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Autumn’s Treasure

Autumn’s Treasure

A blue sky enabled deep sunlight penetration into the clear pools of my chosen stream. Casting practice would be the only benefit of fishing then, so I reclined on a streamside log and waited for the west side bluff to cast its shadow over the fish-holding structure....

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Cool Crappies

Cool Crappies

Cool evenings and low river levels have concentrated fish into smaller areas. Armed with a 4-wt. and intermediate line that sinks at 2 i.p.s. (inches per second) I waded downstream to a deep hole with a series of deadfalls. I was hopeful that fish had moved from the...

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Then There’s the Odd Trip . . .

Then There’s the Odd Trip . . .

There's been little rain here for a long while, and the small pond I at its lowest level of the year. Three mid-forty degree nights caused the pond to turn over, and the northeast wind blew the oxygen-depleted water against the dam. I could not induce a single strike...

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“Catch” And the “Gobbules”

“Catch” And the “Gobbules”

When a fishing friend is nicknamed "Catch" you realize that he's impressed contemporaries with his fishing prowess. One might assume that he catches a lot of fish. He does. This Louisiana native is equally at home on the salt flats, a pristine trout stream, or a...

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Missing Something? Got It!

Missing Something? Got It!

Have you been missing too many strikes lately? That's a common problem often caused by the angle of the hook at the moment of the hook set. The usual hook set technique is to simultaneously pull down with the line hand while lifting the rod tip. It creates one of the...

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An Oldie But a Goodie

An Oldie But a Goodie

A cool evening lured me to a series of river pools so familiar that fishing there is like visiting an old friend. Armed with a 3 weight, I was determined to use dry flies to entice the Green Sunfish and brightly-colored Longear populations. A size-10 brown Bivisible...

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