Author: Fishful Thinker

Pro’s Tips: Brown Bear Hunting Essentials – Part 1 Clothing

By Chad LaChance As a professional outdoorsman who travels to film TV for a living, you’d think I’d be ready for any kind of trip. I mean, geez, I spend half my time packing for various destinations and have all the gear to be prepared for nearly any wild destination, be it woods or water. Planning and packing has become second nature for just about anywhere I may travel. But notice I said “nearly any” and “just about anywhere”? Yea, that’s because some places are just plain different. Enter Kodiak Island Alaska; in November; hunting giant brown bears. Yea,...

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Fishful Thinker: Topwater Tidbits

Quick, what do smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, wipers, stripers and pike all have in common? If you said they’re all fun to catch we’d agree in principle, but that’s not what I’m reaching for, at least not specifically enough. What I’d say is that is they all love to nuke a topwater lure in summer and fall and that for sure drives home the point that they are all indeed fun to catch. For the record, any fish that is fun to catch is simply more fun to catch on the surface. Truth. Given that...

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Fishful Thinker: A Case for Conventional

I love to fly fish. I’ve been doing it since I was 12 years old, am decent at it and I have about 15 fly rods in my collection. I’ve tied flies, own all the assorted fly gadgets and have caught everything from redfish, to bass, to trout, all on feathers and fur. Geez, I even live in Colorado – how much more fly is there than that? But this is my argument for conventional tackle – yep, even the fly fishing community needs spin-polers. Just about all fly anglers have a closet full of skeletons in the form...

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Fishful Thinker: Systemized Tackle – Keep it Simple

Want to gain a ton of fishing experience, fish with loads of random people and spend your days in a really cool office? Well then, I have just the summer job for you – fishing guide! As soon as you get your guiding permit and insurance, everyone you fish with becomes an expert, your equipment all works perfectly all the time and fish simply jump in your boat. It’s awesome – and a giant lie! But, given that fishermen as a lot are known as liars, giant lies are just part of the mystique of being a professional fishing...

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Fishful Thinker: June is For Jiggin’

Here around LaCueva del Fishful – aka my fishing garage shop – we have a saying that I look forward to applying every year; “June is for Jiggin’”. The saying stems from more than 12 years of guiding and filming FTTV shows, and our constant efforts to simplify and categorize (at least to whatever extent that natural elements can be categorized) fishing patterns. After all these years, I know with supreme confidence that here in The West, if I do a good job of finesse jigging, I’ll be in the hunt for any predatory species that swims. It’s true...

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