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Froggin’

Froggin’

Between threatening storms, I headed to a pond with an 8 wt. and a box of our size-2 Diving Frogs. Every shaded weed pocket and deadfall seemed to hold bass. After splashdown, the frog remained still for long seconds before a firm strip caused it to dive with its legs...

40 Reasons To Love May Fishing

40 Reasons To Love May Fishing

A small frog chorus happily serenaded me as I brought my float tube ashore following a fantastic late-evening pond trip. Forty fish fell for my minnow and bug imposters. Only one was a bass of 13 inches and only two female bluegills were caught. One was still swollen...

It’s Prime Time In the Ozarks

It’s Prime Time In the Ozarks

I float-tubed in the late evening on a pond under threatening skies yesterday. Shortly after launch, a light sprinkle became (briefly) more intense. Soaked, I fished on. Sponge spiders accounted for three dozen bluegills to 8 inches and several largemouths. Most of...

Cool, Rainy, But Fun

Cool, Rainy, But Fun

Constant rains have confined my fishing to ponds. The bluegill population is still in pre-spawn here, and males are defending their nesting sites aggressively. Egg-ripened females have moved onto the deep edges of the flats. Sponge spiders receive splashy hits when...

Ahh-hh. Wading Again At Last

Ahh-hh. Wading Again At Last

With our rivers finally low enough to wade, I took a 5 wt., intermediate line, and Craw Bully to a favorite smallmouth stream. Shaded, rocky pools gave me great action as 11 bronzebacks were brought to hand and released. What a great species! Free the fighter!

Bullied By the Wind

Bullied By the Wind

A gusty wind howled through pond-side treetops and flattened emergent vegetation. The thought of fly fishing in those conditions seemed insane. Fortunately, I was able to ignore them.  7 wt. was pieced together and by kneeling at the water's edge I could punch casts...