Posted by: Andy
February 3, 2014

Andy

Great Reasons to Take a Solo Fishing Trip

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I love taking kids fishing. To put them on fish and watch them light up when they get a hit is one of my greatest thrills.  But to increase the odds of a successful outing, I have to do my “homework” by fishing alone ahead of time. If the weather is questionable or there have been some seasonal changes since our last trip, I’ll venture out on my own and try to learn as much…

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Posted by: Andy
January 27, 2014

Andy

Old Ice Holes

There is no reason to reinvent the wheel.  Or in this case, a circular hole in the ice. Winter’s fish portal. An abandoned hole in the ice might be obscured with blowing snow and refrozen partially, so look closely and watch your step.  Sometimes, you might even discover a hole that still has open water.  Often holes are drilled with a gas powered auger or chainsaw. If done in shallow water, this noise will spook…

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Posted by: Andy
January 21, 2014

Andy

Breaking the Ice

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Are you curious about ice fishing? In many areas of the north small figures, often with huts, appear on ice-covered lakes. Though normally I don’t approach strangers, I’m drawn to anyone holding a fishing rod. And a vast majority of my new acquaintances like to talk fishing. Are those ice fishermen out there any different? Would I be intruding like walking into someone’s camp, or would it be just like passing any other shoreline angler?…

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Posted by: Andy
January 14, 2014

Andy

Staples

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For the most part, my fishing tackle collection is set. I have a small store of inventory in the garage which allows me to chase just about any fish species, any time of year.  I’m also equipped with enough fishing rods of various types (spin cast, spinning, bait cast, fly) that I can serve as fishing guide for at least 6 kids. (More on fishing rod quantity later.) However, I have noticed that there are…

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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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