Posted by: cneville
April 10, 2013

cneville

Five Dry-Fly Tips for Trout

As the spring dry-fly season is now upon us, I am reminded of some simple tips that have helped me over the years.  After all, there’s nothing quite like the sensation of watching a trout lurk out of the depths to sip an insect off the surface.  That’s “top-of-the-game” fly fishing in my mind, and the reason many anglers (like myself) are enamored with this sport in the first place.  Keep these things in mind…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 4, 2013

Tom Keer

The Spawning Bed

At different times of the year, fish pair up for their annual spawning ritual.  In the warmer climates, bass and bream are answering the call of nature right now, and anglers are seeing them on the beds.  In a month or two, spots further north will see bass and panfish doing the same thing.  Some trout and steelhead set up redds in rivers in the spring while other trout and salmon spawn in the fall. …

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 28, 2013

Tom Keer

Spring Migration from Maryland to Maine

Our first indication that the striped bass are in the rivers is when the shadbush begins to blossom.  Its namesake, the American and Hickory shad enter the rivers at that time as well, and the bluefish aren’t far behind, either. Keep an eye on your buds, but most likely this is going to occur between March 29 and April 17, beginning after the full moon on March 27 know as the Fish Moon. Warmer water temperatures…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
February 11, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Wahoo! (The Most Appropriately Named Fish in the World)

Every blue water fishing experience is exciting for me.  Getting out on the open ocean to tangle with big fish is certainly a treat—even a shock to the senses—because 90 percent of my fishing is focused on freshwater species. But I have to admit, I have taken a particular shine to wahoo.  Part of that has to do with their lightning quickness.  Wahoo are one of the fastest fish in the ocean, and they can…

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Posted by: cneville
January 30, 2013

cneville

Fishing for Sharks

The thing about fishing for sharks is that the more you catch them, the more you respect them for their beauty and grace, as much as their mouthfuls of teeth.  Sure, there is some danger and intrigue involved.  But sharks aren’t nearly the beasts we make them out to be.  In fact, some species are significantly threatened.  It’s the perception that all sharks are man eaters that adds to the problem.  And I would submit…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 30, 2013

Tom Keer

New Species, New Spots

Part of me likes catching the same old fish in the same old spots.  I think it is because I have a baseline for comparison that comes from years of catching the same old fish in the same old spots.  Patterns develop over time and its fun to see if the fish respond differently or if they are predictable.  Since I’ve invested a lot of time over the years I easily recognize changes that come…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 10, 2013

Tom Keer

Bold in the Cold

Winter fishing in the Northern reaches traditionally has been through the ice.  While you’re likely to see a tremendous number of ice fishermen on lakes and ponds from Maine to Washington State, you’re also likely to see anglers waist deep in rivers.  After all, they’re fishing for steelhead. Wild steelhead are anadromous fish, just like salmon.  They’re born into a river and migrate to the ocean where they spend some time growing up.  When they’re…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 25, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

Muskie!

Fishing becomes a completely different ballgame when casting in water that may contain a legendary fish with its impressive chompers and ability to attain massive proportions, like a human leg. This “fish of 10,000 casts” or the muskie, is famous for following lures right up to the boat. To hook one, keep your wits about you (For example: Don’t hop up and down and yell,”Holy Smokes! Did you see that thing?!”), working the lure in…

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