Posted by: Stephanie
November 30, 2012

Stephanie

Wild Animal Encounters

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One of the great appeals of fishing is that it puts us in close connection with nature.  I’ve always said that if an angler doesn’t take time to regularly soak in the views around him/her, they’re really not getting the most out of fishing, regardless of how many fish they actually catch. But let’s face it, there are times when encounters with wild animals are more than exhilarating—they can be downright dangerous and frightening.  Trust…

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Posted by: Stephanie
November 28, 2012

Stephanie

Great Fishing States: Texas

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I’m fortunate enough to get to travel—and fish—for work (I know, it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it).  As such, I’m often asked where my favorite places to go are.  I usually answer that I am fond of the Great Lakes states, because those are where I was born and raised.  And I live where I do now (Colorado) with good reason.  But the one place that keeps luring me back, season…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 28, 2012

Tom K.

Mentors Old and Young

Time on the water answers most fishing questions and that time is what helps an angler improve.  Whenever I fish alone I experiment with different techniques, a variety of lures and retrieves, and I learn a lot.  But, nothing beats learning from a mentor, and when I fish alone I always wind up thinking about the many folks who have taught me along my way. My dad showed me a lot of the basics of…

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Posted by: Andy
November 28, 2012

Andy

High 5

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When you take someone fishing, there are many advantages.   Not only is there the added benefit of safety (you can watch each other’s backs!), but there is also an assistant for the tricky landing of that big fish. The line and knot have to hold, the net deployed skillfully, and the fish has to cooperate.  Then, two anglers suddenly are going to share a moment, hopefully of jubilation.  But how? A handshake is too formal.…

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Posted by: Andy
November 26, 2012

Andy

Thankful for a Return Policy

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Fishing offers the possibility of a unique connection with a wild underwater creature that cannot be experienced with any other outdoor activity.  That next cast could be met with a nerve-rattling strike. With a successful hook set, a connection via a barely visible line transfers the fish’s determined pull and energy of powerful runs and acrobatic leaps. And then, if you want, the fish can be returned for another angler to experience someday. Fishing is…

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Posted by: admin
November 13, 2012

Give Whirligigs a Whirl

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Anglers on vast, open water often look for a flock of feeding birds to indicate fish location and activity.  For smaller waters, indicators might be much smaller. In spring and summer, whirligig beetles are alone or in loose, small groups.  They zig and zag so rapidly, that I cannot recall ever observing a fish try to eat them. With cooler weather, whirligig beetles congregate in large numbers.  One theory is that as their metabolism rate…

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Posted by: admin
November 8, 2012

Top 10 Tips for Storing your Fishing Equipment

Take care of your tackle and your tackle will take care of you.

Unless you’re fortunate to live in an area that offers year-‘round fishing, many of us are faced with the prospect of storing our gear until next season. The other day I told my kids that if they take care of their gear then their gear will take care of them.  I know I didn’t come up with that line myself. I probably heard it from my dad or some of the men who taught me…

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