Finally Time to Wet a Line

by | Apr 12, 2022 | fly fishing for landlocked salmon

Lake-WinnipesaukeeBeen busy here in Wolfeboro, NH for a week since our two month long Ruby Van tour ended.  Though I bought a season NH license as soon as we arrived, I’d yet to make a cast till today.  That’s mainly because I had two months of mail and bills to take care of.  Along with that, I’ve been packing and organizing for my next big trip – a redo of my hosted Providence Seychelles trip of 2019.  The disaster trip that was postponed after we got all the way to Mahe because of an unseasonal cyclone.


ice-outLuckily, today I felt like I was caught up enough to hit Lake Winnipesaukee.  The ice has only been out a few days.  And it was gorgeous with sunshine and warm temps up to 60°.





Granny and I launched my 70’s model Oldtown Canoe with hopes to stick a landlocked salmon.  The first few weeks after ice out is prime time to catch these cold water salmonids without needing to fish deep.  I went with my 6-weight Winston Air 2, SA Sonar and a long leader two fly streamer rig.


There’s not much to talk about, I got skunked.  From what I’ve heard the salmon fishing has been slow and now I have my own experience to confirm this.  I casted blind to places I caught salmon as a kid.  We paddled and trolled across Wolfeboro Bay.  We even went to Back Bay for a look.  But the bottom line was I didn’t even get a strike.



There were a couple highlights however.  To rest our shoulders from paddling, we stopped in Garwood’s, our favorite Wolfeboro bar and restaurant, for a couple beers and appetizers.  Then we stumbled on a heap of white suckers heading up a tributary from the lake.  I’ve never caught this sucker species on a fly so tomorrow I just might make a trip for them.  It can’t be any slower than the salmon fishing!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!