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Adventures in Tenkara (Copyright William Holleran)

Winter Salters

Winter Salters

A winter day on a local Salter stream before another Nor'easter storm in New England

The Fly Fishing Show

The Fly Fishing Show

Our Experience at the Fly Show in Marlborough, MA

We just got back from The Fly Fishing Show in Marlboro, MA. It was our first big show as a vendor. As most of you know The Fly Fishing Show is a very big event showcasing all the latest products in the fly fishing industry. It’s a traveling show with several stops across the United States. The Fly Fishing Show takes place in the middle of winter and is a good cure for cabin fever, especially if you live in the snow- belt. The show is many things but most importantly it’s a chance for us to meet the real people that fish the creeks, rivers, lakes, and streams and get real feedback on products and services.


The Camping Trip

The Camping Trip

I organized a camping trip with some friends to get away one more time before the summer ends and to teach them how to fish tenkara style. We went to a campground that I’ve been going to for years because it is right on the Pemigewasset River in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This trip was just for the guys, so to prove how manly we were, we booked some primitive sites with no running water or electricity. Of course, it was only a short walk to the campground store and showers....


Everyone gets a trophy?

Everyone gets a trophy?

White Mountains brook troutI’ve been teaching a lot of anglers how to use tenkara this season. When I tell people that you can use tenkara for all types of freshwater species, I’m often asked what my favorite is. I think people are surprised by my answer. Most of the time they are expecting me to say something like “trophy” size rainbow or brown trout in the rivers of western Massachusetts. But in reality, I’d rather be fishing for native or wild brook trout all over New England. Whether I’m fishing the thinnest blue line...


Chasing the Salters

Chasing the Salters

Last Sunday I finally made it to a special brook that has been on my list to scout for the elusive, wild sea-run brook trout of Massachusetts. The sea-run brook trout, or salter as we refer to them here in New England, are a very special fish. The salters hatch in freshwater brooks, streams, and rivers and then travel to the sea to feed and grow and then return to the freshwater to spawn. I have been spending a lot of time researching and studying our native brook trout, but I haven’t had any real success landing one.