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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Angler's Trail Phase I

Back sometime last year, the FRAA, DEP, MDC, FRWA and NPS gathered together to discuss topics of interest involving improvement to the habitat and overall wellbeing of the Farmington River. Several ideas have come to the table, and some of the projects have already broken ground as of last year. The removal of invasive plants has been a hot topic in recent years, and last fall some projects involving the removal of some invasives took place in New Hartford in the area of Callahan Park.

One of the major topics discussed was the erosion issues along the streamside vegetation and banks in the stretch of river from Greenwoods pool to the tail of the Boneyard pool. Combine that with the growth of invasives, and the lack of a defined trailhead and a multitude of issues were recognized. Over the past 12 months a plan has been discussed between all the parties listed above in hopes of re-establishing a designated trail along that particular area while also restructuring the damaged habitat. Yesterday marked the first steps in making this project a reality.

Members from MDC, DEP and FRAA met in the Boneyard and walked the area from the Boneyard Parking lot to the side channel at the lower end of the pool. While doing so we flagged an area where the designated angler path will be, and designated offshoots to the waters edge will be implemented, in hopes of keeping anglers and foot traffic on the path and off the areas that will be repaired. This is phase I of a rather large project, sometime next week while the DEP is cutting the fields they will cut our new path. We urge everyone who frequents the area to immediately begin use of this new trail once it is in place later next week, to help support our efforts to maintain a quality fishery and experience.

Just an update, I walked the newly formed angler path yesterday and am very pleased with how things turned out. I think those who fish the Boneyard will be very happy with their ability to walk to the tail of the pool now without damaging their waders. The path itself is easily wide enough for anglers traveling in either direction. Just the beginning of an exciting project, I'll keep you posted on the next phases.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Simms New Headwaters Tackle Bag

So here we are, a new year and in need of a new gear bag for my days spent on the water. So I've been using the large Drycreek Boat Bag by Simms now for 3 years, and it's beat to say the least, I mean look at it for Petes sake.

The outer zipper is shot for starters and it also has some pretty good cuts and scrapes to it from several float trips worth of abuse. I liked the bag most of the time, but to be quite honest found it got in the way more often than not and forced me to bring the kitchen sink.

Enter the Headwaters Tackle Bag.

Here she is choc full of my necessities; extra spools, reels, 6 large waterproof C&F fly boxes, 4 small C&F flyboxes, dozens of spools of tippet, 20 or so tapered leaders, 3 gargantuan bottles of floatant, extra boot laces, shot containers, pliers, polarized glasses, glass cleaner, various indicators, fly line cleaning kit, microfiber towel, damn near the kitchen sink yet in a much more compact and neater setting. The exterior is a very strong ballistic fabric that looks darn close to being bulletproof. The bottom is is waterproof, and the interior cargo area is roomy with a removeable center divider. There are pockets gallore on both the interior and exterior that can store a wide variety of necessities for any day on the water. Across the top of the bag lies a pair of rod rube straps which have stowaway magnetic straps that tuck away when not in use to eliminate catching points. There is even a small clear ziplock watertight pouch with a magnetic glider on the inside for smaller important items such as keys, cellphones or PDA's, I mean really this little bag has it all, just look at it!

And what is really appealing to me is the size of the bag, it's a relatively small bg at only 20 inches in length and a mere 11 inches tall. And, the best part about the whole thing, it has a packable rainfly to keep all of your belongings dry on those wetter occassions.

So, to say I'm very impressed is an understatement, this bag gets a two thumbs up in my book, and should fill the void in any anglers arsenal. For more about the Headwaters Tackle Bag and many other great products by Simms, check out there website at

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Simms Headwaters Streamtread Wading Boots

So I already have been beating up a pair of the felt bottomed Headwaters boots for the past 8 months. I got the streamtreads about a week ago and am equally as impressed. I think I used my headwaters boots more than any of my other wading boots mainly because they are very comfortable, spacious and very light. Having very wide feet myself, accomodating footwear is a prerequisite, and when you're standing in a river for long periods of time, foot fatigue is a reality. Having light boots can really make the difference, and was the primary reason I purchased the boots. The felt versions have gone a season and held up well, in fact the only thing that needed some work were the laces, but that's pretty customary. So, after three days of breaking the new ones in on a very difficult rocky stream in Pennsylvania, I am happy to say I'm glad the boots are here. One suggestion though, get some screw in spikes for the bottoms,cuz you'll want em. When the new simms star cleats are available I will put a pair on them, but until then, the regular studs will suffice.

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