Posted by: Tom Keer
March 29, 2012

Tom Keer

The Things We Learn About Trout

With trout fishing in full swing I reached out to my friend Shannon Skelton for some not-so-common insights into trout.  Shannon owns a company called CFI – Global Fisheries Management (www.cfiglobal.com) that specializes in stream restoration and enhancement.  Rather than just stock trout and hope they take, Shannon re-engineers stream beds, stream ecology, baitfish, insect life, feeding, holding, and breeding grounds, you name it. He creates an environment that is like a Disney World for Trout. …

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
March 28, 2012

Boating Safety Tip: Master The Throw Bag

You’re looking at the pieces of equipment that—aside from personal floatation devices—all boaters (and every angler who fishes from a boat) should know and understand. The throw bag can and will save someone’s life, but it’s your responsibility to know how to make that happen. Unlike the PFD that works almost by itself, provided you have the right fit and buoyancy rating, the throw bag requires a little practice to master. And the key word…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 27, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

“Fin” (the end)

Deciding when to go fishing can be a complex issue.  The conditions when fish may be biting best are considered along with other important issues such as safe weather. And your job. But if we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never get on the water. So off we go on our aquatic quest. Then there is perhaps an even greater dilemma:  when to end the fishing trip. As a youngster, I learned the longer…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 22, 2012

Tom Keer

Guilty as Charged

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this one there is a gal walking past a rack of life preservers on her way down the gangplank.  She is following a bunch of anglers who are also heading down to a boat, the trio being equally bereft of a life preserver.  Rods, check.  Tackle box, check.  Lures, check. Sunblock, check.  Life preserver…um???? The line of horse collar life vests are about as appealing as an…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
March 21, 2012

Are You Still Wading in Felt?

As most of you fly fishing enthusiasts probably know, a number of states (Alaska, Vermont, etc.) have banned the use of felt soles on wading boots. The reason for this is that aquatic invasive species—thinks like New Zealand mud snails, didymo, etc.—as well as the organism that causes whirling disease in trout, have been shown to be more easily transported from one river to another in felt boots than in boots made with rubber soles.…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 20, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Time to Make the Doughnuts.

I have always thought the less noise emanating from a boat the better. And I’ve strived for stealth, or at least minimal kid squabbling. Recently, I was surprised to hear Bassmaster Elite tournament pro Dustin Wilks share that sometimes boat traffic is “not a bad thing” when you’re fishing. During a Bass Fishing Techniques class Jeff Kriet, another Bassmaster Elite Pro, echoed the sentiment. Kriet has the most fun looking for bass way “out” (deep…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 15, 2012

Tom Keer

Favorite Fish

A bunch of us were sitting around changing out rusted trebles, tying flies, and other stuff that usually accompanies those activities. A conversation started out with an odd question: if you could only catch one fish for the rest of your life, what would it be? Personally, that was about as depressing a thought as it gets. Still, I found myself answering “a 70-90 pound tarpon.”  I picked that size of fish because it was…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
March 14, 2012

Wading Safety: What to Do If You Fall in the River

I couldn’t help but snap this photo of my friend Katy Melo after he fell in the river while netting a fish. Of course, this was in the summer, and he quickly had the situation under control, even if he was a bit embarrassed. But sometimes, losing your footing and falling in the river—especially when you are wearing waders—is no laughing matter. If you keep these tips in mind as you go wading, you’ll be…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 13, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

A Crappie Time

Crappie is a very popular sport fish in the U.S. Though crappie rarely exceed more than a couple of pounds and are not known to be great fighters, they have a huge number of fans.  According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Survey in 2006, there were 6.2 million dedicated crappie anglers. Even Elite Bassmaster Pro Gerald Swindle ranks the crappie as his second favorite fish to catch, right behind the largemouth bass. Why? “It’s…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 8, 2012

Tom Keer

Signs of Spring

A few days ago I was petting one of my English setters and I pulled a big clump of hair from her side. She’s not sick or anything, but it’s just that time of year when winter coats are shed in favor of spring attire. I decided I’d take her for a run through the woods to get her a little exercise and to leave some of her shedding hair in the sweetbriar tangles.  We headed over…

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