April, 2020

April’s Chapter Meeting 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 7pm

Will be Live Streamed via WebEx

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Carrie Stevens Streamers with Peter Simonson

Peter will be presenting both the well-known and not so well-known streamers originated by Carrie Stevens. You won’t want to miss this presentation.

Peter has been fly tying for 25 years, initially just creating flies needed for fishing. He enjoys tying historic streamers from the Rangeley region of Maine. He became interested in tying these flies in about 2006.

Peter has tied at the International Fly-Tying Symposium and The Fly-Fishing Show for many years, as well as at smaller shows and at museum events. Peter has studied streamer tying under Mike Martinek, among others, and credits several old-school social media sites with providing him a rich interactive learning environment for tying streamers and classic Atlantic Salmon flies.

When he’s not tying, Peter is a signal processing system engineer, and enjoys fly-fishing, kayaking, and hiking. He enjoys fishing classic streamers to bring up big land-locked salmon from deep pools in the upper Connecticut River of New Hampshire and from the Rangeley region of Maine. Peter has two grown sons, and lives with his wife Lynne in New Hampshire, where they have been pouring money into a small farmhouse for 35 years.

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How should I fish during Covid-19 Restrictions?

Photo By: Kirk Reynolds, Willard State Park in Townsend, MA

The question of whether it’s okay to go fishing during these times when a stay-at -home and social distancing rules are being enforced around the country has been the subject of mush debate. In most Cases, out door activities have been exempted from restrictions, on the theory that being outside is balm for the soul. That Said, there are angling situations that are clearly not safe: crowded boat ramps, fishing in small watercraft with folks you don’t live with, traveling long distances to the water. So, where do you draw the line?  Ultimately, we believe that responsible fishing is not only okay, but is to be encouraged-with certain caveats.

  1. Safety First: Any fishing trip must account for your personal safety, as well as the safety of others. If you can’t maintain proper social distancing, rethink your plans. Go alone, with a family or roommate, or make sure your destination is a place where you can stay far enough away from other people.
  2. Stay Local: Traveling to fly fish does not make sense for a lot of reasons. Travel means contact with more people and places; it increases the possibility of an accident, which could engage medical services needed elsewhere; and may lead to further spread of infection. Many states, such as Vermont, now prohibit crossing borders to fish. Fish as close to home as you can. You may even discover that you’ve been missing some great waters nearby.
  3. Observe All State Laws and CDC Recommendations: Know your local rules and abide by them. We are all in this together and we must play by the safe rules for the good of the community.
  4. Support your Local Fly Fishing Community: This pandemic is tough on everybody, and that certainly includes your local fly shop and guides. Whenever possible, think about ways that you can help. Many shops have online sales or curbside pickup, and even small transactions can go a long way toward keeping a business afloat. If you can afford it, think about booking a future trip. Even a few deposits will help a guide weather the storm.

    This will eventually pass, and we can return to our regular fishing spots and styles in the not-too-distant future. It’s okay to yearn for great days to come, but it’s important that we anglers play our roles in flattening the curve and helping our neighbors get through this as quickly as possible. So, fish safe, fish close, and fish fair. We look forward to meeting you on the river during good times to come. 

    Source: Phil Monahan

Making the Best of Tough Times

For as long as I can remember, Mike Rosser and Dave Armstrong have constructed homemade wooden Duck Boxes in which they donate to the chapter’s annual dinner to be used as raffle items. This year was no exception, well except for this year’s dinner was canceled due to the current pandemic. I can see them now scratching their heads and asking themselves ” what to do”. We have duck boxes, but no one to take them home and there must be some ducks looking for a new home. Just then something clicks, “If you build it, they will come” sort of thing. So they set out to install the duck boxes along the Nissitissit River so that everyone can enjoy what they might bring.

Looking for the perfect spot to fish in Massachusetts?

Our Anglers Guide will set you in the right direction.

An Anglers Guide to Trout Fishing in Massachusetts

With all the revisions, additions, and deletions we strived to honor the original format as conceived by Fran Smith, Brian Tucholke, and all the original contributors. The guide when it first came out was considered by many, to be the best of its type in the country and the impressive quantity that were printed, bears this out. In fact, much of the information in the original edition required no alteration and has been reproduced in this revision. However, one major change is that the guide is not digitally formatted. The original editions were of the cut-paste and printing plate type that, while being the best technology of the day, severely limited ones options for revisions and reprints. Now, future guides can be revised and sent electronically to printers.


One of the hallmarks of any good design is that nothing can be added to it nor, taken away, for it is perfect in its context. While this may hold true for architecture, fine arts, and great novels it cannot apply to guides such as ours. The influence of politics, nature, and human impact on our fisheries constantly alters them. So it was time for a comprehensive revision to the Anglers Guide. For instance, the sea-run Brown Trout fishery that was so prominently featured in the original guide was a project of the Fish & Wildlife Department of the time, but today there are only a few remnant fish. On the other hand, we have new and greatly expanded catch and release areas. Some ponds have become more restrictive in their use while others have been opened to fishing for the first time in decades

Most importantly, the ultimate purpose of this book is to provide funding so the chapters and council can pursue our interests in our cold water resources and perpetuate our fisheries.