Two Days in the Deep Freeze

Two Days in the Deep Freeze

I spent most of the last two days in, on and around it, partially covered and burdened by it; and breaking, chipping and melting it —  ICE. I’ve fished the single digit temps a handful of times before, but it’s been a while since I’ve had that...
DIY – Bar Boots

DIY – Bar Boots

I burn through boot soles fast. And cheap boots with poor foot support are a bad idea when you’re wading heavy runs and putting full days on the water with lots of hiking, so I was spending about $150 every ten months on a new pair of boots. I used to resole my...
Bead, Lead and Flat Nylon

Bead, Lead and Flat Nylon

I’ve seen a lot of ways to secure lead to the hook. Many of them use super glue, which is an unnecessary step, and most use the same thin thread that’s used to tie the rest of the fly. Both of these methods waste time. And although I enjoy tying, I enjoy...
It’s All About Time On the Water

It’s All About Time On the Water

** This story was published in February of 2015. A couple of days ago, I spent time in the same area, adding to my history with this favorite place. Now with my new Australian Shepherd, River, along for the trip, I was reminded of this story. So I’ve revised...
Night Shift – Breaking the Ice

Night Shift – Breaking the Ice

I’ve been fishing in the dark two other times since my last Night Shift report, and on each of those trips I experienced limited zero success. I knew that winter night fishing was going to beat me up and test my resolve, however, it’s been even slower than...
A Better Streamer Box

A Better Streamer Box

After many years of carrying a select group of my favorite streamers in a fairly small box, I now find myself in an experimental phase with the big bugs again.  I’m generally in the camp that believes presentation is far more important than pattern, but trying...

Winter Cookout

Last Sunday Sloop John B set up the annual Troutbitten winter cookout. I think most of us prefer to fish with a little space around us, so I’ve never been one to get excited about fishing with a load of people, but at this location, there are so many different...
Night Shift – Tracks

Night Shift – Tracks

** Note: This January 2015 post is rewritten and revisited here. So many of our favorite waters are accompanied by railroad tracks, and walking the familiar but odd stride required by the spacing of the wooden ties has become instinctive to me.  The tracks are a...

slowfloat

Good thing we don’t just go fishing to catch fish, because there wasn’t a whole lot of that going on yesterday. Burke and I teamed up for a Sunday float, and we tried to make the Steelers’ playoff loss quickly drift away into a fading memory by...

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