Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 30, 2013

Debbie Hanson

2 Versatile Flies to Use When Fly Fishing for Bass

As a beginning fly angler, I still have plenty to learn about the multitude of flies, lines, and gear associated with this elegant form of fishing. What I do know, however, is that freshwater lakes and ponds can be found within a short walk or drive from most anywhere (even in urban areas), and don’t have the same level of current as fast flowing rivers or streams. This means that local lakes and ponds are…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 25, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Bow Fishing

September 28 is National Hunting and Fishing Day.  Fishing shares some similarities with hunting. Both require stealth, scouting, and good aim. Bowfishing is a type of fishing that still requires a fishing license but it is very similar to hunting. However bowfishing is only for harvesting “rough” fish, rather than “sport” fish. Definitions vary from state to state so check your state regulations carefully. In Oklahoma, “rough” includes gar, but in Pennsylvania, gar are protected.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 25, 2013

Tom Keer

It’s Hot When It’s On Top

Watching fish feed on the surface is one of the really exciting moments in fishing, and that explains why there is such chatter in fishing shops when anglers find fish feeding on the surface. Sometimes fish ball up bait and feed so aggressively that they turn the surface white with foam. Other times they feed quietly and deliberately with an example being a trout sipping a mayfly. Regardless of the species and the situation most…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
September 24, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Make Someone Fall for You Hook, Line, and Sinker.

Whether you want to make someone fall in love with you for the first time, or all over again, the answer may be closer than you think: a date on the water. A new survey conducted among men and women currently in relationships reveals that two-thirds of couples have gone fishing or boating with their spouse or significant other. Those who have been out on the water together describe their experience as relaxing, exciting, playful…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 23, 2013

Debbie Hanson

5 Space Saving Ideas for Kayak Fishing

Due to the ease of access to pristine fishing areas, kayak fishing has become more popular than ever. Although there are now many manufacturers that make kayaks specifically equipped for fishing, on board space is still a valuable commodity. How can keep you keep your gear at a manageable level? You might find the following five tips helpful. Bring just two or three types of lures to fish each portion of the water column instead…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 19, 2013

Tom Keer

Getting Started Fishing is Easier Than You Think

I learn something from everyone, and these days I have been learning a lot from my kids.  School started recently and every day they are faced with learning something new.  Most of the time they tackle it head on, and I am impressed with their focus and willingness to learn.  And since fishing season is in full swing I thought about learning to fish along those lines, too. There is a reason that some 27.5…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 17, 2013

Debbie Hanson

4 Things Fish Would Tell Us If They Could Talk

I’ve often heard anglers talk about effective fishing techniques and say that, “in order to catch fish, you have to think like a fish.” I have to say that I’m on board with this concept. For example, if I was a big hungry bass, I might be hanging out in an area of current where bait fish and insects would be swept within easy biting distance. Besides eating habits though, I’ve often wondered… what other…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 17, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Don’t Put Up the Kayak Yet.

Since late May in Pennsylvania, cars/trucks frequently have been sighted toting kayaks or at least roof racks. They are handy for gaining access to shallow, rocky, or weedy locations where other boats may struggle.  However, with flowing water a kayak requires overcoming some logistical hurdles. Two vehicles are almost always required; one at the “put in”, and the other at a predetermined destination.  Another option is to “borrow” the wife’s “antique” milk crate, slide part…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 11, 2013

Tom Keer

A Fall of Steelhead

Every two or three years, a wonderful fish graces us with its presence.  Steelhead, a sea-run rainbow trout, returns to the freshwater to spawn. Like Atlantic and Pacific salmon, steelhead spawn in the same area where they themselves were born. It’s a homecoming of the most dramatic proportions. Here’s why: when the steelhead drop out of the river and head out to sea they grow big and strong.  They feed on a wide variety of baitfish,…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 10, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Four! No, that’s a Five-Pounder!

Golf can serve as a way to relax, have fun, and help manage stress. It can be played alone, but more often it seems, a golf outing is a social event, perhaps where business networking takes place. However, more people fish than golf and tennis combined. Maybe fishing outings should be the new corporate retreat activity? Here are a few reasons why fishing is better than golf: With golf, you take turns and have to…

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