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If it swims, you can catch it on a woolly bugger. This is a perfect pattern for trout, bass, panfish, carp, saltwater…everything. Shopping List:
UNI-Thread 6/0 Dk.Brown
Lightening Strike Nymph/Hopper 08 Curved Shank, Straight Eye Hooks
Cyclops 3/16″ Gold Beads
Wooly Bugger Marabou, Brown
Chenille Medium Coffee
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Whether you’re prepping for the hunt of a lifetime in the Brooks Range, training to pack out a Colorado bull elk, or you just want to be in better shape for a long walk to the tree stand, these five tips will help you get started. CREATE A PLAN With the right plan for exercise, nutrition and motivation, you will be wel…

Winter fishing is some of the best you’ll get all year, and here’s why: Cold temperatures keep fair-weather anglers home and hunting seasons keeps the rest in the woods. The result: more fish for cold-weather anglers. During the coolest months of the year, preparation, research, and the proper tackle can make for memor…

Shot made, blood trail found, animal field-dressed and skinning finished…Now the real work begins. Don’t have the cash to just drop your deer off at a processor? Want to pick up a new skill and do it all yourself from start to finish? Check out these deer processing tips to get you started. Keep everything cold  Bacte…

Want to catch fish of all species in all seasons? There’s perhaps no fishing lure more versatile than the crankbait. Whether you’re trolling from a boat or casting from the bank, throw crankbaits as often as you can.
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Here is a great reference on every knot you should ever need for fly fishing (or, really, any sort of fishing): Infographic from Trout Bum 2

My wife is a saint.  She’s a country girl from Auburndale, Florida, but I don’t think she even realized what she was getting herself into when we got together . . . Family vacations have become “Family Outdoor Experiences” – from bonefish in the Bahamas to snook in Sarasota to Wyoming whitetails to mallards in Arkansas…

My first duck was the world’s ugliest wood duck drake.  He was taken by my seven-year-old self with a pellet rifle on my uncle’s farm, and let’s say I learned quite the lesson in sportsmanship from my uncle that day. As a nearly 40-year-old, nearly mature adult, I’ve been in and out of duck blinds for the majority of m…

Live bait.  Fly.  Surf.  Plugging.  I’m a fisherman.  I love it all, and do it all.  As an opportunist, there’s nothing I love to fish with more than whatever it is the fish are biting. But. All things being equal, left to my own devices, there is nothing I’d rather do than throw topwater plugs. Zara Spooks.  Skitter W…

A question asked on many forums and in many seminars today is “When should I use flourocarbon instead of monofilament?” This infographic from our friends over at Berkley provides a really cool insight to the functionality of both lines: Infographic from Berkley