Jack Pangburn at LI Fly Fishing Expo

Tom’s Fishing Journal: March 19 – 26

March 19 – Saturday – First Annual Long Island Fishing Expo – at the Holiday Inn in Plainview, NY.  Over 60 tables and booths and more than 360 participants through the door.  A great success, well run.  Thanks to all who pitched in and the support of River Bay Outfitters, LITU, Art Flick TU, LIFR, Salty Flyrodders and Fisherman Magazine. Can’t wait for next year’s.

Sue Solomon with Bob & Christine Lutz
Sue Solomon with Bob & Christine Lutz

March 20 – Sunday – Took Granger to the Connetquot. We were up at 6 and at the gate by 7.  Secured beats 15 and 16. I worked with Granger a bit on how to fish a nymph and a streamer but then left him on his own.  He fished a Green Woolly Bugger that he tied the night before using Morgan Lyle’s Simple Flies technique. Although he didn’t connect, he now knows another river. I did well with a bugger and dace.

Granger on Beat 15
Granger on Beat 15

March 21 – Monday – First day of spring and I sent out my quarterly newsletter. If you did not get it sign up to subscribe on the bottom of this post.  It comes out about 4 times a year.  I can send you a copy if you drop me a line and request one.

Capt Rob Thompson
Capt Rob Thompson

March 22 – TuesdayTheodore Gordon Fly Fishers had their annual dinner at the Anglers Club of NY and Chuck invited me to come as his guest. Met some nice people and enjoyed the night. A great presentation on TU’s culvert work in the Bemoc watershed was given by Tracy Brown.

Through this door
Through this door so many fishers of the fly have passed

March 23 – Wednesday – Granger went fishing on the Mill River with Jeff Yates.

Granger on the Mill River CT
Granger on the Mill River CT

March 24 – Thursday – Kevin and I at Connetquot. Morning session beats 13 -14.  Worked primarily streamers – Black Nosed Dace, Green Woolly Bugger. Had slow morning with one miss and two on, one a tiny Brook Trout with paar marks. Action picked up as it got close to noon. I switched to nymphs – a weighted Prince and a Scud, then a tiny Gold Ribbed Hares Ear, as trailers –  at the bottom of 13 and missed a nice rainbow. Then a jerk came by stomping on the water at 11:30.

Young of the year
Young of the year

PLEASE – when fishing anywhere be courteous and when at a park where sessions are timed, don’t stomp in the water before your session begins. Come on guys! Common sense and basic manners apply.

Connetquot Rainbow
Connetquot Rainbow

I moved up to 14 and had two more good size Brookies on the dace. Kevin didn’t connect but was introduced to the park and now knows where and how to fish it next time. I got a little wet when the last Brookie hit, forgetting the hip boots. I wish they would re-visit the regulation on hip boots as most fishers are wearing full waders anyway and us old guys need to stay dry and warm.

fly - trying at campsite 2016

Fly tying at Campsite with Mark Wayne that night – Lefty’s Deceiver was the fly. Good group of guys – Tom, Jim and Bradly. Picked up Hunter’s birthday present – a Shimano spinning reel for his blue and bass fishing.

March 26 – SaturdayCarmans River Clean up with Art Flick Chapter of TU. I didn’t make it because of Easter preparations.

Looking forward to April 1st and fishing the Caleb Smith water, maybe the Carmans. Plus it is time to start dialing the Catskill Flies and Dettes phone message to see when those Hendricksons arrive.

Lt. Hendrickson
Lt Hendrickson

See you on the water!

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