Yankee Fisherman, Thursday, March 24

Maine is known for lobster and its rocky coastling, but Tom McKee of Striper Maine-iac says the state is also a hotbed for striper fishing. He shares his insights with Yankee Fisherman on the lures and tactics for success in Vacationland in an interview recored at the Connecticut Surfcasters Association Demo Day.

Bill Goeben, who does fly tying lessons for the Connecticut Surfcasters Association, demonstrates a pattern that uses a lot of marabou in a different way, moves a lot of water, and can be scaled to target species ranging from trout to striped bass.

The Candlewood Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited is planning a trip to the Farmington for Saturday, March 26, and a warm March means a lot of hatches and a lot of hungry, active fish. The website cvtu.org says an early Hendrickson hatch is likely, and that translates to “plenty of Hendrickson nymphs moving around sub-surface right now. Any of the hundreds of varieties of Pheasant Tail and Hare’s Ear nymphs in sizes 12, 14, and 16 should be staples, plus the usual spring flies such as small black stoneflies in both dry and nymph patterns, blue wing olive patterns in all their forms, plus your favorite streamer patterns” should work.

Yankee Fisherman, presented by The Dock Shop, airs Thursdays at 1 p.m. on the HAN Network. Previous episodes can be watched on demand or listened to as a podcast.

Yankee Fisherman is hosted by John Kovach, editorial director, host and announcer for the HAN Network. A native of New Jersey, Kovach has fished since his father first took him out as a child. Kovach fishes fresh and salt water, ties flies, dabbles in lure making and promotes conservation, including a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited.

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