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Good Craft Control = Five Times the Fish

   It’s amazing how many more fish you catch if you have good craft control. To see the difference, let’s look at how a typical day of fishing goes, either with or without a well-rigged boat and good craft control. I’ve seen each of these scenarios many, many during my lifetime of river fishing and […]

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2018 New Years Resolution: Fish More !

Your New Year’s resolution for 2018 should be to fish more. I’ll tell you why, and also how to make this happen. First of all, why. That’s easy, fishing is good for you. It’s much healthier physically than many other pastimes. This is especially true for river smallmouth fishing, which requires plenty of physical effort […]

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Don’t Believe the Hype!

                     There are plenty of inherent challenges to becoming an accomplished fly angler. So my goal has always been to make warmwater fly fishing (my specialty) easier and more understandable. To help with this, I think we need to strip away some of the mysticism associated with the sport. Unfortunately, much of the fly fishing […]

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3 Falls Smallmouth Bass

The Three Falls: Fall Smallmouth Bass Fishing

In fishing there’s no such thing as “Fall.” There are actually 3 different falls. “FALL FISHING FRENZY! SUPER FALL ACTION!” Over the decades, I’ve seen a multitude of magazine articles with titles like these, raving about fall smallmouth bass fishing. And it’s true. At times, fall can offer some of the most spectacular fishing of […]

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Tim Holschlag wade fishing beside his kayak, holding a big smallie

Park & Wade: The Best of Both Worlds

In prime smallmouth bass hotspots, it’s often best to fish on foot, to thoroughly cover the area and cast to all the active smallies.  Many anglers truly enjoy wade fishing, too, includng fly folks coming from stream trout backgrounds. But on bigger smallmouth streams, floating by watercraft is often the best way to really cover […]

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An angler and his father in the boat, each holding a big smallmouth bass.

Hiring a Guide: There are no Crutches in Smallmouth Bass Fishing

After 21 years of guiding, one thing really stands out — fly fishing for smallies is plenty challenging. I could tell some stories. After 21 years of guiding all sorts of guys in all sorts of conditions, I have plenty of humorous and interesting tales. But there’s one thing that really stands out in my […]

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