Posted by: Andy
July 31, 2012

Andy

Follow that Duck!

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Much of the United States is dealing with a brutal heat wave; known here in Oklahoma as “summer.” Anglers, and fish, compensate for triple-digit daytime temperatures by utilizing the cooler windows of mornings and evenings. To find fish mid day, you may have to move the focus away from shallow water. Bassmaster Elite angler Jeff Kriet can fish any depth. Like most anglers, a shallow water structure, such as a stump near the shore, will…

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Posted by: Stephanie
July 30, 2012

Stephanie

Keep Calm and Hit the Water

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For the 48 percent of Americans that lie awake at night restless from the stress of their day, relief may be closer than they think. Recent studies have shown proof that simply being near water can naturally help lower anxiety. With only 37.5 percent of people currently taking advantage of our serene natural places and using the outdoors to unwind, a day outside seems in order. So, this week, this month, this year, we urge everyone to take advantage of their local…

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Posted by: Kirk
July 26, 2012

Kirk

10 American Rivers With a Bright Future

We hear a lot these days about threatened rivers—waters that are in peril as fisheries and recreational resources. No doubt, it is in every angler’s interest to support efforts to help conserve those rivers. But there are positive stories out there and examples of rivers that are realizing the beneficial effects from conservation and cleanup efforts. With that in mind, we’ve created this list of America’s Renewed Rivers: 1. Penobscot River, Maine. On June 11,…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 26, 2012

Tom K.

Shark Week! Blue Sharks on the Fly

Based on its color, there is no mistake that this is a blue shark.

Back in the mid 1990’s I made a video (remember those?) with my friend Jon Perette.  The topic was catching blue sharks on a fly.  For the better part of a month we made a number of long runs from the South Shore of Massachusetts to Stellwagon Bank to gather the footage. Fishing for blue sharks was a tremendous amount of fun, but as time went on I pursued other species of fish.  My memories…

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Posted by: Andy
July 24, 2012

Andy

Put IN.

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Recently, my family canoed several miles of the Clarion River in Western Pennsylvania. A few hours of  summer canoe rental is a good opportunity to test drive a water craft to determine if purchased, whether it will be used on the water or as a drink cooling conversation piece. Though the river was bustling with a big weekend crowd, we enjoyed our paddle and quickly learned some quirks not only of canoe maneuvering, but of…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 19, 2012

Tom K.

Droppers

It's tough to tell what the birds are working so far away

I’m not sure why but it took me so long to start using dropper rigs.  Maybe it was because I wasn’t sure about the rigging techniques?  Maybe it was because my initial experiences with droppers created some bird’s nest tangles?  Or maybe I was just catching enough fish on one lure or fly….  Who knows, but a few decades ago a fishing trip on a local estuary changed all of that. At that point in…

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Posted by: Kirk
July 18, 2012

Kirk

Some thoughts on leaders and tippets…

I’m going to stick with my “July on the fly” theme and talk about an often overlooked aspect of fly fishing, and that is tippet and leader selection. One of the most common mistakes I see is anglers under-sizing on their tippets and leaders. Naturally, we are predisposed to think that smaller is better. A 7X tippet is smaller than 5X, so it automatically offers stealth advantages, and thereby increases your odds of hooking fish.…

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Posted by: Andy
July 17, 2012

Andy

Lure Testing Facilities.

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In an angler’s continuing quest to “think like a fish,” we carefully examine lures at the tackle shop.  They get held up to the light, shaken, and wiggled.  And if it passes this rigorous testing and is purchased, we will watch it closely when reeled in.  Wave action, aquatic vegetation, and turbidity can interfere with observation of lure motion. One way around this is a “Lure Testing Facility,” which for many anglers is a swimming…

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Posted by: Kirk
July 11, 2012

Kirk

Teaching Tip: Play Fish (Literally)

When we’re teaching others to fish (especially kids), we spend plenty of time going over how to make the cast, how to pick a lure or bait, what to look for in terms of where to cast, and all that. But we often forget to “practice” what it feels like to fight a fish. When they actually have a fish on, their eyes usually get this glazed look of “now what?” desperation (along with the…

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Posted by: Andy
July 10, 2012

Andy

Bovines and Bass

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Some great fishing can be found in remote ponds and streams that are way out in the country, often on farms or ranches.   These bodies of water not only provide rugged fishing opportunities but may multitask as irrigation for crops or a watering hole for livestock. If building a new pond by the book, most states recommend construction which excludes livestock, utilizing a fence and a pipe in the dam which leads to a gravity…

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