Tom’s Blog

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Fly Fish the Salt with Capt. Dave

Fly Fish the Salt with Capt. Dave

Fly Fishing and Light Tackle fishing with Captain Dave Flanagan, a friend and accomplished fisherman on Long Island's North Shore ... Read More
9/11 plus 3 days

9/11 plus 3 days

September 14, 2001 Last night I went out on the boat. I headed west-northwest. After twenty minutes or so the skyline came into view. First the Bronx, then the Empire State Building, then the plume of smoke. The wind was from the south and the gray mist which spouted from ... Read More
The Gift of Friendship

The Gift of Friendship

John, a friend of mine, saw this prayer and said he just had to get it for me. He drove around with it in his truck for a while until our paths crossed today. Last week another friend, Mike, who had been in Manchester earlier this summer gave me this ... Read More
The Blues are in!

Sign of the times

August 1, 2019 – Northport Beautiful day. Sue decided not to come out, to take care of the house instead. I went just to start the engine and charge the batteries, never wanting to have to remove them again myself. My shoulder is still hurting. Hoping it will heal but ... Read More
Where do Bonefish come from?

Where do Bonefish come from?

I first heard of bonefishing from David Sandler, ...a potato chip salesman turned sales trainer whose legacy continues to this day. We met in the late 70’s through the Control Data Corporation which hired him to teach us how to sell intangible products to major employers. Products and services that ... Read More
Mid July on the Conny

Mid July on the Conny

Connetquot I think I was the first on the river. Two deer were grazing by the gate at Beat 16. I haven’t seen deer in the park for some time although there was a young buck, his spikes in velvet in the field across from the barns this morning, as ... Read More
NYS Camping Guide

NYS Camping Guide

Text from the NYS "Park Connect" Newsletter: The new digital 2019 NYS Camping Guide is now available. This user-friendly guide is the perfect sidekick for helping you plan your next overnight getaway. Whether you enjoy camping in a tent, RV, cabin or cottage, New York State has a variety of ... Read More
Catskill Brooks and Brookies

Catskill Brooks and Brookies

June 7 – 9 – Catskills Annual LITU weekend at the Riverside Friday – I met TLo, Joe, Mike and Luke on the Willow. The main river and back waters all very different configurations. Jerry would not recognize the place. Once deep runs are filled with rock, canopy gone, islands ... Read More
First Brookie for the New Guy

First Brookie for the New Guy

June 3 – Connetquot with PHW A nice day, cool but not cold ...with low humidity. The river is very full. Deeper than I ever remember it. One wonders if they raised the dam. I fished with Dave and Dan. Dan landed the first fish – a good size rainbow ... Read More
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