The Angler Blog

Summertime Smallmouth Fishing Tips

If you are like me, mid to late summer you find yourself in a bind. Water conditions make it unsafe/unethical to fish for trout. Stream flows shrink and the temperature rises. These conditions can frustrate many anglers. In Southwestern PA, we are blessed however with a healthy smallmouth population. Pretty much any river or stream […]

Tenkara Smallmouth

Tenkara Angling for Big-Water Smallmouth

Since discovering tenkara fly-fishing a few years ago, I don’t travel much without a tenkara rod. Tenkara rods are telescopic, collapsing down to about eighteen inches and only require a fly line, leader, and a handful of your favorite flies. Minimal gear and super simple. Absolutely liberating after years of carrying a minimum of four […]

iced over yellow perch

Traditional Tactics for Iced-over Yellow Perch

I am not sure what allure ice fishing or yellow perch had on me, but both suckered me in quickly. A high-mountain reservoir contained yellow perch near my Appalachian home town, but I could never quite connect with them like folks who knew the lake better than I. They were forbidden fruit. So, when I […]

The One That Got Away

Sitting on the bank of a mountain lake as the glow starts to shine in the eastern skies.  Sitting with my kayak beached on the bank waiting for the first safe light to launch.  The birds starting to chirp as the warming glow starts creeping up the mountain slope from the lake.  Fish crashing the […]

Fishing During Hunting Season

It’s hunting season! If you religiously hunt and fish you have probably been asked this open ended question a million times from the months of September-January. “Have you done any fishing lately?” Nine out of ten times I guarantee your answer is “No, it’s hunting season.” As avid hunters, we all know this time of […]

Pinks on the Fly

Every angler venturing to Alaska in search of salmon on the fly dreams vividly of aggressive coho or chum trouncing a streamer being ripped across the river. Day and night dreams of beautiful roll casts, colorful marabou and bunny streamers wafting brilliantly through prime holding water, and a shark-like wake split by a speckled dorsal […]