Month: January 2016

Fishful Thinker: Season of Fundamentals 2

The older I get, the more simplistic I get and I’m OK with that. Why? Because it’s made me a more consistent angler. As I wrote about in last month’s column (click here to read last months column), we have been distilling down the last 14 seasons of Fishful Thinker TV to the concepts that we most often rely on to ensure we catch fish. These techniques and concepts have been in development my whole life, but it wasn’t until I began teaching fishing (specifically light tackle, artificial lure/fly angling) through seminars and media that I really refined the...

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Pro’s Tips: Shed Hunting

By Eric Christensen Picking up shed antlers has become widely popular among many different outdoor fanatics. I ask myself often, “What has made shed hunting such a widespread activity?” Twenty years ago, there seemed to be just a handful of people willing to walk the winter range looking for dropped antlers. It was rare to run into a fellow shed hunter out hiking on a cold, late winter day or cut a fresh pair of boot tracks going across a ridge. Back in the day, I would wait well into late April or early May before looking for a...

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February’s Words From The Publisher

By Michael Deming If you take a look at the back cover of this issue, you will see that Sportsman’s Warehouse has a bunch of new stores coming for 2016. It is so exciting to see this growth and the possibly of having a Sportsman’s Warehouse store right near your home. As if this isn’t enough to be excited about, our Sportsman’s News team is already starting into the new show season. The Archery Trade Show in Kentucky, the Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City and the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas are just a...

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PacWest Outdoors: The Umpqua – A River For Big Fish

Time your trips to this river for a shot at your personal best. By Gary Lewis My biggest fish? It was a Columbia River white sturgeon, over 10 feet long. But when I think about my all-time best trophy fish, I think chinook, steelhead and smallmouth bass. The thing they have in common is they came from the Umpqua. It was late in September, 2003. I met Lyle Andrews at the put-in at Cleveland Rapids. Temperatures had been high, the river wanted rain, but there were salmon in that long run. Andrews tied on a nickel-plated Clancy spoon with...

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Hill Norvell Alaskan Fishing

By Kent Danjanovich Senior Editor Sandwiched between the Kenai Mountains and the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities. A spectacular 2.5 hour drive south from Anchorage brings you to this seaside village, which offers a bustling harbor, quaint shops and galleries, hotels, dining and some of the best fishing opportunities available, anywhere in Alaska. This ocean port, known as Resurrection Bay, is a deep fjord, nearly 35 miles north to south, on the southeastern coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Most of the shoreline is rugged and deeply indented, with...

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