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Tim Allard

Tim Allard
Tim Allard hails from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He's a full-time outdoor journalist and author and photographer of the multi-award winning book, "Ice Fishing - The Ultimate Guide" (release date Oct. 1, 2010). A regular contributor to numerous North American print and online publications, Tim is also a member of the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. For more information visit www.timallard.ca.
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GUIDES by Tim Allard:

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 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.

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.

Camping Gift Guide
Camping Gift Guide (guide)
Got a camper on your gift list? Try these great gift ideas!

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!

Sleeping Bag Buyer's Guide
Sleeping Bag Buyer's Guide (guide)
Considering a new sleeping bag for your outdoor adventures? Read on to learn about shapes, temperature ratings, fill types and other features you need to consider when picking a sleeping bag.

Air Mattresses, Sleeping Pads and Cots: A Buyer's Guide
Air Mattresses, Sleeping Pads and Cots: A Buyer's Guide (guide)
Getting a good night's rest will greatly improve any outdoor adventure. Consider the following tips when choosing a cot, mattress or pad. Your body will thank you for it.

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.

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.

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.

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

Boot Accessories
Boot Accessories (guide)
Taking care of your boot investment is easy if you follow the recommended treatment schedule and keep them clean.

Great Gear Smaller Than a Breadbox
Great Gear Smaller Than a Breadbox (guide)
Small in size, they deliver big rewards in terms of comfort, safety and utility.

Great Grilling Accessories
Great Grilling Accessories (guide)
There are many types of accessories available to help you make the most of food from a grill.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Choosing the Right Hiking Socks
Choosing the Right Hiking Socks (guide)
Anyone who's ever experienced blisters on a hike knows how critical quality socks are to foot comfort and injury prevention.

Camping Gear Guide
Camping Gear Guide (guide)
This guide will cover a range of items you can add to your camping gear to make trips more comfortable.

Boat Trailer Accessory Buyer's Guide
Boat Trailer Accessory Buyer's Guide (guide)
The right tools and equipment are two important factors in successfully towing and launching a boat.

Accessories to Keep Your Boat Organized
Accessories to Keep Your Boat Organized (guide)
In this Buyer's Guide, I'll discuss some of the basic boat accessories to keep your vessel organized.

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

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

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.

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!

Hiking Boot Buyer's Guide
Hiking Boot Buyer's Guide (guide)
A good set of hiking boots can mean the difference between a good hiking trip and a bad one.
HOWTOS by Tim Allard:


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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

How to Pack a Canoe
How to Pack a Canoe (howto)
Canoe camping is a great way to experience any waterway. These packing and planning tips will ensure your next outing is a smooth and memorable one.

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

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.

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.

The Basics of Backwoods Coffee
The Basics of Backwoods Coffee (howto)
You don't need to sacrifice a lot of the modern comforts when it comes to coffee in the outdoors.

How to Pack a Backpack
How to Pack a Backpack (howto)
Packing all of this stuff into one pack might seem daunting, but it's an easy process if you follow a few basic rules.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maximizing Space in Camping Tents
Maximizing Space in Camping Tents (howto)
Tents can be tight on space but options do exist to keep them comfortable and somewhat roomy.

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

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

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

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.
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