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  • November 30, 2009

    Merwin: Flippancy in Fly Fishing

    By John Merwin

    Is flyfishing getting too dumbed down? Some of my friends who are longtime anglers think so, and I’m starting to agree.

    A great deal of what passes for flyfishing media these days seems more related to a happy-go-lucky angling lifestyle than to genuine technical progress. It’s become a lot easier to gaze at one’s navel while pondering the philosophical implications of sport than to pick the right fly pattern.

    Back in the 1970s, we had men such as ...

  • November 25, 2009

    Merwin: Iaconelli Sells Beard for Charity

    By John Merwin

    Here' a Thanksgiving story with a fishing twist.

    Noted bass pro Mike Iaconelli has for the last year or so been sporting an especially obnoxious-looking (to me, anyway) goatee growing from underneath his chin. Now he’s cut away the beard, which he’s auctioning on eBay to benefit a school for autistic children.

  • November 24, 2009

    Cermele: Cold Striper Ice & Hot Honeymoon Bonefish

    By Joe Cermele

    Greetings. I've returned from ten glorious honeymoon days in sunny, warm Turks & Caicos and am once again reporting from chilly New York City. There's probably a good half-dozen blogs I can get out of my wedding and honeymoon, but I'm just going to give you guys the short version and get back to fish talk next week.

  • November 23, 2009

    Merwin: The Woes of the Boat-Manufacturing World

    By John Merwin

    In what is at least partly a sign of the times, it’s apparently easier to pay the lawyers than it is to pay your bills.

    Irwin Jacobs was until a few days ago the CEO of Genmar, a boat-manufacturing conglomerate whose major brands include Ranger, Wellcraft, and Four Winns. That holding company has been in bankruptcy proceedings since last June.

    According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Jacobs has resigned his position so he can bid on Genmar as a private individual at a forthcoming bankruptcy auction.

  • November 18, 2009

    Why Southern Flour Makes the Best Biscuits

    By John Merwin

    Fresh, hot biscuits, anyone? It’s hard for me to imagine a meal in any fishing or hunting camp without some of these tender, flaky morsels soaking up melted butter or swabbing a plate clean of that last bit of gravy. There have been days--and this might be one--when I’d kill for a good biscuit.

  • November 16, 2009

    Merwin: What Fish Pulls the Hardest?

    By John Merwin

    One of our readers last week had a good question: How hard can a fish pull? Or, as a corollary, what’s the hardest pulling fish for its size?

    The short answer is that ...

  • November 13, 2009

    Merwin: Saltwater Bugattis (and Other Ultimate Fishing Cars)

    By John Merwin

    The other day, Joe Cermele did a post about turning his new truck into a fishing machine, which got me thinking about what might be the ultimate fish car.

    That might mean fastest, of course, and the Bugatti Veyron as the world’s fastest production car might qualify. Or it would have until I saw this online video of a new $2 million Bugatti being hauled out of a shallow lagoon in Texas a couple of day ago.

    Seems the driver swerved to avoid a low-flying pelican. What a tragedy! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at this, but I do know that my ultimate fish car--whatever it is--would (a) have been able to simply drive free of this predicament, and (b) wouldn’t cost $2 million in the first place. So a Bugatti is out.

    But how about a ...

  • November 11, 2009

    Merwin: 100-Pound Blue Shark Caught on Barbie Rod

    By John Merwin

    Some years back I wrote a Fishing Column in our print edition about fishing with Barbie rods just to see what was possible with kiddie-style spincast outfits. Since then, I’ve heard of 20-pound catfish caught with this dinky gear, and even a 50-pound black drum. But nothing tops this latest Barbie news.

  • November 9, 2009

    Merwin: How to Clear a Backlash on a Baitcasting Reel

    By John Merwin

    Every baitcaster gets a backlash once in while. Untangling the line can be a real pain, and many resort to a knife or scissors to cut away the tangle in frustration. No more. This quick video tip for clearing backlash snarls will help.

    Reeling forward slightly while pressing on the tangled line with your thumb smooths the snarl and pushes those overlapping line loops free. It’s not a new idea. I first heard of this in an article by bass pro Shaw Grigsby maybe 10 years ago. But the video here by Maryland bass-blogger Kevin Scarselli is the first live demonstration I’ve seen.

    Yes, it works. At least it works most of the time. The main thing in clearing a backlash by this or any other method is ...

  • November 6, 2009

    Merwin: Enhance Your Brook Trout

    By John Merwin

    Now about those sex ads. You know, the ads in the back of our print edition that tout various male-enhancement products. Some people complain about them. Others just smirk. But what if some of those things turned out to be great fishing products?

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