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  • May 12, 2010

    Cermele: How Dialed In are Your Electronics?


    By Joe Cermele

    I can remember being really mesmerized many years ago on a party boat where the captain could point out different species on his sonar based on the size if mark created by the wave hitting their swim bladders. He was dead on, too. We'd have a mess of bluefish under the boat, the suddenly he'd say, "Ut, oh. The guys are about to get covered up with dogfish" or "There's a small blue shark down there." This was pretty old technology, but fishfinders have come a long way in recent years and have gotten so accurate that I think they are borderline scary.

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  • May 3, 2010

    Bourjaily: Tased Sheep on Meth and a Cool Cheap Flashlight

    By Phil Bourjaily

    First of all, there’s this: to test the safety of using tasers on meth-heads, Taser International conducted a study in which researchers gave meth to sixteen sheep, then tased them to see if their hearts would fail. All 16 lived to bleat the tale. The story is datelined April 12, not April 1, and it’s on the Internet so it must be true. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 29, 2010

    DIY Fly Drying Tip: Shake Your Frog's Fanny


    By Kirk Deeter

    I was going to make Frog's Fanny dry fly powder a "Stuff That Works" honoree because it is indeed the best stuff I've used to revitalize soggy dry flies by way of wicking away moisture.

    But I like my flies shaken, not stirred. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 28, 2010

    Rare, Giant, Sweet-Smelling Earthworm Rediscovered in Idaho Prairie

    By Chad Love

    Scientists in Idaho have captured a rare giant earthworm that allegedly smells like a lilly. No, really. That's what it says...
    From the story on NPR:
    The giant Palouse earthworm, a big white worm native to the Palouse prairie region of Idaho and Washington state, was said to be abundant in the late 19th century -- then seemed to disappear. Some people thought they never existed to begin with. But now, researchers are digging them up again... [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 23, 2010

    2000 Horsepower Outboard Overkill

    By Tim Romano

    Since Field Notes just posted a story about the use by drug runners of scent elimination products, I though it appropriate to share the following photo of a "drug-running boat on the English Channel" that's been making the email rounds for the past few years. I've received it in my inbox a few times, but always thought it was a photoshop job. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 19, 2010

    Merwin: How to Manage Line Twist on a Spinning Reel

    By John Merwin

    As more people are getting out on the water this month, I can almost guarantee there will likewise by a growing collection of messed-up spinning tackle. Here are a few things that might help to untangle that tangled reel. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2010

    Stuff That Works: Tight Line Enterprises Magnetic Rod Guard


    By Kirk Deeter

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    Maybe I have a "magnetic" personality... but I tend to gravitate toward magnet-based fly fishing products. I love magnetic fly boxes. I have a magnetic rod transporter for my truck. I use a magnetic net holder. I even use a magnetic fly patch.

    But my very favorite magnetic gizmo is this little Rod Guard by Tight Line Enterprises of Tulsa, Oklahoma. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2010

    $4 Million Vintage Tackle Collection Needs New Home


    By Chad Love

    From the story in the Oklahoman:
    A Luther man has removed his multimillion-dollar antique fishing tackle collection from the Oklahoma Aquarium. Karl White, 70, said the last items were removed Wednesday from the Jenks aquarium. The Karl and Beverly White National Fishing Tackle Museum opened in 2003 at the aquarium. White had loaned a portion of his collection to the museum on a yearly basis. But now he wants the collection in its own museum or somewhere where all of it can be displayed. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2010

    Cabela's To Offer Camo Mandolins?

    By Dave Hurteau

    Hey did you know Cabela’s is getting into music instrument business?

    From the Mandolin Café:
    Thomas L. "Tommy" Millner, Chief Executive Officer of Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear has announced the acquisition of New Millennium Acoustic Design Carbon Fiber Mandolins of Waterville, Vermont. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 30, 2010

    Don't Ever Lose Your Flybox

    By Tim Romano

    Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I lost a fly box. Not an old crappy fly box with a handful of flies, but the fly box, the only trout box I carry when fishing. A Richard Wheatly stuffed to the gills with wet flies, terrestrials, streamers, spinners, midges, emergers, scuds, shrimp, bead heads, etc.... You name it, I probably had a couple wedged in my box. I'm thinking I lost anywhere from 300 to 500 flies. One stupid slip in the river cost me a lot more money then I care to admit. You can do the math. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 26, 2010

    Stuff That Works: Aquapac Waterproof Backpack


    By Tim Romano

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    Yeah, I'm ripping off Deeter's little idea here with my own fly fishing stuff that works - but I use many things on the water that Deeter doesn't and vice versa. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 18, 2010

    Arizona House Committee Okays Knife-Rights Bill

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the AZ Capitol Times:
    Cities, counties and other governmental entities would be forbidden from restricting people’s use of knives under a bill winding its way through the legislative process.

    The bill, S1153, would give the state sole power to impose regulation on knives. It was approved March 16 by the House Government Committee. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2010

    Stuff That Works: Ultrathon Insect Repellent

    By Kirk Deeter

    To DEET or not to DEET? That is the question. Well, according to DEETer, it's an easy answer. Given all the nasty things that mosquitoes and other bugs can cause, from mere discomfort to deadly disease (the most dangerous animal on the planet isn't the crocodile, or the shark, or some poisonous snake... it's the mosquito), when I'm fishing in buggy places from the jungle (Bolivia and Costa Rica) to the tundra (Alaska), to the rivers of Michigan or Maine, I always wear the power repellent.

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  • March 9, 2010

    Stuff That Works: Tie-Fast Knot Tyer Tool

    By Kirk Deeter

    Last week when we talked about the survey listing the most popular fly fishing brands, a number of you in the comment thread asked what my favorite brands are. I promise you this isn't a cop-out, but I really don't have a favorite rod, or reel. I'm lucky enough in this job to play with a lot of stuff, and I've grown to like certain rods and reels for different situations.

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