I haven't caught a fish in a few days. It's like an addiction, I suppose. The good news is sometimes I can satisfy my urge to fish by tying flies instead. Or practice-casting in my driveway. Or making my way through all of the Orvis Fly Fishing Podcast. Or blogging about fishing. Since I don't… Read more...

I thought about writing how I spent almost the entire weekend on the water, giving a play by play of each little thing that happened. About how the moment I got to the Fox on saturday morning, it started thundering. How as I walked back to my car, the sky opened up and shot me… Read more...

or Chris tests the strength of his 5 weight fly rod against a monster carp Spoiler alert: I caught a carp! I finally accomplished one of my last fishing goals of the season, and I wasn't even fishing for those cow-like fish. If you're interested in the story, keep reading. Otherwise, you can scroll down and… Read more...

It's been a little tough out there. At first I thought it was just me, that perhaps I wasn't adjusting to whatever it was the fish wanted now that things are getting colder. Then I realized the message boards have been a ghost town, except for stories of salmon at the lakefront.  I'm sure people… Read more...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="612"] I've been making a lot of lures[/caption] Haven't been doing a lot of fishing lately. Got out to the Fox twice last weekend. The first time, I fished a stretch I know very well and didn't catch a thing. I cleaned a pound of weeds off my lure between every cast.… Read more...


[caption id="attachment_350" align="aligncenter" width="650"] A new (to me) stretch of the Dupage River (west branch)[/caption] Fishing has been tough lately. The past few weeks it's been hard to get anything to bite; even the local pond has been in a funk. Haven't gotten a fish out of there in weeks. I suppose this is what… Read more...

The other night I got out with Sam for some much-needed river fishing. After a tough weekend on the lake, I wanted to feel like a real fisherman again. Seems like a year ago I was completely flabergasted by the river, all the moving water, all the rocks and snags... Now I feel, in many… Read more...

Somehow, Claire and I found ourselves standing in the Fox River at 6:30am on the Fourth of July.I had planned to go regardless; as any faithful reader knows, I will forgo sleep at the drop of a hat to do some good fishing. The night before, Claire suddenly announced she wanted to go with me.… Read more...

Fishing has been a little slow lately. The drought-like conditions, the low water levels, the non-stop heat wave... These have all contributed to less than stellar fishing. Saturday I hit the Fox with Sam- he got 3 or 4, I got one tiny one.. But it was my first smallie on a crank!My first fly...… Read more...


Deer crossing the FoxI've been keeping a little log of my fishing adventures this year. Each time I head out fishing, I add a line to the little text file with the date, location, number of fish caught, and what I used. It's been pretty interested to see my catch rate improve drastically since January… Read more...

Suburban fishingOriginally Claire and I were thinking about going camping this weekend. We had a tent (thanks Kim and Leo!) and sleeping bags, but not much else. Instead of scrambling to purchase everything we needed at the last minute, we decided to get stuff now and camp next weekend. That meant two things: we ended… Read more...