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The Kid

If you listen to the experts, they’ll tell you to teach your children to fish in bits and pieces.

Short attention spans, you see.

We don’t buy that one iota. They’ll either like fishing or hate it.

Reminds us of a neighbor boy who was 6 at the time. He loved to fish. Couldn’t get enough of it. Every time we’d drive home, we’d see him standing on the banks of the pond, rod in hand.

He was rough on the edges, but nice. Wouldn’t have wanted to be his teacher, though. We could… Continue

Added by SteveGibson on February 11, 2009 at 9:59am — 6 Comments

How to tie a 10-cent fly

I read with great interest Alex G's post about fly fishing and eventually fly tying. Seems like the logical progression.



You learn to cast a fly line, learn to fly fish and then you want to learn how to tie flies. And that's perfectly natural.



When I started fly fishing more years ago than I'd like to admit, I was determined to be a fly fisher and never a fly tier.



I don't want to be one of those guys, I told myself.



But a funny thing happened at the… Continue

Added by SteveGibson on November 16, 2008 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

Wishing or fishing?

Some people fish. Others wish.



What do you do?



I suspect if you're into bluegill, you fish.



The difference between wishing and fishing is clear. Those who catch fish are fishing. And then there are those who simply make a wish to catch fish.



This scenario is played out daily on lakes and streams throughout the country. One angler goes out with an intimate knowlege of the lake and the species he is seeking. He's knows the lake, its bottom and its… Continue

Added by SteveGibson on November 16, 2008 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

Mighty Myakka Minnow

The Mighty Myakka Minnow was born out of frustration. I’m sure you’ve been there.



Imagine a day on the water with fish busting minnows throughout the morning. But after several hours, you still have nothing to show for your efforts. You cast into the spray of minnows, but your offering is ignored repeatedly. The fish are so keyed into the tiny minnows that they ignore everything else.



Although the scenery is nice and weather gorgeous, it sure would be nice to feel the tug… Continue

Added by SteveGibson on November 14, 2008 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Bluegill Observations

I'm heading out in the morning with a friend and surely bluegill will be a target. We'll put the kayaks in at the Nine Mile Canal at North Port, Fla. Haven't fished that body of water in years, but I know it's good.



I'm not a purist by any means, but I find I can catch more bluegill and other freshwater fish on fly rod than I can other tackle. Of course, I use fly tackle all the time. Tomorrow I'll take a 1-weight, 2-weight and maybe something just a little bigger with a bass… Continue

Added by SteveGibson on November 13, 2008 at 5:37pm — 6 Comments

Back to Bluegill

I began my fishing when I was 5 years old with my grandfather. There was just something about watching that red and white bobber. I was literally mesmerized by it.

Of course, I fished live bait at the time. At first, I just wanted to catch a fish and I didn't care what it was. I was as thrilled by a catfish as I was anything.

Still, bluegill won a place in my heart -- especially big bluegill.

Fast forward to 1971. I moved to Florida and really began learning how to fish. Spent… Continue

Added by SteveGibson on November 10, 2008 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

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