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Recruiting New River Anglers by Jim Bedford

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Recruiting New River Anglers by Jim Bedford

It is no secret today that young people are really into electronic devices for use and recreation these days. In fact, I like to say that we are in our second generation of indoor kids. To get people back outdoors we will need to attract the parents as well as their children. I am biased but I think river fishing is a great way to expose people to the wonders of the natural world. And if they discover that they like fish, even better.  When I retired from my day job almost 20 years ago I gave thought to guiding...

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Fishing Teamwork by Tony Ensalaco

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Fishing Teamwork by Tony Ensalaco

Recently, Great Lakes Angler ran an article that I wrote in its October/November issue titled, “How to Beat Your Buddies Without Making it a Competition.” It discusses the competitive nature of people and its different levels that occur among fishermen. Friendly competition usually exists between regular fishing partners and might consist of some subtle joking and a little light-hearted teasing when someone is experiencing most of the action. To me, that is all in good fun. What I don’t like is when the competition is so intense that it becomes brutally uncomfortable when the lucky angler becomes belligerent about his...

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Snap (Swivel) Decisions by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

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Snap (Swivel) Decisions by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

  Multiple choice question: Snap swivels are: A) Important B) Not important C) Useful D) Inexpensive E) All of the above If you answered all of the above, you guessed the answer I would choose, but there are other answers about these remarkable little products I could have listed and still chose “all of the above.” L – R, Duo Lock, Interlock, Cross Lock and Coast Lock. I could have added: “colorful” “strong,” “expensive” or a variety of other possible answers to the question. The correct choice would still be all of the above. It’s surprising how much time many...

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Excerpt from "Spinner Magic" by Jim Bedford

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Excerpt from "Spinner Magic" by Jim Bedford

The weighted spinner could be considered a foreign object in the river. It really doesn’t resemble any living creature. A case can be made that the flash of the blade is similar, at least momentarily, to the flash of a smolt, shiner or other baitfish. Or, perhaps when fished near the bottom, a brass-bladed model faintly resembles a crayfish.  When resident trout are feeding they will still utilize cover most of the time to keep themselves from being eaten and to hide from prey they hope to ambush. I think that a spinner looks alive and arouses the curiosity of trout....

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The Right Lure (Visibility and Sizes) by Jim Bedford

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The Right Lure (Visibility and Sizes) by Jim Bedford

The anadromous trout and salmon that enter the tributaries of the Great Lakes or ocean to spawn seldom actively feed during their migration. Migrating steelhead, Atlantic salmon, and various trout species retain the ability to feed but rarely do so actively. Pacific salmon become unable to swallow or digest food once they enter the river. The instinct or memory of all these fish is still there and they will opportunistically pick up food items on their river migration. Another trait remains present and dates back to their early river life when they were growing to smolt size. Territorialism was important...

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