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Month: April 2013

Fish Can Grow on Trees. Sort of.

Fish Can Grow on Trees. Sort of.

Andy Whitcomb 4/30/2013 Arbor Day was last Friday.  And when I think of trees, I think of fishing. (Bear with me.)  Trees, and other plants for that matter, are an important aspect to many great fisheries. Though often overlooked, trees aide with the conservation of […]

Mayflies are not just in May

Mayflies are not just in May

Tom Keer 4/25/2013 When mayflies start to hatch, trout go on the feed and for good reason; mayflies are high in calories which makes for a tasty snack.  These insects are found in pure, clean water and when you find them hatching in the stream, […]

Opening Day Review

Opening Day Review

Several hard rains made many larger streams unfishable on Opening Day in Western Pennsylvania. In fact, our original plan to visit a location 75 miles northeast was cancelled. However, my son, Luke, (10) has been dreaming of this day for “1 year, 8 months, and 19 days” so we ventured to a small stream near Emlenton, PA.

Power bait, which is like a brightly colored dough ball, had been recommended to us and Luke landed two 12” rainbow trout in about 3 minutes. With the release of the second, he put his pole down and did a “happy dance” on the bank, before resuming fishing.

We could not see fish with the high, murky water, but played on hunches of their location in the stream, adjusting the amount of split shot a few inches above the Powerbait to keep some contact with the bottom, but without snagging. When the big one hit, Luke was speechless but I saw his light spinning rod bend and the tail slap so I raced to grab the net.

My only position to net the fish was upstream. The current pushed the bag closed and I fumbled with the net and almost lost his fish. A quick measurement in the net was 20.5”, but it might have been a tad longer. Hey, every ½ inch counts. He held it for a few photos, released it, and as he watched it swim off I heard him say, “Thank you, fish.”

The next 15 minutes we just sort of sat there by the stream in a daze, “processing,” as he said.

An eco-friendly replica from Mount This Fish Co. has been ordered, hopefully arriving in time for his birthday in a couple of weeks.

We gave “Opening Day of Trout” two thumbs up!  How was your “Opening Day?”


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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”…  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie.”  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.

Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well…

And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.   

Prepping for the Season: Line Management

Prepping for the Season: Line Management

Kirk Deeter 4/19/2013 Many of you are getting ready for the fishing season ahead (and some of you have already jumped in with both feet).  Of course, it’s important to check your gear when you prep for the season.  Though some things like rods, reels, […]

Composting for Worms

Composting for Worms

Tom Keer 4/18/2013 When I was really young I’d get a shovel and turn over dirt, knock it around and pull out a few worms for a fishing trip. There was a lot of luck involved and I remember it taking a while to fill […]

How to Tie a Double Surgeon’s Knot

How to Tie a Double Surgeon’s Knot

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Five Dry-Fly Tips for Trout

Five Dry-Fly Tips for Trout

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Opening Day

Opening Day

Andy Whitcomb 4/8/2013 Does April 13th mean anything to you? Besides your taxes being due in two days? If you are in Pennsylvania, you have this Saturday circled on the calendar as Opening Day of Trout Season. The southeast part of the state opened their […]

It’s A-Boat Time!

It’s A-Boat Time!

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