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Signs

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I believe that one of the most important skills that any outdoors-person can possess is observation–being able to sense things in “the wild” and interpret what they mean.  Us trappers call it “reading sign”.  It is knowing tracks and seeing trails, and a lot more than that.  Trapping is a great way to hone those skills.  Observing sights, sounds, smells and sometimes even tastes can tell you what is going on, if you just take the time to learn. Modern …

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Fish Tanks

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Honestly, I have been thinking of what might be a good blog post for today.  I always have a bunch of ideas, but none of them seemed like good ideas today.  So, I started scrolling back through some pictures to see if something might come to mind. . . . I noticed a bunch of pictures I took of our 6,000 gallon fish tank at the state fair.  The display of fish at the Nebraska State Fair goes back a …

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Movie Night!

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Want to spread the word on this. . . .Tomorrow night here in Lincoln. . . . Here, this will get you more excited! Here are the details:  Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O Street, doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 7:00.  You can get tickets HERE. Cornhusker Fly Fishers and Nebraska Trout Unlimited are sponsoring this showing.  Show up to support those two great organizations and have a bunch of fun hanging out watching fly-fishing films with a bunch …

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I Am an Angler

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I have often touted fishing as the perfect sport because EVERYONE can participate.  Oh sure, you can be a spectator, but you shouldn’t be! TakeMeFishing.org recently started a campaign which includes a series of videos of various anglers telling their stories.  The “I Am an Angler” theme is that fishing is for everyone and anglers come in a diversity of shapes, sizes, and stories!  If you have some extra time this weekend, follow the link and watch the videos.  They …

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How Long?

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You have probably heard it said that 10% of the water contains 90% of the fish.  I do not know about the exact percentages, but on any given day it is certainly true that there will be a whole lot of water that simply does not contain the fish you want to catch.  You cannot catch ’em where they ain’t.  Successful fishing involves the ability to eliminate unproductive water and find fish, and the best anglers do that well. How?  …

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Open House

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I know this on short notice and I know it is out where many may not be able to attend.  Don’t care, needs to be mentioned anyway.  If you can be there, do it! Open house for new stream section is Tuesday MITCHELL, Neb. — The Dry Spotted Tail Creek partner group is inviting the public to view the newly completed stream section at the Platte River Basin Environments property west of Mitchell. The area will be open from 5:30-7:30 …

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“I’m not your mom!”

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I could do this blog post with no words, just a couple of pictures: I usually try to keep it light on Fridays, but man I get tired of all the trash that is left on our public hunting, fishing and parks areas!  In my opinion, the folks who do that, and from what I have seen, there must be a bunch of them, should forfeit ALL their opportunities to EVER enjoy any of our natural resources. It really disappoints …

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Fisheries Division Projects, 2019

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I try to blog frequently about the variety of fisheries projects, angler access, aquatic habitat projects, etc. we have ongoing throughout Nebraska.  In many of those blogs I am able to provide some details about individual projects.  This blog post is not going to provide any details, I just want to give you a “50,000 feet view”.  In fact, if you ask me, I will have to do some research to find details on many of these.  I will also …

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Labor Day Weekend

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Well, I guess we have come to the official unofficial end of summer, Labor Day weekend.  I typically do not have a holiday-related blog post for Labor Day, but this might apply to your “labor”: That pie chart may be closer to the truth than many of us want to admit.  The problem is, the sliver where it says actual work–at that time I am probably on the phone or e-mail, you guessed it, talking about fishing!  Or, I am …

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Sheep

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I have been a fisherman all my life.  Have worked as a professional fisheries biologist for 30-some years now.  I have spent a lot of time on the water, and an awful lot of time observing anglers.  I have come to a conclusion:  By far, most anglers are sheep! What do I mean by that? I mean that most anglers follow the herd. If you have launched on one of our most popular fisheries and found a pack of boats …

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