Friday, December 28, 2012

Winter reading.......

I really do plan on going fly-fishing this winter for the first time. I read about a section of the Ipswich River in MA that is close to my house and on "warm" winter days produces trout.

I also plan on doing some ice-fishing once it gets cold enough.

My 2012 MA Freshwater license might get one more chance to produce this weekend. I will update the blog if I can get my brother-in-law out fishing.

In the future (i.e. this upcoming spring, summer and fall) I am planning on really expanding my fishing in all directions ergo the title of the blog.

In addition, I am hoping to get The Fly Fisherman's Guide to Boston by Jack Gartside. According to the author of Fly Fishing Boston, Jack Gartside was the grandfather of fly fishing Boston. He is credited with creating flies that hook many fish to this day.

I went to "his" website (he died a few years ago) and the book is out of print. I went to Amazon and eBay and the book could not be had except one for $200. I checked my local library and the consortium it belongs to and nothing came back.

I sent an email to the webmaster of the site (Here) and asked when the book would be available since the site said it would be out in the Spring of 2012. I hope that someone gets back to me about the book.

Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Winter is the best time for catching up on your reading, tying flies and figuring out new fishing things to collect. lol! I'm anxious to see what your plans are for the blog...I've gotten pretty attached to it.

  2. Hi Howard.....I just confirmed with my brother in law that we will be be heading out to fish tomorrow morning before the snow gets here. He is going muzzle-loading for deer right afterwards.

    I didn't get the vise for Christmas but I will probably grab one during a sale at LL Bean or Orvis. I want to start tying. I am going to my first TU meeting January 7th and they have people tying all the time I am told. If they don't mind, then I will take some pictures.

    I know that you follow a lot of blogs and I appreciate that you stop by and enjoy the blog.

  3. Ed,
    Gartside not only tied for the salt, but also freshwater. Several of his patterns are killers. He was also a Boston cabbie, and a wonderful man to talk with. I hope you are able to pick up that book.
    Happy New Year.

  4. Hi Alan,

    He seemed like a pretty cool guy who wasn't impressed to easily from what I read. I didn't know that he was a cabbie (just like Dave Cowens)so that would explain his gift of gab.

    I saw that he has a book of the flies he tied. I will check it out.

    I really do hope to get the book but if I can't he has another one about stripers that might work.

    I take it that you met him?

    Have a safe and Happy New Year too.

    1. Ed,
      I met him at several fly shows, Marlboro, and the one they used to have outside of Boston. He showed me several tricks to use in fly tying as well as good stories.
      The man knew stripers from A to Z

  5. Hi Alan...I heard and read so many good things about him.

    I hope that I can find that book although I know a lot of the spots that are mentioned by the author of Fly Fishing Boston that Jack Gartside took him. My sister lived in Winthrop where Gartside fished a lot.

    I have driven by those spots (e.g. Five Sisters, the bridge from Eastie into Winthrop, etc.) literally hundreds of times and never gave them a second thought with respect to stripers. That is all changed now and I can wait until spring time.

    I will try to tie some of his classics. It sounds like they won't be to difficult but time will tell.