Posted by: admin
January 30, 2013

Fishing for Sharks

The thing about fishing for sharks is that the more you catch them, the more you respect them for their beauty and grace, as much as their mouthfuls of teeth.  Sure, there is some danger and intrigue involved.  But sharks aren’t nearly the beasts we make them out to be.  In fact, some species are significantly threatened.  It’s the perception that all sharks are man eaters that adds to the problem.  And I would submit…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 30, 2013

Tom K.

New Species, New Spots

Nothing beats a favorite spot.

Part of me likes catching the same old fish in the same old spots.  I think it is because I have a baseline for comparison that comes from years of catching the same old fish in the same old spots.  Patterns develop over time and its fun to see if the fish respond differently or if they are predictable.  Since I’ve invested a lot of time over the years I easily recognize changes that come…

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Posted by: Andy
January 29, 2013

Andy

A Better “Superbowl?”

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My Steelers did not even make the playoffs, so the upcoming Superbowl is of little interest this year. However, I am eagerly awaiting another Superbowl of sorts: The Bassmaster Classic. This year, the giant event is held on Grand Lake in Northeast Oklahoma on February 22-24th. Weigh ins will be held in the new BOK Center in downtown Tulsa. This marks the westernmost Classic held in the modern era. 53 competitors will compete for the…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 23, 2013

Tom K.

Fly Tying with Kids

Byron Begley at the vice.

  I will never forget the first fish I caught on a dry fly that I tied.  I was 14 and spent the morning fishing Mill River in Connecticut with a friend of mine.  We had not caught a thing come noon.  On our way out we passed a much older man who was smoking a pipe and sitting on the bank.  He had been watching us for a while. “You fellas should wait it…

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Posted by: admin
January 23, 2013

Fishing and Outdoor Show Season in Full Swing

Being stuck in the grips of winter is certainly no reason to stop thinking about fishing.  After all, a  full slate of boating, fishing and general outdoors shows is sweeping across the nation. For example, last weekend, the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) made its annual stop in Denver, drawing thousands of outdoor aficionados to the Colorado Convention Center.  ISE is an all-outdoors event, featuring everything from demonstrations on casting and fly tying to dog training…

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Posted by: Andy
January 22, 2013

Andy

The Grand Pause

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One of the best winter bass lures is the jerkbait. It is sure to play an important role in the upcoming Bassmaster Classic, on Grand Lake, Oklahoma.  Selection of size and color can be significant, but the speed and rhythm of the retrieve is the most important part.  In particular, the pause. Although it may resemble any number of long-profile, minnow-looking crankbaits, this time of year, you don’t just crank in this lure. As the…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 15, 2013

Tom K.

Clean up your Plugs…and add a Twist

Winter is a perfect time to work on your plugs that have been beaten up by rocks, reefs, and, with luck, lots of fish.  It’s a time to rough up their surfaces and to pull out some waterproof markers or paint and restore ‘em to new.  It’s a lot of fun to match colors, or to strip them down and start from scratch. I play around with colors a lot.  One of my favorite stick…

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Posted by: Andy
January 15, 2013

Andy

Repurpose for the Purpose of Fishing

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One way to combat symptoms of cabin fever is to organize your fishing tackle.  There are items readily available around the cabin that can be reused to assist. 1) Empty mint tins or plastic snap top gum dispensers can be loaded up with the split shot weights that have been rolling around in the bottom of the tackle box. That telltale sign of a disk pattern on the back pocket of jeans does not necessarily…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 10, 2013

Tom K.

Bold in the Cold

Winter fishing in the Northern reaches traditionally has been through the ice.  While you’re likely to see a tremendous number of ice fishermen on lakes and ponds from Maine to Washington State, you’re also likely to see anglers waist deep in rivers.  After all, they’re fishing for steelhead. Wild steelhead are anadromous fish, just like salmon.  They’re born into a river and migrate to the ocean where they spend some time growing up.  When they’re…

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Posted by: admin
January 9, 2013

Freshwater Versus Saltwater Fly Fishing: The Fight

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A longer fly rod can offer tremendous advantages when it comes to fighting fish.  But you have to know how best to leverage the design of a fly rod for full effect. For starters, understand that fly fishing in fresh water and fly fishing in salt water are essentially two different sports played with the same basic equipment.  One example of this is that casting distance, while always important, is not always necessary on a…

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