Posted by: Tom Keer
October 12, 2012

Tom Keer

Fall Foliage

The fall brings about wonderful changes in every part of the country.  Where I live I see the most profound changes, with maples, birches, alders, and hickories becoming vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges.  Many people come from all over the country to watch the leaves turn, and I can’t blame ‘em.  I like to get a closer view of them along my favorite streams and rivers. The trout that I catch are as colorful as…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 9, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

The Over/Under: Fishing and Boating vs Other Sports

October not only toes the 50-yard line of football season, it’s also the middle of youth soccer season, the end of baseball season, the start of basketball season, a great time to hit the trails for a run, a hike or a bike ride, and a picture-perfect month for a golf game. With these and many other sports options, everyone has a lot of choices for being active. So, why should someone choose boating and…




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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
September 27, 2012

“Real” Greenbacks Identified Just in Time

The fly fishing world is buzzing after a scientific study released three days ago explained that the trout which fisheries biologists in Colorado had thought were native greenback trout really aren’t; however a small population of “real” greenbacks—thought to be the last in the world—has been identified in a small creek near Colorado Springs. It’s a fascinating story of science and history, with huge ramifications on how wild and native trout will be managed in…




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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
August 29, 2012

Our National Parks Are Gifts for All Anglers

What a tremendous gift our forefathers gave when they set aside America’s National Parks. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel throughout the country and fish in a number of exciting locales, but there’s just something special about being in places like Grand Teton, Yellowstone, The Everglades or Rocky Mountain National Park. They each have a distinct feel, a certain crisp smell in the air, and the sounds of pure nature. I have often thought that…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 23, 2012

Tom Keer

Take Someone Fishing

The other day, several of us were sitting on the tailgate after an evening of fishing.  We had one of those spectacular sunsets where there were lots of fish around and boy were they easy to catch.  Ours was the kind of day that makes up for those times when the conditions aren’t right and we have to struggle.  It was pure magic. My friend brought up the results of a Field and Stream story…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
August 13, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

Top 8 State Parks for Boating and Fishing

With roughly 365 million trillion gallons of water on our planet, it can be difficult to decide where’s best to drop anchor and throw out a line. Then, for us fishermen and women, add in, can I fish there, is it a good place for the family, is there a boat ramp, what species should I plan to catch, … and the planning process can become much more than you bargained for. Well, thanks to…




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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
July 30, 2012

Stephanie Vatalaro

Keep Calm and Hit the Water

For the 48 percent of Americans that lie awake at night restless from the stress of their day, relief may be closer than they think. Recent studies have shown proof that simply being near water can naturally help lower anxiety. With only 37.5 percent of people currently taking advantage of our serene natural places and using the outdoors to unwind, a day outside seems in order. So, this week, this month, this year, we urge everyone to take advantage of their local…




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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
July 18, 2012

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 Keer
June 28, 2012

Tom Keer

Conserving Areas Where We Boat and Fish

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 Deeter
June 6, 2012

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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