Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 27, 2013

4 Fishing Resolutions to Keep in the Coming Year

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Every 365 days most of us go through the process of evaluating what we plan to improve upon or what we resolve to do differently as a new year begins. There are plenty of people who resolve to lose weight, go to the gym more often or eat more veggies, but what about making a fishing resolution or two? If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, here are four good ones to consider: Take…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 23, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Silent or Jingle?

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For the last few weeks, entrances to stores have been a little noisier than usually with holiday bell ringers.  When the jingling first arrives on the scene they attract my attention and I am more inclined to spread some Christmas cheer.  However at the risk of sounding Grinchy, after a while I start avoiding the noise, looking for other entrances. As yet another example that my thoughts rarely stray far from fishing, I suspect that…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 23, 2013

6 of the Best Fly Fishing Knots for Beginners

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When you first start learning about fly-fishing, it can seem a bit intimidating — especially if you are accustomed to the world of traditional spinning gear. There are literally dozens of knots you can use in different situations or depending on your preferences, but let’s keep it simple and stick with the basics. Besides, like my friend Joe Mahler (Fly Casting Instructor and Author of Essential Knots & Rigs for Saltwater) says, “The best knot…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 23, 2013

Tom Keer

Learn to Fly Cast

A long time ago, outdoor writers used a variety of ways to explain the principals of fly casting. Some referred to a clock to explain the motion, others relied on a metronome for timing, while still others recommended that a book be placed under a casting arm to create form. A lot has changed since the days of split cane and fiberglass, so here are a few easy techniques to learn the basic pick up…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 18, 2013

Tom Keer

The Squirrel Tail

A very long time ago my 6th grade teacher and coach found out I was beginning to fly fish. He pulled me aside and asked if I was interested in learning to tie flies. I was, and throughout the winter he walked me through all the basic techniques of tying dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, and streamers. Those eighth period breaks still are some of my favorite classes in school. The first pattern I learned…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 17, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Cast “Art?”

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  There are some good looking lures out there.  Not only can they catch fish but some certainly possess aesthetic value. Sometimes it’s the sheer realistic look of the lure that is incredible. Other times, it is a small attention to detail or a unique appearance of something that didn’t come off an assembly line. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What may be just a loaded tackle box to you, may be…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 16, 2013

5 Winter Fishing Gear Maintenance Tips

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Most all of us cringe when it comes time to store our treasured possessions for any length of time. Remember that super bummed out feeling you had when your mom took away your favorite teddy bear when you were about eight years old? She may have said that it was time for him to go to a new “home” in the attic, but you wanted no part of giving him up and storing him away.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 11, 2013

Tom Keer

Top Ice Fishing Tips from the Pro

Ice fishing is a whole lot more than skating or sitting on a bucket waiting for a fish to bite. It can be a social sport for sure, but there are some serious anglers who fish through the ice. Chuck Kashner from Vermont Ice Fishing is an ice fishing guide who has some tips that come from years of guiding experience. According to Kashner, the most important part is to locate a good spot. “The…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 10, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

First Fish Stories

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My kids love everything related to water. Even when not actually fishing or boating, my family plays fishing related games and still hits every aquarium, boat show, fish hatchery, and pet store just for the chance to see something aquatic. Some selected early reading material may have contributed to this enthusiasm.   Here are a few titles that come to mind: The Classic, “Red Fish, Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss is a great introduction to fish…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 9, 2013

10 Things You Need to Tie Your First Fly

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We all get bummed when snowy, windy or rainy days put a damper on our fishing plans, but these types of days create the perfect opportunity to learn how to tie flies. If you haven’t tried fly fishing yet or are still learning how to fly fish, tying flies can be a rewarding hobby once you invest in some basic materials. One of the easiest flies to tie is a streamer-type fly called the Woolly…

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