Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 23, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

UCAST

I don’t know if he fishes but last week, I followed the approximate path of Lebron James’ moving truck and drove 1066 miles to attend  ICAST in Orlando, Florida. It is the “world’s largest sport fishing trade show.”  The 11,000 plus attendees were “industry only,” so I felt fortunate to peek at some of the new, innovative recreational fishing products that will start appearing in stores. There was some overlap from companies that exhibited at…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
May 27, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Bizarre Fish Foods

There are many benefits to artificial lures. They are durable and do not fall off the hook. Another perk is that the hook set tends to result near the edge of the mouth, with less chance of injury to the fish than live bait. An additional clever aspect of artificial bait is that it is not alive. The topic of live bait can be a squeamish issue for kids, but lures and soft-plastics come in…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 23, 2013

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: Tom Keer
December 23, 2013

Tom Keer

Learn to Fly Cast

A long time ago, outdoor writers used a variety of ways to explain the principals of fly casting. Some referred to a clock to explain the motion, others relied on a metronome for timing, while still others recommended that a book be placed under a casting arm to create form. A lot has changed since the days of split cane and fiberglass, so here are a few easy techniques to learn the basic pick up…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 17, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

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: Debbie Hanson
December 9, 2013

10 Things You Need to Tie Your First Fly

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We all get bummed when snowy, windy or rainy days put a damper on our fishing plans, but these types of days create the perfect opportunity to learn how to tie flies. If you haven’t tried fly fishing yet or are still learning how to fly fish, tying flies can be a rewarding hobby once you invest in some basic materials. One of the easiest flies to tie is a streamer-type fly called the Woolly…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 2, 2013

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: Debbie Hanson
September 30, 2013

2 Versatile Flies to Use When Fly Fishing for Bass

As a beginning fly angler, I still have plenty to learn about the multitude of flies, lines, and gear associated with this elegant form of fishing. What I do know, however, is that freshwater lakes and ponds can be found within a short walk or drive from most anywhere (even in urban areas), and don’t have the same level of current as fast flowing rivers or streams. This means that local lakes and ponds are…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 11, 2013

Tom Keer

A Fall of Steelhead

Every two or three years, a wonderful fish graces us with its presence.  Steelhead, a sea-run rainbow trout, returns to the freshwater to spawn. Like Atlantic and Pacific salmon, steelhead spawn in the same area where they themselves were born. It’s a homecoming of the most dramatic proportions. Here’s why: when the steelhead drop out of the river and head out to sea they grow big and strong.  They feed on a wide variety of baitfish,…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 4, 2013

Tom Keer

Fall Fishing

We’ve been losing daylight since the Summer Solstice occurred way back in June.  As we move towards the Fall Equinox on September 21st we’ll find that air temperatures begin to drop.  As old Mercury drops in our thermometers the colors of the leaves will change, and humidity will decrease.  Fall is a celebration for all of us who weathered the summer heat.  But for us anglers, it’s also a time to get our fish on! …

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