Posted by: Kirk Deeter
July 6, 2012

Ode to the Woolly Bugger

I’m not very good at tying fancy fly patterns. I’m fine with that,though, because I think some of the most effective flies are also the simplest. For example, if I were allowed one fly—and one fly only—to fish any river or lake, in any season, in any conditions, anywhere in the country, I would choose a woolly bugger. Probably a black one. Probably size #10. The reasons are simple. Foremost, that pattern has been around…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 5, 2012

Tom Keer

Night Fishing

In one day the air temperatures jumped from 60 degrees during the day to the mid-90’s.  It stayed warm at night, too, and it remained consistently warm for a week.  It’s that time of year for spring to transition to summer, and I’m not complaining; there are hotter areas in the country.  What it means for my fishing is a change in water temperatures from perfect to warm.  And now it’s time to start fishing…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 3, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Bass Thumb

One reason is bass are so popular is the magnificent bucket mouth handle, and the “Bass Thumb” that it creates. Though many fish can be held at least partially by the mouth, no other freshwater fish is endowed with such a gratifying grip.  Toothy pike or walleye will only be “lipped” once.  Catfish jaw strength can be intimidating enough to grab a net.  And when posing with tiny-mouthed sunfish, photos usually reveal a pinky out…

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