Do you want to fish on twelve miles of private, world class trout water in the pristine Wyoming wilderness for three days with a guide? How about a $1000 shopping spree at the one of the best fly shops in Denver before you go? Do you enjoy lavish gourmet meals? What about flying there in a private jet?
Mostly I hate jet skis, those fast and noisy personal watercraft often driven by obnoxious kids whose idea of a good time is harassing fishermen or generally tearing up a quiet lake. When I was in my late teens I might actually have enjoyed using one if they had existed back then. But not now.
I got know long-time Minnesota outdoor writer Jeff Murray about the same time he was diagnosed with systemic mastocytosis, a rare blood disease. I worked closely with Jeff as his editor on dozens of whitetail-related articles for F&S at a time when he was battling for his life. He never complained. His enthusiasm never wavered. F&S extends its condolences to Jeff’s family.
Much has been written about south Florida's problems with non-native giant snakes, but according to this story officials are now faced with the frightening prospect of hybrid "super snakes" slithering amok.
As we reported last September, biologists from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MDMF) were able to tag 5 great white sharks along Monomoy Island on Cape Cod’s southeastern shore. Now 4 months later one of those satellite-transmitting tags has popped up about 50 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida.
This is not a report from the SHOT show. That’s because as Field & Stream’s fishing columnist, I only do “wet” work and am therefore not thrown into the claustrophobic madness of a trade show devoted to hunting and firearms. So don’t pay the ransom. I’ve escaped. Meanwhile, and on the angling side, I just encountered this video of what appears to be a small heron actually fishing with bait. A little green heron, perhaps? Maybe some birders out there can help with identification.
You know the drill, and in this case, the prize is a brand new 7- weight Streamer Express fly line from Scientific Anglers.
What many of you may not realize, is that there is a "Grip and Grin Institute" in Canada, where magazine editors, writers, and photographers are sent to master the form it takes to wind up on the cover, or at least in a spread, of a major fishing magazine.
As you might imagine, I find myself a little more at home at the ICAST fishing industry show, but here I am with the rest of my team walking the SHOT Show floor in Las Vegas. Since I've been here I've lovingly caressed many a fine rifle, and even shot a few rounds of trap (I'm acutally not bad. I can do more than cast). But I've always got an eye out for fishy wares. Last year I reported on some cammo rods. This year I decided to visit the booth of each knife manufacturer to see what blades coming out in 2010 would pique angler interest.
If you stop and think about it, many common American angling practices have been borrowed from other countries. Fly fishing has its origin in England. Many lures for muskie were copied from designs used by European pike anglers. Some of the most universal marlin tactics were derived from Australian methods. But now I say it's time we adopt the South Korean ice fishing strategy.
To be honest, I didn't even know it got cold enough to freeze massive bodies of water in South Korea. Not only was I mistaken, but people flock to the annual South Korean Ice Fishing Festival in numbers greater than Minnesota's Eelpout Festival.
The byzantine politics of coastal striped-bass management took another turn last week as a Massachusetts state legislative committee held a hearing on a bill that could end commercial striper fishing in that state. Making striped bass solely a gamefish might seem like a no-brainer to inland readers especially, where there are no commercial fisheries for species such as largemouth bass or trout.