees, leaving hooks and lures to drift menacingly in the breeze. And some birds will even use fishing line as nesting material, which can ensnare their young.”


15 December 2011

Stamford Shellfishermen Plagued by Sewage

”Robert Griffith and Jardar Nygaard are the last commercial shellfishermen in Stamford Harbor and their boats are getting rusty.

“They've barely worked over the last year due to state-mandated shellfish bed closures, which shutter their businesses for weeks at a time after rainstorms or sewage spills. A 3-inch rainfall closes all Connecticut shellfish farms for at least a week, and high-volume sewage bypasses shut down shellfish beds for a minimum 21 days.”


14 December 2011

Zebra Mussels Expand Housatonic River Territory

”The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) confirmed Dec. 1 that zebra mussels have been found in Lake Housatonic, a small part of which is in Monroe. The adult zebra mussels were found by divers working for Biodrawversity LLC, the consulting firm hired by DEEP to survey for zebra mussels in the Housatonic River system and other nearby high-calcium content waters.”


13 December 2011

East Haven Boat Taken Back to Dock

”Once on scene, the Coast Guard rescue crew observed that the 24-foot sailing vessel’s electrical system was not operating properly, the radio was inoperable and the bilge pumps were not functioning. The mariner was able to call for help on his cell phone. Weather conditions on scene were reported as 4- to 6-foot waves with wind at 15 to 30 knots and poor visibility.”


Dog Shoots Duck Hunter in Buttocks

”… the man was hit from about 10 feet away with 27 pellets of birdshot. He says the man wasn't seriously injured, in part because he was wearing waders….”


12 December 2011

Striped Bass: ASMFC Says Everything’s Wonderful

”According to the ASMFC, recreational landings have ranged from a low of under 750,000 pounds in 1989 to a high of 30.5 million pounds in 2006, along the Atlantic coast. In 2010, recreational anglers landed over 22.9 million pounds (1.99 million fish).

”This represents a 24 percent decline by weight and a 26 percent decline by number from the high in 2006, the report said.

”Changes in landings have varied by state, with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey showing an increase in number of fish landed and the remaining states showing a 45 percent decrease on average.”

Martha’s Vineyard Times

11 December 2011

Changing Fish Diet Killing Baby Birds in Gulf of Maine

”’The birds are a barometer of what’s going on in the Gulf [of Maine]. Something isn’t working,’ he said.

”What that something is is difficult to pinpoint. Benedict is hedging his bets on either climate change or overfishing of herring. Herring need a certain temperature water to live in, he said, and if they need to dive into deeper waters to get that chilly temperature, the shallow-diving terns would not be able to reach them. As for fishing, he said trawling ships can break up schools of herring, dispersing them, also making it more difficult for terns to hunt.”


10 December 2011

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

"The waters of the Housatonic River may be cooling off as winter nears, but striper fishing above the Sikorsky Memorial Bridge should keep things warm up top for some time."


Feds Publish National Aquaculture Policies

”The domestic aquaculture industry (both freshwater and marine) currently supplies about five percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. The cultivation of shellfish, such as oysters, clams, and mussels, composes about two-thirds of U.S. marine aquaculture production. Salmon and shrimp aquaculture contribute about 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Current production takes place mainly on land, in ponds, and in states’ coastal waters.”


09 December 2011

Guilford Boat Boarded…Taken Back to Dock

”While conducting a joint agency operation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), a boarding team comprised of Coast Guard and DEEP personnel noted three violations: the 40-foot fishing vessel was missing a fire extinguisher, had no day shapes and no sound-producing device.”

Coast Guard News

08 December 2011

Retired Lobsterman Learns to Read…Writes Book About Fishing Life

”When retired Stonington lobsterman Jim Henry was 91 he decided it was time he taught himself how to read and write.

“And now seven years later, at the age of 98, Henry is a published author.

“Henry recently signed copies of his just-released book, In a Fisherman's Language, at Academy Point, the senior housing project where he lives.”


07 December 2011

Fishing Isn’t All Luck, but…

”A few minutes later, Chris called out that he had a fish on. The boy fought the fish for less than a minute before it broke off, and when he retrieved his line, he determined he was bitten off by a bluefish. His father cut off the remainder of the leader and tied on one of his homemade wire leaders. Chris baited up and made another cast. Not five minutes later, the youngster set up again, and this time he battles the fish to the finish and finally works it up onto the shore. His father assists him in the landing, and in the unhooking process, he detects another leader in the bluefish’s mouth, the same one that Chris had lost a few minutes before.

Charley Soares in HeraldNews.com

06 December 2011

Fly Fishing Fairfield County

”It’s also grown out of my experience on these local rivers. The number of times I’ve come off the Norwalk River in Wilton Center and people have asked me, ‘what are you fishing for?’ When I tell them wild trout I get this incredulous look.”


05 December 2011

Deadliest Catch Is In New England, Not Alaska

”National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health figures reveal that from 2000 to 2009, New England's fishery for sole, flounder, monkfish, pollock, haddock and cod takes far more lives. Our region's 26 fatalities are more than twice the total for crab fishing.”


04 December 2011

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column

"herewith we offer the Fishing Column's 2011 Guide to Gifts That Fishermen Might (No Guarantee) Actually Use.

"We asked area bait and tackle shop owners to suggest gifts for anglers in two price ranges: under $25 and "the sky's-the-limit dream gift."


Fishermen Have Been Around for A While...At Least 42,000 Years

”Mankind has always liked to fish and now there's evidence the hunting skill goes back 42,000 years in Asia… The site that we studied featured more than 38,000 fish bones from 2,843 individual fish dating back 42,000 years…


03 December 2011

The Big One Got Away...Taken By the Feds!

”’We didn’t try to hide anything,’ Rafael told The Standard-Times newspaper of New Bedford, a famous whaling era port 50 miles south of Boston. ‘We did everything by the book. Nobody ever told me we couldn’t catch it with a net.’

“A fish that big is hugely valuable, prized by sushi-lovers for its tender red meat. A 754­-pound tuna recently sold for nearly $396,000.”

Salt Lake Tribune

02 December 2011

Bass Pro Charged with Discrimination by EEOC

”The EEOC has sued Bass Pro Outdoor World for employment discrimination claiming that it did not hire people because of their race (African-American or black) or national origin (Hispanic or Latino).”

Note: Being charged and being found guilty are two different things.


01 December 2011

New England Seal Deaths to Be Studied

”NOAA announced today that the high number of seal deaths that have occurred along the New England coast since September has been declared an 'Unusual Mortality Event.' This will enable the agency to direct additional resources to further investigate the cause of these seal deaths.”