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I Was Wrong, Yet So Right

I Was Wrong, Yet So Right

An unseasonably warm day after a week-long siege of record-breaking temperatures urged me to visit a favorite small pond. I was hopeful of catching a few fish, of course, but frankly, I anticipated nothing more than casting practice because the water was still quite...

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The Only Way to Go Is Forward . . .

The Only Way to Go Is Forward . . .

Bitter cold and drifting snow have confined me to the tying bench awash in self-pity. My shaking hands are symptomatic either of the cold or withdrawal from fishing as three weeks have passed since my last cast. Oh sure, I could have dressed in my warmest layered...

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Good Day To Stay Home? Nope!

Good Day To Stay Home? Nope!

Gray skies, coupled with a forecast high of 36 degrees, lured me to a small spring creek in the hope that bass had been drawn there. The spring emits 54-degree water year round, and that warmth would raise the fish's metabolism and increase their need to feed. An...

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The World’s Best Fly?

The World’s Best Fly?

What fly would get your vote as being the best fly ever created? For most, that would likely be the fly that catches the most fish. But that might depend on the species you are targeting, so let's extend our definition to include only multi-species flies. Another...

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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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