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Too bad Northern Pike can’t read …

Posted by bs - April 10, 2016 - Fun Stuff, Spring fishing

That’s one of Chuck Degray’s (North Country Fly Shop) many flies to target the elusive Northern Pike – unlike trout and salmon, pike are illiterate, so this offering didn’t work the other day.

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Rare hybrid caught on the Upper Connecticut River!

Posted by bs - April 1, 2016 - Fun Stuff

This extremely rare “crocabrown” was brought to justice earlier today on the Connecticut River – don’t worry, it was gently released to prowl the depths once again.

The pattern? It took a while to finally get it to bite and land it, but this behemoth finally took a “Pink Stumpy”, a very realistic looking human leg pattern that can only be cast with a ten weight spey rod.

Due to its incredibly slow metabolism, this trophy only comes out to feed once a year, and that happens to be on April 1 …


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Just a bit too early …

Posted by bs - March 30, 2016 - Fun Stuff, Spring fishing

That’s Chuck DeGray of North Country Fly Shop, anxiously waiting for a northern pike to gulp down his orange and white offering (that’s the “Creamsicle”, in case you’re wondering). The problem today was that there was still ice in some places along the Connecticut River’s edges – no pike for either of us today …

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Caption Contest

Posted by bs - March 17, 2016 - Fun Stuff, Spring fishing

Come up with the best caption for this picture and you’ll win my never-ending gratitude …


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Connecticut River Fishing Report: March 15

Posted by bs - March 15, 2016 - Upper Connecticut River, Winter Fishing

The angling on the Connecticut River in Pittsburg, N.H. continues to be consistent, for winter fishing that is. With the water temperature at a chilly 36 degrees, the trout are not exactly what we would consider “active”, but will take a properly presented fly in the right situation. They gotta eat, after all …

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Why We Fish In Winter

Posted by bs - March 10, 2016 - Spring fishing, Winter Fishing

Long, puzzling looks from passersby are commonplace when you’re standing thigh deep in rushing water in the middle of winter – yes, you have to be slightly “off” to enjoy getting out there on the river in January, February or March.

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Spring Training, Montana style

Posted by bs - March 6, 2016 - Fun Stuff

Things are going to change quickly this week in northern New Hampshire – that annual phenomenon called “spring” is on its way, albeit much earlier than usual this year. And we can’t wait.

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Join the Pittsburg Anglers

Posted by bs - March 4, 2016 - Fun Stuff, Trophy Stretch

Formed in 2015, the Pittsburg Anglers Association, LLC is an organization devoted to improving fishing opportunities on the Trophy Stretch of the Connecticut River in, as you might imagine, Pittsburg, N.H.

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Connecticut River Fishing Report: Leaps & Bounds Edition

Posted by bs - February 29, 2016 - Upper Connecticut River, Winter Fishing

Happy Leap Day!

The Upper Connecticut River continues to provide some solid winter angling these days, even with the river at a very low level. This morning’s rainbow (17″ and very healthy) was landed on a Goomie Worm, one of the best patterns to use up here, at any time of year. 

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Connecticut River Fishing Update: 2/7

Posted by bs - February 7, 2016 - Upper Connecticut River, Winter Fishing

Another mighty impressive fish landed by Chuck Degray of North Country Fly Shop yesterday – once again, Chuck’s Gray Soft Hackle Streamer did the trick.

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