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Sports Column by Matt Dickerson: Learning fishing with my father

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



I have a very clear idea of when my passion for fishing began. And it was all my father’s fault.

It was late May, three weeks before my ninth birthday. My father took me on a wilderness fishing and camping trip to the famed Allagash River in northern Maine. There was plenty of time for momentum to build in my young mind. Each of the previous four years my father had taken one of my older brothers on the trip, in alternating turns, as I impatiently awaited the age when I (the youngest of three sons) would be deemed old enough to join the rotation.

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Sports Column: Trout and ghosts at the upper dam

Posted on June 6, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Sports Column by Matt Dickerson: A rainbow spotted before a storm

Posted on May 23, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



I arrived at the New Haven River at 7 p.m. Thankfully, though the water was still running clear, the light rain of the previous few days had the water up a bit from the unseasonably low level of early May. The sky was overcast, but the weather was holding. Conditions looked promising all around. Furthermore, the forecast was for steady rain the next few days, including scattered thunderstorms, so I expected this evening to be the pick of the week.

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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: Trout season is heating up

Posted on May 9, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



I started my drive toward Otter Creek two hours before sunset. My waders and fly-rod were in the back of the car along with a couple tins of new flies freshly tied over the winter and still undamaged by rocks, branches, or the mouths of fish.

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Matt Dickerson: Opening day of trout season featured some success stories

Posted on April 25, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



As is so often the case in Vermont’s early April, the weather and water conditions leading up to opening day of trout fishing were fickle. When the week began, rivers were running unseasonably low and clear thanks in large part to a lack of snow. Very fishable water levels and visibility, combined with a series of warm sunny days during the first half of the week, seemed to promise a delightful — and perhaps even successful — opening day.

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Sports Column: Five years in Vermont and still energizing; Haller is a fishing power

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



When the fifth annual Otter Creek Classic fly-fishing tournament kicks off this Saturday, preceded on Friday evening by the third consecutive sold-out showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Town Hall Theater, participants of both events will have Ripton resident Jesse Haller to thank.

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Sports Column by Matt Dickerson: A commissioner's vision for Fish & Wildlife Department

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



The first time East Middlebury’s Pat Berry heard the suggestion that he ought to consider being the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, he responded with an adamant “no” and hung up the phone.

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Sports Column: Wish list for 2013:Large wild brookies

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



I began 2013 with a mental fishing “wish list.” There are a few perennial entries: an all-expenses-paid trip for Atlantic salmon in Labrador or Newfoundland; more time to fish in my favorite Vermont rivers (plus a trip or two with family and friends to Maine and New York); and an increase in the quality trout waters in the state.

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Sports column: Matt Dickerson sees extremes and moderation in the outdoors

Posted on February 15, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Outdoor column by Matt Dickerson: Pursuit of trout in a surprising spot

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



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If I had been asked a few months ago to name the state with the largest chapter of Trout Unlimited, my first few guesses would have been the classic fly-fishing and trout states of Montana, Idaho or Wyoming. If I had been reminded of the low population densities of those states, I might have instead guessed Colorado (and some river in the Denver area) or Michigan (with its famous trout streams not too far north of Detroit) or even California or Oregon. Or perhaps Maine. Or New York.

Indeed, there are many other states I would have guessed before I landed on Texas.

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