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New Fly Guy - Funny, funny instructional videos!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

These are great - don't follow the advice!

VDGIF Special Reg Permits Online!
Friday, June 15, 2012

Sweet!  Get your pass to Mossy, South River and Buffalo online!

George Washington National Forest - What's Public.
Monday, April 30, 2012

It's a mess of public and private property.  This map decodes the puzzle.

Trout - Rose River and Chopawamsic Creek (VA)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Beefed up with plenty of stockers, both bodies of water deliver.

Shad Success on the Rapp!
Friday, April 6, 2012

Finally nail some of these bad boys!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Skad???  Yes.... Skunked for Shad....

The Year of the Snake(head)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A priority for me this year.... snake out some snakes!

Annual Alert! Springtime means Bears!
Friday, March 9, 2012

It's Spring...are you ready to run into a bear in the Shenandoah?

Wading, Water and Survival
Friday, February 3, 2012

Reading the source article in Fly Fisherman Magazine gave me critical information that could save my life... failing to follow the recommendations would bring this blog to a quick halt.

Need a Kitchen Pass for Christmas?
Monday, December 19, 2011

A "Kitchen Pass" is the equivalent of the pass the military would issue to soldiers...back in the day... that authorized them to leave the base.

The Fish Camp
Monday, October 3, 2011

The Bed and Breakfast with a twist....

The Bass Fishing Matrix
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I need to use this more than I have... it is not in my tackle box.. and should be.

Source for Fly Fishing "Apps"
Friday, October 8, 2010

Fly fishing hits the app market

Don't kiss your fish!
Friday, August 13, 2010

Bacteria pose a danger.. be aware

Smallmouth Bass and heat
Friday, July 30, 2010

It's HOT... where are the fish?  My recommendations now...

Use vegetation to target summer smallies
Friday, July 2, 2010

Summary of two good articles from April's BassMaster magazine

Need Smallies?  Join PRSC
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Come check out the Potomac River Smallmouth Club - one of the area's top fishing organizations

Other - Sea Trout (FL - Mosquito Lagoon)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I tagged a day of fishing with a buddy onto a business trip to Florida

Pathetic Ponds
Friday, January 29, 2010

Tiny ponds sometimes hold big bass

Bass Repellents
Friday, January 22, 2010

Be careful of the "perfume" you wear on the river!

Predictive Gages from the National Weather Service
Friday, January 1, 2010

The NWS continually updates its predictions on water levels for key rivers - use these to plan ahead.

Get USGS Topo Maps Free
Friday, December 4, 2009

The USGS gives away free maps via download from their site.

Bass - Fall Lure Selection
Friday, September 18, 2009

Quick refresher on the seasonal change for bass

Upper Potomac - Maps from the Maryland DNR (Updated)
Friday, September 11, 2009

If you fish the Upper Potomac, you need these inexpensive maps.

Satellite Recon - Use Google Local to find good water!
Friday, September 4, 2009

The satellite views in Google Local are a great source of "intel" on good locations.

Phone in the river? No Problem
Friday, July 17, 2009

I found out a trick to dry out wet cell phones and cameras!

West Virginia Goes Digital
Friday, April 24, 2009

West Virginia has a very cool mapping application to show you where it stocks trout.

Shad Run - Rappahannock
Monday, April 20, 2009

Don't miss the shad run on the Rappahannock!!  This is a blast!

Stay High and Dry
Friday, March 20, 2009

If you hike, you carry stuff.  Keep it dry.

The West Virginia Trout Map
Friday, January 30, 2009

I think this is worth the money.  You can put this on the floor and see where everything is - a great advantage when you are planning a trip.

Other - Amazing Free Map Software
Friday, January 9, 2009

This is a really cool free application that provides contour maps and satelitte photos using a seamless connection to Microsoft's TerraServer

Stream Guides
Thursday, March 6, 2008

Getting ready for Spring?  Here's a list of the key books I use to point me at new fishing spots.

Don't Lock Me Out!
Friday, December 5, 2008

I finally found the solution to my fear of losing my keys in the middle of the woods.

Other - Dazzling Pictures from MikesCatchReport.com
Friday, November 7, 2008

Spectacular pictures courtesy of MikesCatchReport.com

Quick Note - Trip Reports 2 Days a Week
Sunday, March 9, 2008

I've got to work off my backlog of trip reports.  I'm going to post 2 reports a week until I get caught up.

Random Rocks = Trout?  The Fly Advantage over Spin
Thursday, February 28, 2008

I'm going to start hitting the areas that were not obvious to me when I was a spin guy

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hunting for redfish in Florida

4x4 and Fishing
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Now here's a winning combo - go offroad to get to a fishing spot

Surf Fishing - Outer Banks, NC
Thursday, February 14, 2008

I had to take the Basswife to the beach, so why not surf fish?

Lake Erie - Annual Walleye Expedition; Fall 2007
Thursday, February 7, 2008

The annual trek to Lake Erie produces some really nice fish.

Catch and Don't Release
Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sometimes Catch and Keep is the right choice

The Ultimate Poacher?
Thursday, January 3, 2008

When skunked in a Catch and Return or Delayed Harvest area, many of us leap to the conclusion that poachers got there first.  But....

Idea? Crappie Crossover?
Thursday, December 20, 2007

Will this stuff work for trout?  I'm sure it will work for smallies...

Trout Tip - Garden Shears
Thursday, November 29, 2007

Here's a quick tip that will save your waders and get you to the stream faster!

Other - Guidance on Guides
Thursday, December 6, 2007

Guides are critical to improvement - here are my guidelines (pun intended)

Other - The Kitchen Pass Dilemma
Thursday, November 15, 2007

I tripped across the "golden excuse" to go fishing - it's wife-proof... maybe

Other - Hillsville Flea Market
Thursday, September 6, 2007

I've been to Hillsville.  I've been to America

Other - Up or Downstream?
Thursday, August 30, 2007

You pull into the parking lot at the stream.  There are a few other cars there.  Which direction do you go?

Other - Flyfisher's Guide to Virginia (Book Review)
Thursday, August 23, 2007

My new bible on where to go next!

Other - Whitewater Sites
Thursday, August 2, 2007

You can find some good water and access points by looking at the notes on various whitewater sites.

Other - Buzz Off Clothing
Thursday, July 12, 2007

This stuff really works.  I've been using it for several years.

Other - Dogs vs Bears
Thursday, June 21, 2007

I now realize that Dogs are more of a threat than Bears

Other - Report Poachers
Thursday, April 5, 2007

Reporting a poacher is easy.  Put these numbers in your wallet.

Crandall Medal of Honor Ceremony - the Details
Sunday, March 4, 2007

Attending Bruce Crandall's Medal of Honor Ceremony was a once in a lifetime event!

Other - You Ticked Off by Ticks?
Thursday, March 1, 2007

Ticks are gross.  Here's how to deal with them

Off Topic - Medal of Honor
Monday, February 26, 2007

A long overdue Medal of Honor goes to the man who saved the lives of my father and 400 of his troopers engaged in the first major battle of the Vietnam War.

Switchfisher Rating System
Thursday, February 1, 2007

Here is the rating matrix I will use for future trip reports.  Over time, I will go back and update the old reports with this rating template.  This will give you my impression of a body of water at a glance.

Sign on the Road
Thursday, November 16, 2006

Every time I drive through Burlington, I get a kick out of this sign.

Poison Ivy - A Hard Lesson Learned
Thursday, November 9, 2006

I was pretty good at following my own advice until I got in a hurry one day

Trout Tip - Dress for Success
Thursday, November 2, 2006

We all know about sneaking up on trout and what you wear could drive your success

Rant - Pick up the Trash!
Thursday, October 26, 2006

Nobody wants to see this on a pretty river.  Geez. 

Trout Tip - You Stink!
Thursday, October 19, 2006

Did you know a trout can smell you?

Camping - Potomac State Forest (MD)
Thursday, October 12, 2006

Camping in the Potomac State Forest is a good option for those who want to save a few bucks and have a forward operating base close to the North Branch delayed harvest area.

Surf Fishing
Monday, August 28, 2006

Now this is the lazy man's game - just the ticket for when you are beat...

Lousy Fishing - Turville Inlet
Thursday, August 31, 2006

We needed to kill some time at Ocean City before hitting the beach, so we popped onto the water at Turville Inlet in search of action

Walleyes! - Lake Erie
Monday, June 26, 2006

Your blogger takes a walk on the wild side...

Trout Flickin'
Sunday, June 18, 2006

(Updated with video)
Need a casting technique to dig deep under fallen trees or into tight holes?

The Magazines - Color Secrets
Wednesday, June 7, 2006

BassMaster boils it down to the very simple bottom line

Poison Ivy - New Technology
Monday, June 5, 2006

Plenty of new treatments out there to help you dodge the bullet

Be Bear Aware
Sunday, February 12, 2006

It's Spring - the bears will be back... are you ready?

How to filet a fish
Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Nobody likes eating a boney fish.  Here's a simple way to filet.

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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