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Matt Dickerson: On trout, new students and old memories

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



Thirty-five years ago this month, I headed off to college in a small, rural, New Hampshire town. I didn’t own a car and would go through my college career and most of my graduate school career without one. I didn’t even own a good bike until I purchased one before senior year so that I could participate in a 10-day, 500-mile bike trip to Nova Scotia with the college’s outing club.

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Matt Dickerson: Low, warm water and bad karma

Posted on August 31, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



I’ve been spending a lot of time this summer driving over my favorite local trout rivers, looking down into the water, and shaking my head in dismay at the low water levels. And my next thought is that I probably shouldn’t go fishing.

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Matt Dickerson: State parks and other outdoor activities for summer

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



We arose early to beat the oppressive August heat and humidity, strapped on our bike helmets, and headed out for a quick loop before breakfast. As it turned out, the early morning departure wasn’t necessary to beat the heat. Though only an hour and a half away from our house in Middlebury, the temperature on Grand Isle was 7 or 8 degrees cooler and the breeze coming off the lake wonderfully pleasant.

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Matt Dickerson: Reflections on catching native and invasive trout

Posted on August 3, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



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There I was again, having spent three days traveling along beautiful Wyoming trout water without a chance to actually wet my line, just as I had the previous week (and in my previous column). Only this time it was in the Shoshone National Forest and Yellowstone National Park, rather than the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

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Matt Dickerson: Wild Wyoming cutthroat trout

Posted on July 21, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



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I’d been in Wyoming six days with barely a chance to wet my line. It was not for a lack of good-looking water. With the exception of a six-hour trip across a flat roasting high-altitude desert, I’d been crossing or driving alongside one beautiful river after another. Lovely. Enticing. And a bit frustrating since I was looking at them through a car window and not in my waders.

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Matt Dickerson: The balm of brook trout

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



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It began with a trip to a river I have been fishing since I was 13 years old: the Little Androscoggin.

My school career began with kindergarten in the little Maine village of Bryant Pond, whose two thriving lumber mills helped support a population of 1,000, spread out over three villages in the town of Woodstock. Our house was just over the tracks and a good outfielder’s throw from the Little League field with the classic wooden grandstand that my fellow Independent sports columnist Karl Lindholm, who grew up less than an hour away, still remembers.

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Matt Dickerson: A first run-in with a Vermont bowfin

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



Recently, I was reminded (yet again) of what amazing, abundant, and diverse fishing opportunities are available to anglers in Vermont. Within a short drive of Addison County one can find brook, brown, and rainbow trout in dozens of rivers and streams, and several mountain ponds. There are salmon and lake trout in Champlain and some inland lakes. Pike and smallmouth thrive in the bigger rivers and many ponds. You can also find muskies, walleye, perch, largemouth bass, fallfish and bullhead.

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Matt Dickerson: Angler getting into hot water

Posted on June 1, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



It was the last day of May, but it felt more like the last day of June. On my way home a little after 5 p.m. the air temperature was still over 80 degrees F. And that was one of the cooler days of the past week. An hour or so later, when I got onto the Middlebury River with my waders and fly rod, the water temperature was in the upper 60s according to my stream thermometer. Given how warm and dry it had been, it wasn’t surprising to find the river was also running low, again more like late June or even July conditions.

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Matt Dickerson: Chasing the trout chasers

Posted on May 18, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



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I had been on the river for less than an hour when I heard the distinctive “loot galoot” of a bittern. The sound brought back memories from 45 years earlier, and childhood fishing trips to northern Maine with my father pursuing wild brook trout. But this trip was in Vermont. And I was not pursuing trout. I was chasing after pike. Or, rather, hoping pike would do some chasing.

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Matt Dickerson: Fishing back in home waters

Posted on May 4, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



It was the last day of April. At 11 a.m., the water temperature in the New Haven River was 49 degrees F. Still below the ideal metabolism all of Vermont’s trout species except lake trout, but I’ve caught trout in much colder water. More disturbing was how low and clear the river was. Looking at the exposed rocks, riffs and gravel bars I might have thought it was already mid June if the trees above me were not still scratching the sky with leafless sticks.

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