Posted by: Andy
July 23, 2013

Andy

Yard Fishing

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Every fishing or boating show likes to include something for the kids. Often this is in the form of a hands-on casting booth where the target may be a giant inflatable fish mouth. These booths always have a long line. This fun can continue in the yard, where you do not have to stand in line. “Backyard Bass” is a game example consisting of three flat, plastic fish. A rubber casting plug “catches” the fish…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 2, 2013

Tom K.

Summer Fun at Yellowstone National Park

Maybe it was due to the large number of geysers spread throughout the park or the abundant wildlife, but since it was created in 1872, Yellowstone National Park has attracted anglers from all over the world.  And with good reason; there are over hundreds of miles of some of the best wild trout rivers in the country.  Add to it some 200+ creeks and 45 lakes and you’ve got a fishing Valhalla, a place where…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 19, 2013

Tom K.

Saltwater Dropper Rigs

A 3 Fly Rig ready for fishing.

Dropper rigs are standard operating procedures for trout bums, but they are relatively uncommon in the salt.  That fact always surprises me, particularly because there are so many different types of bait in the water at all times.  That point was illustrated last fall when a pod of big bluefish and striped bass pushed nine different types of bait on shore.  Using a dropper rig helps anglers find what bait the fish want so they…

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Posted by: Andy
June 4, 2013

Andy

Bluegill Bonanza

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There are sunfish that grow larger and there are sunfish with “gills” that streak bluer. No one follows around the bluegill stocking trucks, yet the prolific bluegills have their followers. The bluegill is often overlooked and underappreciated by many anglers.  Some of this is because you have to downsize your gear. They have tiny mouths and so you have to use a small lure or bait hook. Bluegill do not need supplemental stocking because they…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 25, 2013

Tom K.

Mayflies are not just in May

When mayflies start to hatch, trout go on the feed and for good reason; mayflies are high in calories which makes for a tasty snack.  These insects are found in pure, clean water and when you find them hatching in the stream, a river or lake you know you’re fishing in a good place. Here are a few others things about them to know to help improve your fishing. One of the interesting things about…

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Posted by: admin
April 10, 2013

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: Andy
April 8, 2013

Andy

Opening Day

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Does April 13th mean anything to you? (Besides your taxes being due in two days?) If you are in Pennsylvania, you have this Saturday circled on the calendar as Opening Day of Trout Season. The southeast part of the state opened their season last month, and dates around the country vary, so check your state’s schedule. Over 3 million brook, brown, and rainbow trout have been released in chosen Pennsylvania streams over the last month.…

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Posted by: admin
March 28, 2013

The Epic Hatch Events of Spring

This is the season that most dry-fly anglers look forward to most.  The warming days of spring allow us to get out there on our favorite rivers, and what’s better, many of the most prolific insect hatches—the phenomena that trigger trout to eat en masse—happen right around now. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time.  The river can seem completely still, and then in an instant, the bugs appear.  Soon…

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Posted by: admin
March 7, 2013

Great Spring Fly Fishing Destinations:

Lees Ferry, Arizona, and Delaware River, New York/Pennsylvania Whether you’re on spring break, or you just want to break away—and you’re thinking a little fly fishing adventure might be the trick to shake off the last effects of winter—there are many great destinations to consider.  But when I think of classic spring fly-fishing action, two spots always come to mind, and they’re on opposite sides of the country. The first is Lees Ferry, Arizona.  This…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 23, 2013

Tom K.

Fly Tying with Kids

Byron Begley at the vice.

  I will never forget the first fish I caught on a dry fly that I tied.  I was 14 and spent the morning fishing Mill River in Connecticut with a friend of mine.  We had not caught a thing come noon.  On our way out we passed a much older man who was smoking a pipe and sitting on the bank.  He had been watching us for a while. “You fellas should wait it…

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