28 February 2017

• Wire Tippet Prevents Bite-Offs

“You can get away with heavy monofilament or fluorocarbon for smaller toothy fish, such as Spanish macks and little blues (not ‘cudas!) but if the macks are “max” or you’re on some kingfish, wire is a must. When a sizeable toothy fish clenches its teeth, your fly is gone.

“Now I make it habit to carry both singlestrand and braided wire leader, and there are new products that make it easier to rig up for flies.…....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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27 February 2017

• Salters

“Brook trout that take advantage of the marine environment are strong, fast-growing, molded genetically to their specific water and in desperate need of protection. In much of the literature they’re known as “anadromous brook trout,” but that’s a misnomer. Better to call them ‘salters…’

“They spawn in fresh water but don’t spend years at sea or undertake long migrations. Rarely do they venture far from the mouths of their natal streams, and they frequently trade between salt, brackish and fresh water, sometimes in the span of 24 hours. In winter, when most landlocked brook trout put their metabolisms on hold, salters fatten on such marine and estuarine bounty as smelt, sand lances, mummichogs, spearing and grass shrimp....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FlyRod&Reel

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26 February 2017

• Video: A Different Sort of River Monster

“We’ve all tuned into the fishing show River Monsters to see what Jeremy Wade is reeling in next. But in this video, Jeremy faces a “monster” he’s not dealt with before.

“While pursuing salmon in the Alaskan wilderness, you have to keep your head on a swivel. You never know when you might get a 400 pound spectator who’s looking for a quick meal….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OutdoorHub

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25 February 2017

• “By 2050 There Will Be More Plastic In the Sea Than fish”

“Contaminated fish and shellfish have been found everywhere from Europe, Canada and Brazil to the coast of mainland China – and plastic-eating fish are now showing up in supermarkets...

"The question is no longer: are we eating plastic in our seafood? What scientists are urgently trying to establish is just how bad for us that is. Another question we might ask: how did we get here…?"

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheGuardian

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24 February 2017

• Fly Fishing: Pro Guides Tell How to Set the Drag

“I will always fish with it set a little on the lighter side: loose enough, but not so it will backlash…

“If or when I hook a good fish, I will tighten as needed....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Orvis

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23 February 2017

• Coast Guard Cautions, Boater Found, CT Kayaker Lost


• Coast Guard Cautions Fishermen On Cold Water


“While the spring-like temperatures may have warmed the air over the weekend, it takes a lot more than two days in the 60s to get the water to climb out of the 30s.

“With water temperatures between 32 and 40 degrees, it only takes 15-30 minutes to hit exhaustion or unconsciousness, and you only have a 30 to 90 minute window of expected survival....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NBCConnecticut





• Man Clinging To Capsized Boat Off Cape Cod


“A 42-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station ChathamBOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued a 36-year-old man this morning after his 10-foot aluminum boat capsized in Nantucket Sound…

“The man’s girlfriend notified the Coast Guard at around 1:20 a.m. that he had not returned home after venturing out on the Bass River earlier in the day....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CoastGuardNews





• Coast Guard Suspends Search For Overdue Kayaker Near Montville, CT


“The Coast Guard and other local agencies suspended the active search at sunset, Monday, for a overdue kayaker near Montville, Connecticut.

“Missing is Lyle Dagenias, 31, last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt and jeans....”

PHOTO is not related to this story...it's just a file photo

Please visit this link to read the full article: CoastGuardNews

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22 February 2017

• Our Game Fish Being Fed to Cows?

“A new study emerging from the Sea Around Us project at the University of British Columbia's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries reveals that from 1950 to 2010, 27 per cent of commercial marine landings were diverted to uses other than direct human consumption…

“Out of the grand total, 18 million tonnes of fish have been being used specifically in the production of fishmeal and fish oil, which are commonly fed to aquaculture and livestock species....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ScienceDaily

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21 February 2017

• The Tuesday Rant: If You Live In Connecticut, You Gotta Read This

“…perhaps the most accurate description of the Governor’s plan is a thinly disguised admission that Connecticut is functionally bankrupt...

“After years of struggling with an overall fiscal situation that the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has ranked as the worst of any state, the ability of the legislature to close further deficits with higher income taxes or fees has gone about as far as the public will accept....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: DailyCaller

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20 February 2017

• Stripers On the Fly Rod

“For a long time now, one of the great yet often unnoticed, game fish available to fly anglers on both the West (Northern California) and nearly the entire East Coast, has been the striped bass (Morone saxatilis)…

“What makes these fish so desirable to fly anglers is its availability to both shore-bound and boat anglers alike, and while they’re not always the easiest fish to catch, striped bass offer anglers a chance at catching a fish on a fly rod that can weigh as much as 50 pounds. Try catching a trout like that....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: AmericanAngler

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19 February 2017

• ASMFC May Liberalize Striper Rules

“Interstate fishing managers are considering liberalizing rules for commercial and recreational fishing of striped bass along the East Coast.

“A draft of new rules is expected in May....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheFisherman

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18 February 2017

• Which Hand Should You Reel With?

“As a lifelong right-handed caster and retriever, I have been subjected to this kind of ludicrous lecturing on a fairly regular basis. And I’m sure that many of my fellow right-reelers have endured the same fate. So I’m gonna lay it down nice and slow right here:

“You should reel with whichever hand feels the most comfortable to you. You are not compromising any part of the fishing experience by using one hand or the other….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Orvis

COMMENT: I dunno that I agree with this. As a right-hand caster, my right arm is the stronger, so when fighting a bluefish or striper, rather than the dink trout that Orvis seems to concentrate on, I want that rod in my right hand. Further, we do not retrieve flies by reeling; rather, we strip them in with our non-rod hand...then, once a decent fish is hooked, we have to reel up all that stripped-in line to get the fish on the reel. As any fly caster who's caught a fast-running fish knows, that reel up of the loose line and that transfer to the reel can be very tricky [especially if it's a false albacore or a bonefish]...and at that time I do not want also to have to change hands with the rod.

I cast with the right, strip with the left, and reel with the left...makes life much simpler and may well result in fewer lost fish.

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17 February 2017

• ASMFC Publishes Blackfish Stock Assessment

“Tautog are a relatively slow growing, long‐lived fish. Individuals over 30 years have been recorded in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Virginia. Tautog also grow to large sizes, up to 11.36
kg (25 lbs)…

“They mature at 3 to 4 years of age, and spawn from April – September. They undergo seasonal inshore‐offshore migration in some parts of their range, but tagging data indicate they return to the same reefs year after year and do not make extensive north‐south migrations.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LINKHERE

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16 February 2017

• Excellent Loop Knot

The No-Slip Mono Knot starts with [a] an overhand knot; then [b] pass the tag end through the eye of the hook and back through the overhand;

[c] wrap the tag end around the standing part a few times and then [d] back through the overhand knot; [e] snug it up. As to the number of wraps the tag end takes around the standing part: For 50-lb. mono use 2-3 wraps; 40 use 3-4; 30 use 4; 20 use 4-5; all other sizes, 5 wraps.

And here are some tricks it's taken me two years to learn with this knot: [1.] Make the overhand knot as small as possible...just open enough to pass the tag end through. [2.] Before starting to do the wraps, after you've passed the tag end through the overhand knot for the first time, move the overhand knot down close to the hook eye. [3.] Do not pull on both the standing part and the tag end to tighten. Pull only on the tag end while holding the standing part steady until the knot seats itself fairly well.

[4.] Test the finished knot by holding the hook and pulling on the standing part in some manner [hold the hook with pliers, hook it onto something fixed]; pull hard. [5] Every time the tag end passes through the overhand knot it must follow the same path; it's easy to pass the line through the overhand knot from the wrong side resulting in a knot that looks good but will slip under pressure; each pass through the overhand knot must follow the same path. [6.] The knot also works for putting a loop in the butt end of a leader. [7.] It also works for creating a dropper loop; just leave a long tag end for the bottom hook and loop the top hook to the dropper loop.

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15 February 2017

• Videos Show How to Use Color to Catch Fish

“…shows us what fish see when they look - and why it's important to know how fish perceive color under different circumstances…

“This is the First of Four videos on the subject of Lure Color and How Fish See....”

Please visit this link to see the video: OnLineFisherman

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14 February 2017

• The Tuesday Rant: Connecticut Ranks Way Down the List on Residents’ “Well-Being”

“A new poll from Gallup-Healthways shows which states had the highest and lowest well-being in 2016. Well-being scores are based on participants' answers to questions about their sense of purpose, social relationships, financial lives, community involvement and physical health…

“Here is the full list of states ranked by their well-being score, which is out of 100....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LiveScience

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13 February 2017

• Lure Retrieval Gadget

“This very cool suggestion for a lure retrieval tool came from a guy named Colby Pearson. He did a ton of great videos but has not been putting any up of late…

“We found this looking for a few different ways to retrieve stuck lures - something that might happen to you once in a while….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnLineFisherman

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12 February 2017

• “Global Warming May Make Fish Toxic”

“Increased rainfall and melting snow and ice is expected to increase the flow of organic matter into aquatic ecosystems in large parts of the northern hemisphere…

“Research conducted in Sweden predicts this could lead to a sevenfold increase in the mercury content of zooplankton, tiny marine animals at the base of the ocean food chain.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HeraldScotland

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11 February 2017

• Invasion: Grass Carp Now In Three of the Great Lakes

“Invasive grass carps have reached three of the Great Lakes, posing a serious environmental risk to the lakes and wetlands of the Great Lakes Basin (GLB), according to a study released on Friday…

“The study…concludes that unless actions are taken to curb the invasion of the grass carp, the ecological consequences would be devastating and would be extreme in the Great Lakes Basin within 50 years.....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: DigitalJournal

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10 February 2017

• “Stop Hurting Those Fish!”

“The anti-fishing brigade has once again rolled out the 'fish feel pain' rhetoric in an effort to convince people that fishing is a bad thing to do…

“Unfortunately this false argument is something that is continually peddled by groups with a vested interest in ending all recreational and commercial fishing....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheWest

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09 February 2017

• A Collection of Photos and Stories...Not All About Fishing


• The Artistry of Stratford’s Milton Bond


Milton Bond was an oysterman of Stratford, CT and a great artist. He did what’s called “reverse painting on glass.”

Wikipedia explains: "Realistic reverse paintings are more challenging to create as one must, for example, in painting a face, to put the pupil of an eye on the glass before the iris, exactly the opposite of normal painting. If this is neglected the artist will not be able to correct the error as they will not get in between the glass and the paint already applied.....”

The photo above is of a Milton Bond miniature…probably about two square inches in area. A few of his more complex and larger works can be seen at: http://www.invaluable.co.uk/artist/bond-milton-eqxmg0oo3v

• Shang Wheeler and the Stratford School of Decoy Makers


As most who have fished for a while in the Stratford, CT know, that big marsh at the east side of the mouth of the Housatonic River is the Charles Wheeler Wildlife Management Area. What some may not know is that it's named after a Stratford oysterman and politician, Charles E. Wheeler, one of the Stratford School of Decoy Carvers.

Wheeler-carved decoys have sold for more than $100,000.


• Z. Chesson, Photography


This spectacular photo of Laurel Beach, looking out along Cedar Beach to Milford Point…

…is by Z. Chesson, my grandson, from his drone. If you’re looking for drone photos of your property or an event, contact me and I’ll have him get in touch with you.


• “Sports Afield,” Annual Fishing Edition


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

(No, actually it was only in Milford, CT—but it was a long time ago.) ...I used to subscribe to “Sports Afield” magazine. SA published annual specials on fishing in the spring and hunting in the fall.

Regretably, I have only the front cover of this issue, but it’s been framed and hanging near my fishing gear for 68 years.










• Forcing Daffodils


Most of what is writted about forcing daffodils says to pot them in the fall, stick the pots in the fridge, and then take them out no sooner than 10 weeks later. That's doing it the hard way as the pots take up too much room.

Better way: In the fall, buy a bag of daffodil bulbs [these were 50 for $20] and stick the bag in the vegetable bin of the fridge. Don't eat them, they're toxic...all parts of them are toxic to humans and pets.

No sooner than 10 weeks later, take them out of the fridge, pot them up, water, and stick the pots in a sunny window. After several weeks they'll bloom. The forced bulbs can be planted outdoors, but it may take them a few years to recover from having been forced.

Fun to do—watch the bulbs sprout and flower—but obviously can't be done if you've got kids or animals that might chow down on them.

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08 February 2017

Latest Issue of CT Fishin’ Tips

CT Fishin’ Tips is a monthly newsletter with information, pointers & tips, and news from DEEP's fisheries programs. Connecticut has a tremendous diversity of fishing opportunities - both freshwater and marine. With a subscription to CT Fishin’ Tips, you will receive the latest fishing information delivered right to your fingertips.

Each time the newsletter is sent out, you will receive instructions for making modifications to your subscription including how to unsubscribe.

Subscribe to 'CT Fishin’ Tips': CTFishinTips

(You will be prompted to enter your e-mail address and then be directed to a web page where you can sign up for CT Fishin’ Tips and/or other DEEP Newsletters.)

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07 February 2017

• The Tuesday Rant: Don’t Let Malloy’s Budget Talk Fool You

“Under water for most of the 2017 fiscal year so far, Connecticut’s budget situation has improved and is running a $23.3 million surplus, according to the governor’s budget office…

“None of what was reported…speaks to the looming $1.46 billion budget deficit expected for 2018....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTNewsJunkie

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06 February 2017

• Need A Fast Repair of A Rod Guide?

“In this video, you learn how to repair a broken guide without having to build a custom rod-building setup in your garage…

“You can, in fact, repair a guide and make it quite workable if you follow this simple video....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnLineFisherman

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05 February 2017

• Every Striped Bass Angler Should Read This

“Some of us are addicted to bass. Every day, every trip, is going to be the one when we haul the record fish over the side…

“No matter that the last three trips only resulted in school sized specimens, or perhaps a skunking; hope springs eternal….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CharleySoares

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03 February 2017

• “Fly-Fishing: The Stop”

“There is nothing more important about a fly cast than how it ends…

“If your cast feels anemic, your leader doesn’t turn over fully, your loops are big and sloppy, your line lands on the water before our fly, or you’re not getting the distance you want, I’ll bet you five dollars to a doughnut the problem is with your stop....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: GinkAndGasoline

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02 February 2017

This Is Fly Magazine: Latest Issue

Amazing photography.

“We would like to wish all our readers a Happy New Year and announce the latest issue of This is Fly Magazine

“As we begin our 10th year of production we are excited to work with the most talented writers, photographer, artists, musicians and anglers in and outside of the fly fishing industry....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ThisIsFly

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01 February 2017

• Weedguards For Flies

“…to protect your hook point. Depending on the size of your fly and the type of cover you are fishing, most guards are fashioned from hard mono in the 15- to 25-pound range or light gauge single strand wire.

“The following options will get the job done....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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