Author: Fishful Thinker

Fishful Thinker: Evolution Or Revolution

You may have never heard of ICAST, but as an angler you should be glad it exists. Your credit card company is surely glad, but your significant other might not be. Why? Because ICAST is where tackle manufacturers worldwide all come together to introduce their newest offerings to the angling public. And because we’re tackle junkies at heart and are always looking for the latest, greatest fish catcher, the angling media covers every square inch of the expo hall, all looking for the headline product to convey to their audience. In short, basically the entire sportfishing industry is in...

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Steiner GS3 Riflescope

By Chad LaChance Several years back I was on an armed hike, hoping to spot and stalk a whitetail doe. Sure enough, I spotted three of them bedded in a coulee mid-morning and I put on a stalk that landed me 230 yards away on a solid rest. I peered into my rifle scope only to find that I could not see said deer. For whatever reason, my scope had fogged internally, yielding only a brown blob, not a deer, in my sight picture. On the venison-less hike back to my Tundra, I surmised that it was time to...

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Fishful Thinker: Specialized for Success

Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job.” While my brain apparently isn’t working well enough to remember who penned that gem, I still agree with it and would even expand the metaphor to include hunting. After all, a hobby is something you do in your free time; the outdoors is something you just do – a lot. We dream about trips, obsess over tackle and spend the time when we can’t be involved wishing that we could. The tangible manifestation of all this passion is our gear and anybody that has been a outdoorsmen for...

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Inflatable Stand-up Paddleboard

By Chad LaChance There is a progression in angling. It starts innocently enough with standing on the side of the lake, casting out from one spot and hoping a fish comes by and makes your day. As we grow as anglers, we start moving around the bank more, sampling casting spots until we find one that our target fish apparently prefer on that day. We also begin to notice that our tackle needs to be mobile along with us and at the same time, our tackle has also grown in volume; we have more stuff to carry to match...

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Fishful Thinker: The Art Of The Angle

When it comes to angling, I’m definitely an angler. In fact, I’m all about the angle so much so, that at times I obsess over it, not casting at all until it’s just right. And when I get my angle figured out, my inner angler soars in a way that can only mean my pattern is dialed. Yep, the art of the angle is a critical part of my angling. Ok, ok, enough with the play on words; what the heck am I talking about? Casting angles of course. And while the term “angling” is originally derived from the...

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