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Fishing Gear

  • July 20, 2012

    Monster Bugs Can Draw Lazy Smallmouth Bass to the Surface


    By Joe Cermele

    The smallmouth spawn is long over, the fall cooldown is months away, and every hour you spend on the water feels like a session in the sauna. If you’re a fly angler, you could retreat to the AC inside, or you could wipe the sweat off your face and tie on a dragonfly. In late summer, these large insects transform from aquatic nymphs to the buzzing morsels you see zipping over the water’s surface. These two approaches will get even the most sluggish smallies rising. 

    1.) Fly Pack Fishpond’s new Dragonfly Guide Pack ($90) is ideal for the fly caster using big bugs. The front fly pouch is deep and domed so you won’t crush your on-deck flies, and a large main compartment holds an extra box or two, plus other essentials. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 11, 2012

    ATV Gear Review: Bosski 1600 AL ATV Wagon


    By Lance Schwartz



    Bosski 1600 AL ATV Wagon
    MSRP: $1899

    ATV and UTV camping, hunting and fishing adventures off the beaten path are an exciting and relaxing way to unplug from the world and reboot your brain. The racks or beds on these machines generally get the job done for adventures close to home that don’t require hundreds of pounds of supplies. To reach some of the best destinations, however, additional provisions to supplement days of travel are just too much to handle without a capable trailer to help transport the cargo. The Bosski 1600 AL ATV Wagon is large, well built, has theability to haul over 1,200 pounds of cargo into the backcountry, and is quite possibly the best adventure trailer on the market. 

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  • July 9, 2012

    How Good of a Fly Reel Can You Get for $100?


    You can spend $500 or more for a top-end fly reel that’s as exquisitely machined as a Rolex watch. Or you can pay about a fifth of that and still get a model that will serve you well for many seasons to come. These days, a C-note will buy you a lot of reel—one that looks good, balances well, picks up line fast, and comes with a drag system smooth enough to handle big fish on light line. We asked four trout anglers to spend an entire summer testing the four reels below to determine which offers the best performance for roughly $100. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 5, 2012

    Use Glow in the Dark Tape to Fish at Night


    By Colin Kearns

    A few summers ago I spent a weekend hunting muskies in Hayward, Wis., with guide Scott Kieper (715-216-0664). We cast jerkbaits for as long as we had daylight, then prepared the trolling spread for the night. I learned several tricks from Kieper, but one of my favorites came as I watched him rig the spread. By the time the baits were ready, night had fallen. It was pitch black. I wondered how he’d be able to set his planer boards at the proper distances because you couldn’t see a thing out there. Then I saw the light. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 3, 2012

    How to Quickly Fix a Leak in Your Aluminum Boat


    By Peter B. Mathiesen

    Step 1: Remove the boat from the water and turn it upside down if possible. Scrub away debris from around the damaged site with a wire brush. Sand the area with 60-grit sandpaper.

    Step 2: Take a small wooden block, place it over the leak site, and hammer it to flatten the tear as much as possible. Then wipe the area with a clean rag soaked in paint thinner. Let dry. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 2, 2012

    First Reports on the Newest and Hottest Hunting and Fishing Gear


    A - Abu Garcia Villain Rods
    Combining ultra-high-­modulus graphite and a new low-resin-­content system, Villain rods are extraordinarily lightweight with plenty of fish-fighting power and excellent sensitivity. They are nicely finished and feel even nicer in the hand. The rods are available in nine baitcast and five spinning versions.
    —John Merwin [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 27, 2012

    The Holy Trinity of Outdoor Blades: Knife, Ax and Saw


    By Keith McCafferty

    The great bushcraftsman Mors Kochanski once told me that a man can survive in wilderness with only a knife—but carry an ax and he lives like a king. To complete the woodsman’s toolbox, I recommend adding a bow saw. By packing all three blades in your canoe duffel (or on your back, as their total weight shouldn’t exceed 4 pounds), you can carve, chop, and saw your way to a wilderness throne faster and without nearly as much chance of injury than if you leave one tool behind. Here are the three blades I carry and what I can do with them. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 25, 2012

    The Fishing Tackle Graveyard: What Do You Do With Your Old Gear?

    By John Merwin

    Welcome to the fishing-tackle graveyard, a place where old gear goes to die. The photo shows a shelf in my basement with various reels, long out of service, that I can’t bring myself to throw away. And throwing away is the problem. I can’t do it. So stuff accumulates beyond all reason.

    This gets pretty silly as I think of it, but that silliness still won’t take me to the dumpster. Someday I might want or need something from that shelf. Or I might decide to refurbish one of those old reels. A little cleaning, some grease, maybe a few spare parts and any one of them would be fishable again. You never know. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 17, 2012

    The Total Outdoorsman: Hunt Better, Fish Smarter, Master the Wild


    By T. Edward Nickens

    A little bit here and a little bit there. You keep your eyes open. That’s how you learn. You pick up a new knot from a new fishing buddy, or try a decoy trick you saw in a magazine. You make mistakes. And if you’re lucky, like I was, there will be a mentor along the way. An unselfish someone who cares enough about you that he wants you to know everything he’s ever learned.

    That’s the good thing about hunting and fishing and camping: You can never know it all, and you’re never as good as you could be.

    Over the years, I’ve learned from the best—mentors, buddies, guides, story subjects, and some of the most dedicated outdoor-skills competitors this world has ever seen. Put them together, and they’ve got a half dozen different ways to shoot a double or cast a fly rod. Here’s the best of what I’ve learned from them, and on my own, in 35 years of hunting and fishing. And this is what all sportsmen should do with such knowledge: Pass it on. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 16, 2012

    My Favorite Gear: Coleman Dual Fuel Camp Stove

    By David Draper

    Back in college, I spent one of my first federal student-aid checks on camping gear. I bet I could make a pretty convincing argument that spending the money on outdoor equipment was a better investment than paying my tuition. Or, at least, that’s how I rationalized it at the time. I will say, much of what I learned in college has been long forgotten, but I still use some of the gear today, including my trusty Coleman Dual Fuel 2-Burner Stove. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2012

    Sage Wins Small Company Business Award


    By Martin Leung

    Sage Manufacturing, the company behind some of world's finest fly rods, was recently dubbed Seattle Business magazine's Manufacturer of the Year, Small Company.

    From this press release:
    The May issue of Seattle Business features the awards for 2012 and is the culmination of the publication’s Washington Manufacturing Awards. Each year Seattle Business honors companies whose work results in growing or advancing the manufacturing sector in the state. During an awards ceremony on Thursday night, April 26th, six winners were chosen in different categories. Representatives of roughly 270 manufacturing companies located in the state attended the event.

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  • May 10, 2012

    Vintage Tackle Contest: Heddon Crazy Crawler


    By Joe Cermele

    This weeks entry into our ongoing vintage tackle contest comes front Brent Glowa. Brent sent in a ton of photos of old lures passed down from his dad who sadly passed away. Brent says that he has fond memories of playing with these lures whenever his dad opened his tackle box, and fishing these classic made a lasting impression.

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  • May 7, 2012

    International Nymphing: The Irish Dibbler


    By Kirk Deeter

    Not all nymph (or wet-fly) fishing should be confined to rivers. Using subsurface patterns for trout on lakes can be deadly. Fourth-generation ghillie (guide) Neil O’Shea recently explained to me why the traditional “dibbling” technique works well in places like Lough Currane in County Kerry. “The peat-rich soil makes these lakes acidic and less hospitable for mayflies,” he said. “So the migratory trout and salmon are window-shopping more than they are keyed in on a specific food source, like an insect hatch. Showing the trout and salmon bright, attractor wet flies with a slow, methodical retrieve will elicit a reaction strike. This is a technique for hooking curious, rather than hungry or aggressive, fish.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 7, 2012

    International Nymphing: The French Twist


    By Kirk Deeter

    The French have won six world flyfishing championships by being masters of catching trout in the trickiest, most technically demanding conditions—clear, shallow water and slow-moving currents. When you find trout in these situations, and they are not eating dry flies, the best option is to throw light nymphs on a long, fine leader. The French have devised a rig for this scenario that works better than anything else.

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