Spring is my favorite season, especially after the winter we've had in New England this year. There are changes each day as snow and ice retreat and rebirth begins. Some migrants begin arriving before the calendar officially says spring, most notably waterfowl as they look for open water. For example, I got good looks at Common Goldeneye below the Bellows Falls Dam recently. With the arrival of spring, however, there are some departures as well. We have visitors here in New England, numbers varying from year to year, that spend there spring and summer in arctic tundra areas north of here. A few seen recently in New Hampshire were snow buntings, bohemian waxwings and lapland longspurs. See the lapland longspur range map below and as we prepare for the arrival of phoebes, the pushing up of fiddleheads, the rising of trout and the sound of spring peepers, don't forget those visitors from the north that make winter more interesting.
A fly fishing technique that developed in Japan and is becoming more popular in the United States is Tenkara. This ancient style simplifies the sport by eliminating the reel. Longer rods, from 8 1/2 to 14 1/2 feet are utilized and line is attached to the end of the rod. One of the biggest advantages of this technique is when a dry fly or nymph is being fished because there is no weighted line and the rod is long all drag is eliminated. This allows for natural drifts of flies. Watch the videos below to learn more.
Mitch Harrison's parents gave him his first fly rod at age 12 and more than 40 years later he is still casting, teaching and learning. Another passion of Mitch's is bird watching. Mitch is a licensed NH guide and a science teacher in Alstead, NH.