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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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 2, 2013

Debbie Hanson

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

Debbie Hanson

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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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 27, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

The Hatch may be Open.

“That’s a big mosquito!” a boy in the crowd said. However, my pet for a brief moment was a harmless mayfly, attracted to the lights of my kids’ ballgame. At the river earlier that day, there also was a “hatch” (a periodic emergence of insects, often in large numbers) of another much smaller species. This last week, my usual river smallmouth bass tactics were met with less than enthusiastic hits.  I attributed my lack of…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 23, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Yard Fishing

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 Keer
July 2, 2013

Tom Keer

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 Keer
June 19, 2013

Tom Keer

Saltwater Dropper Rigs

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 Whitcomb
June 4, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Bluegill Bonanza

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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