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Think It’s Too Cold To Fish? Read This . . .

Think It’s Too Cold To Fish? Read This . . .

A 60-degree day with full sun forced me to enjoy a small pond in the hope that the warmth would entice bluegills to suspend a couple of feet over deep water. It's a pattern I have fished many times before, but it usually occurs in late winter or very early spring. If...

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Hooray For Plan B!

Hooray For Plan B!

Rain that raised the stream level enough to quicken the flow and persistent gusty winds forced a switch to Plan B. An upstream hike ground a long river bend brought me to a ridge that shielded my 5-weight's casts to a series of deadfalls that harbored slack water...

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On Finding Schools With Benefits

On Finding Schools With Benefits

After several unseasonably warm days, I waded a favorite stretch of river armed with a 3-weight rod. A size-12 oft hackle was knotted to a 5X tippet and cast into clear water that exposed the rocky substrate. As the fly settled, I gathered the line preparing to impart...

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The Tried and True For Give and Take

The Tried and True For Give and Take

A 3-weight rod accompanied a late afternoon trip to a stream that is home to some large green sunfish. Interested in enticing a surface bite, I knotted a size-10 brown Bivisible to a 5X tippet and cast toward the rocky shoreline. As I had hoped, the action came...

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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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