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Crappies In the Brushtops

Crappies In the Brushtops

Recent weather patterns have the fish as confused as anglers. A sunny 73-degree day followed by an ice storm the next has frustrated both of us. A quick check of my fishing log reveals that a year ago, on this date, crappies were located in the upper branches of...

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Reminiscing – Another Winter Sport

Reminiscing – Another Winter Sport

As I watched the Winter Olympic Games, it occurred to me that the athletes must think that riding through a tunnel of ice on your rear end at 90mph (luge) or doing a triple backflip with boards strapped to your feet (mogul) are great thrills. Those events are...

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Cold Air–Don’t Care

Cold Air–Don’t Care

The overnight temperature had dipped into single digits, and the gauge in the SUV still only registered 17 degrees at midmorning as I parked downstream from the emergence of a spring branch. I expected smallmouth bass to move from the river into the warmer spring...

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A Time For Grunge And Memories

A Time For Grunge And Memories

Snowflakes swirled near the window beside the tying bench as tea steeped in my steaming cup. My ritual cleaning process began by removing four seasons of dirt, moss, and unidentifiable debris from my rods, reels, lines, and fly boxes' contents. I used a small bowl of...

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Fishing the Yuletide–In Shirtsleeves!

Fishing the Yuletide–In Shirtsleeves!

“Unseasonably warm” doesn’t seem adequate to describe our recent weather. Christmas day visitors were clad in shorts and T-shirts instead of heavy winter coats and boots. I couldn’t help but wonder how the fish locations in my favorite pond were affected. With our...

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Tie On Something Christmasy

Tie On Something Christmasy

Two consecutive unseasonably warm days sent me to a small pond expecting that the sun had sufficiently warmed the surface to invigorate the bluegill population. This is one of the few circumstances that induce fish to ignore sunlight penetration in exchange for a few...

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