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  • June 30, 2009

    Cermele: Money "Walks"

    By Joe Cermele

    Every year around this time, the tackle manufacturers start sending out press releases and sneak-peek samples of all the new goodies they'll unveil at the ICAST show in July. I thought I'd share one with you, as this lure really caught my attention. Pictured below is the YUM Money Hound, and I promise it'll be a while before you see them on tackle shop shelves, so remember, you saw it here first.

  • June 29, 2009

    Multi-Method Anglers Have More Fun

    By John Merwin

    Photo by John Merwin

    We continued our new-to-us trout river explorations over the weekend,  this time traveling to a better-known stream in the western Adirondack mountains of New York. We caught fewer trout, but they were larger--a happy trade-off. Yesterday morning, I put down the fly rod for a while and fished with an ultralight spinning rig. The reel was spooled with 4# FireLine (a so-called superline), the fine diameter of which allowed very long casts with very small lures. One result was this brown trout that ate a little Yo-Zuri Pin’s Minnow.

    That kind of tackle makes it easy to cover lots of water fairly quickly, much more so than with fly gear. This might or might not be a good thing, depending on your particular preferences or prejudices as to fishing method ...

  • June 26, 2009

    Merwin: You Guys Know Your Bass Baits

    By John Merwin

    Photo by John Merwin

    Last April, I asked readers here for some tips on big bass baits for a trip to a far-southern lake famous for big fish. Some of you guys were right on the money with your suggestions: big swimbaits, 10-inch worms, and so on. Those are the lures that took numerous 5- and 6-pounders and very good numbers of 7- to 9-pound fish.

  • June 25, 2009

    Cermele: Seen Any Good Shows Lately?

    By Joe Cermele

    When I got home Monday evening, the sun was shining for the first time in what felt like months around here. So, with no great expectations and just an itch to get out, I grabbed one rod, two lures and took a drive a local park with a lake therein. The fishing was awful, but I was treated to a show, though not nearly the best I've ever seen.

  • June 24, 2009

    Merwin: A BMW-Free Fish Hunt

    By John Merwin

    Nearly a couple of weeks ago, I described my yearning to find some trout rivers "off the grid" meaning the kinds of places where I wouldn’t find a BMW sedan in a roadside pull-out, its vanity license plates proclaiming “dry fly.” That would mean heading north, I noted, instead of south as I often have done for trout fishing in well-known waters. So I did just that last weekend. Here’s what happened.

  • June 23, 2009

    Cermele: Some Cheap Tail

    By Joe Cermele

    A long time ago, I posted a blog about a brief phase I went through where I decided to take up home taxidermy. Let's just say I thought that phase was long over...until I visited the taxidermy studio of Michael Dinkel in Soldotna, Alaska, last summer. In the back room, Dinkel had about a dozen giant halibut tails drying out, all neatly displayed on pedestal bases. After he explained that no one ever wants a 300-pound halibut mounted in its entirety, the tails made sense. My wheels began to turn, and I vowed on the spot that I was going to try this with the next big striper I caught. Well, here it is.

  • June 22, 2009

    Merwin: Fine Wine & Warm Beer

    By John Merwin

    So here’s a bit in praise of snobbery when it comes to fishing. I don’t mean the kind of in-your-face uptown tweed that some fly fishermen, in particular, unfortunately seem to affect. It’s just that a down-and-dirty approach to fishing seems itself to have become overblown lately. Hey, I’ve spent my share of nights in years past sleeping under a sheet of polyethylene next to a trout river and washing down a can of Dinty Moore stew with warm beer. That was okay. But it doesn’t mean I’d necessarily choose that route if I had other options.

  • June 19, 2009

    Merwin: "Self-Defense" Cooking

    By John Merwin

    So I see by various recent postings that Dave Petzal is taking care of some sewing chores and Joe Cermele is hanging out in greasy spoons. This all got me thinking a little domestically, specifically about food and cooking. Are there any folks out there who can do more than just boil water? I happen to enjoy cooking and it’s a good thing I do.

    Our late, great fishing editor Al McClane was as celebrated a chef as he was an angler. I once asked him why he’d learned to cook. His answer was deceptively simple: “self-defense,” he told me with a smile. Simply meaning that when confronted with warmed-over road kill at a lodge or back-of-beyond hash house, it was important to be able go back to camp and make something far better own your own.

  • June 18, 2009

    Cermele: Greasy Spoons

    By Joe Cermele

    Have you ever noticed that you can associate fishing spots, no matter how well-known or how secret, close to home or far away, with some dingy eatery? Let's be honest, such establishments often round out a fishing trip. I shot this photo at the Forked River Diner the other night because it sums up everything I love about the place. The spoons are literally greasy (remember, that which does not kill you...), the booth vinyl is shredded, but the coffee is hot, the burgers rock, and you can't beat their pork roll and eggs. By the way, if you know what pork roll is, you're one of the lucky ones.

  • June 17, 2009

    Merwin: The Young & The Accurate

    By John Merwin

    Photo by John Merwin

    Accurate casting should be a goal for each and every angler. That’s because other things being equal, he who casts the most accurately usually catches the most fish. While bass fishing in Mexico a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to share a boat for a day with David Brinkerhoff, 27, (pictured) who works as an assistant marketing guy for G. Loomis Rods and is one of the most accurate casters I’ve ever seen.

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