New England on the Fly is about fly fishing. It focuses on New England — the issues, the people, the waters, and the fish — but takes in the sport as a whole.



Who am I, and why I am writing this blog? Fair questions.

My name is Ben Carmichael. I am a lifelong fly fisherman and the son of a bamboo rod maker, antique tackle dealer, and author. I caught my first trout before I can remember, and caught my first Atlantic salmon at seven and a half. I haven’t looked back since.

Throughout my life, I’ve been fortunate enough to catch trout in North America and England, chase salmon in Scotland, Norway, and Canada, stalk bonefish and tarpon in warm waters, and land my fair share of stripers, blues, and albies right here in New England. When not fishing, I’m tying flies, fiddling with tackle, and reading or talking about fishing.

I have written for various outlets about fly fishing and related environmental issues, including The Boston Globe, The Drake, The Atlantic Salmon JournalOn Earth, The Angler’s Club Journal, and a collection of pieces for the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum. I’ve also edited a few books on topics related to Atlantic salmon and fly fishing, including Ron Swanson’s Grand Cascapedia Giants and Hoagy Carmichael’s The Grand Cascapedia River: A History Vol I. For more on about my background, visit my professional website here.

I’m fortunate to be a board member of the Miramichi Salmon Association (MSA), and a member of both The Angler’s Club of New York (ACNY) and The Boston Fly Casters.

Questions? Suggestions? Free Fishing?

Have questions, suggestions, or tips? Want me to review a book or a piece of tackle? Want to share a tip or have me share a question with this site’s readers? Feel free to be in touch.

You can reach me at: ben @ newenglandonthefly DOT com







7 thoughts on “About

  1. Found you website the other day, very nice!!! I am in the early development stage of starting my own fly fishing site. Similar to your story, I am a lifelong fly angler, passionate about just about every facet of the sport from trout to billfish. I started fly fishing at the age of 9 and over the past 30 years or so, instructed several hundred in the arts of fly tying and fly fishing. I very much enjoy introducing the sport to young people through a middle school fly fishing club, and the boy & girl scouts, as well as helping our vets through the Healing Waters Program.
    In addition, I hold a USCG 100 Ton Master license and have articles and photographs published in several regional and national magazines.
    I hope to make my first trip to Gaspe next year in search of the wild “King”. Connecticut stocks 12 to 20 lb, Atlantics in a couple of streams every fall, but they are nothing like the real deal.
    Good luck with your site.
    Tight lines…
    Captain Bob

  2. Ben sorry to miss your talk at the Concord Rod and Gun Club. I will be away fishing in Argentina — I will let you know if the myth of golden dorado is real.

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