Inner Pleasure of Fly Fishing –



By Georges Liset

Winter is finally here, and so is winter weather. For some fly anglers, their fishing seasons are spring, summer and fall.
For some anglers, winter is the time to hit the slopes or ice fish. For others like me and some of my friends, we will continue to haunt the rivers and streams in pursuit of trout; However, I draw the line at a single-digit time.

Georges Liset

Fortunately, there are a number of indoor activities anglers can look forward to enjoying when the weather just won’t cooperate. The biggest event was to take place soon. The fly fishing show

( at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, Mass., which was scheduled to be held Jan. 21-23, is now rescheduled for April 22-24. With the schedule change, there may be a change of presenters, but there should be plenty of great deals.

The Plaza will be filled with vendors representing a number of equipment manufacturers. I have purchased some great rods and reels at great prices. I also like to see the new gear coming out in the spring. Sometimes you can try out a rod or reel at the spinning pool if there is no demonstration going on, plus there are a number of nationally known fly casters teaching their craft at the pool. Gary Borger is always a fun presentation to watch. Gary will talk about “Casting Strategies and the Perfect Cast”.

There are also a number of guides, outfitters and lodges that will present fly fishing opportunities in new waters at great prices. Guides are a great source of information on where and how to fish in different waters. Many lodges have excellent facilities and their own guides, so you can spend more time fishing and less time looking for places to fish.

For those who enjoy tying flies, Scott Biron of New Hampshire will present Tandem Streamer Tying. I’ve picked up a number of Scott’s flies over the years, and they’re almost too pretty to use, but they work. Another local who will be presenting is Lou Zambello.

Author, editor and animator, Lou Zambello is a must. Lou has written a number of wonderful and informative books and is a terrific speaker. Lou will discuss “NE Pressure Trout/Salmon Patterns and Tactics that Refuse the Usual Methods”. Lou has spoken at our local Trout Unlimited meetings and is very engaging and a wealth of information.

Ed Engle is another writer/presenter who would be a great catch. I also have a number of Ed’s books and they contain a wealth of information. Ed will talk about “Off Beat Tactics That Catch Trout”. If you can’t make it to the Show, several local activities are available.

Eldredge Brothers fly Shop ( will be offering fly tying seminars for all levels. The shop offers a full selection of fly tying materials and equipment. The store is also a great resource for all things fly fishing. They are located in York, Maine.

Also check out your local Trout Unlimited chapter for other indoor activities. I just looked at the thermometer and the temperatures are slowly heading south. I’ll either sit by the fire with a good book or plan my flights. If you’re one of those brave, warm-blooded fly fisherman, be sure to wear your crampons and bring a pole and some tight lines!

gGeorge Liset of Dover is an award-winning outdoor writer and fly fishing enthusiast who shares his thoughts on his time on the water exploring the streams and rivers of New Hampshire as well as those of New England. George is a graduate of Wheaton College, Illinois, and the University of New Hampshire. Her Writing on the Fly column has been honored by the New England Press Association and the New Hampshire Press Association.


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