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My wife’s grandfather, Joe, Grandpa Joe, Poppy as my kids call him, called me one day and said, “Hold July 22nd free. We are fishing Morris Lake.” I was beyond excited… BEYOND! I have always wanted to fish this body of water but it has some pretty strict restrictions. The watershed for the town of Newton, only Newton residents are allowed to fish it and only two per day. That’s it. Two. Maybe three, if you can all fit in the boat the town provides you.
There are no houses on the lake and no other people. There are cliffs, trees, boulders, islands, super clear water, and fish that are hungry. Poppy caught a great largemouth early on that he thought at first was weeds and then I caught a bunch of Bluegills, like I do, and a few smaller bass. Then I watched as a bass came up from the deep weeds and just smacked my clouser I was stripping in. A good 2 pounder, held up next to the boat and Poppy exclaims, “I waited 2 1/2 hours for that fish!”
A small break for lunch at Krogh’s and my best fish of the day afterwards, it was an incredible day. I cannot wait to go again!
Greg Becker from Whitewater Flies asked if I could help out at Pequest last Saturday for a class on teaching single parents and their kids how to tie flies and fly fish. So I brought my oldest daughter Gwen and met him and Justin Johnson there nice and early. We had 8 people who tied San Juan Worms and Wolly Buggers then after a quick lunch break Greg, Justin, and I hit the breeder pond. Greg hooked a beauty right away.
We really wanted these guys/girls to get on the breeder pond and maybe catch a big trout on the fly so we headed down after a very brief casting lesson. Honestly, most of the students had the casting down right away. Maybe it was great teaching or maybe it was “not bad habits to correct.”
5:30AM with my friends John and Matt at a local lake. It was in the upper 40’s but the water was warm. We tossed flies and caught a bunch of pickerel, crappie, bluegills and one largemouth. It was a perfect morning.
I had a pretty incredible year last year with magazine work. I had features in The Flyfish Journal and also The Drake Magazine, the top two flyfishing magazines out there… in my opinion.
Below is The Flyfish Journal spread. It was incredible to see my name, let along my images in this magazine. I have had images in two other issues and the next one has a few as well. They will be posted as soon as I get the magazine!
This was a story I did with Pete McDonald about flyfishing in Central Park in NYC. We had a an epic runaround on a warm spring day, with no bass, carp you could see but not reach (because of teens making out) and a bunch of little bluegills. They always save the day.
My gorgeous wife and I spent a week up in the Adirondacks at a friends cabin a couple of weeks ago. We kept it low key watching lots of movies, reading books, cooking, eating, and absorbing the quiet. I also brought my favorite little Fuji X100 along to capture the snowy few days.
Michael teaches classical guitar to students at Rutgers in New Jersey. He needed some images for his new website and promo materials as he is playing more and more weddings. If he looks familiar, he and his fiancé Raelen, had their engagement pics taken a little while back and were on the blog. Their wedding in August, I am sure, will be filled with some great music.
Bad news, last fair post by me. Good news, look for a fair post by my oldest daughter Gwen. It’s over, I couldn’t photograph everyone or everything, although I wanted to. I hope everyone enjoyed the photos, blog posts of weddings and families and kids will be back this week.
It always rains during fair week. Always has, it is just part of the fun. This year I saw alot of kids enjoying the puddles. The cowboys in the rodeo, I don’t think, appreciated it though.
It got hot out there yesterday. Today it is raining which means only the locals will be there, getting muddy, eating fried food and sitting in the tents. See you guys there.