Top Ten Steelhead Fishing Destinations in the US

I vividly remember my childhood drives to school along the South Fork of the Clearwater River in central Idaho as a spectator sport, watching all the figures in chest waders dotting the river’s surface and hoping to see one of them land a fish. Spring steelhead were running up the still icy flow, and they certainly attracted more than a few fishermen looking to snag one of these large and tasty fish. Not much has changed since my childhood, and… Read More »

5 Fly Rod Combos That Hit the Quality/Value Sweet Spot

As the spring season approaches, it’s time to grab a fly rod and get out on your favorite river or flat. If you’re new to fly fishing, buying a high-quality fly rod and reel can be expensive. Luckily, there’s an easier and more cost-effective way to purchase the gear you need. Fly rod and reel combos are a great way to buy an already-paired setup at a discounted price. Many manufacturers make outfits that are functional and affordable to encourage… Read More »

Pre-Spawn Bass Strategies: Turning Unpredictability into Opportunity

  Spring Has Sprung (But the Bass Have Yet to Spawn) Here it is, spring at last – you’ve stowed ice fishing gear and finally thawed out your toes. Next on the unofficial fishing calendar is trying to hook some largemouth bass if you’re in the country they inhabit. Currently, largemouth should be just starting to surface from their wintery deep-water dwellings into shallower waters to spawn. If you’re like me and looking for excuses to hit the outdoors as… Read More »

Spring Fly Fishing for Bass: The Three Stages of the Spawn

Known for their size and aggressive feeding habits, both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are a popular gamefish in the US and throughout Northern Mexico. Part of the reason Bass are so popular in the fishing world is because of the professional Bass fishing circuit. Tournament anglers have inspired people across the country to target these well-known species with conventional tackle. Recently, however, Bass fly fishing – Largemouth and Smallmouth – has also become increasingly popular. As spring arrives, Bass begin… Read More »

Minimalist Fishing – The Answer to Fishing in a Complicated World?

On your last fishing trip did you find yourself dragging what seemed like a few hundred pounds of equipment? How about noticing yourself spending longer planning than actually fishing? If you’re anything like me, the desire to head out fishing spur-of-the-moment can quickly be curtailed by the amount of work that excursion would entail. If any of that sounds like you, then this article introducing you to a minimalist approach to fishing could be the answer you’re looking for. In… Read More »

Fish Finder Buyer’s Guide: 5 Key Buying Points and 5 Top Fish Finder Values

Fishing is one of those sports that harks back to simpler times when man pitted himself against nature with only his wits and a few tools. This is one of the reasons that we continue to do it – because it perhaps fulfills an intrinsic need from back in our hunter-gatherer days. The only issue is that when man confronts nature, nature usually wins. Let’s face it, it’s called fishing and not catching for a reason, and I have certainly… Read More »

Fly Gear Essentials: 10 Must-Haves of a Great Fly Fishing Kit

Guest Post by Tobias Dimick — Fly fishing can no doubt be a challenging sport to learn. However, by learning about the various fly tackle components and removing some of the mystery around how to put together a solid fly fishing kit, it will greatly benefit you in the long run. We wrote this basic fly fishing kit guide to help you take some of the guesswork out of the buying process by laying out what you’ll need to put together… Read More »