WHO WE ARE
We are volunteers. We write for this blog because we love to fish and learn. We are regular folks and work on this blog on the side, for fun.
We are community-focused. This blog is for you, to get you excited about fly fishing, to get you on fish. We read every comment and value your views. We try to offer helpful advice as much as we can.
We are grateful for you. All of this started as a hobby. But, because of you, it now (gulp) is the #1 New England fly fishing blog and is rated #25 in the world.
We are transparent. We openly share the flies and techniques that work for us. At rivers, we have given away flies.
Alex Bagdonas: Passionate about fly fishing both freshwater and the salt, Alex frequently hits the Swift, Millers and other rivers. His Instagram is @broker_on_the_fly.
Jamie Carr: A Mass. DCR Senior Aquatic Biologist, husband, and dad, he is someone who expresses his love of nature and wild fish through fly fishing adventures. His home turf is Massachusetts’ rivers and streams in the central and western part of the state. His Instagram is @immaculate_fins.
Ray Cianni: Whether swimming in a pool, surfing in the Atlantic, or fishing Northeastern Pennsylvania’s finest trout streams, Ray’s childhood was surrounded by water. With some gentle encouragement (“I’m starting a comp. team, and you’re on it”), Ray entered the competition scene. He is VP Operations at Team Trutta, Co-Owner of Trutta Goods, and is on the Executive Board of the National Fly Fishing League. Instagram at @dahuii22.
Joe Drake: A student at UMass Amherst, who is working towards a Ph.D. in Environmental Conservation. During a hiatus from college, he worked for various federal agencies and universities across the Western U.S. (living out of the back of his truck) for four years. Keep up to date with his work at his personal blog, or follow him on Twitter at @VAN_DLL or Instagram at @fieldbiojoe.
Fred Jennings: An economist and third-generation fly fisher, who writes (on occasion) about economics, as well as about his various fly fishing adventures. He lives and guides in Ipswich, MA, using ultralight tackle and canoes to chase stripers in an Ipswich estuary. He can be reached at peakdawn
Adam Kautza: Has studied fisheries for a long time, earning multiple degrees: a BS, two Masters and a PhD. He currently is the Coldwater Fisheries Biologist for MassWildlife. Follow him at @arkautza on Instagram.
Andrew Lyons: Is widely viewed as one of the best anglers on the Farmington. A father and husband, Andy works in the technology sector. Follow him at @nutmegeuro on Instagram.
Damon Matus: Chases trout and stripers and is a versatile angler, who has a knack for landing hogs. Enjoy his adventures if you follow him at @d_throw on Instagram.
Daniel Wells: Army veteran, husband, and dad living in the Boston area. He spent over a decade in the military chasing salmon, steelhead, and trout in upstate NY and Alaska. He developed an expertise for remote-access trips via watermasters or UL packrafts. Since exiting military service, he has spent the last five years figuring out the striped bass game, with a recent focus on fly fishing the Cape Cod Canal with skagit gear. Instagram is @canalflyguy.
FRIENDS OF THE BLOG
Grant Figura: Grew up fly fishing in the Adirondack Mountains. Based in western Massachusetts, he guides at the Deerfield and Westfield for those who like throwing streamers and big dries. More on him here. His Instagram is @northriveranglers.
Tom Robbins: A born-and-raised Bostonian. He loves exploring new water (both fresh and salt) and stepping outside his comfort zone in an effort to be constantly improving as an angler. His particular love is the Deerfield River, chasing big and wild trout! His Instagram is @fishatlas.
Zach St. Amand: Lives on the banks of the Farmington, which he fishes 300 days a year as an angler and guide. An expert at catching big and wild fish, you can follow him on Instagram at @fishingwithzach. More on his guiding services at this link.
Christian Denninger: Chased fish on the fly all over New England, from fresh to salt, throughout the year. He was passionate about the environment. His Instagram is here. We greatly miss him.
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