If you're wanting to include fly fishing for farm pond trout in your summer plans, there are a few things you'll need to know. Rainbow trout are raised in hatcheries and fish runs for the stocking of public waters more than other mountain trout species. It takes cold water to sustain rainbow trout, like at the farm ponds located in higher elevations associated with mountain ranges like the Appalachians or the Ozarks. Many private ponds practice catch and release fishing to ensure that big fish are part of the fly fishing fun. Timing is Everything The summer sun can really…
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Smaller rivers and large creeks often harbor excellent smallmouth bass populations. Because these places require extra effort to get to, these populations often see fairly light fishing pressure. Such places are the home of the angler with a shallow water jet boat, kayak or waders, depending on the size of the water in question.   Chances are there's some good summertime smallmouth bass fishing in a flowing water near you. Here are some ways of catching those bronze batters during the summer and early fall.   Get on the Water Early During those clear, stable-weather nights of mid-summer river valleys often fill…
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The mercury in the thermometer has swollen to nearly reach the 100-degree mark, and the sun is bearing down unmercifully as you stand by the river's edge. Your annual fly-fishing vacation is underway, but you're faced with high heat, mandatory stream closures by the state's fish department and uncooperative trout. Even more discouraging, you've driven half-way across America to go fly fishing. Now what do you do?   When temperatures rise, state fish departments take quick action to protect trout so have a backup plan if you plan a trip during the heat of the summer. There are several ways…
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Squirrel hunting is not the national past time it once was, but it is a fun way to sharpen shooting and hunting skills well before the deluge of fall hunting seasons arrive. With the right plan, you can score heavily on summertime squirrels. 1. Hunt Early Squirrels are most active in the cooler hours of the summer day. Public domain photo The heat of summer forces squirrel hunters to get out before daylight. Squirrels spend bout 16 hours a day sleeping. They, too, will be most active in the cooler hours of the summer day. Get set in a favorite…
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Stripers are seldom thought of as summertime fish, but in the right places, and with the right baits and presentations, you can experience some unbelievable action in hot weather with these monster predators. I'll reveal my summer livebait striper strategies under one condition: that you practice catch and release with these great gamefish.     Summer Striper Hotspots Stripers  move into the headwaters of river-run reservoirs and find near-perfect  water temps and plenty of dissolved oxygen — along with a never-ending  supply of forage fish. Landlocked stripers crave cool water (temps ranging from 55 to 65 degrees are ideal) with plenty…
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Fishing crankbaits for crappie needn't be a big-boat, multi-rod affair. You also can cast and retrieve a single lure for big-fish action. Oklahoma crappie guide Todd Huckabee uses a Carolina-rigged Smithwick Rogue to catch summer crappie that want a big meal. Oklahoma City crappie guide Todd Huckabee does this using a Carolina-rigged, 4-1/2-inch, suspending Smithwick Rogue in shad-like colors.   "When big crappie go deep in winter, their metabolism stays high," he said. "These fish are preparing for the spawn, and they're eating a lot. But during summer, these same deep-water crappie are lazy. If you drop a lure like…
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Trout fishing in the lakes and streams of the Missouri Ozarks is a year round affair. However, most fishing trips take place in the summertime. Temperatures can soar during the three vacation months and trout can become finicky. Following are some tips to help you battle the heat, while still scoring trout. #1. Adjust With the Weather Weather conditions can change dramatically in the summer. Cool conditions may bring temperatures in the 60s, while those July and August days will climb into the 100-plus digits. Remaining comfortable, regardless of weather, is paramount to one's ability to stick with fishing. And…
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  Did you know that historically, July has been by far the most dangerous month for boating accidents and fatalities? Last year was no different, with over 900 reported accidents during the month of July, primarily on the weekends, according to the United States Coast Guard 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics Report.   What can we infer from this? Well, it's pretty simple actually. Boating activity increases during the summer months, and more activity equates to a higher chance of being involved in a boating accident. We want you to be safe, so you and your loved ones can stay safe…
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Brad Whitehead of Muscle Shoals, Ala., is a crappie guide on Wilson and Pickwick lakes. When trolling crankbaits for crappie, he's a 16-pole man. One-fourth of Brad Whitehead's crappie crankbait trolling system: four rods and reels positioned in rod holders with crankbaits plying the water beneath. Photo by Brad Whitehead "I troll with four poles in front, four on the sides and eight in back, which helps me catch more crappie," he says. "Some folks think this would be really difficult, but it's not. And the more water you can cover, the more crappie you'll find."   Whitehead's favorite crankbait…
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3 Tips for Tying Hexagenia Fly Patterns

Wednesday, July 02 2014 3:00 pm - for Fly Tying
Seeing as the Hex Hatch is just a few weeks away, I thought it would be good time to share the three most useful tips I have learned over the years about tying Hexagenia patterns. These patterns should, above all else, be fun to tie for fly fisherman. They are not complex and really no one is going to get a good look at them since flies hatch in the dark and the fishing of these flies occurs at night. Go Big or Go Home To tie great hex flies, first and foremost think about size. The real Hexagenia Limbata…
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