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Trout 2012, one month in

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



We are now one month into the 2012 open season for trout. I confess a little trepidation as the season began, wondering what would be the impact of Tropical Storm Irene on our local waters. And what would be the impact of our dry winter?

The second of these questions is working itself out nicely. The season started with the lowest, warmest water, and some of the best mayfly hatches I’ve ever seen in the first three weeks of the season.

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Rocks, sticks, a tree and a good friend

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



I think I have become a grumpy old fisherman. Actually, I’ve been a fisherman for over 40 years. The grumpy and old part is more recent.

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Early season trout strategy

Posted on April 12, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



This weekend begins a new trout season and will bring many anglers out on the water. There are two things to keep in mind when fishing in the early season: trout metabolism and food availability. Actually, these are two things to keep in mind year round, and for all types of fishing. But what it means to keep these in mind varies from species to species and season to season.

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Fishing tourney to open season

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



Opening day of trout season in Vermont is right around the corner. This year’s spring has been coming on as early as anybody can remember, with near record-setting warm March temperatures and a sugaring season that was finished about the date that last year’s season was just starting.

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Pondering the Everest of fishing

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



I was standing atop Middlebury College’s Snow Bowl this past weekend, in several inches of fresh powdery snow, gazing out with appreciation and even a little awe at the tremendous western view that opens up from the summit. In the foreground were the lower hilltops and ridges of Ripton. Further down, patchwork swaths of the Champlain Valley were visible. And beyond, the higher peaks of the Adirondacks silhouetted against a clear blue sky.

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Time outdoors builds character

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



My 22-year-old nephew Michael is both philosophical and artistic in nature. I describe him as contemplative and creative. He has also spent essentially his whole life within a short drive of mountains and trout streams. He has lived with his family in Colorado, Maine, western North Carolina and Alaska. He spent three years in Addison County at Middlebury College and another year studying abroad in mountainous Chile.

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Four things to do in a winter without snow

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



 

So it’s winter, and you can’t get your fix of fishing. This is a problem for Vermont anglers every winter, but this year it’s particularly acute because all the outdoor things you do in the winter when you can’t fish require snow. And, as you may have noticed, there isn’t any. Not only is there no snow, but as I write this column it is 46 degrees outside and the long-range forecast offers no promise of significant snowfall in the next 10 days.

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Local fly-tier shares his experiences

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



It is winter (despite the lack of snow). Although a few Vermont rivers are now open year round for catch-and-release fishing, most are closed. And even those that are legally open, such as the lower sections of Lewis and Otter creeks, on most winter days are not especially productive.

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New Year's thoughts from New York City

Posted on December 29, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



“It was dark. Very dark,” Isreal Dudley recalls, thinking back almost 10 years to his first visit to Vermont. He was 11 years old at the time, and it was his first real taste of the rural outdoors. Thanks to the Fresh Air Fund, Isreal, also called “Isszy,” had come to spend a couple weeks with our family that summer. It wasn’t his first time out of Brooklyn, the borough of New York City where he had grown up and lived his whole life. The previous year he had spent some time with a family in Pennsylvania, also through the FAF.

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Entering the timeless story of the season

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



I am a writer. Although I have written numerous essays for magazines and have now published eight books of nonfiction, with a ninth on the way, I especially love to write stories. I started writing stories 30 years ago when I was in high school. I haven’t really stopped since.

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