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10 Tips: Catching More Trout

The weather is getting nice, and the trout bite is on! Here are 10 ways you can increase your success rate on a trout stream.<p><b>Location</b><p>The most crucial …

3 Reasons You Should Be Using Loop Knots

Loop knots have an integral place in the way most experienced anglers rig their flies. Despite common misconception, there are a great many loop …

Fishing

The Beginner's Guide To Fly-Fishing In Colorado

With thousands of miles of rivers and streams and millions of surface acres of lakes, the Centennial State is angling nirvana for the approximately …

Fishing

Should You Take a Shot at a Strutting Turkey?

When I started turkey hunting, one of the ironclad rules was that you should never shoot at a gobbler in strut. The rationale was that because the …

Match the hatch for panfish with an imitation mayfly

The combination of moderate temperatures in the shallows and the annual hatch of mayflies, in some areas by the countless millions, means there are …

Know-How: Lie Down for Longbeards

While it may not be as comfortable as a padded seat at the base of an old tree, there’s a time and place to go prone for turkeys. But it pays to …

Chasing Thunder: Turkey Hunting During Tornado Season

By mid-May, turkey season is over in the South. The fields where gobblers strutted a month ago have grown knee-high and are home to a good hatch of …

Tarpon Migration

As it happens every April when water temperatures hit the magic 75-degree mark, thousands of tarpon on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the …

How To Hunt Turkeys in the Rain and Wind

Getting up early to meet turkeys at their roost can be hard enough on the perfect day. Nasty spring weather often will send hunters back under the …

How to Hunt Early-Season Gobblers

When you go out for gobbling turkeys in April, the woods might still look like they did back in late deer season. That calls for a few specialized …

Tip of the Spur: New Cutting-Edge Turkey Tactics

On the cutting edge of turkey hunting, the most obsessed gobbler fanatics are pushing the boundaries to be more successful and have more fun. Today's …

Turkey Hunting Forecast 2018

The modern age of seemingly unlimited turkey hunting opportunity creates a wonderful problem: We must decide how many trips to cram into one …

Hunting

How to Create Red-Hot Turkey Hunting Habitat with Small-Scale Prescribed Burns

It was storming just before daylight, so I slept in. I pulled into my farm right after sunrise and heard a gobble as soon as I opened the truck door. …

The Best Everyday Bourbons

Five under-the-radar bottles that will raise your home bar—but not your budget<p>Looking for a few new bottles for your bar? Stacie Stewart can help. The beverage manager at Whiskey Dry, chef Edward Lee’s soon-to-open Louisville, Kentucky, bourbon-and-burger bar, has spent her career honing her palate …

How to Select the Best Saltwater Leader

Saltwater leaders are critical to presenting your fly accurately and moving it correctly in a precise window of opportunity. If the cast ends with …

8 Must-Have Fly Skills For Trout Success

From the Colorado to Maine, Wisconsin to Georgia, trout all behave the same way. How, when, and where they feed is highly predictable. Learning how …

92-Year-Old Lefty Kreh Saved Fly-Fishing

The sport of American fly-fishing has two hours of screen time to thank for its resurgence at the turn of the 21st century: the film <i>A River Runs Through It</i>. The 1992 movie adaptation of Norman Maclean’s novel of the same name, directed by Robert Redford and starring a young Brad Pitt, made …

The Dredge Junkie: How to Catch Big Fish on Giant Streamers

When someone says “flyfishing,” what pops into your head? If the answer is the delicate sip of a rising trout, the perfect drift over a soft seam, or …

Double Fly Rigs for Winter Trout

Lots of trout fly anglers hang up their gear in winter, which is exactly why a lot of other fly guys love the cold season. While most bugs are gone, …

Fishing

Bull Redfish On Fly

Louisiana isn’t the only place to catch monster redfish on fly, but the abundance of big fish and habitat conducive to sight fishing for them make …

Fishing

11 Dream Trout Spots Around the World

My colleagues at <i>Field & Stream</i> recently published their list of 20 dream trips for the ultimate big-game adventure. Though I love to hunt, I’m more …

Eight Rules of Flyfishing for Late-Summer Smallmouths

Summer can be cruel to a devout trout fisherman. I found that out during the relentless drought of 2016. By July, flows on the Farmington River—my …

25 Lifesaving Items in One Wilderness Go Bag

You’re going to die someday, but not today—not if you have the Seventy2 survival system. That’s the promise Uncharted Supply Co. is making with its …

First Aid

Four Top Survival Knives Reviewed and Ranked

Our team tested four popular fixed-blade survival knives to find 
out which ones have the edge.<p>[1] Gerber Strongarm Fixed Blade FE<p>Score: 5 Stars<br>$86; …

How to Catch Trout All Autumn Long

Pride, as the preacher says, goeth before the fall. I’ve seen it in others and it’s happened to me—after a summer spent dialing in the trout streams, …

Fishing

8 essential items to help you ride out a storm

Apocalypse later.<p>For most of us, an elaborate doomsday bunker is overkill. But, when facing down a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or whatever Mother Nature flings at you, a little preparation can save you from a real-life version of the grocery store frenzy in an end time zombie flick. Start with …

20 Surefire Bass Flies

Some people live for the blow of a big largemouth creaming a swimbait. Others can’t get enough smallmouths erupting on Spooks walking across the …

Quest for Tarpon on Fly

LOCATION, LOCATION<p>Gulf side, in Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor, where I often fish, a number of different environments provide tarpon …

Fishing

Flyfishing Made Easy: 10 Tips for More Trout

Flyfishing for trout isn’t a complicated, difficult sport. A close look reveals that a successful flyfisherman has mastered several basic abilities: …

Fishing

4 Turkey Hunting Tactics That Work When Nothing Else Will

The classic spring-morning turkey setup is classic for a reason: It works, at least some of the time. The birds are gathered in one spot—their roost …