Red and White, the flyfisherman's Daredevil.

In Praise of Pickerel

According to most fly fishers: “If it ain’t got an adipose fin than it ain’t worth fishing for”. Fish belonging to the Salmonidae family, trout, salmon, chars, whitefish and graylings, all of More »


Not All Structure Is Created Equally

Structure is a broad term that refers to any inconsistency to the general layout of a body of water. Just about everyone knows how important structure is; especially crappie fishermen! Knowing how More »

Ryan Schmidt, Vail Colorado

Rocky Mountain High…on the flats

My cell phone rang on July 4th and it was Celia from Firstline Fishinig in Chatham, MA. She said “hey Capt. I got a tough one for ya”. Since I book many More »

The Author and his two daughters having fun chasing turkeys on Vermont's youth weekend.

Turkey Chronicles 2014

What a turkey season!!!!! I was blessed with a great spring turkey season for 2014. It started with Vermont youth weekend hunting with my two daughters, Sydney (age 12) and Whitney (age More »

Old Ugly on the water…"Hey Lane the boat ain't to pretty either!"

Old Ugly

Well here I sit once again at this dam computer. Dad would get a big kick out me fighting with this thing. I really hate these blasted things. As I start this More »

Lake Champlain International- The final day

Ohh so many choices!

What a wild and crazy charter & guiding season it has been so far. We have done over 35 trips already with close to 25 striper trips on the mighty Hudson River More »

Coastal Zone Pesky Pole Strikes Again

Rockfish on Cape Cod Bay

Anyone who has fished for striped bass from Maryland to North Carolina knows they go by one name; Rockfish.  Sounds kinda crazy for us cape Cod fisherman as we catch stripers in More »

Broodstock Atlantic salmon on the Pemi

Rivers of Rocks

I seldom drive through the notches or anywhere else in the state without noticing the scenery. We had a family out fishing on Father’s Day and it wasn’t until I looked at More »


Field & Stream’s The Total Gun Manual By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily Weldon Owen, 2012 $27.00 ISBN: 978-1-61628-219-6 The Total Gun Manual is the second of Field & Stream magazine’s comprehensive series of outdoor manuals reviewed here this year. For any hunter or shooter, this is the best single volume to deal with

2nd and 3rd axis

This is the Hamskea 3rd axis tool i mentioned.  In my opinion it is worthy of owning at a decent price point

Prior to three years ago I had no idea what 2nd and 3rd axis on a bow sight was. When someone first told me about it I thought to myself, “like that matters”. Well, I’m here to tell you that it does matter and becomes especially important when you’re shooting at any angle opposite of

Uphill Both Ways

Admiring the view, and one of the few downhill sections of trail.

I have never had the opportunity to drive a Porsche, but I can now say that I have pushed a dead one down the road, at a run in 90 plus degrees, no less. We pulled into my parent’s marina (former marina, that is. They had since departed, headed south. I was there to pick

Expect the Whitetail Rut to Earlier Than Last Year

The author, Wayne Laroche, with 190 lb buck taken in Maine on Nov.11, 2013

  Expect the rut to be early this year beginning about October 30th and ending about November 21st. Last year, I predicted timing of the rut to be November 10th to December 1st. I have been predicting the timing of the whitetail rut for the past 15 years with my predictions being printed each year

Days of Summer

Fishing the HEX hatch at dusk

Somehow time slipped away and it’s the end of July. Every year is different and so far the rivers have been holding up better than the past several years. We have not had an extended heat wave; some years we have several. Every week or so we’ve had enough rain to keep the rivers refreshed.

Cormorant Control Showing Results on Lake Champlain

Cormorants perched on dead trees. The birds strip the vegetation to build nests.

The Lake Champlain and Wildlife Management Cooperative made up of Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, New York DEC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in early June that work was underway to manage the double crested cormorant population on Lake Champlain. Assisted in the field by staff from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s