Determining What’s Natural – A Worthwhile Endeavor? The words, “native,” “wild,” “stocked,” and, natural often swim through my head on angling adventures. Some “accepted” definitions of these words will follow but as a quick introduction – all represent a degree of human influence on an ecosystem. Some sense of the “human influence factor” of a fishery is important to many people in the angling world because much acclaim is given to those anglers with enough … Continue reading Determining What’s Natural – A Worthwhile Endeavor?
Fishing Fished-Out Waters – The Then vs. Now Discussions in Angling On a recent trip to Georgian Bay, Ontario with my brother Nate, we dropped the line, “this place is fished-out,” when things got slow. Nate and I often drop this phrase during long stretches of little activity on the water. This past trip to Georgian Bay had plenty of those slow periods so our assessment was that the place was certainly “fished-out.” Ironically, Georgian … Continue reading Fished-Out Waters – Then vs. Now Discussions in Angling
On the day before the summer solstice, I find myself reflecting on my experiences from this past spring. If you follow us on social media, you likely noticed that the fishing has been incredible. We had a banner spring season – many clients and many fish. I’ll touch on that later. As awesome as the fishing was, the conversations with clients are what really stuck with me. There was a theme that kept popping up … Continue reading Experiences vs. Materialism – What’s Your Story?
The Journey What can I say about fishing in Alaska that hasn’t already been said? Nothing really – so here are some adjectives that work well so I can move on – wild, wondrous, unforgiving, unforgettable. If you pride yourself as a passionate angler that has a penchant for exploration – no matter where you go in Alaska, I’m sure it will not disappoint. Of course the fishing was excellent on our trip and of … Continue reading Alaska Fishing Trip 2019 – Native Steelhead
I’ve had the privilege of pursuing smallmouth bass on the fly in almost every state where they’re native as well as others where they are now wild. They are my favorite fish. One of my friends recently told me that smallmouth bass are my spirit animals. I provide this little slice of my background with smallmouth bass because Nate and I have been contemplating an idea that some might think would tarnish my love for … Continue reading Attempting a New Smallmouth Bass World Record – Fly Tackle
I can only speak for myself, but March felt like the longest month ever here in Buffalo Niagara. Very high highs and very low lows. The following article is by no means a knock on our fishery. In fact, I challenge anyone to find a place in the U.S. that fishes better than the Buffalo Niagara region during the month of March. Considering that we are spoiled in that regard, I will tread lightly. However, … Continue reading March Madness – The Angling Version
Yeah…so…I’m fighting off a potentially ravenous case of the shack nasties. My hope is that by exercising my brain a bit by writing this blog, I’ll continue to stave off what could be something truly horrendous. Over the past few years, we’ve discussed numerous strategies to help you avoid getting nasty when it gets wintery outside but I had an opportunity and I took it. That’s right – I tried to contract shack nasties over … Continue reading Getting Nasty – Lessons Learned from a bout with the Shack Nasties
The 2019 Guyana Trip was a success! My colleagues couldn’t make it happen this year so I traveled alone. That allowed me to do a couple different things around the country before heading into the jungle to fish, which gave me a greater appreciation for the beauty of Guyana. Going without the companionship of my bros from back home also put me in the position of having to pair up with another angler, Jay Samm … Continue reading Guyana 2019 – Trip Report
Why can’t we hairless apes avoid the negative aspects of tribalism? Acting superior without thought or basis, rushing to judge, haplessly tossing labels around, etc. All that counterproductive, generally negative behavior even manifests in our recreational pursuits. As a community of anglers, we need to consider how all this inter-tribal rivalry looks from the non-angling population. Especially to those that are considering getting into fishing. We owe it to ourselves to work with one another/try … Continue reading Tribalism and Angling – There’s No Room for It
No…I am not going to go on another rant about avoiding the shack nasties. Hopefully, you understand our perspective on how remaining cooped up all winter is a recipe for a slow, yet assured, descent into depression…or worse. I would like to dedicate some time to challenging a few paradigms about charter fishing in the winter. I’m writing this in order to inform locals about a few natural wonders that go on in their back … Continue reading Winter Charter Fishing in Buffalo Niagara