Found some more great advice on-line. From guess whom? Hank Patterson, who else? Now I know some of you will tune out ole Hank right away, because he is a fly fisherman, and you don’t fly fish. Big mistake. Hank’s advice applies to all of the fishing baits, lures, and flies that we buy, and we all do! So, listen. And make sure you listen right up until the end! That just means you need more practice. GO FISH! Oh, …Read More »
Fridays I try to lighten up a little bit. Definitely been the kind of week where I could use some levity at the end of it. Folks are just so sensitive. . . . I love funny commercials, especially fishing commercials. Ugly Stik has had some good ones over the years. I cannot speak about their reels, but I have an Ugly Stik rod, have had it since I was a kid. I am not going to tell you I …Read More »
I have been doing a little rod shopping again lately. Oh yes, there is a reason and a story behind it. . . some other time. Anywho, I have often joked about just buying another Ugly Stik. Seriously, for the price, they are good rods, and they come in a variety of models. There is an Ugly Stik for a lot of fishing situations. They really are just about indestructible. I have one that I have had since I was …Read More »
Go Through Your Outdoor Gear
Those of us who enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, boating and camping are spending an awful of time around the house, aren’t we? Nevertheless as you plan your next outdoor trip, this is an opportune time to go through your gear – cleaning, repairing, restoring and organizing various items that most likely were shelved, locked in a cabinet or safe or neglected. You have the time to do this, trust me. I do. Keep in mind money can …Read More »
I am going to re-post a blog that I did several years back. This blog has been a good one to reference over the years, but with web page changes and so forth I can no longer do that. So, I am just going to post it again. Perhaps you and the kids have some time to practice some social distancing right now. . . . If you fish, you need to find someone new, find a kid, take ’em …Read More »
All The Cool Kids are Wearing Them!
This may come as a shock to you, but I know very little about current fashion trends. I have been hearing something about some shoes called “Yeezy’s” and apparently they are the bomb. All I know is when I went to the Adidas web page I discovered that the “Yeezy’s” were all sold out. So, I might have to get a pair of these instead! I gotta have a pair! If you want some, I believe you can get them …Read More »
Time To Get Outta the Office!
Holy Cow! I look out my window right now and the sun is shining! Seems like we have had nothing but cloudy, damp, and cold, forever! I think this calls for drastic action! Naturally Mike would tell you to go catch a bass, should be a good day for that, but it could be a pike, walleye, trout, crappie, catfish, whatever. . . . I know this much for sure, THIS AIN’T SPREADSHEET WEATHER! Take his advice, stop what you …Read More »
Catch & Release on Ice, Do It Right!
I am thrilled to say that we still have ice and it looks like we are going to be ice-fishing for at least a little while yet. I have drilled up to 16 inches of ice in the past few days. Whoot, whoot! As a matter of fact, the conditions I fished in this past weekend were as “raw” as any I have fished all season. That reminded me of a subject I have not mentioned yet this ice season–the …Read More »
Long Rod River Trout
I have never fished for steelhead. Someday? Maybe, but not yet. However, as a pointy-headed fisheries biologist, I will tell you that rainbow trout and steelhead are the same fish, Oncorhynchus mykiss, a steelhead ain’t nothing more than a rainbow trout that migrates to the sea. That line of distinction becomes even more blurred when one considers that inland rainbow trout have been documented to have the same migratory behavior. In fact, some of the inland rainbows most famous for …Read More »
Ice Gear Prep
Long range forecasting of the weather is filled with uncertainty, so I will not pretend to know how soon it is going to start getting cold. The calendar is soon to read “December” and chances are there is some cold weather in our future, but how soon we will have enough ice for ice-fishing is anyone’s guess. In Nebraska “normal” is the average of the extremes, and I have been on the ice as early as Thanksgiving. However, most years …Read More »