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The Fishing Library contains hundreds of articles covering nearly every aspect of angling imaginable. Whether you're a fly fishing guru, panfish fanatic, or searching for the next world-record bass, we've got the information you need to make the most of your time on the water.

The Fishing Library is categorized by target species and angling tactic. Click any of these broad topics and you'll find multiple articles on that subject, including basics, feature articles, product reviews, buying guides, tips and radio clips -- all focused on that particular species or fishing style!

All Fishing: Browsing ALL Buying Guides (ALL 98 ITEMS)

Don't Forget the Sunscreen
Don't Forget the Sunscreen (guide)
Using sunscreen, as well as other measures, can not only make your outing more enjoyable, but it can also save your life.

Survival Gear Buying Guide
Survival Gear Buying Guide (guide)
The best survival kit is one that is never used, but it's best to be prepared just in case you need it. Here are a few things you should consider when making your survival kit.

Choosing Saltwater Gear: Spinning or Baitcasting
Choosing Saltwater Gear: Spinning or Baitcasting (guide)
Trying to pick between spinning and baitcasting for your next saltwater adventure. Let our expert break down the pros and cons for each type.

Choosing a Portable Ice Shelter
Choosing a Portable Ice Shelter (guide)
Portable Ice Shelters are a must for every ice fishing adventure. Here are a few tips on how to pick one that is right for you.

Finding the Right Rod Carrying System
Finding the Right Rod Carrying System (guide)
Rod totes, socks and storage systems help keep your prized possessions in one neat, safe and tidy package -- and all but eliminate the risk of scratches or breaks. Here is a guide that can help you choose the best for your situation.

Fly Tying Basics: Part 2 - Materials
Fly Tying Basics: Part 2 - Materials (guide)
Want to tie your own flies? Part two of this three-part series focuses on how to choose fly tying materials.

Fly Tying Basics: Part 1 - Tools
Fly Tying Basics: Part 1 - Tools (guide)
Want to tie your own flies? This three-part series intends to get you on the right track, starting with this introduction to the tools of the trade.

Best Baits for Summer River Largemouth
Best Baits for Summer River Largemouth (guide)
A carefully crafted plan is key to success when targeting creeks or rivers for largemouth bass. This guide explains bait strategies for tackling summer river largemouth at every level of the water column.

Flats Boats: Tips for Buying and Rigging
Flats Boats: Tips for Buying and Rigging (guide)
Skinny-water specialist Jan Maizler addresses some of the most important considerations related to choosing and outfitting a flats fishing boat.

Walleye Ice Fishing Gear Up
Walleye Ice Fishing Gear Up (guide)
Wondering what gear and fishing tackle you need to catch walleye through the ice? Our hardwater walleye gear guide will put you on the right track.

Fishing Waders Buying Guide
Fishing Waders Buying Guide (guide)
The right waders keep you dry and comfortable, while an inappropriate pair can contribute to a miserable day in the water. Follow the tips in our fishing wader guide, and you'll stay high and dry all season long.

Stocking the Stream Angler's Tackle Box
Stocking the Stream Angler's Tackle Box (guide)
Crankbaits, tube lures, floating minnows and in-line spinners are staples for anglers who fish streams. Read on to learn the best lures and tactics for stream fishing.

Best Baits for River Smallmouth
Best Baits for River Smallmouth (guide)
Next time you're after river smallmouth, try these deadly dozen baits to put more fish in your boat.

Fishing Lights Guide
Fishing Lights Guide (guide)
Night anglers use three types of specialty lights: floating fishing lights, submersible fishing lights and black lights. Find out which light is right for you.

Lowrance Glossary of Terms for Sonar/GPS
Lowrance Glossary of Terms for Sonar/GPS (guide)
A glossary of terms for Lowrance fish finder technology.

Gamakatsu Bass Hook Guide
Gamakatsu Bass Hook Guide (guide)
Gamakatsu makes a hook for every bass fishing scenario imaginable. Here's their guide to choosing the right Gamakatsu hook for your situation.

Fishing Rainwear: A Buying Guide
Fishing Rainwear: A Buying Guide (guide)
Find rainwear to fit your fishing needs in this detailed guide to wet-weather gear for anglers.

Jon Boats in Saltwater? You Bet!
Jon Boats in Saltwater? You Bet! (guide)
Aluminum Jon boats cost very little to operate and can go almost anywhere -- even saltwater.

Choosing the Right Fly Line
Choosing the Right Fly Line (guide)
Fly-line design and coating technology has come a long way in recent years. This article will provide you with the basics for purchasing the right fly line for the kind of fish you want to pursue.

Weather Instruments: A Buyer's Guide
Weather Instruments: A Buyer's Guide (guide)
Weather stations, weather radios, wind measuring devices -- each of these have a place in the kit of outdoor enthusiasts.

Bass Tackle Basics
Bass Tackle Basics (guide)
Knowing what lure to use and when to use it is paramount to success in bass fishing, so read on to learn the basics of largemouth lure selection.

Bass Rod Buying Guide
Bass Rod Buying Guide (guide)
Choosing 'the right' rod for bass fishing can be tough given the seemingly endless list of techniques necessary for chasing Mr. Bucket Mouth. Here's a guide to help you through the selection process.

Guide to Battery Chargers
Guide to Battery Chargers (guide)
Wet-cell, gel and AGM batteries respond to charging in different ways, and using the right battery charger with the correct settings will help preserve the life of your boat's batteries.

Boat Battery Buying Guide
Boat Battery Buying Guide (guide)
Confused about marine batteries? This guide will help you sort through the different types and choose the ideal battery for the task at hand.

Choosing Fly-Fishing Leaders and Tippets
Choosing Fly-Fishing Leaders and Tippets (guide)
There are many things in the world of fly-fishing that aren't completely obvious, and leaders are one of them. This article will provide you with the basics for purchasing the right leader for the kind of fish you want to pursue.

Selecting a Fly Rod: Part II
Selecting a Fly Rod: Part II (guide)
The first installment of "Selecting a Fly Rod" covered the basics that one should consider when choosing their first fly rod. Part 2 discusses information relevant to anglers already comfortable with the basics.

Selecting a Fly Rod: Part I
Selecting a Fly Rod: Part I (guide)
The first installment of our two-part discussion on choosing a fly rod will focus on basic info that newcomers will find helpful when selecting their first fly rod. Part II will discuss information relevant to anglers already comfortable with the basics.

Saltwater Reel Buyer's Guide
Saltwater Reel Buyer's Guide (guide)
Presentation and target species are the two biggest factors to consider when shopping for a new saltwater reel. If you're having trouble deciding what style and size is best for you, this guide to saltwater reels will help answer your questions.

Spinnerbait Buyer's Guide
Spinnerbait Buyer's Guide (guide)
Learn the ins and outs of these time-tested lures in this comprehensive guide to spinnerbaits.

Sorting Through Swimbaits
Sorting Through Swimbaits (guide)
Swimbaits have taken the angling world by storm. Although most the buzz focuses on trophy largemouth, many styles are just as deadly for walleye, stripers, pike and other species. To learn the differences in the various swimbait styles, read on.

Fishing Footwear Guide
Fishing Footwear Guide (guide)
Outfit your feet with quality footwear for the best protection and comfort on the water.

Boat Seat Buyer's Guide
Boat Seat Buyer's Guide (guide)
Make your time on the water more enjoyable by choosing the right boat seat for your boating style and activities.

Choosing an Ice Auger
Choosing an Ice Auger (guide)
Choosing the right auger will make your outings much more enjoyable, rewarding and productive. Let this guide help you figure out your needs and wants, leading you to an informed decision when purchasing your first auger.

Fly Reel Buyer's Guide
Fly Reel Buyer's Guide (guide)
Having the proper reel affixed in the rod's reel seat can mean more fishing action — and less frustration.

Casting Reel Buyer's Guide
Casting Reel Buyer's Guide (guide)
Casting reels can be daunting to anglers unfamiliar with these time-tested tools of the trade. In this guide you'll learn how casting reels work, when to use a casting reel and how to get the very best reel for your money.

Choosing a Kayak
Choosing a Kayak (guide)
Shopping for your first 'yak can be confusing. This guide will help you wade through the jargon and find the right kayak to suit your paddling needs.

Ice Fishing Electronics
Ice Fishing Electronics (guide)
Electronics will improve your hard-water game. To learn why you should utilize electronics this ice season, read on.

Outfitting Your Kayak for Fishing
Outfitting Your Kayak for Fishing (guide)
Turn your kayak into a full-fledged fishing machine!

Fishing Hook Buyer's Guide
Fishing Hook Buyer's Guide (guide)
Given the huge selection of hooks hanging in the terminal tackle isle, it's no wonder anglers have a hard time deciding which hook is best for each application. Here's some information on hook parts and types.

Fishing Line Buyer's Guide
Fishing Line Buyer's Guide (guide)
Don't be daunted by the luxury of so much line choice. This guide will help you sift through the shelf and select the best string with ease.

Fishing Weights Buyer's Guide
Fishing Weights Buyer's Guide (guide)
Many sport fish relate to the bottom, and one of the best ways to get your artificial baits to them is by using the appropriate weight. But with so many weighting options, how's an angler to know which one is best for each application?

Fishing Net Buyer's Guide
Fishing Net Buyer's Guide (guide)
Nets help catch fish. Whether you're using one to land a trophy or working a seine to corral bait, nets are important fishing tools. This buyer's guide will overview the "ins and outs" of fishing nets to help you pick the best model for your needs.

Choosing Lures for Stripers
Choosing Lures for Stripers (guide)
Add these artificials to your arsenal and see if they don't bring an exciting new dimension to your striper fishing.

Staying Hydrated
Staying Hydrated (guide)
Keep your thirst quenched when outdoors with these hydration solutions.

Fishing Gift Guide
Fishing Gift Guide (guide)
Searching for gifts for your special angler? Check out these great gift ideas for folks who love to wet a line!

Choosing the Perfect Ice-Fishing Rod
Choosing the Perfect Ice-Fishing Rod (guide)
Focusing on target species, rod power and lure application is key to choosing the perfect ice rod.

Understanding Trailer Tire Sizes
Understanding Trailer Tire Sizes (guide)
A useful guide to gauging trailer tires sizes.

Boat Cover Buyer's Guide
Boat Cover Buyer's Guide (guide)
A cover will keep your boat looking fresh and new. Here's how to choose the best cover for your boat.

Live Bait and Hook Selection Primer
Live Bait and Hook Selection Primer (guide)
Sometimes Mother Nature provides us with the best fish-catchers around. Follow these tips and make live bait and the right hooks work for you.

Marabou Feathers and Fly Tying
Marabou Feathers and Fly Tying (guide)
Marabou breathes and dances in the water, making it a very life-like material with which all tiers should become familiar.

Plastic Perfection
Plastic Perfection (guide)
If you're serious about catching more and bigger bass, here are eight plastic baits you've gotta try.

Cold Water Bass Lures
Cold Water Bass Lures (guide)
If you've had trouble scoring strikes when the water temp drops below 50 degrees, study these tips from fishing's top pros and guides to heat up your next bass outing.

Tip-Up Buyer's Guide
Tip-Up Buyer's Guide (guide)
Knowing the types of tip-ups available and the key features found on quality devices will help you get the most bang for your buck.

Getting the Right Terminal Tackle
Getting the Right Terminal Tackle (guide)
Not having an adequate selection of terminal tackle can leave you unprepared and unable to properly fish specific presentations.

Adhesives for Fly-Tying
Adhesives for Fly-Tying (guide)
Flexible cements, super glues and hard-set epoxies are just a few examples of adhesives available to the creative fly-tier.

Preparing for Cold Weather Activities
Preparing for Cold Weather Activities (guide)
Being prepared is critical when dealing with cold weather.

Protecting Your Fly Rod
Protecting Your Fly Rod (guide)
Buying a quality fly rod is one of the biggest investments any angler will have in fly fishing -- so why not protect it?

Hot Baits for Lake El Salto
Hot Baits for Lake El Salto (guide)
We've got up-to-date information on the hot lures and colors for El Salto!

Fishing Spoons Guide
Fishing Spoons Guide (guide)
Today, specialty spoons are fished from the surface to the bottom.

Outfitting Your Fishing Canoe
Outfitting Your Fishing Canoe (guide)
Canoe fishing can be a good way to target your favorite fish and with the right accessories they can be quite comfortable.

Fishing Hat Buying Guide
Fishing Hat Buying Guide (guide)
Too often, anglers simply grab whatever is hanging in front of the door on the way out.

Choosing Women's Fishing Apparel
Choosing Women's Fishing Apparel (guide)
When considering fishing clothing choices seek specific features you'll utilize most in your fishing apparel.

Guide to Bug Repellents
Guide to Bug Repellents (guide)
Take time to better understand what type of repellent you will be actually using and how each of the repellents differ.

Fillet Knife Buyer's Guide
Fillet Knife Buyer's Guide (guide)
Choosing a fillet knife can be a daunting task for those that are new to the cooking arena.

Picking the Right Strike Indicator
Picking the Right Strike Indicator (guide)
If and when a fish does strike the fly, anglers sometimes cannot feel the take and end up losing the chance to hook the fish.

Weighing In on Fishing Scales
Weighing In on Fishing Scales (guide)
A new breed of fishing scales offer anglers a quick, easy way to weigh their trophy catch. Find out which scale is right for you.

Choosing the Right Wading Jacket
Choosing the Right Wading Jacket (guide)
The advantage of a quality wading jacket is it ability to keep dry and comfortable.

Figuring Out Flipping Jigs
Figuring Out Flipping Jigs (guide)
Come and see what the flipping jig fuss is all about -- but only if you're prepared to catch lunker-sized largemouth bass.

Catch and Release Tools
Catch and Release Tools (guide)
Improperly handled fish have a greater chance of post-release mortality, which ultimately damages our fisheries.

Choosing Freshwater Gear: Spinning or Baitcasting
Choosing Freshwater Gear: Spinning or Baitcasting (guide)
Spinning or baitcasting? Which is better for freshwater applications?

Guide to Portable Bait Containers
Guide to Portable Bait Containers (guide)
Portable bait containers are crucial to keeping bait fresh during short-term storage, in transport, or when fishing.

Introduction to Fishing Sinkers
Introduction to Fishing Sinkers (guide)
No matter what kind of fishing you're doing, there's a sinker to suit your needs.

Choosing Gear Bags and Tackle Boxes
Choosing Gear Bags and Tackle Boxes (guide)
Fly fishing tackle boxes can be broken down into a few different categories depending on what they will be storing.

Fly-Fishing Accessories
Fly-Fishing Accessories (guide)
Spend less time fumbling through your vest pockets and more time hauling in fish.

Deciding On a Downrigger
Deciding On a Downrigger (guide)
The options for running a downrigger are virtually endless - from freshwater lakes and rivers to the saltwater stretches of the ocean.

Outfitting Your Feet for Fishing
Outfitting Your Feet for Fishing (guide)
What you choose to wear on your feet can have a direct impact on your comfort level for the day.

The Lowdown on Fish Attractants
The Lowdown on Fish Attractants (guide)
Read on to find out how applying scent can bring about sure-fire success.

Fishing Clothing Buyer's Guide
Fishing Clothing Buyer's Guide (guide)
Fishing certainly doesn't have to be a fashion show, but the clothes you choose to wear have a direct impact on your comfort levels when on the water.

Wading Boots Buying Guide
Wading Boots Buying Guide (guide)
Purchasing new wading boots or shoes? Here are a few key considerations you should keep in mind.

Fly Tying Part II -- Materials
Fly Tying Part II -- Materials (guide)
Poor quality materials are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them.

Stocking Up on Plastic Bait
Stocking Up on Plastic Bait (guide)
The flexible bodies of soft-plastics allow them to appear extremely life-like in the water

Fly Tying Part I -- Equipment
Fly Tying Part I -- Equipment (guide)
Buying fly-tying equipment is different from buying other types of fly fishing equipment.

Choosing the Right PFD
Choosing the Right PFD (guide)
An informative guide to PFD types and tips for choosing a Personal Floatation Device.

Choosing a Tackle Box
Choosing a Tackle Box (guide)
A storage system is an angler's office when out on the water, and everything must be in perfect order when out in our watery domain.

Soft Baits for Bass
Soft Baits for Bass (guide)
Learn about the most popular soft bait styles for bass, including how to choose and rig each for various fishing situations.

Rod Holder Buying Guide
Rod Holder Buying Guide (guide)
Rod holders are an integral part of your fishing boat setup, affecting both success and comfort when out on the water.

Choosing the Right Trolling Motor
Choosing the Right Trolling Motor (guide)
With so many motors on the market, how do you pick the one for you?

Fly Fishing Vests and Packs
Fly Fishing Vests and Packs (guide)
Getting the best quality vest possible will keep you happier and fishing longer.

Walleye Fishing Tackle Guide
Walleye Fishing Tackle Guide (guide)
Winning the Walleye battle -- gear and tactics for success.

Fishing Jigs: A Buyer's Guide
Fishing Jigs: A Buyer's Guide (guide)
A jig can appear rather simple in design, yet there's more to jig heads and jig baits than you might think!

Finding the Right Fishfinder
Finding the Right Fishfinder (guide)
Every angler -- saltwater, freshwater, hardwater or kayak -- can benefit from sonar. Find out what features will benefit you most before choosing your next fishfinder.

Picking Polarized Sunglasses
Picking Polarized Sunglasses (guide)
Just as important as your favorite lure or high-tech reel, polarized sunglasses will help you to catch more fish -- plain and simple.

Spinning Reel Buyer's Guide
Spinning Reel Buyer's Guide (guide)
Choosing a spinning reel may seem tough, but learning how a spinning reel operates and the terms used to discuss reel performance can shorten the learning curve dramatically.

Choosing the Right Fishing Line
Choosing the Right Fishing Line (guide)
No single type of line is perfect for all fishing conditions.

Choosing the Right Anchor
Choosing the Right Anchor (guide)
Follow this handy guide and become a boat anchor guru!

Crankbait Buyer's Guide
Crankbait Buyer's Guide (guide)
Take the guesswork out of crankbaits by learning some of the basic traits and uses of these fantastic fish catchers.

How to Select a Canoe
How to Select a Canoe (guide)
Factors to consider before purchasing the paddler's craft.
Bass Boat Buying Guide (guide)
Shop right to get the best boat deal! Learn how to narrow your options and get the rig of your dreams at a price you can afford.


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