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Trout Fishing

  • March 14, 2014

    Kansas Man Catches Pending State Record Rainbow Trout


    By Ben Romans

    A Kansas angler fishing Kill Creek Lake on Feb. 23 landed a 15.72-pound possible state record rainbow trout, The Kansas City Star reports. Josh McCullough was just minutes into his trip when he caught the fish.
    “I really thought I had a turtle at first,” said McCullough, 22. “It just wasn’t fighting that hard. But then it came to the surface and my heart started racing. I had never seen a trout this big.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Caption Contest: Sage 2250 Fly Reel Winner Announced


    By Tim Romano

    This last caption contest was a popular one with you folks. I gotta say it was a very tough choice to pick who won the Sage 2250 Fly Reel. There were so many entries that made me laugh. Some of my favorites are below, but I have to give the reel to BEich0117, who wrote: "Hey Bob, check it out!" "that sucker took the bait hook, line, and sinker."

    Congrats, BEIch0117! Shoot me an e-mail at with your mailing address and I'll get you hooked up.

    Here are some of the others that got my goat… [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    New Trout Fishing Boat: Raft or Drift?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Many of you know that my partner Tim Romano is a rowing fool. He has a handful of boats, from inflatables to an old wooden dory (drift boat) he is restoring. Tim has let me row his boats over the years. I've borrowed a number of others and I’ve had a small inflatable raft and whitewater canoe for many years now, so I feel pretty comfortable behind the oars (or with a paddle).

    Now that my son is 13 years old and taking a strong interest in rowing himself, I'm vowing to make this the year when I step up in class and get a new boat. But I am still on the fence as to what type I should get. Should I get a drift boat or a raft with a frame? Your advice would be appreciated. Here’s some baseline information to help you guide me: [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 7, 2014

    Video: Until it's Warm Enough to Fish, Snowboating Will Have to Do


    By Tim Romano

    Whew... I thought I had a case of the shack nasties!  Turns out I have nothing to complain about. The folks over at Scumliner Media and Headhunters Fly Shop in Craig, Mont., seem like they've had had a very long, cold winter indeed.

    Here's to ice thawing, insects hatching and getting out on the water soon. Have a great weekend and make sure to wear your helmet if you get out Snowboating. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 6, 2014

    Should We Enforce Better Catch-and-Release Practices?

    By Kirk Deeter

    I've said many times that if you're going to be a catch-and-release angler, you should do it the right way

    You know the drill: Don't keep the fish out of water too long. Wet your hands before you handle any fish. Don't hold them high out of the water, especially where they can fall on the rocky shoreline if they flop out of your hands. Use a rubberized mesh net if you use a net. And for goodness' sake, keep the gripping and grinning to a minimum.  

    When done the right way, catch-and-release can indeed be the catalyst for sustaining the resources, and sharing, according to the Lee Wulff mantra, creatures so beautiful, they should be experienced by more than one person. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 4, 2014

    Caption Contest: Write the Best, Win a Sage 2250 Fly Reel

    By Tim Romano

    You know how this works. Write the funniest, wittiest or smartest caption to the image you see here. We'll pick a winner next week and award him or her with a 2250 Large Arbor Sage Fly Reel. Keep it clean and classy, folks... Good luck and get to writing. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 3, 2014

    What I Think About Knock-Off Fly-Fishing Products

    By Kirk Deeter

    I got an e-mail last week that ticked me off, and I think it's about time that somebody said something "for the record" regarding the knock-off, cheap imported products that are now steadily oozing into the American fly-fishing market. I think the whole situation is bull.

    The e-mail came from a manufacturer in China. The purpose of the note (at least as I interpreted it), was to unashamedly let me know that this company had successfully mimicked some big-name fly fishing products — from fiberglass rods to travel rods to high-end casting rods. And for very cheap prices, I (or whoever else wants to) can presumably buy my/our own batch, maybe create a brand name, and pawn them off on whomever I/we want to. Here's a verbatim excerpt from the e-mail: [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 27, 2014

    Thoughts on Keeping 'Secret Spots' Secret

    By Kirk Deeter

    One question I often wrestle with is whether or not to name certain places in the stories I write. After all, I'm an angler too. I appreciate solitude on a fishing stream as much as the next person, and I fully understand that you can love a place to death by writing about it in every detail.

    For example, I've written about this place, but I've never named it. Sorry, I'm not going to say where it is now. But those of you who fish in the Rocky Mountain high country know that this is one of thousands of little trout streams that look and fish the same way. It's no great discovery to chance upon a scene like this… certainly nothing an angler willing to dedicate a little hiking and map reading effort couldn't find on his own. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2014

    Wilcraft: Ultimate Ice Fishing Vehicle?


    By Phil Bourjaily

    The Wilcraft (Water Ice Land Craft) was invented by Tom Roering, who needed a way to get his elderly father and children safely onto the ice. It’s also a vehicle designed for ice fishing during the prime later winter days when ice is too thin to traverse safely. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 21, 2014

    Spring Fling: Tying the Clouser Minnow


    By T. Edward Nickens

    Photo by Gorman Studio

    I can feel it coming, like a shad senses spring freshets trickling into the sea. Scientists have a word for this seasonal compulsion: zugunruhe, an innate restlessness that grows as a migration approaches. It strikes ducks on the South American pampas, striped bass in the sounds, and fly-tiers watching the daily highs climb toward short-sleeve weather. I make my way to the basement, orienting toward spring, and clear off the fly-tying table. It's Clouser season.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 19, 2014

    Meal Worms: Best Live Bait for Spring Trout


    By Joe Cermele

    Photo by Gorman Studio

    I always carry garden worms and mealworms during the early days of trout season, and I reach for the latter more often. These small, golden-yellow beetle larvae are more buoyant than earthworms, so they're easier to keep in feeding lanes. They show better in murky water. And their size, which matches that of most trout forage, screams Eat me!

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 19, 2014

    Ice Fisherman Catches Possible Record Lake Trout in Minnesota


    By Ben Romans

    A Minnesota ice fisherman on Lac La Croix caught a lake trout weighing over 50 pounds on February 8, and may wind up in the ice fishing record books.

    The Duluth News Tribune says Rob Scott saw the flag on his tip up shoot skyward, but by the time he reached the rig, a monstrous lake trout had taken every inch of the 20 lb. monofilament. What followed was an hour-long tug-of-war match between Scott and the fish.

    “In the last few minutes, the trout was coming up. I saw that it had shoulders,” Scott said. “It passed (beneath the hole) just like ‘Jaws.’ All I saw was that eye. I said, ‘All bets are off.’” [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 19, 2014

    Potential World-Record Brown Trout Through The Ice


    By Joe Cermele

    Best I can tell, this video just popped up on the Interwebs yesterday. It was posted by Eric Haataja, a guide with All I know is that it was shot at Milwaukee Harbor, which is no doubt known for producing absolute slob browns. This one, per Haataja, actually measured one inch longer than the current world record. However, it appears the 39-inch beast will not be in the running, because Haataja made sure it was only out of the water for less than a minute and swam off healthy. For that I commend him. Good job all around, fellas! Talk about sending a client home happy.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 18, 2014

    Poll: What is the Best Paint Color for a Wooden Drift Boat


    By Tim Romano

    As you may remember, I've gotten myself into a hell of a project restoring a totally wooden drift boat given to me by my good friends at Boulder Boat Works.

    There's been some trials and tribulations along the way, but I'm getting through the "meat" of the project. I am closer to some of the finishing touches and need help making up my mind on a paint job. That's where you all come in once again.  [ Read Full Post ]