Posted by: Tom Keer
April 30, 2013

Tom Keer

It’s Tarpon Time

Right now, everyone in Florida is talking about tarpon.  They’re talking about where they were, they’re talking about where they are, and they’re theorizing about where they’re heading.  They only ones who aren’t talking much are the ones who are hooked up, and that’s because they’re yelling. There are cruising tarpon migrating throughout the Florida Keys.  There are tarpon that are daisy chaining off of Boca Grande Pass.  There are laid up tarpon in the…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 30, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Fish Can Grow on Trees. Sort of.

Arbor Day was last Friday.  And when I think of trees, I think of fishing. (Bear with me.)  Trees, and other plants for that matter, are an important aspect to many great fisheries. Though often overlooked, trees aide with the conservation of fisheries well before they are even water logged. Structure such as flooded timber, stumps, brush, “lay downs”, or “blow downs” are highly sought after by anglers of bass and crappie. Every year, leftover…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 25, 2013

Tom Keer

Mayflies are not just in May

When mayflies start to hatch, trout go on the feed and for good reason; mayflies are high in calories which makes for a tasty snack.  These insects are found in pure, clean water and when you find them hatching in the stream, a river or lake you know you’re fishing in a good place. Here are a few others things about them to know to help improve your fishing. One of the interesting things about…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 23, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Opening Day Review

Several hard rains made many larger streams unfishable on Opening Day in Western Pennsylvania. In fact, our original plan to visit a location 75 miles northeast was cancelled. However, my son, Luke, (10) has been dreaming of this day for “1 year, 8 months, and 19 days” so we ventured to a small stream near Emlenton, PA. Power bait, which is like a brightly colored dough ball, had been recommended to us and Luke landed…

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Posted by: cneville
April 19, 2013

cneville

Prepping for the Season: Line Management

Many of you are getting ready for the fishing season ahead (and some of you have already jumped in with both feet).  Of course, it’s important to check your gear when you prep for the season.  Though some things like rods, reels, and waders are natural objects of attention, one of the most important gear elements is often overlooked, and that’s your line.  Whether you are fly fishing or using conventional tackle, the line you…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 18, 2013

Tom Keer

Composting for Worms

When I was really young I’d get a shovel and turn over dirt, knock it around and pull out a few worms for a fishing trip. There was a lot of luck involved and I remember it taking a while to fill up a can.  I must have slept through science class because I didn’t remember that worms liked moisture. Once I had that tidbit of information I shifted over to look in shady areas,…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 16, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Lake Erie’s Biggie Smallies

  The Great Lakes are well known for their outstanding fishing.  Some of the species targeted by anglers include walleye, yellow perch, and salmon.  To remember the names of these lakes in geography, some schoolchildren are taught the acronym: HOMES. (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior.)  SHMOE works too, I suppose. Dave Mercer, of Facts of Fishing TV show, has the tough job of fishing all over the country and knows the Great Lakes well. When…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
April 11, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

How to Tie a Double Surgeon’s Knot

Before you cast a line this spring you will need to rig up your fishing rod and line. To do so, an important step along the way is tying knots. Whether you have been fishing for a day or a several years, knots can be tricky and in the end, practice makes perfect. Watch this video from our blogger, Tom Keer, to learn how (or see if you are doing it right!) to tie a Surgeon’s Knot, one of the…

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Posted by: cneville
April 10, 2013

cneville

Five Dry-Fly Tips for Trout

As the spring dry-fly season is now upon us, I am reminded of some simple tips that have helped me over the years.  After all, there’s nothing quite like the sensation of watching a trout lurk out of the depths to sip an insect off the surface.  That’s “top-of-the-game” fly fishing in my mind, and the reason many anglers (like myself) are enamored with this sport in the first place.  Keep these things in mind…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 8, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Opening Day

Does April 13th mean anything to you? (Besides your taxes being due in two days?) If you are in Pennsylvania, you have this Saturday circled on the calendar as Opening Day of Trout Season. The southeast part of the state opened their season last month, and dates around the country vary, so check your state’s schedule. Over 3 million brook, brown, and rainbow trout have been released in chosen Pennsylvania streams over the last month.…

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