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Hooks, Ponds and Flies

Hooks, Ponds and Flies

Pond fishing requires decisions. Are you fishing for bass, bluegills or some other species? That decision determines your fly choices. Large bass prefer a sizeable meal followed by days of fasting. Bluegills feed regularly but due to their mouth size they require...

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Too Cold and Windy – Try Discovering

Too Cold and Windy – Try Discovering

Fishing has again been postponed by daily rollercoaster temperatures that prompted a visit to the regional office of our state's conservation department. Armed with their pamphlets and maps identifying state-owned stream accesses and conservation areas have led to...

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Not Spring, But Close Enough

Not Spring, But Close Enough

My criterion for mid-winter small pond success has always been two consecutive days of 70-degree temperatures. We just had two days in the mid-60s followed by one day of 58 degrees. Close enough. I went fishing. White/silver Mini Minnies counted down to 2 1/2 to 3...

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Winter Bluegill Challenge

Winter Bluegill Challenge

An overcast 48-degree day with bitter cold in the forecast sent me to a pond with a 5-weight rod and intermediate line. A white/silver Mini Minnie was counted down to 8 feet near the earthen dam and slow stripped. A small bluegill was brought to hand before 3 short...

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Well, Heck. Time To Tidy Up. . .

Well, Heck. Time To Tidy Up. . .

Cold, howling winds forced cancellation of my fishing plans and put me in my tying chair with a load of self-pity for a couple of days. After checking the contents of my vest I noticed flies needed to be replaced and added, fly lines were desperate for a good...

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Winter Bluegills From a Warm Spell

Winter Bluegills From a Warm Spell

Three consecutive days of 65-degree temperatures sent me to a small spring-fed pond where full sun continued to warm the upper layer of the water. This enticed bluegills toward the surface where they traded the discomfort of direct sunlight for an extra few degrees of...

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