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Haven’t Seen These For A While

Haven’t Seen These For A While

Three hundred yards upstream from where a spring branch enters the river, it widens into a pool with a large, slow eddy. Recent cold weather convinced me that smallmouth bass had likely migrated from the frigid river into the spring. If that were the case, their...

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Just As We Suspected . . .

Just As We Suspected . . .

Years ago, I encountered a man fishing a small creek’s entrance into a backwater lake. When I asked how he was doing, he said he had already put five 5-pound Largemouth Bass on his stringer, which he proudly held up, revealing that none of the five fish would have...

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Winter Success With Zonkers

Winter Success With Zonkers

Thick gray clouds were draped over the river valley like wet laundry on a sagging clothesline. I assembled a 7-wt. rod and attached a reel containing 6 i.p.s. full-sinking line. A size-6 Zonker with a silver body, gray rabbit strip wing, and a matching wool head...

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Early Winter Stream Bluegills

Early Winter Stream Bluegills

The wild sounds of hundreds of geese dominated the river valley as I crunched along a gravel bar toward a favorite pool. The river widens where a spring branch enters, delivering a year around infusion of 54-degree water. Just below the spring’s entrance is a deep...

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Late Fall With a Favorite Nymph

Late Fall With a Favorite Nymph

The stream thermometer read 53 degrees as I entered the clear water with a 5-weight rod and intermediate sinking line. The only sound was the rattle of dry leaves as they raced across the gravel bar. I knotted a size-12 North Fork Nymph to the 4X tippet and cast down...

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Plucking Largemouth From Snarls

Plucking Largemouth From Snarls

Cool evenings demanded a return to waders and the comfort of a favorite flannel shirt. Both caused smiles while walking downstream on long gravel bars past a pocket water summer hotspot to a deep bluff pool in search of smallmouth bass. A Bald Eagle glided silently...

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