Posted by: Andy
June 11, 2013

Andy

Father’s Day Suggestions

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  I don’t know about you, but it is tough to buy gifts for my Dad. Chances are, he already has one or he does not need anything else cluttering up the tool bench. For me, my Dad introduced me to the wonders of fishing, and I’d like to return the favor with a fishing adventure for him. In fact, according to a 2013 nationwide survey, a family outing was named the best type of…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 6, 2013

Tom K.

Take Me Fishing….My Kids

One of the parts that I like about fishing is the camaraderie of hitting the water with my pals.  We give each other grief over dropped fish or botched casts.  We celebrate proper execution that results in a trophy fish.  We commiserate during freezing temperatures, extreme heat, and downpours.  Sometimes I prefer solitude and head out on my own, but for the overwhelming majority of the time I really enjoy fishing with others. Over the…

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Posted by: Andy
May 21, 2013

Andy

Memorial Day Weekend!

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The much-anticipated Memorial Day Weekend is almost here. And, if you are not sure where to go boating and fishing, check out our Places to Boat and Fish Map.  Here are a few reminders for enjoying the summer kickoff. 1) Between the power-fishing glitter bass boats, the lounging pontoons boats, the jet skis and kayaks, the boat traffic in some places may seem almost parade-like with a celebration of watercrafts. Be prepared to share the…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 10, 2013

Tom K.

Boat Dogs

You don’t leave your best friend home when you head out on the water, do you? Well, if one of your best friends is a dog, why would you leave him at home?  The answer for many is simple: they don’t. Any dog that loves to swim will happily trade their ordinary landlubber status for a day on the water.  Labrador and golden retrievers are shoe-ins to join you on your boat.  One perfect retriever…

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Posted by: Andy
April 23, 2013

Andy

Opening Day Review

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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: Tom K.
April 18, 2013

Tom K.

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
April 8, 2013

Andy

Opening Day

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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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Posted by: Andy
March 12, 2013

Andy

Give Me a Break

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For students, Spring Break is rapidly approaching.  For some this means heading to the mountains, others, perhaps a trek south to Florida or Texas. These few days are associated long road trips and wild parties; however, I am not the only one who uses Spring Break as a time to get in more fishing. For example, Bassmaster Elite angler Jonathon VanDam used to leave school in Michigan to fish Lake Okeechobee in Florida with friends.…

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Posted by: Andy
March 5, 2013

Andy

Don’t Flip Out: Tips for Teaching Kids to Handle Fish

Walleye have sharp teeth, spines, and gill covering but still can be held for a photo

  When taking a kid fishing, eventually an actual fish will be landed.  What happens next can affect the chances of a return trip. If the goal is to admire the catch, then watch it swim away, here are a few tips for proper fish handling (for you or for the kiddies): 1. The best thing to do is leave the fish in the water. However, holding the fish for a photo is often in…

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Posted by: Tom K.
February 20, 2013

Tom K.

Stock Up, the Season is Right Around the Corner

The Black Fly Outfitters Team!

I love going in to tackle shops this time of year.  I see the familiar faces of the guys in the shop, fishing buddies who are smiling more than they were last month when holiday bills were in our mailboxes.  It’s a fun time of year when we start guessing when the striped bass will arrive, the mayflies will start to hatch, and when the ponds and lakes will turn over. I’m there for the…

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