Posted by: Kirk
July 18, 2012

Kirk

Some thoughts on leaders and tippets…

I’m going to stick with my “July on the fly” theme and talk about an often overlooked aspect of fly fishing, and that is tippet and leader selection. One of the most common mistakes I see is anglers under-sizing on their tippets and leaders. Naturally, we are predisposed to think that smaller is better. A 7X tippet is smaller than 5X, so it automatically offers stealth advantages, and thereby increases your odds of hooking fish.…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 28, 2012

Tom K.

Conserving Areas Where We Boat and Fish

Anglers have something to smile about at the newly improved McDill Air Force Base

My wife has a saying that has become one of my favorites.  Presentation without demonstration is merely conversation. Someone may have said that before, but I heard it from her first, and she’s right.  That statement gets to the point.  Organizations like the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Trout Unlimited among others are tireless champions of encouraging folks to get out and boat and fish, to purchase their fishing licenses, and to register their…

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Posted by: Kirk
June 6, 2012

Kirk

Kudos to Anglers Who Keep Things Clean

I’m always happy to see anglers do good things for rivers, lakes and oceans. That can be as simple as stopping to pick up some trash as you fish—the little things really do matter. But some people take clean angling ethic to a higher level, and we should all be grateful for that. Take the case of Eric Rasmussen, an Eagle Scout candidate who made a project out of removing metal debris (like old car…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 26, 2012

Tom K.

First Fish

Opening Day brings a lot of fun for anglers of all ages

Fishing in my adopted home state is open all year long.  I am thankful for this when the migratory saltwater fish pack their bags and head south; there are trout, bass, pickerel, and panfish to catch. I am also thankful for this when the mercury in the thermometer is consistently below freezing, and there is enough ice on the ponds and lakes we can dig some holes and add a few tip ups. If we’re…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 19, 2012

Tom K.

Why I Love Docks

Boat docks are always a lot of fun

One of the best parts of heading out for a day on the water is the wide variety of docks that accompany the boating environments.  As I was checking out some fishing spots the other day I noticed a wide variety of docks and came to a conclusion; I’ve never met a dock I didn’t like. What I like best about docks is that they can be very simple or they can be complex.  One…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 22, 2012

Tom K.

Guilty as Charged

Don't walk on by...

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this one there is a gal walking past a rack of life preservers on her way down the gangplank.  She is following a bunch of anglers who are also heading down to a boat, the trio being equally bereft of a life preserver.  Rods, check.  Tackle box, check.  Lures, check. Sunblock, check.  Life preserver…um???? The line of horse collar life vests are about as appealing as an…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 15, 2012

Tom K.

Favorite Fish

Striped bass, always a favorite.

A bunch of us were sitting around changing out rusted trebles, tying flies, and other stuff that usually accompanies those activities. A conversation started out with an odd question: if you could only catch one fish for the rest of your life, what would it be? Personally, that was about as depressing a thought as it gets. Still, I found myself answering “a 70-90 pound tarpon.”  I picked that size of fish because it was…

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Posted by: Kirk
February 1, 2012

Kirk

Must a Fish Be Huge to Be a Trophy?

The words “trophy fish” are synonymous with “big fish” these days. Everyone has their own standards, of course, but a trophy trout might be a 20-incher or larger, and a trophy largemouth bass might be one that tips the scales at 10 pounds or more. Trophy tuna can weigh hundreds of pounds, and a trophy billfish in the thousands! Of course, most people wouldn’t hang a minnow mount on their wall. But, on the other…

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Posted by: Kirk
January 25, 2012

Kirk

Teaching Kids Fishing: It Isn’t All About “Catching”

There’s no denying that feeling that “tug” is what turns kids on to fishing. I can remember the first times my son, Paul, felt his line go tight. His eyes got wide, he smiled from ear to ear, and started giggling uncontrollably. It was as if a lightbulb went on in his little head, and he’s been “hooked” on fishing ever since. As such, whenever you endeavor to teach a youngster to fish, I think…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 24, 2011

Tom K.

Lots for Which to be Thankful

Provincetown Harbor is where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World

About 20 minutes from my home on the bayside of Cape Cod, Massachusetts is where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World.  My family and I fish and boat around many of their historic landing spots.  Here are few of them. The Pilgrims first anchored off of the Provincetown Spit, the last piece of land on Cape Cod. The curve of the land forms a natural harbor, one that is chock-a-block with striped bass…

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