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Protect the Clean Water Act and Clean Water Rule

I don’t get political on this site, and I don’t really want to frame this blog in the context of politics, but it is going to happen. The following article has been popping up all over this morning: http://www.hatchmag.com/articles/within-moments-taking-office-trump-pledges-roll-back/7714310. In it, the Trump administration states “For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations …

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A Look Back at Another Hunting Season

Well, the 2016 hunting season is in the books. Some of it seems like a broken record. For example, I didn’t spend nearly enough time scouting or bow hunting. Yet again, I regret it, although I feel like I have  a pretty good excuse (who was only 3.5 months old when archery season started). However, …

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The Frost Buck

My mother-in-law, Johanna, firmly believes that all big bucks deserve a name that preserves their memory for generations. She has the Christmas buck, an enormous 6 pointer that weighed in at over 200 lbs dressed. As you can probably guess, it was shot on Christmas day. My wife has Talisman, a giant non-typical buck that …

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My Almost 100-Mile Adirondack Adventure

Back in February, I got a text from my friend and editor/writer Ben Duchesney (formerly of Kayak Angler Magazine) inviting me on a canoe trip in the Adirondacks. Unfortunately, I had other obligations and, after some thought, I had to say no, but I figured that he and the rest of the crew would have …

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How to Choose the Best Fly Rod Weight

Lately, I’ve noticed a trend in fly fishing. Everyone wants to go lighter. And although I always try to go as light as possible because I love light-tackle fishing, sometimes you need to think twice before you go that route. Using an under-powered fly rod can not only be a chore, but it can actually …

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Kayak Angler’s Choice Awards 2016

The annual Yakangler.com Kayak Angler’s Choice Awards have arrived. Actually, they arrived a month or so ago. The first round of nominations ended, and the top nominations can now be voted on in round 2. Admittedly, I didn’t participate in round 1. I’ve gotten tired of seeing this become a popularity contest. People with 10 …

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10-day Fish Pic Challenge – Day 10 – A Giant Bachelor Bass

Finally, picture #10 gets to be posted. This fish was special for a number of reasons, but mainly because I got to share the memory with a best friend who I don’t get to fish with very often these days. Travis and I grew up together in central PA. After meeting in Spanish class, we …

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10-day Fish Pic Challenge – Day 9 – Wyoming Cutthroats

Day 9 of the fish pic challenge was a flashback to Mary May and I’s second big trip to Wyoming (original blog here). It was on this trip that we really hit our stride when it came to exploring the area. Each night we sat down with 2-3 topographic maps and picked places to hike …

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10-day Fish Pic Challenge – Day 8 – A Fall River Giant

I met a bunch of great people through the Duke Fishing Club, one of whom was Jerry Li. Jerry just straight up loves to fish, and when he expressed interest in kayak fishing I was happy to take him. It was late November, and although the water temps were cooling down, the air temps were …