Happy New Year. I am happy to have turned the page on 2018 and am looking forward to 2019. Glad to finally get a minute to sit down and get some computer work done. This year has been super crazy with 2 kids and another on the way as well as some challenging times with moving, selling a house, renovating a new one and running two businesses. Things have finally settled now and I am looking forward to another great guiding season starting around the end of April or beginning of May, as soon as my maple sugaring season wraps up.
I try to throw a lot into my reports that can make you a better fisherman or woman beyond just the basics of fishing has been good or bad and they are eating ______ bugs. Hopefully I'll have enough time to get you all plenty of insight into tactics and situations I encounter on the river. Part of the reason I re cap my tournament events is so you can get an insight into how I am thinking and how I figured out a specific scenario in a comp that may help you if encounter a similar situation on the water. If there is anything else you'd like me to cover or have any questions feel free to reach out. I don't usually get too much into my thoughts on gear, or specific fly patterns or fly tying so if you all want more of that let me know as well.
I'm looking forward to the opening of trout season. Last year I spent a lot of time on new water or new stretches of small and mid sized tributaries and found some great places that hold large early season wild rainbows and browns. I am also looking forward to getting back on the drift boat with you all soon. Lets hope 2019 isn't so hot and dry and we have good flows and water temps most of the season. I am starting the get the itch to get out and fish but we have a long ways to go. If any of you are looking to get out, the southern part of the state or western Mass have some good winter fishing options, if I happen to get a chance Ill head down that way soon.
Ben Wilcox Owner/Guide Maple Country Anglers