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Merry Christmas & a Brighter 2021

The snow covered trees surrounding my small Maine camp  make for a fitting scene for the season.

24 May, 2016 07:10

Nice way to start the day at RaysFly Camp

Several inches of snow fell yesterday afternoon & made the csmp sort of pictureque.

Raysfly Splake

Maddie’s Protégé is coming along nicely


***” Inside every good dog is a great dog”***

Today-Tuesday.. June 24, 2014–> It was clear and 55°F at the backyard bird bath this morning at sunrise. I made a pot of coffee and grabbed a cup to take out to the backyard and sip it while visiting  Maddie’s final resting place to chat with her. Tomorrow I head up north to the Umbagog Lake area for a smallmouth fishing trip with my friend Dave Aguiar. (click on pics to enlarge)

Umbagog & Maddie's in the truck

Umbagog & Maddie’s in the truck

With less than a day to go I don’t have a thing ready except some food items as the past two days have been perhaps the most tear filled and painful of my life. Some friends and family members have said the trip would do me good. It would start the healing process and not seeing the many momentos around the house for several days would be a beginning. Perhaps so for some but Maddie and I did everything together. Where I went ,she went. The very first time I went to the Umbagog Area(NH&ME) was with Maddie. Just her and I camping /fishing for three rain filled days. You can learn much about yourself and your relationship with your dog when you’re confined to a tent or the truck cab for hours on end.

Camping on the banks of the Magalloway with maddie

Camping on the banks of the Magalloway with Maddie


She was with my wife and  I each year we camped/fished and paddled up there, so there’s many inescapable fond memories that will come forth while I’m there.

Most will bring a smile to my face as we surely had many, many good times.

Yesterdays ago-Sunday..June 22, 2014–> It’s clear  and 55°F at the backyard bird bath this morning .  Despite the forecast for a bright and sunny day,  a dark cloud  with tearful showers will hang  over my wife and  I  today and for days  to come just as it has since Wednesday.  Yesterday after 14 ½ wonderful years, Maddie “The Wonder Dog” was put to rest.  Numerous re-occurring medical conditions and a rapid decline in her overall quality of life caused my wife and I to make this dreaded decision. This past Wednesday I called Maddie’s vet to see about putting her to sleep. Yesterday  was the earliest we could have this painful moment take place so for  the next two days we beat ourselves up by second guessing  and continuously trying to re-assure ourselves that our decision  was the right thing to do. Our emotions and deep love for our family member always seemed to rise above what we knew was best. This made the past several days some of the  longest, saddest and most painful days of our lives.  The days ahead won’t be any easier because of her deep involvement in our everyday lives. Everywhere we look we see Maddie. However now her pain is gone and at the end there was no suffering  as she now peacefully rests by the big pond in the sky surrounded by balls, bones, sticks, treats and of course CHEESE. In the days ahead my wife and I  will attempt  to not feel sorry for ourselves about her passing  and  losing her forever , but rather to look back at all the good times and great memories we made together. Believe me there are many of them. I was fortunate to have her as my fishing partner and our daily companion for so many years. I can only wish for others to be so fortunate.

In Loving Memory

Maddie "The Wonder Dog" 12/21/99 to 06/21/2014

Maddie “The Wonder Dog”
12/21/99 to 06/21/2014


“We’re for dogs and for everything they do for our quality of life here on earth”– Pedigree Dog Food


Uncategorized and……….


  I  think of myself as a  diverse person, one with many interests. While I enjoy a  wide range of activities, I don’t mind taking an occasional nap either.  Some of my interests  other than fly fishing and fly tying include camping , canoeing, cooking, gardening,  hiking,  kayaking, sausage making,  smoking meats and other foods.  Much of the time these other interests play second fiddle to my dogs.

Here on this UNCATEGORIZED    page I’ll  try and post about those interests along with other whims and thoughts. Here’s a link to perhaps my favorite interest:

Maddie “The Wonder Dog”


FISH FRYING--I took a short course on frying  panfish(Southern Style) however the tips and techniques will work anywhere. The instructor was great,   here’s a link for that  Fish Frying course.


Easter Kielbasa is done  being smoked.  Here’s what it looked like prior to smoking  and then  the finished product— Maddie likes Kiellbasa..


Smoked September Bluefish

Ready 2 Smoke

Smoked September Bluefish


I did say dogs earlier, didn’t I?  Well here they are together–Maddie and Lola.


Stuff For Sale——Pics available for interested individuals

If you’re interested in any of the items for sale Feel free to drop me a line.

Native Watercraft Ultimate 12 kayak/Canoe hybrid. A comfortable watercraft that’s  a cross between a kayak and canoe and weighs in at 55 lb.   Comfortable, removable sliding seat that’s rated as one of  most  comfortable seats around. Very stable craft that’s easy to get in and out of.  Anchor trolley syatem included..  Sand color- V/G Cond –$650. Read the reviews at

Fin-Or No.3 Anti reverse fly reel. L/H retreive, Mint Condition w/ Original box, pouch  and paperwork. ->$375

Fin-Or No. 3  Direct drive fly reel, LH or RH retrieve, Excellent condition w/ Original box, pouch  and paperwork. ->$350

Pflueger Medalist Fly Reel Rim Control Spools–make an offer

1595 1/2 –2 new 1 used.—1594— 1 new—1598–1 new—-ALL SOLD

Martin Model 72 Multiplier Fly reel w/ extra spool , original box and manual–> $65–SOLD


***All rods are of Graphite construction and moderate to medium fast action except where noted.

Cabelas Fish Eagle II 9′ 11/12 wgt 2pc IM6 med/fast action with Tarpon Ball fighting butt. Like new–$100

Cabelas Three forks 7’6″ 3 pc 3 wgt med/fast action–VG cond –$35

Cortland 6’6″ 5 wgt 2pc med/fast action good condition–$40

Pflueger Summit 8’6″ 6/7 wgt 2pc  Good  condition ->$40

Thomas and Thomas 9′ 6 wgt 2pc Med fast action V/G cond–> $125

*** These two Bass Pro White River  CV2 flyrods  listed below are some of the nicest and lightest rods around. If you’re not worried about the stigma some attach with Bass Pro and are more concerned with performance and bang for  the buck than image, then  these rods should not be overlooked. I’m looking for a an older WR CV2  8’6′ 3 pc 4 wgt should you have one. –Ray Bondorew

White River CV2 8’6″ 6 wgt 5pC. Fast action- V/G-condition ->$60

White River CV2 8’6″ 6 wgt 3pc wgt CV2. Fast action- V/G  condition ->$60–SOLD


*****I built the following rods using IM6 blanks

St Croix Imperial 2 pc 9′ 6/7 wgt 2 pc  med/fast(moderate) action.  full wells grip with a small fighting butt. Two stripper guides and the others are single foot. Probably used no more than a dozen timesVG cond.–$70

St Croix 2 pc  9′ 3 wgt  Green blank single foot guides and cork insert reel seat.VG Cond–$65

It’s a tad cooler this morn than yesterday. It’s 35 Deg at the backyard birdbath and raining. We surely can use the rain. I just let my dogs out and can say that it’s not to pleasant. My reliable weather station is telling me the Barometer is steady and the 24hr forecast is for cloudy weather. That tells me this stormy weather won’t last the entire day.

Today..Saturday March 31,2012 The Bass Pond .com Great pickerel shootout at Ponkapog Pond in Newton Mass. POSTPONED due to forecasted inclement weather So the expected Good Time with Good Friends is put on hold. More info at

Sunday.. April 1, 2012 – Ray’s plans to post the first “”Fly of the Month” pattern and “Bonus Fly”. Also updating the Monthly/Fishing report page to April. There should be several where the stripers are spots in the Monthly/Fishing report page.

Saturday.. April 14, 2012— Opening Day Of Rhode Island Trout Season

Saturday April 21, 2012— Opening Day Of Connecticut Trout Season

Saturday.. April 21, 2012—Bass Get together – @ Furnace Pond, Pembroke, MA – Great opportunity to catch big Crappie, Yellow Perch and Pickerel which are usually shallow and spawning this time of year …The Bass Pond fished this pond back in 2002 and had an absolute blast.
Go to for more info.

Sunday April 22, 2012—EARTH DAY 2012. There’s cleanup activities scheduled everywhere. Can’t find one in your area? Then grab a plastic bag and head into the outdoors anywhere and just pick up some litter and fill the bag. It’s a very basic and a simple way to help.
Okay back to normal. Seems I’ve gotten carried away with the Blog type stuff, that’s not like me. I usually don’t say much and have always kept to myself. I prefer it that way. So from now on, I’m going to minimize the gibberish and stick to the outdoors, environment and fishing. Unless I hear otherwise from you.

“Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence … What are the fruits of silence? They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character.”
~Ohiyesa, Santee Sioux~