Yield of Streams: If you remove it, they will come

Great to see an Eastern Massachusetts Stream see positive results from dam removal!

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Little feet tread through slushy April snow and approach the railing, peering over the edge of the bridge into the cold, flowing water of the Shawsheen River in eastern Massachusetts.

“I see one!”

They counted them 1,2,3.

The Joshi family children shouted out numbers as silver blue blurs glided through the dark water.

“We counted 95,” recalled Andover resident Jon Honea. He explained that this meant that as many as 425 passed by when volunteers weren’t watching.

They were counting river herring­­ – alewives and blueback herring, two closely related species of migratory fish that hadn’t been seen in the river for nearly two centuries.

And while river herring are no Shoeless Joe Jackson, their homecoming to the Shawsheen points to the success of the recent removal of the Balmoral and Marland Place Dams.

“All you have to do is make space,” said Honea, member of the Andover Conservation…

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“Mainly Misunderstood — Five Myths and Realities About Using Floating Lines For Striped Bass” in the current issue of American Angler

Tried and true techniques to add to the striper arsenal.

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Why are floating lines so underused for striped bass fly fishing? Are intermediate lines  truly versatile? These questions and more are answered in “Mainly Misunderstood,” and you can read all about it in the current (May/June 2017) issue of American Angler. If you’re looking to open the door to a whole new world of presentation options, the floating line is the antidote to the mind-numbing metronome of cast-and-strip.

If you want to catch keeper bass like this with flatwings fished on a greased line swing, you’re gonna need a floating line.

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I love fishing floating lines in surf around structure.

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False Albacore-East Coast

Got to experience the albies from shore and boat this year.

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By Nick Curcione, TFO Advisory Staff.

In the previous article I dealt with the long finned albacore we find off the west coast. In this piece I want to take up another member of the clan that concentrates along the east coast known as Little Tunny, or more commonly, false albacore.

little_tunny Nothing ‘false’ about these fish. Photo by TFO. 

From the standpoint of sporting qualities the latter designation is not an accurate description and if you tie into one you’ll know why. There is nothing false about the tenacity of the struggle you’ll experience when one nails your fly. These dynamos of the tuna family can rip off-line with a speed and determination that will put many other star pieces to shame.   For more years than I care to recall I’ve been battling members of the tuna family and every one of the clan is a tough, race- bred adversary…

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