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Don’t Lock Me Out!

Ever worry about losing your truck keys in the middle of the woods or watch them wash downstream when you take that header into the North Branch?  I do. I do not like the magnetic key holders – they fall off when you go off road onto some of the tough dirt tracks leading to

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Other – Dazzling Pictures from MikesCatchReport.com

Every once in a while you run across the perfect picture that expresses the joy of fishing in general and fly fishing in particular.  With permission from mikescatchreport (another local VA/MD blogger), I just had to share these shots. Mike is a passionate angler who manages to find time to fish places I can only dream about. 

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Quick Note – Trip Reports 2 Days a Week

Just a quick note to let you know that the content on this site will shift immediately. I’m way behind in getting trip reports posted and have worked up a large backlog. In the past, I posted a trip report on Monday and some other topic on Thursday.  Until I work off the backlog, I’m

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Stream Guides

After moving back to Virginia in 2005, I jumped wholeheartedly back into trout fishing.  As a new guy to the area, I looked for guidance and immediately found it with a quick search on Amazon.  The following books have been very helpful in scouting locations and orienting my fishing activities: Amazon.com Widgets To these, you

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Random Rocks = Trout? The Fly Advantage over Spin

In the last post on Owens Creek, I posed the question of overlooked fishing spots.  While I did not see the potential of Owens when I fished it last April, as I wrote the post, I came to realize I was looking at Owens with my 48 years of spin fishing affecting my perspective.  Maybe all

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Redfish!

I had to go to Orlando for a business trip during the week after Thanksgiving.  Every time I go on a trip that extends to Thursday or Friday, I immediately evaluate the opportunity to extend that trip into a local fishing expedition.  In this case, I decided to take vacation and go down a few

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4×4 and Fishing

The lure of open spaces, the challenge of getting there, a good set of bumps and the excitment of going off road; what could be better?  The challenge is that you don’t know where you can legally take that 4×4 you invested in fixing up, so you content yourself with just driving to the standard parking areas

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Surf Fishing – Outer Banks, NC

It’s winter.  I’m cold.  I want sun. This summer, my son’s wedding was a destination wedding.  The bride’s family normally does a reunion on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, so they decide to wrap the wedding into that annual event.  The basswife, who is a beach lover from way, way back, instantly ratified that

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Lake Erie – Annual Walleye Expedition; Fall 2007

Walleye fishing has always been off and on for me.  My buddy, Jeff, started taking me out once a year in what has become an annual event with his Dad.  Known as the Hawg Hunter by the fishing crowd that claims the Cranberry Cove Marina on Lake Erie as their turf, he is the consummate fishing guide and fish

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Catch and Don’t Release

For trout, I’m a catch and release kind of guy.  I’ll eat any walleye that’s legal and keep a bass or two if they are larger than 15 inches, but trout have generally been off limits.  For one, they are a hassle to cook – have plenty of bones – and the ones I catch

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The Ultimate Poacher?

When fishing catch and release or delayed harvest water, most of us are quick to conlude that Poachers have been at work when we get skunked.  After all, that’s a lot easier on the ego….  “Dang poachers – must have been using bait or hand grenades and cleaned ’em all out.”  I’ve said this, you’ve

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Idea? Crappie Crossover?

I was wandering around, totally unsupervised by the Basswife, in Gander Mountain the other day and saw the Crappie section.  I was struck by the fact that there were a wide variety of plastics specifically targeted for this species.  They are small, interesting and, most of all, fishable on a fly rig. In the picture

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Other – Guidance on Guides

I’m not much of a fisherman today, but I shudder to think about how bad I would really be without the timely advice and mentoring I have had from a few guides.  My inventory of guides is not really long – maybe 6 or 7 different individuals.  All provided me great advice and instruction while

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Trout Tip – Garden Shears

Well, I think I’ve gone through a second pair of waders in as many years.  It’s my own fault as I did not follow the tip I am about to share.  But… I’ve learned my lesson and will heed this advice next spring. When I was fishing on Dog Creek, the guide (Steve Bertrand) and I

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Other – The Kitchen Pass Dilemma

When I joined the Army, it only took an hour or so before I truly appreciated the value of a three day pass. When hunting season rolled around, I heard the First Sergeant comment that he could go if he could get a “kitchen pass”.  The need for and the value of this type of

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Please buy my books! They are cheap (and good)! 
Hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, and fishing focused discussion.

Click on the cover to go to Amazon for both print and Kindle formats.

Please buy my books! They are cheap (and good)! 
Hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, and fishing focused discussion.

Click on the cover to go to Amazon for both print and Kindle formats.

Please buy my books! They are cheap (and good)! 
Hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, and fishing focused discussion.

Click on the cover to go to Amazon for both print and Kindle formats.

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