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Chasing Bluegills Again

Chasing Bluegills Again

The sprawling pond I chose for enjoying the beautiful weather was drenched in mid-afternoon sun that caused the bluegill population to locate 4 to 5 feet deep at the base of the coontail weedline. Sink-tip line cast parallel to the weeds counted to 4 feet and slowly...

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Fall Is Off To a Good Start!

Fall Is Off To a Good Start!

A 3-wt. rod with 4X tippet and Sponge Spiders accompanied an evening stream wade in anticipation of catching "mean greenies" and longear sunfish. Many were landed before approaching a rocky pool tailout where smallmouths attacked the gently twitched spiders. Most of...

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Bass and Bass Before the Rain

Bass and Bass Before the Rain

The stillness of a rock-strewn stream pool demanded careful probing with streamers.  A size-6 Muddler Minnow was slowly stripped until a smashing strike put a deep bend in my 6-weight. Four spectacular leaps ended in a flash of bronze s the 15-inch smallmouth bass was...

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Cooling Rains – Long Summer Evenings

Cooling Rains – Long Summer Evenings

Recent cool rains lowered pond temperatures this week that renewed surface-feeding largemouth bass. A 7-wt. rod, 0X tippet, and a size-2 yellow Diving Frog accounted for many heart-stopping surface strikes. The weedless frog imitations were cast into thick weeds then...

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Fishing With Glass

Fishing With Glass

I took a 7-foot fiberglass rod on a downstream wade to a gravel-bottomed river bluff shielded from the current by multiple dead tree branches. Size-10 Sponge Spiders cast into shaded pockets brought splashy strikes and rod-bouncing fights from green sunfish and...

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Fishing the Deep Pools

Fishing the Deep Pools

Our drought demands long upstream wades to deep pools. This time I used a 6-weight with full-sink line and a 3-foot length of 3X tippet for Craw Bullys to sink to the rocky substrate. A lift, drop, strip retrieve imparted the action that replicated an escaping...

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