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Casting Soft Plastics off Florida Coast
Casting Soft Plastics off Florida Coast (howto)
Captain Steven Tejera shares his tactics for casting soft plastics off the coast of Florida.

Cut Baiting for Tarpon
Cut Baiting for Tarpon (howto)
With great developments in tactics, hooks and tackle, cut baiting for tarpon can be an efficient and safe method for taking the Silver King

Fall Walleyes From Smaller Rivers
Fall Walleyes From Smaller Rivers (howto)
Fall is prime time for walleye. Next trip, skip the large rivers and try smaller rivers, where the fish relate to their natural habitat.

Keeping a Seasonal Calendar
Keeping a Seasonal Calendar (howto)
Life can get so hectic that we sometimes forget the outdoor season that's upon us. Take time to write out a calendar so you aren't left out.

Topwater Fly Fishing for Bass
Topwater Fly Fishing for Bass (howto)
Make a splash for bass with your fly rod.

6 Reasons to Fish for Freshwater Drum
6 Reasons to Fish for Freshwater Drum (howto)
If you haven't considered freshwater drum fishing, the author has six reasons why you should.

Topwaters: The Baits and How to Use Them
Topwaters: The Baits and How to Use Them (howto)
Toss topwaters for visual thrills and water-churning fun.

Bucktail Jigging the Channels of Florida
Bucktail Jigging the Channels of Florida (howto)
When fishing the channels of Florida, the author taps the bucktail as the best all-around jig. Here are some thoughts on how best to use it.

Summertime Smallmouth Bass
Summertime Smallmouth Bass (howto)
Smallmouth bass are known to inhabit small rivers and large creeks. Here are a few tricks in reeling in some smallies during the summer and early fall months.

Jet Boat Basics
Jet Boat Basics (howto)
If you're wanting to reach waters where fish are rarely disturbed by the casual fisherman, try a jet-powered boat to glide across inches-deep water.

North America's Best Catfishing Waters
North America's Best Catfishing Waters (howto)
For monster cats, and lots of them, these seven waters are where you should be.

Tricks for Trophy Bream
Tricks for Trophy Bream (howto)
If you're wanting to snag trophy-size bream, you'll need to combine some tricks of the trade to catch these wary fish.

Flat Out Mean and Ugly
Flat Out Mean and Ugly (howto)
We didn't pick them 'cause they're pretty. These bad boys are hard on the eyes and have terrible personalities to boot. Hook one, and chances are good it'll kick your butt — if it doesn't eat you first.

Tacticts for Transition Crappie
Tacticts for Transition Crappie (howto)
Catching crappie during the summer-to-fall transition is difficult, but success can be had with a few tips and tricks from the professionals.

Hardware for Late Summer Panfish
Hardware for Late Summer Panfish (howto)
Perch, crappies and bluegills become harder to snag in mid to late summer, but here are some hardware presentations that can help you reel in some panfish.

Beaver Hut Bass
Beaver Hut Bass (howto)
Beavers create great fishing spots both on big lakes and small streams. Next time you pass by, stop and try a few of these techniques.

Tarpon Basics
Tarpon Basics (howto)
If you're considering trying to land a tarpon, here is some basic information on landing this big-game fish.

Catfishing with Trotlines and Setlines
Catfishing with Trotlines and Setlines (howto)
Just like Huck and Jim did it, the author goes back in time when catfishing was done on homemade trotlines and setlines.

Being a Good Boat Partner
Being a Good Boat Partner (howto)
Here are a few reminders the next time you go out on your fishing buddy's boat to fish. Follow these simple rules of fishing etiquette and it's likely you'll be asked back.

Spring and Summer Rainbows on Scuds
Spring and Summer Rainbows on Scuds (howto)
Next time you head out for trout, consider making scuds part of your fly fishing bait. Here are a few tips to finding scuds during the spring and early summer months.

Ten Commandments for Topwatering
Ten Commandments for Topwatering (howto)
To help improve success at topwater fishing, here are a list of 10 bass fishing commandments to live by on your next outing.

Fishing and the Color Game
Fishing and the Color Game (howto)
When it comes down it, lure color is important — here are some tips on choosing the right color for the right situation.

Light Tackle Angling Traveling
Light Tackle Angling Traveling (howto)
Traveling has changed drastically in light of tight security measures — here are a few tips to help the traveling angler have an easier and safer fishing trip abroad.

Carolina Rigging
Carolina Rigging (howto)
Veteran tournament angler Deron Eck discusses tactics of using the Carolina rig.

Using Lipless Crankbaits
Using Lipless Crankbaits (howto)
Lipless crankbaits have been hauling in fish for decades and for good reason. Here are some tips on how to use these vibrators next time out on the water.

Lure Colors
Lure Colors (howto)
With so many colors to choose from, how do you know which lure color is the right one to haul in a trophy bass?

Bowfishing 101
Bowfishing 101 (howto)
Bowfishing isn't only an exciting sport to enhance your experience on the water, but it's also a useful tool to help sharpen skills for bowhunting.

Dissecting Docks for Largies
Dissecting Docks for Largies (howto)
When it comes to structure fishing, docks are a must to find largemouth bass. Here are a few tips on finding the right docks and using the right techniques.

Spoon Feeding Smallmouths
Spoon Feeding Smallmouths (howto)
During summer and fall months, break out the jigging spoons in search of some smallmouth bass. The key to this is knowing where to look and what to do.

Beach Snook
Beach Snook (howto)
Although many books would be needed to cover all the different ways to catch snook, this article is testament to the idea that anglers can master catching snook off Florida's beaches after some brief training.

Three Ways to Catch Chain Pickerel
Three Ways to Catch Chain Pickerel (howto)
The chain pickerel can be an exciting fish to reel in, proving to be a different challenge than bass, trout or crappie fishing. And the best part is, they can be fished year round.

Fishing Tandem Rigs
Fishing Tandem Rigs (howto)
Multiple-lure rigs can be used to catch a variety of fish. Though it can be a hassle to assemble, cast and keep untangled, tandem lures aren't that difficult to use when rigged properly.

Barr's Spork Fly Pattern
Barr's Spork Fly Pattern (howto)
Instructions on how to find — and tie — the perfect fly for elusive carp and sucker fish.

Boat and Trailer Prep Guide
Boat and Trailer Prep Guide (howto)
Before taking off on your first boating trip of the season, remember to take some time to inspect your boat and trailer. These steps can help cut down on future expenses and down-time.

Topwater Tactics for Spotted Seatrout
Topwater Tactics for Spotted Seatrout (howto)
The key to getting quality spotted seatrout are long casts with topwater plugs. Here a few tricks to haul in the "spotsides."

Boat Launch Etiquette
Boat Launch Etiquette (howto)
Help make the boat launch experience another part of a great day on the water with these tips.

Three Cs of Crappie
Three Cs of Crappie (howto)
Head to the sheltered shallows for some great early-season papermouth action.

Basics of the Quick Strike Rig
Basics of the Quick Strike Rig (howto)
When using live bait creates a number of swallowed hooks, try the quick strike method to increase odds of catch and release.

Campfire Cooking Guide
Campfire Cooking Guide (howto)
There's nothing quite like cooking over an open flame. On your next camping trip, here are a few cooking tips sure to help you whip up some mouth watering meals.

Bank Fishing Basics
Bank Fishing Basics (howto)
Spring is prime time for fishing from the bank. Many anglers don't own a boat but they still enjoy catching fish. Here are some tips on how to get a bite with your feet firmly planted on dry ground.

Tying the Egg Sucking Leech
Tying the Egg Sucking Leech (howto)
Just like the Wooly Bugger, the Egg Sucking Leech is one of the top producing steamer flies. Here are some tips on how and when to use it, and how to create your own.

Florida Winter Crappie
Florida Winter Crappie (howto)
When winter weather hits Florida, anglers flock to the Harris Chain of lakes in search of crappie. For those heading south for the winter, here are a few tips to net your limit.

Science of Sound — How Fish Hear
Science of Sound — How Fish Hear (howto)
Uncovering the secrets to sound can help put more fish in the boat.

Icing the Perch of Winter
Icing the Perch of Winter (howto)
Ice fishing for perch may involve the simplest of rigs; however, finding the large schools of fish is the hardest part. Here are some tips to help snag hard water perch.

Dead-Bait Tactics for Hardwater Pike
Dead-Bait Tactics for Hardwater Pike (howto)
When hitting the frozen bodies of water in search of winter pike, dead baiting tends to be the most successful method.

The Ubiquitous Jighead and Shrimp Rig
The Ubiquitous Jighead and Shrimp Rig (howto)
The jighead and shrimp rig is considered one of the overall picks for saltwater fishing in the southeast U.S.

River Walleyes in Transition
River Walleyes in Transition (howto)
Walleyes constantly shift locations each season. These tips will help you track down 'eyes during the spring, summer and fall months.

Fly Tying Basics: Part 3 - Techniques and Strategies
Fly Tying Basics: Part 3 - Techniques and Strategies (howto)
Difficult to master at first, fly tying takes time and patience. These few tips will help you get on your way to making your own flies.

Tips for the Traveling Fisherman
Tips for the Traveling Fisherman (howto)
To ensure the best fishing trip possible, remember a few things when you plan your adventure.

River Guide Secrets to Early Season Walleyes
River Guide Secrets to Early Season Walleyes (howto)
Departing from widely accepted methods, river guides share their tips of versatility to snagging early season walleyes.

A Guide to Bluefish and Mackerel off Florida's Coast
A Guide to Bluefish and Mackerel off Florida's Coast (howto)
When fishing for mackerel off Florida's Gold Coast, look for bluefish on the shoreline.

Sauger Slam
Sauger Slam (howto)
Looking for a bonus catch when targeting walleyes? Here are some tips and tricks to snatching up saugers on your next fishing trip.

Tubin' River Walleyes
Tubin' River Walleyes (howto)
Tube baits are perfect to catching river walleyes during the cold winter months.

Beach Shark Fishing
Beach Shark Fishing (howto)
"Fishing for sharks off the beach exudes the concept of sport fishing right down into its marrow."

Lessons from the South
Lessons from the South (howto)
When the Professional Walleye Trail headed south a dozen years ago, it's likely a few eyebrows were raised on logo-capped heads.

Frog Gigging
Frog Gigging (howto)
Frog gigging has long been a nighttime sport pursued by hearty outdoorsmen who feign fearlessness of creatures that go bump in the night. To learn how to get your gig on, read on.

Soft Stickbaits for Summer River Walleyes
Soft Stickbaits for Summer River Walleyes (howto)
Soft stickbaits are very effective on river walleye throughout summer, into fall, until water temperatures drop below the mid 50s. Learn how to fishing these 'eye catchers in the following article.

New Zealand: A Kayak Angler's Paradise
New Zealand: A Kayak Angler's Paradise (howto)
From inshore and offshore excursions in the salt to plying picturesque trout-loaded lakes and streams, kayak anglers have endless opportunities in New Zealand.

Drift-fishing for Monster Blue Cats
Drift-fishing for Monster Blue Cats (howto)
Drift-fishing is an active approach to catfishing that can make your catch rate soar. It's also a good way to target trophy blue catfish. Learn how to drift for catfish on you home waters in this informative article.

Drop Shot Walleyes
Drop Shot Walleyes (howto)
From natural lakes and reservoirs that feature a combination of rocks and weeds, to large river systems replete with both natural and man-made structure, drop-shot rigs catch walleyes. Learn all about drop shotting for ol' marble eyes in this article.

Afoot in the Flow for Summer River Walleyes
Afoot in the Flow for Summer River Walleyes (howto)
Take advantage of lightly pressured flowing water walleye -- all available on foot!

Flats Fishing for Sharks
Flats Fishing for Sharks (howto)
Fishing for sharks on the flats is a thrilling experience. Learn about the tactics and tackle you'll need to catch these shallow-water hunters in this article.

Flats Fishing for Redfish
Flats Fishing for Redfish (howto)
Redfish are the most sought-after, poled-after and yakked-after fish of the flats. If a redfish junket is in your future, this is an article you don't want to miss.

Tying the Madam X
Tying the Madam X (howto)
Step-by-step tying instructions with photos for the Madam X fly pattern.

Flats Fishing for Barracuda
Flats Fishing for Barracuda (howto)
The 'cuda is the ultimate flats predator. Read on to learn how to fish the flats for barracuda in this primer.

Topwater Tactics for Spring Bass
Topwater Tactics for Spring Bass (howto)
Early spring is a great time to cast topwater lures for big bass. Read on to learn about ideal conditions, locations and lures for topwater fishing the spring season.

Six Little Known Methods for Bass
Six Little Known Methods for Bass (howto)
Anglers who deviate from standard fishing techniques may catch more bass. Tactics such as slack-lining a jig, dragging a jig, slow-rolling an in-line spinner and others will sometimes produce bites when everyday methods won't get a second look.

Taking Pond Fishing to the Next Level
Taking Pond Fishing to the Next Level (howto)
Ponds may be pint-sized, but the bass they harbor are not. In fact, some of the biggest bass caught every year come from ponds. Read on to find out how to get in on the action.

Three Patterns for Dog Days Crappie
Three Patterns for Dog Days Crappie (howto)
Hot weather can mean fast action for crappie anglers who know the right presentation for these tasty panfish.

Finding and Fishing for Bedding Bream
Finding and Fishing for Bedding Bream (howto)
Catching bream from the beds is a fine art. Anglers who know the right tricks can catch these fish by the dozens when they are spawning in shallow water.

Prowling America's Backwaters
Prowling America's Backwaters (howto)
Adventuresome anglers who put forth the effort can discover great, unpressured fisheries in North America's backwater streams, ponds, sloughs and lakes.

Alternative Fishing Methods
Alternative Fishing Methods (howto)
Standard rod-and-reel fishing methods produce bountiful catches, but so do alternative methods such as limb-lining, trotlining, jug-fishing and yo-yo fishing.

Middle Zone Bass
Middle Zone Bass (howto)
Big bass do most of their feeding in the "middle zone." Learn the baits and techniques you need to catch them.

Seatrout Tactics
Seatrout Tactics (howto)
Drifting, wading, casting and chumming: an overview of the most productive techniques for tackling spotted seatrout.

Fly Fishing for Snook
Fly Fishing for Snook (howto)
Snook are ample adversaries on any type of tackle, but the ultimate snook fishing challenge comes from stalking them with a flyrod in hand.

Bridge Fishing for Snook
Bridge Fishing for Snook (howto)
Bridges are the epicenter of go-to hotspots for snook. Learn how to monopolize on these man-made structures when fishing for linesiders.

Permit Fishing on the Flats
Permit Fishing on the Flats (howto)
Saltwater anglers are well aware of the permit's mythical status, as well as its reputation for being the most difficult of the Big Three, which includes bonefish and tarpon, of the flats to catch. Read on to increase your odds of hooking up.

Tilefish Tactics
Tilefish Tactics (howto)
Anglers are dropping deeper and cranking up tilefish like never before. To find out how you can catch tasty tilefish, read on.

Spinning Deer Hair
Spinning Deer Hair (howto)
Learn how to spin and trim deer hair for bass bugs, hoppers, and terrestrials with these step-by-step instructions.

Tying the Stimulator
Tying the Stimulator (howto)
Step-by-step tying Instructions with photos for the Stimulator fly pattern.

Shallow Saltwater Fishing
Shallow Saltwater Fishing (howto)
Thin water remains a treasure trove -- a haven for quality gamefish.

Froggin' for Bass
Froggin' for Bass (howto)
Be prepared -- an incredible strike can happen at any moment. Frog fishing is definitely not for the faint of heart!

Jetty Fishing Tricks
Jetty Fishing Tricks (howto)
Jetties hold an abundance of saltwater gamefish. Learn how to fish these large, man-made rock structures in the following article.

Goggle-Eye Fishing Tactics
Goggle-Eye Fishing Tactics (howto)
Whether you float, wade or ride a belly-boat, goggle-eye fishing is downright fun. Their delicate fillets fried over an open fire along the riverbank make for a meal you won't soon forget.

Make Mine a Topwater Lure
Make Mine a Topwater Lure (howto)
Topwater baits require timing, eye-to-hand coordination and mental control. For tips and destinations for saltwater and freshwater topwater action, read on.

Fly Fishing for Baby Tarpon
Fly Fishing for Baby Tarpon (howto)
Baby tarpon are extremely wary fish, so a fly-fishing trip targeting Silver Kings requires a little forethought and preparation. This article will help you prepare for that once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Cooking Up A Shore Lunch
Cooking Up A Shore Lunch (howto)
Cooking fish on the bank of a favorite fishing hole is a tradition as old as fishing itself.

Tying the Caddis Poopah
Tying the Caddis Poopah (howto)
Step-by-step tying instructions with photos for the Caddis Poopah.

Wade Fishing Dauphin Island
Wade Fishing Dauphin Island (howto)
Phenomenal wade fishing and sugar white beaches makes Dauphin Island a vacation hot spot for anglers.

Tying the Blue Wing Olive (BWO)
Tying the Blue Wing Olive (BWO) (howto)
Step-by-step tying instructions with photos for the Blue Wing Olive (BWO) Dry Fly

Sheepshead Provide
Sheepshead Provide (howto)
Sheepshead -- winter's most dependable bay action from Georgia to Texas -- provide reliable winter sport and a tasty treat on the table.

Cold Weather Tactics for White River Trout
Cold Weather Tactics for White River Trout (howto)
Catching huge brown trout is the stuff of many anglers' dreams, and Arkansas' White River is where dreams become reality.

Sammamish Smallies
Sammamish Smallies (howto)
Regardless of what method is used on Lake Sammamish, one thing is for sure: there's plenty of smallmouth bass available for the committed angler.

Fish Gigging: An Ozark Tradition
Fish Gigging: An Ozark Tradition (howto)
Gigging an Ozark stream is an age-old Ozark tradition, and a cool fall evening, enhanced by the lights of a gigging boat, is medicine for the soul.

Redfish Autumn Run
Redfish Autumn Run (howto)
Autumn action on big reds can be fast, furious and non-stop until anglers can take no more.

Finesse Fishing
Finesse Fishing (howto)
Who says finesse fishing has to be the tactic of last resort?

How to Smoke Fish
How to Smoke Fish (howto)
Scrumptious recipes, how-to info and tips for smoked fish dinners, dips, cakes and omelets!

Chain Pickerel Fishing Basics
Chain Pickerel Fishing Basics (howto)
Neglected by most anglers, Chain pickerel thrive in the swamps, marshes, ditches, oxbows, sloughs and backwaters throughout a large portion of North America. Read on to learn how to fish for these unique members of the pike family.

Fly Fishing for Bonefish
Fly Fishing for Bonefish (howto)
Catching bonefish on a fly requires stealth, determination and strategy. Bone up on the fundamentals with these bonefishing basics.

Bonefishing Belize
Bonefishing Belize (howto)
World-class flats and huge schools of bonefish await the itinerant angler in the unspoiled waters of Belize.

Tying the Original Clouser Deep Minnow
Tying the Original Clouser Deep Minnow (howto)
Step-by-step fly tying instructions for the Original Clouser Deep Minnow, excerpted from 'Clouser's Flies: Tying and Fishing the Patterns of Bob Clouser'.

The Slack-Leader Cast
The Slack-Leader Cast (howto)
Lefty Kreh demonstrates how to make a controlled soft cast using the slack-leader cast technique.

Southern Walleye
Southern Walleye (howto)
The traditional line for walleye fishing has slipped southward. If you're passionate about hooking a record book walleye or just filling the skillet with fine filets, start fishing the most likely spot -- down South.

Keys to Bass Fishing
Keys to Bass Fishing (howto)
If you're in search of excitement, aerial acrobatics and a strong tug at the end of your line, look no further than the largemouth bass.

The Amazon's Prime Peacock Season
The Amazon's Prime Peacock Season (howto)
If you're considering a trip to the Amazon for world renown peacock bass fishing, you'd better understand the seasons before you schedule your trip.

Mexico's Inshore Billfish
Mexico's Inshore Billfish (howto)
Peak fishing for billfish runs from March through July, when sailfish and marlin are migrating into the fertile waters off Puerto Aventuras. Should ever you find yourself headed to the area, be sure to book a trip.

Goodbye Civilization, Hello Boundary Waters
Goodbye Civilization, Hello Boundary Waters (howto)
"If money is no object and you ask me about the very best bass-fishing trip, I'd send you to Ely. If you are on a tight budget and ask me the same question, I'd have the same answer for you." - Jerry McKinnis

Getting Serious with Pompano
Getting Serious with Pompano (howto)
Looking for pompano? The following three scenes provide the best odds of a choice pompano gracing your dinner table.

Giant Smallmouth of the Quetico Wilderness
Giant Smallmouth of the Quetico Wilderness (howto)
Over 1,000,000 acres of pristine wilderness, filled with hundreds of lakes full of giant smallmouth bass, await the adventurous angler in Canada's Quetico Provincial Park, just across the US border from the Superior National Forest.

Boating Safety: Getting it Right
Boating Safety: Getting it Right (howto)
Misunderstandings and myths abound when it comes to boating rules and safety. Read on to learn basic boating rules and safety suggestions.

When the Stars Align
When the Stars Align (howto)
My quest for a trophy fly-caught smallmouth on Michigan's Lake St. Clair saw postponement after postponement -- then the stars aligned!

Trout Fishing Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Trout Fishing Great Smoky Mountain National Park (howto)
With over 2,000 miles of breathtaking streams and three different species of trout, every family vacation to Great Smoky Mountain National Park should include at least one day of fly fishing.

Pier Fishing Purists
Pier Fishing Purists (howto)
Surf piers supply countless quality fish in a social setting. However, like other styles, pier fishing is not without its own specialized tackle and tactics. Read on to learn more.

Tailrace Hybrids
Tailrace Hybrids (howto)
If you are up for some tackle busting fishing action, head to your nearest tailwater hybrid fishery. Your first hybrid striped bass will provide a lifetime memory.

Bream Fishing Basics
Bream Fishing Basics (howto)
Bream fishing. For millions of anglers, those words conjure up special memories.

Perch Ice-Fishing Strategies
Perch Ice-Fishing Strategies (howto)
Perch are one of winter's best sport fish. If you can't get one school to bite, odds are you can find another group that's ready to go!

Trolling with a Fly?
Trolling with a Fly? (howto)
Though not very glamorous, trolling with a fly rod can be very effective. You get to cover a lot of water efficiently, feel bone-jarring strikes and enjoy surprising success.

Saltwater Fly-Fishing Adventures
Saltwater Fly-Fishing Adventures (howto)
Hot bonefish action in Mexico!

River Walleye Tackle and Tactics
River Walleye Tackle and Tactics (howto)
No matter what conditions you encounter, a tackle box stocked with an assortment of the following baits should have you covered for river walleye success.

Kite Fishing Basics
Kite Fishing Basics (howto)
A finely-tuned kite-fishing system is a thing of beauty and a constant source of action in the right conditions.

Surf Fishing Basics
Surf Fishing Basics (howto)
You don't need a big expensive boat for productive saltwater fishing. But before you head to the beach, check out these tips on reading the surf, choosing baits and tackle and locating fish.

Off-Season Kenai Kings
Off-Season Kenai Kings (howto)
Landing Trophy Chinook Between Runs

Kasilof Kings & Cook Inlet Halibut
Kasilof Kings & Cook Inlet Halibut (howto)
With two adjoining bodies of water, Kasilof kings and Cook Inlet halibut can be boated in the same day.

Trophy Lings & Yellow-Eyes off Montague Island
Trophy Lings & Yellow-Eyes off Montague Island (howto)
The fertile waters off Alaska's Montague Island are a haven for anglers chasing the dream of world-record ling.

Small Stream Fly-Fishing Tactics
Small Stream Fly-Fishing Tactics (howto)
Has your favorite river been inundated with canoes this summer? Avoid the crowds by seeking out smaller streams.

Kayak Bass Fishing Tactics
Kayak Bass Fishing Tactics (howto)
Kayaks offer anglers a low-cost solution for getting off the bank and on top of some great bass-fishing hot spots. To learn more about battling Mr. Bucketmouth from a kayak, read on.

Chinook Salmon on Alaska's Kenai River
Chinook Salmon on Alaska's Kenai River (howto)
The Kenai River is the most famous river in Alaska -- and quite possibly the entire world -- for Chinook salmon. If an Alaskan salmon trip is in your future, read the following article to find out the best times and tactics for monster kings.

How to Fillet and Pan-Dress Panfish
How to Fillet and Pan-Dress Panfish (howto)
Panfish are great fun to catch and delicious to eat. Learn how to properly prepare your catch for the table using the two most common fish-cleaning methods: filleting and pan-dressing.

Heavy-Metal Jigs
Heavy-Metal Jigs (howto)
Heavy-metal jigging is so effective because it's simple to master, requires little effort and allows greater access to prime gathering spots like shipwrecks, rising spikes and deep holes.

Crappie After Dark
Crappie After Dark (howto)
When summer temperatures soar, crappie feed more actively at night. Anglers who fish between dusk and dawn using the tactics outlined below can expect to catch dozens of slabs.

Wade Fishing Saltwater
Wade Fishing Saltwater (howto)
More saltwater anglers are turning to shallow water and wade fishing -- tactics that use little or no gas -- with great results. Learn all about their stealthy tactics in the article that follows.

Cranking Up Summer Crappie
Cranking Up Summer Crappie (howto)
If trophy-class slabs are what you're after, give crankbaits a try using the pro tactics outlined below. Chances are you'll catch the biggest panfish you've ever seen!

Probing the Depths with Deep Droppers
Probing the Depths with Deep Droppers (howto)
Sending baited hooks down almost a fifth of a mile isn't for everyone, but it is a kick to catch and see new fish. Tasty ones, too. For deep-drop fishing tactics and tackle suggestions, read on.

Shakin' Up Bass
Shakin' Up Bass (howto)
See what the shaky head fuss is all about this coming season. It is one tactic guaranteed to convert finicky fish into sure biters.

Spider Rigging for Crappie
Spider Rigging for Crappie (howto)
Crappie aren't hard to catch, but they can be hard to find. Spider rigging can help you overcome that problem. To learn more about this crappie catching tactic, read on.

Pike Fishing 101: Locations & Tackle
Pike Fishing 101: Locations & Tackle (howto)
Seasonal patterns, habitat preferences, tackle selection -- understanding these basics will help you connect with more pike over the course of a season.

Dancing the Saltwater Jig
Dancing the Saltwater Jig (howto)
Jigs are versatile and very effective. They can be fished at any depth, and they'll catch almost every species that swims.

Scout for Trout
Scout for Trout (howto)
Fly fishing success often hinges on proper scouting. Once you've gathered the details, only then is it time to rush to the stream.

Temperate Bass on the Fly
Temperate Bass on the Fly (howto)
Chasing stripers, white bass and hybrids is a great way to hone your fly-fishing skills.
Drop Shot Rigging (howto)
Learn when, where and how to fish a drop shot rig.

Texas Rig
Texas Rig (howto)
When, where and how to fish a Texas Rig.

Loop Finish
Loop Finish (howto)
Learn to whip finish your flies using the loop finish.

When Walleye Won't Bite
When Walleye Won't Bite (howto)
Walleye fishing is a tough game to play, but intelligent, resourceful anglers will almost always figure out how to put the puzzle together. Learn how to adjust your tactics to prevailing conditions.

Fly Line Facts
Fly Line Facts (howto)
Tips for maintaining and replacing fly line.

River Bass During the Spawn
River Bass During the Spawn (howto)
Lake fishing is fun, but if you want to experience the most exciting and most challenging form of bass fishing, big rivers are where it's at.

Headwaters For Prespawn Bass
Headwaters For Prespawn Bass (howto)
The headwaters reaches of your favorite lake provide ideal conditions for attracting huge numbers of early spring bass.

Skipping Tubes for Largemouth Bass
Skipping Tubes for Largemouth Bass (howto)
Add one more tool for your angling arsenal by learning this handy casting technique.

Dewinterizing Your Boat
Dewinterizing Your Boat (howto)
Getting the boat ready for spring is paramount to smart, hassle-free boating. Not only will your boat perform better, but the likelihood of problems occurring later in the season are greatly diminished.

Crappie Fishing During Spring's Spawn
Crappie Fishing During Spring's Spawn (howto)
Don't miss out on the year's best action. Be on the water when crappie are on their beds and take advantage of this spring fishing bonanza.

Yarn Egg Flies
Yarn Egg Flies (howto)
Step-by-step fly tying instructions with photos.

Beadhead Prince Nymph
Beadhead Prince Nymph (howto)
Step-by-step fly tying instructions with photos.

Tying Upright Wings on Dry Flies
Tying Upright Wings on Dry Flies (howto)
Step-by-step instructions for tying upright wings on dry flies.

Ten Things Every New Fly Angler Should Know
Ten Things Every New Fly Angler Should Know (howto)
Tips to help flatten the fly-fishing learning curve.

Ice Fishing a New Lake
Ice Fishing a New Lake (howto)
Try to ice fish a few new lakes this year. It can be intimidating at first, but in the long run, you'll improve your skills as an angler.

Ice Fishing Safety Primer
Ice Fishing Safety Primer (howto)
Ice fishing is fun, but requires a little caution and awareness. Follow these precautions for a safe day of hard-water fishing.

Adams Dry Fly
Adams Dry Fly (howto)
Step-by-step fly tying instructions with photos.

Foam Bass Popper
Foam Bass Popper (howto)
Step-by-step fly tying instructions with photos.

Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph
Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph (howto)
Step-by-step tying instructions with photos.

Freestyle Jigging
Freestyle Jigging (howto)
Improve your spoon-fishing game with the freestyle jigging system.

Tying the Wooly Bugger
Tying the Wooly Bugger (howto)
Step-by-step tying instructions with photos

In Pursuit of Golden Eye
In Pursuit of Golden Eye (howto)
100 fish days make for fly-fishing high-adventure and great memories

Winterizing Your Boat
Winterizing Your Boat (howto)
Winterizing your boat isn't a tough job. This article takes you through the process of putting your boat to bed for the winter months.

Cleaning Your Boat From Top to Bottom
Cleaning Your Boat From Top to Bottom (howto)
Follow these simple steps to make your boat shine like the day you bought it -- even if it is a few years older.

Inline Spinner Trout Tactics
Inline Spinner Trout Tactics (howto)
When flies don't seem to be working, a quick switch to spinners can often produce immediate results.

Fall's Fly Fishing Frenzy
Fall's Fly Fishing Frenzy (howto)
The leaves are changing – so should you.

Sight Fishing for Largemouth Bass
Sight Fishing for Largemouth Bass (howto)
Actively searching for fish with the naked eye can lead to excitement-packed days and -- when conditions are right -- a steady bend in the rod.

Kayak Fishing in Saltwater
Kayak Fishing in Saltwater (howto)
The Yaks are coming! The Yaks are coming! And they will soon catch more fish than the rest of us!

Ways and Means for Fall Crappie
Ways and Means for Fall Crappie (howto)
The transition from summer to autumn is jolting for both fish and fishermen. When you finally zero in on a big school of hefty autumn crappie, though, you're sure to agree that the rewards make the extra effort worthwhile.

Summer Trout Tactics
Summer Trout Tactics (howto)
When summer temperatures soar, you must adapt if you want to hook and land trout. Try these tactics to beat the heat and catch summer trout.

Fall Muskie Strategies
Fall Muskie Strategies (howto)
Fall fishing is physically and mentally demanding, but all it takes is one fish to dispel doubts and keep you searching for the next big, fall muskie. These strategies should help you reach that goal this season.

Winging It For River Catfish
Winging It For River Catfish (howto)
Wing dikes are often scattered along the entire length of a big river. If your waterway contains these catfish-attracting structures, this guide will show you how to fish them more effectively.

Chumming for Tarpon
Chumming for Tarpon (howto)
When tarpon roam the beaches and inlets in search of food, that's the perfect time to chum for tarpon. Learn the tactics used to chum for "silver kings" in this introduction to chum fishing.

Deep Drop Fishing
Deep Drop Fishing (howto)
All up and down the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico, fish can be found living in depths ranging from 200 to 3,000 feet. Learn the specific techniques and specialized gear you need to catch these deep-water dwellers in this deep drop fishing primer.

Panfish on the Fly
Panfish on the Fly (howto)
Fly fishing is an incredible pastime, but sometimes it can get a little too serious. When you're worn out from hatch-matching for highly selective fish, panfish are there to remind you why you got into the sport in the first place -- because it's fun.

Understanding the Catfish Spawn
Understanding the Catfish Spawn (howto)
There are good reasons your catch rate may fall when catfish are spawning in late spring and early summer.

Smelt Fishing
Smelt Fishing (howto)
Be it the thrill of the catch, the stories around the fire, or the camaraderie of working together, smelt fishing is a social event in which the whole family can participate and enjoy.

Pompano Basics
Pompano Basics (howto)
Between March and October you'll find Pompano anglers on the piers or the beach. Their angling methods are somewhat specialized, but they're not difficult to learn.

Tuning Up Your Bass Jigs
Tuning Up Your Bass Jigs (howto)
Like almost all fishing lures, bass jigs can be modified to yield better results. Follow these simple steps to make your bass jigs more effective.

Cover Fishing 101
Cover Fishing 101 (howto)
Improve your angling know-how by learning to identify and fish different types of cover.

Flipping Jigs Under the Full Moon
Flipping Jigs Under the Full Moon (howto)
Typical baits such as topwaters, cranks and spinnerbaits will always catch fish at night, but flipping jigs can be bona fide big bass producers.

Targeting Summer Flounder
Targeting Summer Flounder (howto)
Knowing the habits of summer flounder can help put a mess of these flatfish on your dinner table.

Night Fishing Primer
Night Fishing Primer (howto)
For a safe, fun and eventful experience, learn the night fishing basics before heading out on the water after dark.

Backpack and Wilderness Angling
Backpack and Wilderness Angling (howto)
Take a travel rod and explore the water on your next backpacking trip. The payoff of catching a few fish on the trail is well worth the weight added to your pack.

Carp on the Fly
Carp on the Fly (howto)
Carp offer fly anglers an alternative to heavily sought-after gamefish. Couple this general lack of fishing pressure to their size and abundance, and carp may just be the fly-rod game fish you've been looking for.

Canoe and Kayak Trolling Tactics
Canoe and Kayak Trolling Tactics (howto)
Canoes and kayaks provide a silent, stealthy method for fishing smaller waters. Moreover, the surge-and-drift movement of these crafts across the water's surface imparts a deadly action on the baits being trolled.

Change Up for Brook Trout
Change Up for Brook Trout (howto)
There's nothing like a small backwoods lake, especially when fishing it for the very first time. You rarely see another angler, and you're rewarded with a sense of adventure, solitude, and discovery that's hard to beat.

Ice Fishing for Lake Trout
Ice Fishing for Lake Trout (howto)
Pack your bobbing gear and ice shelter and travel to the Chequamegon Bay area. Not only do big lakers await you, but the breathtaking scenery does too.

Jig and Minnow Crappie
Jig and Minnow Crappie (howto)
Live bait and artificial lures have characteristics that make one more desirable than the other in certain situations. However, sometimes combining live bait with artificials can be the key to unlocking tight-lipped fish.

Jetty Fishing
Jetty Fishing (howto)
Jetties provide ideal habitat for bait and the saltwater game fish that follow. Being there when the fish are there will mean a busy day for smart anglers.

Early Spring Fly Fishing
Early Spring Fly Fishing (howto)
Early spring puts many outdoorsmen back into a fly-fishing state of mind. For some it provides a much needed break from the monotony of winter. For others it's the perfect time to tune-up fly fishing skills.

Keeping a Fishing Log
Keeping a Fishing Log (howto)
Finding the pattern is crucial to consistent success, and the best way to expose patterns is by learning to keep and use a fishing log. Here's how.

Walleye Require Boat Control
Walleye Require Boat Control (howto)
Keep a close eye on your boat control this season. The fish may not thank you, but the landing net certainly will.

Canning Your Catch
Canning Your Catch (howto)
After your next fishing trip, try canning your catch and you'll taste why this storage technique has withstood the test of time.

Keeping Live Bait Alive
Keeping Live Bait Alive (howto)
In many situations, lively baits are crucial to getting that big bite. Learn how to keep your bait alive and kickin' with these helpful tips.

Slip-Bobbering Walleye
Slip-Bobbering Walleye (howto)
Drifting bait to eager walleye is an excellent technique, yet greatly under utilized. Next time you hit your favorite shoal or hump, come toting floats, live bait and the following float-fishing tactics to increase your catch.

Planer Board Stripers
Planer Board Stripers (howto)
So much for angling as a gentle persuasion -- this is industrial-strength fishing!

Baiting Summer Stripers
Baiting Summer Stripers (howto)
Stripers are seldom thought of as summertime fish, but in the right place, with the right baits and presentations, you can experience some unbelievable action in hot weather with these monster predators.

Mason-Dixon Muskies
Mason-Dixon Muskies (howto)
While most don't realize it, world-class muskellunge can be caught south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Here's the lowdown on where and how to catch these behemoth fish.

Fish Current for Summer Slabs
Fish Current for Summer Slabs (howto)
Current breathes life into the ecosystem of river-run reservoirs and can be responsible for a tremendous crappie bite...if you know how to fish it properly.

Late-Season Tips for Super Slabs
Late-Season Tips for Super Slabs (howto)
Before hanging up your poles for the winter, read what follows. We've gathered a stringer-full of late-season crappie tips from some of the best guides in the country to extend your season and help put you on some of the biggest crappie of the year!

Where and How to Catch Shallow Summer Crappie
Where and How to Catch Shallow Summer Crappie (howto)
Heat and humidity soar while fish lips clamp tightly shut for most midsummer anglers. Learn to re-open those crappie jaws with these tips from legendary crappie guide Harold Morgan.

How Water Color Impacts Crappie Patterns
How Water Color Impacts Crappie Patterns (howto)
Three top crappie guides explain the role of water color when determining crappie patterns.

Catch Crappie in Grassy Lakes
Catch Crappie in Grassy Lakes (howto)
Is your favorite crappie hole clogged with grass? Learn these tactics to put more fish in your livewell.

Fishing Docks for Slab Crappie
Fishing Docks for Slab Crappie (howto)
Docks can deliver an awesome stringer of slabs if fished smart, but not every dock has potential as good crappie habitat. Here are some important factors to look for when evaluating these man-made structures.

Super Slab Crappies on Artificial Lures
Super Slab Crappies on Artificial Lures (howto)
Big crappies are more abundant than ever thanks to vigorous stocking programs and enlightened management practices.

Catching Summer Bass in the Shallows
Catching Summer Bass in the Shallows (howto)
Tired of bucking wakes from ski boats and personal watercraft out on your deep main-lake fishin' holes? Our experts will point you to shallow-water spots guaranteed to yield more pleasant and productive summer bass outings.

Tips for Targeting Offshore Bass
Tips for Targeting Offshore Bass (howto)
Legendary bass anglers share their personal strategies for targeting offshore fall bass.

Overlooked Fall Hotspots for Bass
Overlooked Fall Hotspots for Bass (howto)
Step off the beaten path and try these 10 overlooked fall bassin' hotspots!

Powerhouse Smallies
Powerhouse Smallies (howto)
In river-run reservoirs, cool water, plenty of dissolved oxygen, a tremendous forage base and lots of rock and gravel for spawning add up to near-perfect conditions for producing trophy-class smallies.

Late Spring Bass Fishing
Late Spring Bass Fishing (howto)
Pro bass angler Randy Howell explains why many bassers have trouble putting together a viable pattern in late spring and offers some sage advice.

Trick Worm Tactics
Trick Worm Tactics (howto)
Three top pros discuss when and where they fish the floating worm. Take careful note -- each of these competitors has won thousands of dollars fishing these buoyant baits.

Catch Bigger Bass from Surface Slop
Catch Bigger Bass from Surface Slop (howto)
Next time you encounter grassy cover on top, try these tactics -- we bet they'll connect you with a monster slop bass!

Score Monster Bass in High Water
Score Monster Bass in High Water (howto)
You'll view high water as a golden opportunity rather than a disaster once you put the following advice from bass fishing legends Bill Dance, Ron Shuffield and Jim Rivers into practice.

Score Slabs from Rocky Lakes
Score Slabs from Rocky Lakes (howto)
Three top guides who earn their living fishing rocky lakes share their expertise to help you score slabs from these challenging bodies of water.

The Inside Scoop on Super-Shallow Crankbaits
The Inside Scoop on Super-Shallow Crankbaits (howto)
Super-shallow crankbaits can be used in an amazing number of common bass fishing scenarios. Here's where you should be fishing 'em, plus some inside tips guaranteed to increase your strike percentage.

Add Pounds to Your Stringer
Add Pounds to Your Stringer (howto)
Try these prespawn tips from some of the best pros and guides in the business to tap into a way-bigger class of bass.

Score Big Bass on Your First Trip of the Year
Score Big Bass on Your First Trip of the Year (howto)
Make your first bassin' trip of the year count using these five early-season strategies from legendary anglers. At least one is guaranteed to catch bass in frigid water, regardless of where you're fishing.

Hybrid Bass One-Two Punch
Hybrid Bass One-Two Punch (howto)
Hybrids, wipers, hybrid stripers, sunshine bass -- whatever you call 'em, these bad boys will put a serious bend in your rod.

Seasonal Sauger Strategies
Seasonal Sauger Strategies (howto)
As your area fisheries cool down, try this three-phase approach to extend your sauger season.

Overcoming Spring's Greatest Bass Fishing Challenges
Overcoming Spring's Greatest Bass Fishing Challenges (howto)
Florida pro Shaw Grigsby and Alabama pro Gerald Swindle reveal how they deal with all the negatives that the spring season is notorious for dishing.

Grocery Store Catfish Baits
Grocery Store Catfish Baits (howto)
Find a wide selection of taste-tempting catfish treats just down the road at your neighborhood grocery store.

Musky Fever
Musky Fever (howto)
Discover the awesome presence and tenacious fighting of this legendary gamefish.

Spawning-Run Stripers
Spawning-Run Stripers (howto)
Two legendary Tennessee striper guides discuss how to pinpoint giant striper locations before, during and after their annual spring spawning run.

Glowing Jigs
Glowing Jigs (howto)
Adding specialty tackle such as glowing jigs to your arsenal can give you the upper hand with finicky fish.

Fishing the Tide
Fishing the Tide (howto)
If you're in the right place at the right tide, you can catch fish, regardless of the time of day.

Toadin' for Bass
Toadin' for Bass (howto)
Learn to use these amphibian imitations to increase your weigh-in numbers and bolster your bragging rights.

Modern Casting Reel Lubrication
Modern Casting Reel Lubrication (howto)
Keeping your new casting reel in top trim requires frequent applications of a light viscosity oil applied sparingly.

Targeting Edges for Largemouth Bass
Targeting Edges for Largemouth Bass (howto)
Learning to identify edges and understanding how bass relate to edge areas will help you catch more and bigger fish.

Triggering Hardwater Crappie
Triggering Hardwater Crappie (howto)
To be an effective crappie angler, you need the right tools and a willingness to experiment with baits and presentations.

Team Ice Fishing
Team Ice Fishing (howto)
Don't let the spirit of cooperation, communication and strategy disappear after you winterize your boat and move onto the ice.

Protecting Against Biting and Stinging Bugs
Protecting Against Biting and Stinging Bugs (howto)
Don't let bugs put a bite in your outdoor fun this season. Learn how to prevent potentially hazardous bites and stings.

Having What it Takes to Tow
Having What it Takes to Tow (howto)
Helpful hints to make sure your tow vehicle has what it takes to get the job done.

10 Tips to Improve Your Muskie Game
10 Tips to Improve Your Muskie Game (howto)
Following these 10 simple tips is a sure-fire way to bring more Muskie to the boat.

Beating the Heat While Fishing
Beating the Heat While Fishing (howto)
Here are some tips to keep you cool during hot days on the water.

Fishing with Pogies
Fishing with Pogies (howto)
Fishing with pogies requires a bit of specialization, but no more than the average angler can handle.

Catch Crappie in Unexpected Places
Catch Crappie in Unexpected Places (howto)
What you're about to learn will open your eyes to unexploited crappie fishing possibilities close to home.

Hydrographic Maps for Better Fishing Results
Hydrographic Maps for Better Fishing Results (howto)
This Guide provides a few tips on reading and using hydrographic maps to increase your catch.

Fly Tying with Biots
Fly Tying with Biots (howto)
Biots are small, sharply-pointed fibers that allow the creative tier to realistically simulate legs or gnarly looking appendages.

How to Keep Fish Fresh, Cold
How to Keep Fish Fresh, Cold (howto)
Fish that are to be kept for eating need to be cooled down fast and they need to stay cold!

Planning a Fishing Trip
Planning a Fishing Trip (howto)
Planning a fishing trip isn't much different than any other vacation or multi-day outing.

Poor Man's Tarpon
Poor Man's Tarpon (howto)
From February through May and June you can find this thrill all along the eastern seaboard!

Juglines for Catfish
Juglines for Catfish (howto)
"Catfish go berserk on a jugline. They run all over creation, and chasing after them is half the fun!" Jim Moyer, Catfish Guide

Jerkin' Tailwater Trout
Jerkin' Tailwater Trout (howto)
Trout fishing below our nation's hydroelectric dams can be phenomenal.

Advanced Crappie Jigging Tactics
Advanced Crappie Jigging Tactics (howto)
Some of the top crappie guides in the nation share their secret jigging methods!

Catching Cold-Water Slabs
Catching Cold-Water Slabs (howto)
Learn where and how to catch monster slabs in frigid water from Tennessee's top crappie guides.

How to Win River Bass Tournaments
How to Win River Bass Tournaments (howto)
If your next tournament is on a river, here's how to fish your way into the winner's circle.

Rootin' Out Spring Smallmouth With Crawfish Crankbaits
Rootin' Out Spring Smallmouth With Crawfish Crankbaits (howto)
The real key to catching bass on a crayfish-imitating crankbait is capturing the herky-jerky movements of this little crustacean.

Deep-Water Bass Patterns
Deep-Water Bass Patterns (howto)
Try these super-deep bass tactics for a fantastic fall outing!

Overlooked Spring Bass Hotspots
Overlooked Spring Bass Hotspots (howto)
Where will you be fishing this spring?

Crankin' Reservoir Smallmouths
Crankin' Reservoir Smallmouths (howto)
Two legendary smallmouth guides present options for crankin' reservoirs that will tap you into all the heart-pounding excitement these great gamefish are capable of dishing out.

Lunkers Love Ledges
Lunkers Love Ledges (howto)
Ledges -- the final frontier. Learn how to score lunker bass from these overlooked structures.

Super Soft-Plastic Baits for Fall
Super Soft-Plastic Baits for Fall (howto)
Whether you're competing in a tournament or simply out for a fun day of fall fishin', you're sure to score big with these 8 squishy rigs.

Bass Fishing in Your Backyard
Bass Fishing in Your Backyard (howto)
Secondary rivers, farm ponds, municipal lakes and other overlooked bass venues produce quality fish and don't require a big boat or a thousand lures.

Best Bets for Big Summer Bass
Best Bets for Big Summer Bass (howto)
We've corralled five bass experts to take you on a milk run of the choicest summer hotspots.

Suspending Jerkbaits for Bass
Suspending Jerkbaits for Bass (howto)
Dig past the hype and mystery surrounding suspending jerkbaits and find out when, where and how to fish these amazing artificials.

Kingfish Basics
Kingfish Basics (howto)
With the right bait, the right tackle and the right place, you can catch a smoker of your own.

Uncle Sam's Trout
Uncle Sam's Trout (howto)
Public-access fishing on American military land holds lots of wild country, lots of rules and regulations, and hard-earned fish.

Basics to Lure Retrieves
Basics to Lure Retrieves (howto)
Jigging, hopping, twitching, and jerking are some terms to describe how to add life to a bait with your fishing rod and reel.

To Gaff or Not to Gaff
To Gaff or Not to Gaff (howto)
When, how and what to use to gaff fish.

Winter Midge Fishing
Winter Midge Fishing (howto)
Understanding this special hatch can make the long winter loads of fun.

Jigging for Bluegill
Jigging for Bluegill (howto)
Not many things compare to a consistent bluegill bite through the ice, especially if taken on light line and tackle.

Dressing for Ice Fishing
Dressing for Ice Fishing (howto)
With ice fishing, half the battle is staying warm long enough to stay on the ice and catch fish.

First Ice Splake
First Ice Splake (howto)
Fishing for Splake is often the best during the first few weeks just after the lake freezes.

The Importance of Weeds
The Importance of Weeds (howto)
Seek out the weeds this season, and see what lurks within.

Using The Three-Way Rig
Using The Three-Way Rig (howto)
The way a three-way rig can be fished is only limited by your imagination and innovation as an angler.

The Wonders of Worm Weights
The Wonders of Worm Weights (howto)
Rigging up can be a simple chore, yet deciding on the variation and style of weight can be a bit bewildering.

Fishing the Wind
Fishing the Wind (howto)
Fishing calm water may be more comfortable, but nothing turns on the bite like the wind.

Overcoming Cold Front Conditions
Overcoming Cold Front Conditions (howto)
Try these techniques the next time you have the "cold front blues," and watch your catch rate increase dramatically.

Cobia Fly-By
Cobia Fly-By (howto)
Cobia can be frustrating at times. In the fishing world, they often personify the use of the term "patience".

Humps Hold Fish
Humps Hold Fish (howto)
For those willing to put in the legwork for finding these out-of-the-way spots, the fishing can be non-stop and action-packed.

Fly-Fishing With Caddis
Fly-Fishing With Caddis (howto)
In general, caddis-fly larvae can be found by looking on the river bottom clinging to sticks and stones.

The Lost Brook Trout of New Zealand
The Lost Brook Trout of New Zealand (howto)
The world-class rainbow and brown trout fisheries get all of the glory and attention, yet the brook trout of New Zealand is a footnote of a fish.

Saltwater Hook-Setting Basics
Saltwater Hook-Setting Basics (howto)
Several factors are at play when a fish takes bait -- fish species, hook type, bait, water depth, and pure physics.

Keeping Your Fly Outfit Clean
Keeping Your Fly Outfit Clean (howto)
Learn to keep all the parts of your fly outfit in top working order and it'll provide years of hassle-free service and fun.

Egg Pattern Fly Fishing
Egg Pattern Fly Fishing (howto)
Eggs catch trout, so why not get out and add another time-tested technique to your arsenal?

Tackling With Topwater Musky
Tackling With Topwater Musky (howto)
Although muskies can be caught with a variety of lures, nothing can quite match the sheer excitement of catching them on topwaters.

Hunting Safely in Bear Country
Hunting Safely in Bear Country (howto)
Entering bear country? Learn how to avoid bears and how to act during bear encounters by following these simple safeguards.

Summer Hoppers and Brown Trout
Summer Hoppers and Brown Trout (howto)
Hopper patterns are basically large dry flies that require no soft, subtle presentation.

Buzzbait Strategies for Bass
Buzzbait Strategies for Bass (howto)
They don't call buzzbaits "heart attack lures" for nothing!

Pocket Water Trout Fishing
Pocket Water Trout Fishing (howto)
The answer to catching trophy trout is sometimes as easy as taking a hop, skip and a short climb.

Mooching for Salmon
Mooching for Salmon (howto)
On the west coast from California to Alaska, moochers can be found fishing for salmon.

Lazy Days, Small Streams and Southern Catfish
Lazy Days, Small Streams and Southern Catfish (howto)
Fishermen armed with minimal tackle, bait and knowledge can enjoy this almost-untapped resource with pleasing consistency.

Harvesting Wild Leeks
Harvesting Wild Leeks (howto)
These delicacies pop right up from the ground just asking to be pulled on your walk home from fishing.

Mini Jig Fishing for Trout
Mini Jig Fishing for Trout (howto)
Mini jig fishing is great for everyone in your family because it is easy to do, fun and flat out catches fish.

The Amazing Tripletail
The Amazing Tripletail (howto)
Three times the tail means three times the fight.

Hook-Setting Basics
Hook-Setting Basics (howto)
Setting the hook is a relatively simple motion once you get the hang of it.

Saltwater Trolling Basics
Saltwater Trolling Basics (howto)
For the average saltwater angler, trolling can be broken down into a combination of four simple categories.

Hunting the Snakehead:  Angling Tactics from Asia
Hunting the Snakehead: Angling Tactics from Asia (howto)
The beady eyes of a snakehead lend it a reptilian appearance.

Del and the Kid
Del and the Kid (howto)
The boy's heart raced. "God, let me catch a big one," he thought, "and I'll be the best kid in town."

Sticks and Stones
Sticks and Stones (howto)
Stoneflies require well-oxygenated, high quality water, making their prime habitat fast, riffled stretches of pristine river.

Structure Fishing 101
Structure Fishing 101 (howto)
Structures are a big factor in fish habitat and certain types will concentrate fish.

What to Do When the Fish Stop Biting
What to Do When the Fish Stop Biting (howto)
Sometimes the bite doesn't go away, but rather the angler that has left the bite.

Basics of Launching a Boat
Basics of Launching a Boat (howto)
Boat launches are often busy, but they don't have to be chaotic.

Catching Cutthroat Trout
Catching Cutthroat Trout (howto)
The cutthroat trout is regarded by some as one of the best species to target with a fly rod.

Braided Line Basics
Braided Line Basics (howto)
The answer lies both in the drag setting on the reel and in the type of rod you use. It's as simple as that.

Catching Hawgs on Top
Catching Hawgs on Top (howto)
Understanding what to use and when to throw it is the most important part of the topwater game.

Red-Tailed  Catfish
Red-Tailed Catfish (howto)
Hooking a big red-tailed cat is easy, but landing one isn't!

Beach Cobia
Beach Cobia (howto)
Cobia are on the beach in the spring and looking for food. What better way to spend a calm morning than drifting off the beach waiting for a flotilla of cobia to come by!

The Lowdown on Beadheads
The Lowdown on Beadheads (howto)
To better understand the importance of beadheads in fly patterns, here's a quick look at the different types of beads available to tiers.
Fine-Tuning a Carolina Rig (howto)
The Carolina rig is truly a system for offering different baits to bass in a variety of situations.

Spring Pike Fly Fishing
Spring Pike Fly Fishing (howto)
Fly anglers don't need to be pike experts to catch the toothy critters. Anglers simply need a basic understanding of pike behavior and feeding habits.

White Bass Spring Run
White Bass Spring Run (howto)
When the "run" is on, its a time when anglers can catch white bass until their muscles quiver from exhaustion.

The Price of Quality
The Price of Quality (howto)
Can your choice of reel and rod really make a difference in your casting ability?

Tube Bait Basics for Smallies
Tube Bait Basics for Smallies (howto)
They can be deadly in the hands of a seasoned pro, but confusing and frustrating for first-timers.
Ultra-Light Tackle Fishing Guide (howto)
Light tackle tactics yield heavy-duty action.

How to Drive a Bass Boat
How to Drive a Bass Boat (howto)
Driving a bass boat is not difficult. It can be done by anyone who can drive a car and who has some basic sense of how an outboard operates.

Basics of the Overhead Cast
Basics of the Overhead Cast (howto)
The overhead fly cast can be broken down into two main phases, the back cast and the front cast.

Redfish on an Incoming Tide
Redfish on an Incoming Tide (howto)
Low tide, a quiet boat, incoming current, and a good creek all come together to make for some fine redfish action.

Mangrove Snapper Tactics
Mangrove Snapper Tactics (howto)
Tagged as the most wary fish when it comes to a baited hook, here are some tips to make your trip a success.

Getting Tough on Tough Crappie
Getting Tough on Tough Crappie (howto)
Let's look at some tips offered by expert anglers that can help you catch crappie when things get tough.

Fishing the Chum Slicks
Fishing the Chum Slicks (howto)
Learning these few tips about shrimpers and trawlers can put you onto some really big fish.

Grouper Fishing Basics
Grouper Fishing Basics (howto)
Putting great table fare in the cooler can be easy if you follow a few of these tips.

Getting Started Tournament Fishing
Getting Started Tournament Fishing (howto)
Before the "blast off" of my first bass tournament, I felt something in my stomach that I had never felt before while fishing...a case of the butterflies.

Ice Fishing for Panfish
Ice Fishing for Panfish (howto)
Remote locations combined with untouched shorelines can be hot beds for big dinner plate panfish.

The Wet Fly Swing
The Wet Fly Swing (howto)
The wet fly swing is a technique for the beginner and the veteran alike.

Winter Trout Tactics
Winter Trout Tactics (howto)
This winter season could be a fly angler's best opportunity of the year to catch a true trophy-sized trout.

Dry and Wet-Fly Line Mending Techniques
Dry and Wet-Fly Line Mending Techniques (howto)
While mending isn't a technique quickly mastered, it is a skill that serious fly anglers need to digest in order to make the most realistic presentations possible.

Learning the Roll Cast
Learning the Roll Cast (howto)
The roll cast is a key technique to presenting flies to fish when cover is tight.

Gearing Up for Ice Fishing
Gearing Up for Ice Fishing (howto)
Although the season may be a couple of months away, now is the best time to take an inventory of your tackle and equipment.

Lifting for Sheepshead
Lifting for Sheepshead (howto)
Knowing just a few tips can help put some of these tasty fish on your table.

The Tempting Taste of Fish
The Tempting Taste of Fish (howto)
Grab an apron -- Fish Cooking 101 is about to begin.

Brook Trout Basics
Brook Trout Basics (howto)
Of all the trout species available, catching brook trout on flies is some of the best action anglers will see during the long summer months.

Learning to Layer Clothing
Learning to Layer Clothing (howto)
Proper layering is one of the most fundamental concepts in outdoor recreation. Learn how to layer and you'll be more comfortable outdoors.

Fishing the Hex Hatch
Fishing the Hex Hatch (howto)
If you are planning to fish a Hex hatch, don't worry about getting up early and beating the sun.

Bass on Poppers
Bass on Poppers (howto)
Bass are a natural "fly rod" fish because they spend a lot of time feeding on or near the surface of the water.

Sorting Through the Pike Lures
Sorting Through the Pike Lures (howto)
A problem you can face when looking for sure-fire action from Mr. Pike is deciding what lures to toss his way.

Stocking Your Musky Box
Stocking Your Musky Box (howto)
Does it really take 10,000 casts to catch one of these "fabled" fish?

Bowfishing Basics
Bowfishing Basics (howto)
Bowfishing was much easier to prepare for and learn than I'd ever imagined.

Fishing For Steelies
Fishing For Steelies (howto)
A mystical fish to most anglers, the steelhead can be a very elusive prey to inexperienced fisherman.

Bass Fishing Basics
Bass Fishing Basics (howto)
It's no wonder that Mr. Bucketmouth holds a treasured place in anglers hearts and minds everywhere.

Fun on the Water: A Guide to Watersports
Fun on the Water: A Guide to Watersports (howto)
Like all outdoor activities, watersports and fishing require that the participants learn and follow certain rules of safety.

Crappie Fishing Basics
Crappie Fishing Basics (howto)
A scrappy fighter. Abundant. Widespread. Easy to catch. Unexcelled table fare. Add up all the crappie's virtues, and you can only reach one conclusion. Pass the cane pole and minnows, please.

Catfish Basics
Catfish Basics (howto)
When you hook a catfish, you better hold on. This customer is tough, mean, feisty and smart to boot.

Turning Your Small Boat Into a Fishing Machine
Turning Your Small Boat Into a Fishing Machine (howto)
Come join me for "Boat Building 101," and learn some easy ways to soup up your boat.

Emergency Fishing Techniques: Fishing for Survival
Emergency Fishing Techniques: Fishing for Survival (howto)
If you're stranded near a waterway, fish are one possible source of food. All fish are edible, and nearly all are tasty.

Targeting Wintertime White Bass
Targeting Wintertime White Bass (howto)
If the winter fishing itch gets too much to bear, give "sandies" a try.

Bridging the Gap for Crappie
Bridging the Gap for Crappie (howto)
Increase your catch of slab-sides this year by learning how to effectively fish bridges.

Crankin' Up Grouper
Crankin' Up Grouper (howto)
There's nothing like watching a trolling rod double over with a big grouper on the end of your line. It's easy and exciting sport.

How Not to Get Lost
How Not to Get Lost (howto)
Daniel Boone said he had never been lost, but he did admit to being "mighty disoriented for several days in a row."


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