If you see someone spending their lunch hour casting a 15 footer in a farm pond or city canal in MA, chances are it's me. I spent many years of steelheading hardcore pursuit in the Seattle area, moved to New England several years ago for a family emergency, and make my pilgrimage back to the PNW without fail each year (twice most years).
If you are interested in a get together on the CT river or upper Merrimac for brood stock atlantics next spring, let me know. The fishery is pretty pathetic compared to northern rivers in the Canadian Maritimes, across the atlantic, or the pacific northwest, but hey it's a reason to Spey cast.
Thankfully the outstanding striper fishery in the salt keeps me quite entertained between Spey trips, and the northeast contingent of the flyfishing forum is very active
Great idea Juro. Maybe a Spey Casting get together this spring? I would be willing to drive a couple of hours to brush up with others that are interested.
On an unrelated note, I have heard that the fishing in NY is on fire. Where's my calender...
Juro, I fish the 'Mac regularly so that would be great. I live up near Waterville Valley, but fish the section below Bristol frequently. I will probably be out there trying not to hook myself this weekend. Your right, its not the Grand Cascapedia, but hey, they ARE Atlantics, and some are fairly good sized.
Do any of you head up to the Great Lakes? I am from Oswego originally, so visiting family becomes a priority in the Fall/Winter(lol)!
LOSA (Lake Ontario Steelhead Association) normally has a fisherman's demo at the hatchery at Altmar on the Salmon River (NY) on National Hunting & Fishing Day in Sept. Lots of spey casting and demos, among other things. It's a good conservation organization, and the folks are helpful with regard to sharing info, patterns, etc.
No, I'm not from Mass. My family came to this country through Boston, and my grandparents and great aunts & uncles all had the accents to prove it. (We even munched dulce [dulse?] often. You know, the purple seaweed.)
Just thought you might like to know about the shindig at Altmar - it's a good time to be on the Salmon, too - fishing is usually good, and it's before the major crowds hit. If anyone is interested, I will post follow-up info a month or so before.
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