The Hippo


Jun 26, 2019








Brown trout from the upper Connecticut river caught and released by Angus Boezeman. Photo by Dave Poole.

Fish 2015: Fishing Lectures Series

Where: Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua
When: Thursday, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lectures are free, no registration required (except for Jan. 31 workshop).

Fishy focus
Lecture series looks ahead to fishing season

By Allie Ginwala

Are you wishing you were out fishing? Instead of hunkering down inside waiting for the spring thaw, head over to Nashua Public Library and join fellow fishing enthusiasts for Fish 2015: Fishing Lecture Series, held every Thursday in January at 7 p.m.

“We find it’s a good time of year because people aren’t out fishing, but are at home wishing they were,” said Carol Luers Eyman, outreach and community services coordinator. 
The library has hosted the month-long January series for over two decades to help people get ready for a fresh fishing season. 
The evenings start with a fishing video at 6 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Each night a different instructor will present on his topic of expertise. This year’s lectures will include kayak fishing, surf casting and fly fishing. All of the lectures are held in the library’s theater and are instructional. The series will conclude with a Saturday fly tying workshop that gives hands-on learning opportunities. 
When it comes to choosing subjects and lecturers, Eyman tries to provide a wide variety. 
“We usually try to split it evenly between freshwater and saltwater fishing,” she said. “I find people are most interested in hearing about places close by that they can go fishing. I try to concentrate on local things people can do themselves.” 
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and Trout Unlimited, a national organization with local chapters dedicated to protecting coldwater fisheries, will recommend instructors as well.
The series kicks off with On the Water columnist Ron Powers, who will share his experience fishing for salmon, trout and bass in the Quabbin and Wachusett reservoirs (also known as the “Q” and the “Chu”), the two largest bodies of water in Massachusetts.
Angus Boezeman, fly fishing guide and teacher, will present the lecture on Jan. 15 about fly fishing strategies. Based in Pittsburg, Boezeman has been guiding and instructing for over 20 years. He’s been a part of two previous fishing lecture series at Nashua Public Library. 
A self-taught fly fisher, Boezeman will bring 40 years’ worth of overall fly fishing experience to the lecture. 
“I’m going to talk about how I approach rivers and how I try to approach what I want to do and what I want to accomplish,” he said in a phone interview. “I hope people get the experience I’ve had throughout the years and how I’ve developed different techniques.”
Boezeman teaches fly fishing at Tall Timber Lodge in Pittsburg, a program he helped them establish. “When I started fishing, there were no fly fishing schools,” he said. “Being self taught I know how it is to learn alone. … Fly fishing has always been a hand-me-down sport; your grandfather or father or uncle taught it to you. There’s less of that pass-me-on tradition so I think this lecture series is fantastic.”
While most of the series is open to all levels, Boezeman’s lecture is intended for intermediate fly fishers, since he’ll be using a lot of lingo that beginners may not understand. 
“I’m basically going to be talking strategies,” he said. “I’ll talk in detail and as far as question and answer, I always have the floor open.”
The series will close out with five-time national distance surf-casting champion Ron Arra, who will share tips for lure and rig selection and tackle and tuning reels for maximum distance; and Tim Moore, nationally recognized angler and fishing guide, who will discuss fishing from a kayak in salt and fresh water. Visit to learn more about the series. 
As seen in the January 8, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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