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Ben Carmichael

Ben Carmichael

Writer / ACC Photographer / Videographer / Fly fisherman / DIY Fanatic

Ben Carmichael is a communications and marketing professional, with experience in content strategy, video production and marketing, social media and email marketing, digital photography, and SEO, to name a few. He is also the proud owner of an historic home in Carlisle Massachusetts. Built in 1860, the home keeps him busy: there’s plenty of projects — from painting and insulation, to a bathroom remodeling project — to be done. For A Concord Carpenter, Ben compliments the site's construction expertise with the perspective of an avid home DIY’er. Ben is also an avid fly fishermen, and has had his articles and photography published by fly fishing magazines. His website, New England on the Fly, is devoted to fly fishing in New England.

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Solo Stove Yukon Fire Pit Review

By Ben Carmichael

Solo Stove Yukon Fire Pit Every year we would go camping in Maine, and every year my grandfather would say the same thing while we shuffled around the fire pit: “You know smoke only blows in the face of the idiot, right?” It took me more time than I would care to admit to realize…

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Ooni Pizza Oven Review

By Ben Carmichael

Ooni Pizza Oven – As Good As It Seems? Hell Yes. Shortly after the pandemic hit and I found myself sequestered in my house, I turned to my wife and pronounced: “I am going to master homemade pizza.” I thought this would set me apart, and would wow friends and family but, as it turns…

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Filson Tin Cloth Fishing Bag

By Ben Carmichael

Filson Tin Cloth Review GoreTex. H2No. Call it what you will, modern waterproof technologies are certainly effective, but they lack a bit of soul. They keep weather out, but they don’t weather well at all. When they age, they often break or simply stop being waterproof. You buy it, use it, and replace it —…

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False Albacore Fly Fishing

By Ben Carmichael

False Albacore Fly Fishing During the Martha’s Vineyard Derby New England fall — the season of leaves, apple cider donuts, the fall migration, and the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. The Derby — which, after 73 years is, like Bono or Cher, known simply as “The Derby” — captivates the island, its tourists…

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2016 Season New England Fly Fishing Video

By Ben Carmichael

Fly Fishing Video 2016 was a great season of fly fishing in New England. Though, to be fair, I feel that way after most seasons; New England is such a beautiful place, with so many incredible places to fish, that I am often reminded of how fortunate I am — and, perhaps if you’re reading…

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Costa Corbina Polarized Fishing Glasses

By Ben Carmichael

Costa Corbina Polarized Fishing Glasses Review They seem like such a simple thing: polarized glasses. But they are so important. I don’t get why so many spend so many hours obsessing over their flies, or their reels, and spend hours getting to a location, only to put on a crummy pair of polarized glasses. As people inevitably point…

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Victor Smart-Kill Electronic Mouse & Rat Traps

By Ben Carmichael

Victor Electronic Mouse Trap Review Victor, the rodent control company, has created a better mousetrap. No, really. While the simplicity of the traditional mousetrap has a certain elegance — a piece of wood, a spring, and a cheese or other bait — it doesn’t do a simple thing that, the world of wifi, Bluetooth, and…

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Masterbuilt Bluetooth Electric Smoker

By Ben Carmichael

Masterbuilt Bluetooth Electric Smoker Review What is good food — and I mean really good food — meant to do: nourish or entertain? Is it meant to be simply good for your body, or also good for your soul? My feeling: why choose? Life is too short. Enjoy every part of it, while you can,…

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