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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!

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Ultra-Light Tackle Fishing Guide (howto)
Light tackle tactics yield heavy-duty action.

BUYING GUIDES: (97 most recent)

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Lowrance Glossary of Terms for Sonar/GPS.'
Lowrance Glossary of Terms for Sonar/GPS (guide)
A glossary of terms for Lowrance fish finder technology.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Fishing Footwear Guide.'
Fishing Footwear Guide (guide)
Outfit your feet with quality footwear for the best protection and comfort on the water.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Outfitting Your Kayak for Fishing.'
Outfitting Your Kayak for Fishing (guide)
Turn your kayak into a full-fledged fishing machine!

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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?

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Staying Hydrated.'
Staying Hydrated (guide)
Keep your thirst quenched when outdoors with these hydration solutions.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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!

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Understanding Trailer Tire Sizes.'
Understanding Trailer Tire Sizes (guide)
A useful guide to gauging trailer tires sizes.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

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

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Preparing for Cold Weather Activities.'
Preparing for Cold Weather Activities (guide)
Being prepared is critical when dealing with cold weather.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Dry Bag Buying Guide.'
Dry Bag Buying Guide (guide)
Dry bags are one of those special items that most serious outdoorsman never give a second thought about -- but should.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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?

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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!

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Fishing Spoons Guide.'
Fishing Spoons Guide (guide)
Today, specialty spoons are fished from the surface to the bottom.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Choosing Freshwater Gear: Spinning or Baitcasting.'
Choosing Freshwater Gear: Spinning or Baitcasting (guide)
Spinning or baitcasting? Which is better for freshwater applications?

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Hats and Gear to Heat Your Head.'
Hats and Gear to Heat Your Head (guide)
When choosing headwear, select clothing that will insulate your noggin, but also block wind to reduce heat-loss.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Fly-Fishing Accessories.'
Fly-Fishing Accessories (guide)
Spend less time fumbling through your vest pockets and more time hauling in fish.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Choosing the Right PFD.'
Choosing the Right PFD (guide)
An informative guide to PFD types and tips for choosing a Personal Floatation Device.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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?

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Fly Fishing Vests and Packs.'
Fly Fishing Vests and Packs (guide)
Getting the best quality vest possible will keep you happier and fishing longer.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Walleye Fishing Tackle Guide.'
Walleye Fishing Tackle Guide (guide)
Winning the Walleye battle -- gear and tactics for success.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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!

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Choosing the Right Fishing Line.'
Choosing the Right Fishing Line (guide)
No single type of line is perfect for all fishing conditions.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'Choosing the Right Anchor.'
Choosing the Right Anchor (guide)
Follow this handy guide and become a boat anchor guru!

Click here to read this buying guide entitled '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.

Click here to read this buying guide entitled 'How to Select a Canoe.'
How to Select a Canoe (guide)
Factors to consider before purchasing the paddler's craft.



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