Posted by: admin
February 28, 2013

Boat Shoes: Good Casting Starts with Firm Footing

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Legendary bass pro Gary Klein once told me that fish tend to be a lot dumber than the angler at the other end of a long cast.  That is no doubt true whether you’re zinging a drop-shot rig off a bass boat, or hoofing streamer flies from the front of a skiff. But what a lot of anglers fail to understand is that good fishing (and good casting) are literally built on solid footing.  The…

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Posted by: Andy
February 26, 2013

Andy

“All This From Fish”

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  It was easy to get caught up in the drama of last weekend’s 2013 Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  With a storm of snow and ice, followed by 21 degrees at the Day 1 launch, just being on a boat in the ultimate fishing contest was brutal. Numb fingers make it difficult to cast and change lures.  Or, as Bassmaster Elite angler Gerald Swindle joked, “you can’t pick your nose at 21 degrees.”  …

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Posted by: Tom K.
February 20, 2013

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Stock Up, the Season is Right Around the Corner

The Black Fly Outfitters Team!

I love going in to tackle shops this time of year.  I see the familiar faces of the guys in the shop, fishing buddies who are smiling more than they were last month when holiday bills were in our mailboxes.  It’s a fun time of year when we start guessing when the striped bass will arrive, the mayflies will start to hatch, and when the ponds and lakes will turn over. I’m there for the…

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Posted by: Andy
February 19, 2013

Andy

Trophy Room

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  You’ve done it. Landed a whopper. Not something merely for the frying pan; a true trophy fish. Now what? How are you going to remember this magnificent fish and accurately communicate the massive proportions to others? Anglers are more conservation-minded these days, rarely putting a trophy on a stringer. They recognize that the oldest fish are going to take the longest to replace.  The largest fish are needed in aquatic systems to spawn, eat…

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Posted by: admin
February 13, 2013

How to Find (and Fix) Pinhole Leaks in Waders

Nothing will “dampen” (and I mean that literally) the start of a fishing season quicker than jumping in an icy river and discovering that your waders leak.  Large rips and tears are usually easy to identify.  It’s those annoying pinholes that are harder to find, but are no less annoying when water starts seeping in. The good news is that you don’t need a soaker to tell you if your waders are leaky.  A good…

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Posted by: Andy
February 12, 2013

Andy

Fishing Companion, Will You Be Mine?

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As bizarre as it may sound, not all significant others are as into fishing as you or me. When asked for dating advice, I always recommend letting them get to know the “real fishing you” early in the relationship. I was fortunate because I met my wife on an electrofishing research project. I got to witness first hand her love of the water and fish. This does not necessarily translate to my same fanatical level…

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Posted by: Stephanie
February 11, 2013

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Wahoo! (The Most Appropriately Named Fish in the World)

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Every blue water fishing experience is exciting for me.  Getting out on the open ocean to tangle with big fish is certainly a treat—even a shock to the senses—because 90 percent of my fishing is focused on freshwater species. But I have to admit, I have taken a particular shine to wahoo.  Part of that has to do with their lightning quickness.  Wahoo are one of the fastest fish in the ocean, and they can…

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Posted by: Tom K.
February 7, 2013

Tom K.

Go Hard or Go Home

Photo Courtesy of the State of New Hampshire F&W

A long time ago it was common for my football coach to get complaints from me and my teammates during our summer two-a-days.  Coach’s phrase was “go hard or go home.”  At one point he got tired of saying it and had t-shirts made with the saying broadcasted in plain view.  Now that I think about it, that saying relates to ice fishing too. I’m no weatherman, and while the Groundhog called for an early…

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Posted by: Andy
February 5, 2013

Andy

Take Me Fishing…Again!

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Taking kids fishing can be a ticklish situation, especially if the bait crickets escape enroute. Here are a few tips: 1) Protection. Be sure to bring sunscreen, bug-spray, life jackets, and appropriate clothes. 2) Snacks and drinks. A sure-fire way to get the fish to bite during any downtime is to break open the Cheetos. 3) Barbless hooks. Pinching the barb down with a pair of long-nosed pliers will not cost many lost fish. Plus,…

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Posted by: Stephanie
February 4, 2013

Stephanie

A Look Back

Jeff Kelm ice fisihng

When you speak with most tournament ice anglers, they share stories of growing up in the ice belt, setting up tip-ups for pike, and sitting in a converted camper trailer with their fathers, grandfathers or uncles jigging and listening to fish tales.  Although I did ice fish as a young child, my story is not quite the same.  I certainly did not fish often enough as a child for it to play a major role in…

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