Welcome to Outdoor Savages! We are a small group of friends that enjoys nothing more than to spend our free time in the outdoors. Here are the first hand accounts of our adventures. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stone Flys and a Couple of Trout

     By now it is no secret Connecticut TMA's have been stocked.  The stockings came a few weeks early this year thanks to the mild winter.  With the stocking comes lots of fisherman.  A few weeks ago Jan and I went fishing and we had the TMA to our selves.  Today, we pulled into the lot and found 6 other trucks there.  Judging by the TU and other trout stickers i figured they were not there walking the dog.  Last night i was reading a blog post about the importance of being rigged up ready to go upon arrival.  Check it out illinois wisconsin fishing.  Before Jan and I left his house I made sure we got dressed in his drive way.  Being ready to go proved to be a wise choice.  3 guys were busy rigging up when we pulled in.  We just got out of the Jeep and started fishing.  Jan and I refer to this as Kamikaze fishing. 
   On to the fishing.  It seemed a little slow.   For three hours of fishing we only racked up a total of 3 fish.  I got one and Jan stuck the other two.  For a river that has been stocked in the last week i felt the fishing was sub par.  I will admit it was very bright and cold today.  During the course of the outing i realized Stone Fly coming off.  A few trout came up to eat a few but not hot and heavy.  We decided to leave at 130pm.  I have a feeling the fishing will be much better during the heat of the afternoon. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ward Pound Ridge Hike

Penny's muddy feet(photo by Meaghan Boisfeuillet)
trail map
    With some of the nicest winter weather on hand again this week i decided to do a day hike with my dog, Penny, and my wife.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Nice Winter Day

  I have a lot of stuff going on the next few days.  First, as i write, my truck is being worked on.  I need to have some maintenance  done to it.  Second, my boat will finally be worked on tomorrow.  I had to juggle plans around so my life would not be put on hold.  Most Importantly, I wanted to get a fishing trip in.  With the mild winter we are experiencing, why not?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Great Day to Have Off

    Last night i got home from work and saw that today was going to be really nice.  Everyday this winter has been nice, but today it was to fall on my day off.  Since Thanks Giving i have had about 5 days off.  On those days i was unable to enjoy myself, mainly due to DMV Emissions testing.  Today, I had to get out and ENJOY IT
The Hearth
   A good buddy of mine and i decided to head up to Collis P. Huntington State Park.  I was there with my wife in the summer and was wanting to make a return trip.  We Got to the park around 10am slung our packs and headed out.  We wanted to check out the ponds in the park first.  To our surprise they still had some ice, amazing!  I was really looking forward to ice fishing their this year but with the weather i am doubting it will happen.  I guess I can look forward to fishing the lake system out of a yak in the spring.  We followed the trail into the hardwoods and started making our way to the ruins of an old house.  The Ruins were marked on the park map in the north end of the park. When we finally found the ruins i could not help but imagine the house that was there years ago.  The location was perfect overlooking a ledge with and area behind it that i am sure was a field.  The Hearth and chimney was still there. some beer bottles littered the ground.  It was a great place to stop and rest after an hour of hiking. 
recent damage to the quarry
    On we went to the next point of Interest.  Down the trail a short way we found an old quarry.  The old quarry was used to mine quartz and mica.  Even today there was evidence of people cutting rocks out.  The State of CT enacted legislation to protect the geological features in the state parks.  Signs were posted explaining the law.  Today it would be against the law to try and take rocks out of the quarry.  We found 2 quarries that were about 40 feet deep and pretty neat.  Chips of rocks were all over and we found some pretty neat stuff.  We soon turned back to lot and headed back to the cars.
Mining scraps
     I Highly Recommend Collis P. Huntington State Park.   With in it's 833 acres visitors can hike, fish(5ponds), Canoe, Mountain Bike, Horse Back Riding, and Cross Country Skiing. If you want to do a little exploring there is also some geological features and ruins on the property.  Check out some more pics from my day below.   
I wonder if people sat around this at one time?