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The last cast

Posted on June 16, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



Tim wanted to experience rural life. That meant, among other things, that he wanted to go fishing.

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A ragged fly on a flooded river

Posted on June 2, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



I don’t usually get excited about catching a nine-inch trout. At least not when the trout was almost certainly a stocked fish, and I’m fishing a favorite stretch of my home river where I’ve already caught 1,000 trout in my lifetime.

But this was different for two reasons.

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High waters delay state stocking efforts

Posted on May 19, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



I was driving one of my sons to one of his many activities on Monday evening. The thunder I’d heard in the afternoon was no long rumbling, and the rain had subsided from pounding to merely steady. As we crossed the one-lane bridge on Route 116, I glanced down at the New Haven River. It was swollen and murky — too high to invite fishing — but not quite at flood stage. I was surprised. Despite the tapering off of the rain, I’d been expecting the water to be even higher.

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Of ospreys and teens in 'wild' Florida

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



 

We all know of “wild” animals particularly adapted to human-made environments. Consider black bears in Adirondack state parks, deer in New Jersey suburbs, pigeons in the city and the ubiquitous raccoons. This winter an opossum was living in our woodpile until the pile got too low, and then it moved into our garage.

This past week I had an opportunity to witness another example, though one somewhat more surprising (at least to me). 

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Otter Creek Classic returns

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



Cold, high water. Slow fishing. That’s my prediction for the opening day of the 2011 trout fishing season.

OK, I admit it. It’s my prediction every year for opening day. I’m not going out on a limb. Still, the last couple years may have left anglers somewhat spoiled. On opening day of 2010, there was much less runoff from snow melt than is typical for early April, and thus much better opening day conditions than usual.

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Amateur wildlife photographer goes extra mile

Posted on March 24, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



 

“It was all the dog’s fault,” explains E.J. “Eli” Elithorpe, from the living room of his Bristol home attached to his chainsaw business, White Rock Sport. He got a new Akita accustomed to long walks on a leash. As they’d walk, Eli would hear interesting birdcalls and wonder what the birds were. He began carrying his binoculars.

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Walking in a March winter adventureland

Posted on March 10, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



The famous “2011 March Blizzard” left me stranded away from home. Although my foolish attempt to go to work on Monday succeeded, and I arrived in time to teach two of my three morning classes, I was unable to get back home at the end of the day. I spent Monday night in town on a friend’s sofa. Tuesday I was back at work with a scheduled lunch meeting, and an exam to give, but no car.

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Skiing proves to be a good second choice

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



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How's the skiing on the other side of the fence?

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



An old and faded sign near the lodge listed the East Mountain trail as intermediate in difficulty. But for the past 20 minutes or so, every sign we passed had the more ominous “Most Difficult” designation. Given the rookie status of half our party, there were a few murmurings of concern. But we pressed on.

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Snow, speed and a moment of hang time

Posted on January 27, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



I like to build sledding jumps. Even as a teenager, when I still took great delight in sailing through the air on all manner of gravity-propelled sliding devices, and would approach nearly any jump with little or no fear — even then I secretly thought that building jumps was as fun as using them.

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