Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 11, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Hare Today

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Not only is fall a great time to go fishing, but many people also get decked out in camouflage this time of year to go hunting. Some outdoor adventurers, like contributor Tom Keer, may even work in both activities during a brisk fall day. If you don’t hunt, but think you might finally get to learn to tie your own flies this winter, you might want to shoot the breeze with your hunting neighbor. It…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 6, 2014

Tom Keer

License Sales: Where Does the Revenue Go?

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Sometimes, I flinch when I buy things. Insurance, that necessary evil, is one that I pay for every month but never seem to use.  Gasoline for my truck; seems like every time I turn around I need to pump some more.  I wonder about some of the expenses, but I never second guess buying my fishing license. Funding for fish stockings in streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes come from license sales.  To a large extent…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 28, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Take It or Leaf It

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Over the years, I’ve had many “issues” disrupt fishing plans. Family issues, automotive issues, boat issues, weather issues, bait issues. Recently, even leaves have conspired against a wholesome, therapeutic fishing trip. The fall colors here in Western Pennsylvania have been a spectacular show, but now along with monitoring the weather, I am watching for reports of the leaves that rain and wind may knock into the streams in large doses. Despite warnings, we recently took…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 22, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Get Out There

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Saturday, Sept. 27 has been designated “National Hunting and Fishing Day.” If you are like me, you may be thinking, “Isn’t every day a fishing and hunting day?” However, there are still a few people that have yet to experience the outdoors fully, and this day is a good reminder to get out there. There are numerous events scheduled around this date. New Hampshire held their Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration last week but other…

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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

Debbie Hanson

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

Debbie Hanson

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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