The chicken I roasted yesterday afternoon turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I cooked up some medium grain white rice to go with it, and although the family ate it without sauce, I slathered my whole plate in delicious dark red molé colorado. After eating, there was still time to fish– so… Read more...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="792"] The essentials: fly rod and reel, pliers, #12 scud fly (on the rock), some water to fish[/caption] After work I hopped on my bike and pedaled. My sling pack was bulging full of fly boxes and my 4-piece 6 weight, broken down so it would fit. The tips of the sections… Read more...

The high waters and colder than usual temperatures have made fishing tough lately. I haven't had much luck at all, even in my go-to spots. On Friday I stopped by my favorite spot on Salt Creek to see the flooding, and I was amazed to say the least. Instead of a small, slow-moving creek I… Read more...

I stepped outside for a quick lunchtime trip to the greenie pond. The leaden skies sucked all the color out of everything; the harsh, cold wind was the bite for the sky's menacing bark. More like November than April. I was wrong, spring is not here. But I went to the pond anyway. Why have a leisurely lunch… Read more...


As the year winds down, I still find myself outside with a line in the water. [caption id="attachment_6685" align="aligncenter" width="739"] A rare third-person view of yours truly[/caption] The activity on local message boards has died down; most ponds in the area have frozen over, and bits of snow have found their way into the grasses… Read more...



[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] As I suspected, this fly is fish-catcher[/caption] Even though it was 39°F and raining; even though the wind was blowing SW at 12 mph; even though it felt super cold and I knew the weekend would be warmer, I went fishing anyway. Every time I go fishing I learn something new.… Read more...

Last night I explored some stretches of a little creek in the hour up to sunset. I enjoyed an unusual lack of wind, a not-too-cold chill in the air, and a beautiful sunset which was over far before I was ready. I was standing in the creek far from my car when I realized it… Read more...

I don't know exactly what it is about fly fishing I like so much. I like you can carry 50 flies in a box in your back pocket; I like that you can cast tiny little things that will catch tiny little fish (I'd always choose more fish over bigger fish). I like I can… Read more...

It was lunch time, so instead of eating I grabbed my fly rod and headed out the door. I can eat while I work in Excel or install scanner drivers, but fishing is a lot harder to do while I'm at the computer. I've been fly fishing a bunch lately without much luck. Not many… 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...

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...