Posted by: Tom Keer
July 29, 2015

Tom Keer

Fly Fishing Trip: The Colorado Rockies

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Walk through the Denver airport in July and August and your odds of seeing anglers heading out on a fly fishing trip are good.  Folks from all over the country arrive in Denver and then travel throughout the state in search of trout, trout and more trout.  July and August are post-run off months, and the water flows and hatches overlap with summer vacation.  The combination is tough to beat. Some anglers establish a base camp…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 22, 2015

Tom Keer

Where to Fish: Ponds and Lakes

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Anglers looking at a new, expansive body of water like a pond or lake will wonder where to fish.  Here are five ways to demystify the process and put a bend in your rod. Structure:  All fish like structure because it provides them with food and protection.  Tree deadfall provides shelter, while rocks, boulders and ledges are great ambush points.  Don’t overlook a dock or a float, they’re good spots, too. Weeds and grass beds: …




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 15, 2015

Tom Keer

Family Fishing Trip

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For the past week I’ve been on a family fishing trip.  We didn’t go to an exotic location visited by very few anglers (though that would have been cool!).  Instead, we hauled our boat to the public ramp that is three miles from our driveway.  After a short wait in the launch line we splashed and then cast off our lines for a five mile run to our favorite flat.   The seas were calm,…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 7, 2015

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Sea Trials Part 2

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Last week we covered a few basics that are part of running successful sea trials, and this week we’ll get into greater detail.  Here are 5 more considerations, some of which are overlooked. The view from the helm:  A visit to a boat show is a great first step towards boat selection, but follow it up with a view from behind the center console on the water.  Your sight is different when running the boat,…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 30, 2015

Tom Keer

Sea Trials: Part 1

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  One of the best parts of buying a new boat is the series of sea trials that accompany the purchase.  The sea trial, also known as a shakedown cruise, is a way to test the boat to make sure that you know if you’re buying the one best suited to your needs.  Here are 4 points to check out quickly:       Speed: Check out how the boat comes on and off plane,…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 24, 2015

Tom Keer

How to catch fish by reading the water

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  One of the most important angling skills is learning how to catch fish by reading the water.  Finding the fish is paramount to catching them, and know this; fish are opportunistic, which means that they want to take in more calories than they burn up.  If you can find ’em you can catch ’em, so look for them in some of these areas.       Streams and Rivers: Behind or above structure.  Rocks…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 17, 2015

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How to filet a fish

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    Now that you’ve got a corker of a fish in the boat it’s time to think about how to filet a fish.  Here are some tips for making the job easy.  Get the cleaning done and get the party started!       Tools: A sharp filet knife.  A dull knife will have you cussin’ and spittin’ in no time flat.  Your filet knife should be sharp so that you can slice instead…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 10, 2015

Tom Keer

Great Outdoors Month

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Great Outdoors Month is upon us, and without question Great Outdoors Month is a thoroughly American idea.  The month celebrates our country’s natural heritage by encouraging us all to take advantage of the open space that we all enjoy. One attribute that makes USA such a unique nation is that we have the opportunity to explore the natural resources of open-to-the-public land. This month we’re celebrating National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, National…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 3, 2015

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National Fishing and Boating Week: the 3F’s

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My trailer tire was flat, just in time for National Fishing and Boating Week.  I figured that when I cranked on the lug nut it’d pop off with rust.  I was shocked when it spun effortlessly, and I smiled.  Although I did not remember treating it with anti-seize paste I was pleased that I had and I got on with the boating and fishing much faster. We celebrate lots of days and weeks these days, and National…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 27, 2015

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De-winterize your boat

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Your buddies stopped by the house and just told you they stung ’em; time to de-winterize your boat.  Haste makes waste, so here’s a partial list to help you move through the process without missing a step. Check your water pump and thermostats. The impeller on a water pump goes bad about every 200 hours, and this little rubber part is what keeps water flowing to cool your engine.  The thermostat regulates the water temperature,…




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