Posted by: Andy
January 2, 2014

Andy

Intermission

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  There are enough rivers and streams in Western Pennsylvania without ice during the winter that my regular fishing tackle refuses to store completely, preferring instead to stow for brief periods. Here are a few stowing tips: 1. A fishing rod bag or caddy is not only great for travel; it helps keep tackle clean and organized for the next fishing opportunity anywhere. 2. The versatile Loop Ropes serve well as automobile fishing rod holders.…

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Posted by: Andy
December 23, 2013

Andy

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
December 23, 2013

Debbie

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: Andy
December 17, 2013

Andy

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: Andy
December 10, 2013

Andy

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: Andy
December 3, 2013

Andy

A Fine Line.

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  There is a wide range of fishing line strengths folks can use when bass fishing. Which to use depends on where and how the angler prefers to fish. For example, many Bassmaster Elite Tournament pros, like Tommy Biffle, frequently use line up to 65-pound test to flip or pitch a heavy jig in shallow water, when bass have to be landed quickly in heavy vegetation or thick cover.  On the other end of the…

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Posted by: Debbie
December 2, 2013

Debbie

3 Easy Places to Practice Fly Casting

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Whether you’re a beginner fly angler or have been fly fishing for years, chances are pretty good that you’ve hooked someone or something on your back cast at least once. It might have been someone’s pants, shirt or even your own hat, but the point is that you need to keep working on your casting skills while trying to avoid hooked clothes or broken skin at the same time. If you are used to casting…

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Posted by: Andy
November 26, 2013

Andy

What kind of a bottom do you like?

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  There is a paradox of strategy with many B.A.S.S. tournament anglers. When they fish rivers, anglers often compete for backwater areas without current. When the tournament is held in lakes/reservoirs, they can’t wait until there is current to turn on the bite. From above, the Allegheny River may look the same but in about a mile I can find areas that are dominant in silt, gravel, rocks, or boulders. Current moves the fine silt…

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Posted by: Andy
November 19, 2013

Andy

Tubin’

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Okay, probably too cold for the kind  of tubing with your friends and swimsuits. But the tube jig is still catching fish. The tube jig is a soft-plastic lure that has a hollow chamber. This allows the hard jig head to be buried inside, with just the line tie poking out. This increases the life-like feel when fish bite. Generally this jig is fished with one upright hook. Thus, it can be cast into rocks…

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Posted by: Andy
November 12, 2013

Andy

Teachers are Students too.

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There is a constant quest for knowledge about catching fish. No one has all the answers because the season, daylight, temperature, etc. is constantly changing. Even fishing instructors learn something with each fishing adventure that they may be able to use to help a novice’s confidence grow. Ideally, the best method is for someone to teach (mentor) where to go, what to throw, and when.  Some fishing education also can be located through other sources…

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