Muskie fishing windows of opportunity open and shut all the time. Major windows relate to seasonal patterns. Each Calendar Period and water temperature range corresponds to general locational and behavioral patterns. Phases of each lunar cycle affect muskie behavior. Each day, moonrise, moon overhead, moonset, and moon-under-foot times can spur a bite.Read More
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Ultra-Light Fishing rods are a ton of fun to fish and even easier to assemble, but building the ideal rod equipped for high-performance in your application is the key to truly increasing your hook ups on the water.Read More
Trophy bluegills are anything but shy about eating. It’s how they grow double chins and helmet heads. The key for anglers becomes identifying what trophy ‘gills are eating and the seasonal location of their preferred prey.Read More
Those are the facts about WOTUS. Please, take the time to read the full paper, which goes into detail about each point. Let your congressional delegations know that you have the truth—and that you’re watching their votes.Read More
It's summer, and your spending a lot of time chasing schooling bass around the lake. If you are, there’s a good chance you’ve got the numbers but are missing out on size. These five fishing tips will change that.Read More
For a fish to see your fly as food, it must have the right action, but there are factors at work that the angler may not perceive. Have you ever wondered why many saltwater fly lines are so brightly colored? It’s not a fashion statement, it’s a tool and often the key to catching fish.Read More
I’m a life-long smallmouth addict! I’ve had opportunities to sample some of the best fisheries across the U.S. Yet the thrill of chasing these special fish isn’t diminished when I can’t cast a line on world-class water. If I must work a little harder to catch fish, it makes the reward that much sweeter.Read More
What makes for a successful day fly fishing? A friend of mine shared some sage wisdom: a successful day on the river can be defined by how much fun the angler had. Sometimes I need to check my own expectations when I am out enjoying day on the water.Read More
I can be found bass fishing in shallow when everyone is fishing deep. I’d almost rather stay home than go out knowing I’ll probably be fishing deeper than 10′ all day long. It’s just how I feel and frankly, have always felt. Now, I have had my rear handed to me over the years because I refused to go deep when I should have. However, even during those tournaments, I can think back and find the mistakes which cost me.Read More
Northern Pike are ferocious predators. From an early age they’re fearless. With a mouth full of teeth designed for grasping, puncturing, and slicing prey, their aggressiveness works in their favor to grow quickly but against them in being caught by anglers prior to reaching top-end size.Read More
It’s hard to think about hunting whitetail right now. Even harder in the middle of August. During the month precedes the bow opener the buzz around whitetails reaches a fever pitch.Read More
Multiple treble hooks are a perfect example of the Fishing Law of Unintended Consequences: Left alone, they do what they do best, snag the gills of fish, your fingers, and foul nets and tackle.Read More
The heats been building all afternoon, flooding up on a soft, warm wind from the South. Above their black silhouettes, falling ice crystals form fair-weather cirrus clouds into letters of intricate calligraphy.Read More
When bass fishing, spinning reels, are the best choice for beginners compared to the baitcaster. There’re many reasons, but most importantly, spinning reels don’t have the learning curve of casting reels.Read More
I’ve had a running debate about which tastes better: an ice-cold Kalik after a day of fly fishing forbonefishing in the Bahamas or an ice-cold Labatt’s Blue after an evening of bugging for smallmouth in Ontario.Read More
No high-fives, no passing the victory flask, and worst of all, it’s hard to snap a photo of you and a prized trout. It is possible when fly fishing, if you strap a tri-pod to your back and you lug it around all day.Read More
Ever had one of those days on the water when you say to yourself, “I should have just stayed in bed.” Well that was exactly how I felt on the second day of a walleye fishing tournament my dad and I were fishing.Read More
You wouldn't know it by looking at my life today, but I came from very little. It seems odd to even put it that way. I don't remember it like that, but looking back at old photos and talking to my parents, I know that there were months we didn't have enough money to buy groceries.Read More
Being a parent is seriously hard. One of the hardest things for me, is when I have to punish my kids for bad behavior. Today, we had to address an issue regarding the actions of my child's peers on social media.Read More
I have become a huge fan of the website AirBNB.com. My family and I have turned to it time and again, and we are ALWAYS so impressed with the places we find. It’s great for last minute trips, or when you don’t have much to spend on a hotel. We have rented tiny little shacks on the Red River, and fished to our hearts content. We have stayed in huge sprawling cabins in the “Bluegrass Capital” of the south. The photo above was from a cabin we found on Sylamore Creek last year. We had the whole place to ourselves. The cabin was right on the water, and we spent the majority of each day doing just what you see. (BTW, we call call that "floatie fishing" and the little ones have perfected the art.) We’ve stayed in hip urban bungalows that were just a short walk to the BOK center in Tulsa, OK. I’ve never had a bad experience! Recently, I decided to place my own cabin near Lake Ouachita (in Arkansas) up for rent on their website. I reached out to all the other hosts that I had rented from in the past and offered them an opportunity to swap houses for a week during the summer. We have decided to travel the U.S. and feel this would be the best way to do it on a dime! I’m so excited about the two trips we already have planned!
Why didn’t I ever think of this before? I guess my first thought was something along the lines of, “Why would anyone want to take a vacation to Royal, Arkansas?” I think I sometimes forget how amazing my home state is. Do you do this with your hometown, too? When I drove to work the next day I decided to open my eyes to everything on my drive as if I were a new visitor. Those beautiful green mountains in the distance, I forgot were there. The many bridges that take me across two different lakes on the way into town, I had grown too accustomed to seeing. I had become blind to the beauty of my daily surroundings. Although I am still very excited to chronicle our trip across the U.S. this summer, I have found a renewed love for the vacation spot I call home!
We are nearing the last big push to get through this school year, and will soon begin the countdown to our next big adventure! To be continued…. (yay!)
Have you ever used AirBNB? What was your experience like? What's your favorite AirBNB spot?