Posted by: Tom K.
July 28, 2011

Tom K.

This Summer, Get Your Kids Cranked Up About Fishing

After a long hard year in school, kids want a break.  Fishing is a perfect release, particularly if you don’t turn into summer school. Kids are visual, so when you take them fishing, appeal to their keen eyesight.  Bobbers when bait fishing, surface poppers for spin fishing, or dry flies for fly fishing give them something to focus on.  The movement from the bobber dropping creates excitement, the back and forth zig zag of a…

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Posted by: Kirk
July 27, 2011

Kirk

Tips for Grasshopper Fly Fishing

Just because the hot days of summer signal that the mayfly season is mostly behind us doesn’t mean that fly fishing has entered the “doldrums.”  In fact, I’d say things are just about to get really good. You see… it’s hopper time.  And when trout in rivers key on grasshoppers and other terrestrial insects, the fly fishing action can be better than at any other time of year.  There is just something very special about how…

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Posted by: Andy
July 26, 2011

Andy

Wall Worthy

To catch an exceptionally large fish is an amazing feat.  Unfortunately, due to the customary stereotype that anglers tend to exaggerate the size of their catches, providing proof can be a challenge as well. A photo helps but does not remove all size discrepancy.  Anglers frequently pose with their catches at arms’ length, thus distorting the perspective. The Snap Shot Ruler corrects that problem by allowing a vertical measurement with the weight in the same…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 21, 2011

Tom K.

Slip Sliding Away

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It’s rare to find a boat ramp in perfect condition.  Concrete cracks and breaks apart with hot and cold temperature changes.  Wooden ramps are no better, and they ultimately rot and chip.  Any boater knows that if you add algae or seaweed a ramp can be as slippery as ice. A few weeks ago I was checking out a ramp that was new to me, and I watched a truck slide sideways while trying to…

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Posted by: Kirk
July 20, 2011

Kirk

Fishing Strategies for the Dog Days of Summer

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As the heat wave envelops most of the country, a lot of us would rather jump in the lake or river than go fishing there.  Not a bad idea… but believe it or not, the sultry weeks of midsummer can be very productive for fishing, provided you make a couple of simple changes to your approach. Successful fishing at this time of year really boils down to two things:  1.) You want to change the…

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Posted by: Andy
July 19, 2011

Andy

Fishing Shoes

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When one of my fishing buddies was a bachelor, I helped him move several times.  Amazingly, his possessions consisted of little more than half-empty containers of brown mustard and dozens of pairs of shoes. Yet I do not recall any fishing shoes.  But then, except for waders, what are “fishing shoes?” My “fishing shoes” are usually shoes that once served other purposes but now are in the later stages of their life. If fishing from…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 14, 2011

Tom K.

Topwater Fishing

I bet that more and bigger fish are caught deep in the water column, but to me, none are as exciting as those caught on the surface.  Whether I catch them on a soft plastic, a pencil popper, a slider, or a dry fly, I feel suspense in the air.  I never know when the fly drifting in a current or the popper leaving a wake when it pushes water will suddenly disappear.  When I…

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Posted by: Kirk
July 13, 2011

Kirk

Wading Safety 101

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There’s something special about standing knee-deep in a river as you fish.  But wading can be tricky, and sometimes downright dangerous.  Follow these 10 tips to keep things safe: 1. Wear wading boots that offer good traction.  Either felt soles (where legal, and be sure to clean your boots after you fish), or rubber soles with cleats provide the best traction. 2. When crossing a river, go with the flow.  Angle downstream, so with every…

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Posted by: Andy
July 12, 2011

Andy

Little Bait Shops

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It is easy to understand why Bass Pro Shops and Cabelas are popular destinations. It may take most of the day, but one can wander through a fantastic, wide selection of boats and fishing tackle and the kids can ogle at massive blue catfish and spotted gar in aquariums containing thousands of gallons of water. That is, when they are not pleading their case for a giant stuffed fish pillow. When traveling, I also always…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 7, 2011

Tom K.

Simplify Your Launch

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Having spent a lot of my life around fresh and saltwater boat ramps, I’ve never gotten used to the cussin’, the spittin’, and the fightin’ that oftentimes comes with getting a boat off of the trailer and in the water.  Most of the frustration seems to come from a little organization and familial team play.  I admit that when I was doing all the running around my attitude needed an adjustment. The first order of…

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