Thoughts from the Water

Things other than random songs that, “just pop in there,” while fishing.

The Fishing Workout – Plus Observations from the Water – 20180408 – 20180414

People normally don’t put physical fitness and fishing together in the same sentence. I mean, why would you? For most, fishing is a way to escape the weekly grind and leave the toils of life behind. Considering it a workout may taint the experience for some. However, think about every guide you’ve ever known. How many are fat? I’m betting not many. You don’t often see fat/out of shape guides. In fact, staying in shape … Continue reading The Fishing Workout – Plus Observations from the Water – 20180408 – 20180414

False Spring – Being Cold is Getting Old – 20180401-20180407

What is a false spring? I made the term up this past week. Well…in my head I made it up and haven’t bothered to research if it’s a real thing. A false spring is when the images and sensations one so fondly associates with this season don’t seem to come to pass. Things like budding trees, warmer temperatures, increased time outside, the smells of flowers, pairing of animals, birds you haven’t seen in a while … Continue reading False Spring – Being Cold is Getting Old – 20180401-20180407

How to Execute a Fishing Bender

Do you need a fishing bender? Look no further than Buffalo Niagara We’ve had the pleasure of executing numerous fishing benders all over the country in the past couple of decades. We cataloged many of them in our Re-Discover Your Region series of short films. However, it wasn’t until a client of ours executed a bender to Buffalo Niagara that I felt compelled to capture how perfect this place is for such an undertaking. You … Continue reading How to Execute a Fishing Bender

Reconnaissance – the Cure for Slow Fishing

Reconnaissance – the Cure for Slow Fishing and Getting in Touch with your Fishery “Just drive down that road, until you get blown up,” – General George Patton, about the role for reconnaissance troops “Time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted,” – John Marsden Viewed through the lens of modern warfighters, General Patton’s methods for reconnaissance were extremely crude.  Although a bit simplistic, he makes a valuable point for anglers who often get comfortable in … Continue reading Reconnaissance – the Cure for Slow Fishing

Complacency Kills Angling Prospects

Does Complacency Kill in Angling? Back in my military days, Complacency Kills, was a phrase embedded in our heads starting in basic training. The theory behind the idea is that if you become complacent, you lose situational awareness.  If you lose situational awareness, you could end up getting yourself and your fellow warriors killed. Yeah, that’s a bit extreme if you try to directly apply that example to what you do on the water – … Continue reading Complacency Kills Angling Prospects

Late Winter Fishing Report – 20180305-20180311

Late Winter Fishing Report – 20180305-20180311 Late winter in Buffalo Niagara often feels like, well, winter. Just like it did this past week. The temperatures were below freezing, the wind blew from just about every direction week, and it snowed – white outs at times. That may sound dreary to some – to most people probably. From casual small talk at the gas station to random conversations with friends and acquaintances, people think it’s insane … Continue reading Late Winter Fishing Report – 20180305-20180311

Take Someone Fishing

Take Someone Fishing Take Someone Fishing. It’s a simple ask. Whether you consider yourself an angler or someone who fishes every once in a while – chances are that when you reflect on your time spent fishing, it brings back fond memories. There’s some science/psychology behind this reaction but that’s not my area of expertise. I do believe I’m kind of savvy in the science of fishing and based on all the smiles I’ve seen … Continue reading Take Someone Fishing

The Dog Days of Winter – is That a Thing?

Are the dog days of winter a thing? I was out fishing on the Lower Niagara River with Chuck and his bride Sara a few days ago when the concept of the “dog days of winter” popped up. Not even a week earlier, he and I both had strong days in the same spot using the same tactics. That day, however, action was sporadic. Not so slow as to make us lose interest but slow … Continue reading The Dog Days of Winter – is That a Thing?

To Harvest or Not to Harvest

To Harvest or Not to Harvest – That is the Question To harvest your catch or to not harvest your catch? In a culture where catch and release is sacrosanct, proper fish handling procedures lead to arguments, and advocating eating our catch is political suicide, why would that question even pop into my head? Our clients rarely ask to keep fish (except for salmon and I haven’t run any walleye charters so…) so the conversation … Continue reading To Harvest or Not to Harvest

Guyana – Paradise for the Adventurous Angler

Guyana – An Adventurous Angler’s Paradise Our Guyana trip was a resounding success! It’s no secret – we love to fish and think about it incessantly. We are fortunate to live and guide in a fishery that keeps us engaged year-round and we love advocating for it every chance we get. Although we love our home waters here in Buffalo Niagara, we still have a wanderlust that pushes us to explore new places, learn new … Continue reading Guyana – Paradise for the Adventurous Angler

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