"Rigging Tips" Section on Website

The club has a section on its Website that members can refer to when looking for information on rigging, tackle, knots and similar angling advice. To view this section, click on the words Rigging Tips in the column of menu choices under Main Menu on the left side of the Website's Home Page. You will find articles here about tying terminal knots to attach your flies, making saltwater leaders, making and using bite tippets, using loop-to-loop connections. tying surgeon's and blood knots to make leaders or tie on tippets. Check them out and let us know what you think.


From time to time, we will post additional how-to items and articles in this new section that may be of interest to club members. If you have comments on this section or want to suggest other topics for  the section you can join the club education focus group at the next meeting or post them on the club Fly Line forum.


Send in Your Reports!

Don't forget to send in your pictures and reports.  Even though this has been a tough season, there are still some nice fly rod fish out there :)  This one went 45" and about 37-38#, my best fly rod fish.

-- Tom


NESFR Members Head South for Greener Waters


Thanks to Capt. Ray for the above picture.  You'll have to insert your own caption for this one.

Visit the Cast-a-Fly Charters web site for the full fishing report.


Once in a Lifetime Catch!

Merrimack Sturgeon

Club member Dick Brown's wife Carol made a catch of a lifetime on the Merrimack this morning- a four foot long Atlantic Sturgeon!  Carol has caught quite a few fish on the fly rod over the years, including:  stripers, bluefish, steelhead, Atlantic Salmon and bonefish, but this was her first sturgeon. 

Over the last several years there have been several reported sturgeon sightings and catches in the Merrimack, but this is the first one that I know of on the fly rod.  Dick reports that the fish wasn't removed from the water in order to avoid stressing it in any way, they just brought it up next to the boat and popped the hook out with a pair of long nosed pliers.

June 18 - Update:

Thanks to Joe McKeon from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Joe correctly identified the fish as a "Shortnose Sturgeon" as opposed to a "Sea Sturgeon" and provided us with a link to the 2007 Status Review of the Atlantic Sturgeon.

Joe also wanted to let us know that there is a lot more information available on the Fish & Wildlife Service Website where you can do a search via species common name for all types of fish.



Send in Your Reports & Pictures!

Dick H. w/ a Nice Striper
Now that we are in the prime fishing season, don't forget to post your reports on the FlyLine and send in any pics of notable catches.  Here is a nice picture of Dick H. with his first fly rod striper over 40" taken on Steve M's boat.  Congrats Dick!

Congrats to Karl J!

Karl J. With the 2009 NEC-FFF Fly Plate

Congrats to club member Karl J! 

Not only did Karl win the New England Saltwater Fly Rodders' raffle for the Albright Fly Rod, Reel & Tackle Bag, he also won the NEC-FFF raffle for the 2009 Fly Plate Shadowbox.

Pictured above is Karl with the fly plate mounted next to his fly tying desk.  Not pictured is the golden horseshoe that Karl keeps clenched in his "back pocket".


Rigging Clinic Handout Available

For those of you who missed out on Dick Brown's Rigging Clinic at the May meeting, you can download a copy of his handout here:

Dick's Guide to Fly Line Rigging & Knots

Dick was good enough to compile this list of suggested knots and rigging tips to help new fly fishers put together their first fly outfits, covering the knots from the backing to the leader & tippet.


2009 Club Trip Schedule

Thanks to Joe S. for writing up the details of the upcoming club trips.  Please visit the FlyLine Forums for more details.

  • Plum Island Beach Trip – June 2: If you signed up, great.  If you are waiting to see if the weather is good… don’t worry, the fish don’t mind. We’re going out rain or shine. Only a torrential flood, twister, high winds, or lightning is going to stop us.. Ok maybe an influx of angry seals…   If you signed up at the meeting, Joe S. has your contact info and will contact you by email. If you did not provide an email acct, you can pick up the latest info on the FlyLine Forum.  BUT please let Joe know you are coming- we need a head count for the food. Subs and soda will be provided.
  • Club Shore Trip To Upper Cape - June 6: if you’re interested now is the time to contact Dick Henry for info and get your checks in to him.  More info below on the club’s website.
  • Merrimack River Boat Trip- June 16: Lots of folk signed up. Many more than we have boats for- if you have a boat and are willing to play trip captain and host one or two members on your boat, you are very welcome. If you do not have a boat, please get your name on the list if you are interested- you never know who is going to drop out/off as the date gets closer. Also-Kayakers are welcome. This is a boat only trip. If you missed the sign up last night, please contact Steve Murphy, he is trip leader.
  • Lynn Harbor Trip- In the past this has been a lightly attended trip. So, we are only looking for names at this time for contact- we are not sure we are going to go or not. We need boats and interested members. I’m not sure why it’s been so light…the fishing has been pretty good, especially last year. Also a great way to learn and see the coast from Lynn up toward Swampscott- I’m bringing a camera this time, just for the view. If you did not add your name to the list last night, contact Larry Castagneto- he is trip leader.

The following is not a club sponsored trip- so members and friends can join in!

  • Kayak trips - also a light attendance activity. This year the club will not sponsor any kayak only trips. So what you read next is a courtesy to all interested-- we will develop a list of members that would like to get out in kayaks and fish together. The list will be circulated to all on the list- so, if you want on the list, let me know. We had a good number sign up last night. Trips/location/time can be announced by anyone on the list. This is a great way to meet members and develop some steady fishing partners.

New Photo Galleries!

A new photo gallery has been created for the 2009 Club Boat trip on the Merrimack River.  Please send in your pictures and they will be added to the gallery.  Looks like people actually caught fish on a club trip AND there was no threat of hurricane... that has to be a first in the last several years!