Posted by: admin
March 28, 2013

The Epic Hatch Events of Spring

This is the season that most dry-fly anglers look forward to most.  The warming days of spring allow us to get out there on our favorite rivers, and what’s better, many of the most prolific insect hatches—the phenomena that trigger trout to eat en masse—happen right around now. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time.  The river can seem completely still, and then in an instant, the bugs appear.  Soon…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 28, 2013

Tom K.

Spring Migration from Maryland to Maine

After the schoolies arrive the bigger fish will appear.

Our first indication that the striped bass are in the rivers is when the shadbush begins to blossom.  Its namesake, the American and Hickory shad enter the rivers at that time as well, and the bluefish aren’t far behind, either. Keep an eye on your buds, but most likely this is going to occur between March 29 and April 17, beginning after the full moon on March 27 know as the Fish Moon. Warmer water temperatures…

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Posted by: Andy
March 26, 2013

Andy

In Tints Fishing

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  It is about time to start coloring those Easter eggs.  And with spring and warmer water, there might be some coloring in your tackle box as well. Choosing the right lure color is critical for success on the water.  Brando Palaniuk, who came in second at the 2013 Bassmaster Classic even pays close attention to the “shade of color.”  Lure companies provide a huge selection of color ranges as anglers attempt to allow for…

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Posted by: admin
March 20, 2013

Be Sun Smart

Anglers must be particularly concerned about the harmful effects of too much sun exposure.  And I recently learned the hard way that even when you think you are taking the right precautions, the slightest little mistake can literally get you burned.  As you venture out for spring break fishing, especially after a long winter indoors, you need to play it smart. I am usually very diligent about covering up with long sleeves, long pants (or…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 20, 2013

Tom K.

The Stocking Truck

MassWildlife photographer Bill Byrne.

When I was 13 I had one of my more miserable years fishing.  I was getting hung everywhere I cast, I was always in the right place at the wrong time, and I was catching squat.  Everything about fishing was a royal pain, and as much as I hated how my season was going I was determined to figure things out. One day I was fishing a local trout stream.  I had the Cellar Hole…

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Posted by: Andy
March 19, 2013

Andy

Professional Overrun: 7 Tips for Preventing a Bird’s Nest

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Spring is not far away. There will soon be flowers in the yard, I’ll be sneezing, and there will be a “bird’s nest” in my baitcaster reels. As Bill Dance says in his latest Bass Pro Shops commercial, “Don’t do that.” Here are a few tips for preventing a tangle: 1) Practice. Even with the high-tech, magnetic braking system baitcaster reels, it takes a well-practiced thumb to avoid a bird’s nest. Bassmaster Elite angler Rick…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 14, 2013

Tom K.

Sweet Home Alabama

If Virginia is for Lovers then Alabama is for anglers.  Who knew that there were 47 reservoirs, 23 lakes, and 77,000 miles of rivers and streams?  Some of the 11 million fishermen who fish in the state, that’s who.  And while other areas offer trails that focus on history or wine, the Alabama Bass Trail is oriented towards fishing.   Jacob DeBin with an eight pound largemouth from Lake Autauga.   The warming temperatures are…

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Posted by: Andy
March 12, 2013

Andy

Give Me a Break

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For students, Spring Break is rapidly approaching.  For some this means heading to the mountains, others, perhaps a trek south to Florida or Texas. These few days are associated long road trips and wild parties; however, I am not the only one who uses Spring Break as a time to get in more fishing. For example, Bassmaster Elite angler Jonathon VanDam used to leave school in Michigan to fish Lake Okeechobee in Florida with friends.…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 7, 2013

Tom K.

Destination: Tennessee

The take.

I recently did a straw pole study with a couple dozen of my friends.  I asked them to name three states with great trout and bass fishing.  Not one mentioned Tennessee, which shocked me, ‘cause in my opinion, it ranks at the top. I called my good friend Byron Begley at Little River Outfitters located in Townsend, TN to share my story. “You know, there are over 800 miles of fishable trout streams in the…

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Posted by: admin
March 7, 2013

Great Spring Fly Fishing Destinations:

Lees Ferry, Arizona, and Delaware River, New York/Pennsylvania Whether you’re on spring break, or you just want to break away—and you’re thinking a little fly fishing adventure might be the trick to shake off the last effects of winter—there are many great destinations to consider.  But when I think of classic spring fly-fishing action, two spots always come to mind, and they’re on opposite sides of the country. The first is Lees Ferry, Arizona.  This…

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