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Fishing the promise of two seasons

Posted on November 3, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



I stood thigh deep in a favorite large pool on the New Haven River working the deep channel at the tail. Wes Butler stood on the far bank working the inlet and a swifter channel where the current undercut a steep bank.

Between us we covered the pool thoroughly with a mix of nymphs and black and white wooly buggers, drifting and bouncing along the bottom as well as stripping through the current. But nothing stirred. No flashes of silver, brown, or rainbow red to suggest anything hungry and tempted by our offer.

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Twenty-five states, one bull trout

Posted on October 20, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus), like their cousins the eastern brook trout (S. fontinalisˆ), are not actually true trout. They are char, in the same family as arctic char, lake trout, and Dolly Varden trout.  In fact, bull trout are close enough to Dolly Varden’s (S.malma) that they were not designated as a separate species until 1980.

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Too many eyes, too many weeks

Posted on October 6, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



Everywhere I go in Vermont I see turkeys. There was a time, not too many decades ago, that turkeys could not be found in the state. Hunting and loss of habitat had pushed them out. But the turkey reintroduction program begun in 1969 was wildly successful, and for the past few years they have been about as ubiquitous as squirrels.

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Fall bike touring on Grand Isle

Posted on September 22, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



“Drive around. Pick out a few campsites you like. Tell us the site numbers. We’ll let you know if they’re available.” Those were the instructions from the ranger at the booth as we drove into the Grand Isle State Park for the first time.

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Landscapes: There's no place like home

Posted on September 8, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



I was biking to work last week, moving at a leisurely pace as I came around a crest of a hill on a favorite bend of one of my favorite local roads. I slowed to a crawl to admire the view, and was struck again by the beauty we have in Addison County.

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Excuses by the pounds: Alaska, Vol. II

Posted on August 25, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



There was a time when the promise of air travel was exciting to me. Those days are long gone; any remnant of enthusiasm came to an end 10 years ago this September. Still, despite the hassles of modern day flight, business trips to the right places do occasionally offer an excuse to do some fishing.

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Three salmon and a ten-year-old girl

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



“Excuse me,” the woman said, coming up out of nowhere and addressing my 18-year-old son, Mark, as I knelt beside him on the edge of the river removing a large fish hook from the ankle-cuff of his waders. “Did you know that there was a fly stuck to you while you were fishing?”

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Instant replay might work for outdoor sports

Posted on July 28, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



On Tuesday night the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 19 innings. On Wednesday morning I saw a replay of the game-winning run, scored by Julio Lugo.

It was a run that shouldn’t have counted, as video replays and photographs show Pirates catcher Michael McKenry tagging Lugo well before he reached home plate. But the ump blew the call, and the Braves won. And that of course once again brought up cries from fans as well as players and managers for an increased use of instant replay in baseball.

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Fisherman must make adjustments

Posted on July 14, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



Life sometimes requires making adjustments.

So does fishing. Some of the adjustments are small. Some less small. But large or small, a failure to adjust can result, well, in failure.

Yesterday morning, the second to last day of family vacation in Maine, I headed out to spend a couple hours fishing a nearby stream. It is a stream I know well, and have fished dozens of times over the past 35 years.

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A fine and twisting thread

Posted on June 30, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



I took my son Mark to play in a baseball game in Burlington last week. Turns out the game was canceled because of rain, but we never got word until we were already at the Burlington High School field. So I found myself with a little extra time to spend in the big city. And, not wanting two hours of driving to be completely wasted, I stopped by a fly shop to buy some fly-tying supplies.

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