Best fishing calendars 2012

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So little time left till Christmas. And if you have not invented with the choice of gift for the fisherman, then at least give fishing calendars. Calendars costing as $10 - $15, but it is a great gift for lovers of fishing and nature.





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“A Backyard in Nowhere” DVD

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A Backyard in Nowhere“A Backyard in Nowhere” is being hailed as the greatest pike fishing DVD of all time and is an independent documentary that mixes Western and Gonzo elements with traditional fly fishing.

Blinded by stories of giant northern pike, a trio of fly fishers set out to explore the remote Innoko River in Alaska. They end up getting a whole lot more than they bargained for. After the fly fishers meet the Native Americans that live in the drainage, their adventure begins to take wild twists and turns.

Moving deeper into the Backyard, the fly fishers find some of the best pike on the fly fishing ever caught on film. But, to their misfortune, the Backyard turns out to be a lot like the old West. Generous servings of booze, taking the law into one’s own hands and gun slinging over a piece of land, are challenges that need to be overcome to find the giants of the Innoko.

The result is a film that has been compared in style to that of grindhouse flicks, putting an end to the idea of fly fishing as “the quiet sport”. Check out the HD clip here and see what you think but be warned: with sex, drugs, nudity and profanity the DVD is not one for the feint-hearted!



Fly fishing brooks

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Can I use the same flies that are used on larger waters?

Yes, but it is better to fish with specially tied flies which have plenty of stiff hackles. On small waters an inaccurate cast is more likely to place the fly over a twig or bankside plant. A stiff-hackled fly is more ready to bounce off or over an obstruction instead of catching. (If a fly does get caught up, try to free it with a gentle pull rather than a forcible jerk.)

What is a roll cast?

A roll cast is made by raising the rod slowly from the horizontal to about five degrees past the vertical, then bringing it quickly downwards to its original position. The line rolls out over the water. Very long casting isn’t possible when using this style but on the waters we are talking about, long casting is not necessary.

How do I develop a curve in the line?

Cast horizontally and drop the line on the water before it has extended or a second or so after it has extended fully and curled round. Dropping early gives a curve in one direction; dropping late curves it the other way.

Is the type of rod ring important?

Either snake or bridge rings are suitable. The tip rings should be all-metal, though: rings with ceramic or agate lining are vulnerable when the rod tip accidentally hits branches, a bridge or any of the other overhead obstacles common to small streams.

Is a special reel necessary?

No, any good fly reel can be used provided it is not too heavy for the rod. With the reel in place, the point of balance should be at least 6in (I 5cm) above the grip.



Great shore line fishing with Shimano

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If you are new to the world of shoreline fishing then buying the right equipment can become a minefield. Going out and buying lots of expensive gear to start you off could seem like a good idea, but if you decide that shoreline casting is not your ideal pastime you could be left with a lot of expensive kit that will just gather dust in the back of your storage facility. Buying just a few necessary things is the way to go.

When you first take to the water there are a number of things that you should remember and most important is to ensure that you have your rod license all in order. Once the license has been paid for then you are reasonably free to fish where you like along the shoreline but where to fish is often a problem, do you go for a coastline that is open or rocky, or maybe go to the end of a pier and cast off from there. The best way to find the answers to these questions is to either talk to the local fishing equipment stores or go along to your intended place of fishing and chat to anyone who may already be there. Gaining knowledge about where to fish is the first step in your quest to have a great days fishing.

To start you off there are two great Shimano reels that are ideal for first time anglers, these are the Shimano Sienna RD and the Shimano Symetre Spinning Reel. Both of these reels have been designed to make fishing a dream and can be used for light seawater fishing to give you a feel for shoreline casting. However always remember that if you are fishing on the shoreline conditions can change very quickly and so always factor in safety when you are casting your lines.

Rocky coastlines can be great places to try your luck but beware of the power of the sea, with the Sienna RD there are 3 models available with the two ideal for freshwater fishing and the final one a great all rounder. The Symetre on the other hand features technology that will give you the opportunity to cast further than you ever thought possible before and with a super smooth retrieval system then your fishing expedition should work out as a dream. So if you are new to the world of shoreline fishing consider these two Shimano fishing reels and you will not be disappointed.



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Three tips for novice fishermen

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I am writing this post for novice fishermen who may not be familiar with hauling in large fish. Veteran anglers should be adept at this, but in case you have caught few of ample proportion, then, you too may find this helpful.

Tip one
Cut damaged line and then tie on your hook or lure

The end of the line takes a beating. It may be dragged along the bottom of the water or even on the ground around you. Some of my favorite fishing spots are on man-made surfaces. Nicks accumulate after a few casts and retrievals.

Another source of stress is creating a loop in the line to attach a float. After removal, the loop may become a knot on the line. This may be another weak spot for breakage.

Either of these scenarios call for trimming off the worn part and reattaching your offering to unabused line. Run your hand over it to assure there are no hidden abrasions.

Let me share an occasion when I failed to do this. I had been weary for several days, and thought it unnecesary to check my line. One did have knots on it where I had looped floats and later removed them. Besides, most of the catfish I had been catching at Wallback Lake (Clay County, West Virginia) were measuring 10 - 12 inches. They couldn’t break a line.

I had my baits on the bottom of the water. My rods were laying on the ground. Suddenly one hurled forward, dragged about 18 inches. Grabbing it, I set the hook, only to feel a limp line. It was broken where one of those knots had been. The lesson here was to never presume what will hit your lure or bait.

Tip two
Always bring a net

It’s better policy to net a nice fish than taking a chance of it falling off the hook as you are trying to lift it out of the water. Even if it isn’t a huge catch, it may be a nice one you would like to take home.

A couple of examples come to mind. One occurred at Little Beaver Lake (Raleigh County, West Virginia) when I was reeling in a 14 inch trout. As it was nearing the bank, I observed it to be the reddest one yours truly had ever hooked. Lacking a net, I attempted to drag it up on the bank. At the point it was starting to lift out of the water, the mouth opened and the trout became detached from the hook. My prettiest trout ever was gone!

Another time I was fishing at Summit Lake (Greenbrier County, West Virginia) on the raised platform with a rail around it. A trout was reeled up to it, but it required me to lift it up over the rail. Had a net been with me, I could have reached under the rails and secured it. Instead, just as I was lifting it over the top rail, it got off and fell back into the water. That was the only fish I hooked that day!

Tip three
Don’t horse a big one

Hooking a large fish requires patience afterwards. You have to remind yourself that it won’t come right in as a small one would. Let me confess a time when I was inpatient.

I was fishing for catfish at Big Ditch Lake (Webster County, West Virginia). One took the bait and I could tell it was heavy. The peculiar thing was that it wasn’t offering much resistance. As I pumped it in, it felt it was of considerable weight. Yet, there wasn’t much of a fight. As it nearted the bank, I raised the rod in order to reel it a little farther. “This is too easy”, I thought.

My thought was correct. As I commenced to reel, the fish surged. Even with the drag set light, I had been reeling and couldn’t stop fast enough. At that point it was as if that line was tied to a tree. In a fraction of a second that fish pulled and snpped it as if it were dental floss.

That was 17 pound test line I was using. When it snapped it sounded like a pistol shot, and bounced off my chest. My shirt and undershirt I was wearing were not sufficient propection to prevent my chest from exhibiting a burn mark.

To summarize, kep your line in good shape. Carry a net with you. Take your time when reeling in a large fish. You won’t hook a big one every time you go fishing. It’s always good to be prepared, though, for any time can be that catch of a lifetime.


The fishing line info

Fishing line makes up the third item on your 'what to get to start fishing' list. Choosing the right fishing line is critical. If you want your fishing experience to be really good, trust me, spend a little more on quality line. The line on your reel can make a world of difference!


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