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3D Fish Finders Hit the Market

Panoramic Sonar Makes it Easier than Ever for Fishermen to Know What Lurks in the Depths

Fish Finders by Debbie Kay

Computer graphics have come a long way over the past 40 years.  For those of you old enough to remember the Commodore 64, the Atari console, or even the first Nintendo games, it’s incredible to see the difference between those devices and a modern digital display.  One place where things seemed to be stuck in the pixelated 80s, however, was with fish finder displays.  Continue reading 3D Fish Finders Hit the Market

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The Best Soft Plastics for Carolina Rigs

There are Better and Worse Lures for Setting Up a Carolina Rig; Here’s How to Do it Right.

Carolina Rigs by Ben Team

Although anglers have been using Carolina rigs for decades, they’ve been undergoing a bit of a resurgence in popularity lately.  Because Carolina rigs are great for getting your lure deep quickly and covering a lot of water in a short amount of time, they’re especially effective for catching summer bass, once they move back out of the shallows.  Additionally, because summer bass may retreat to the depths to find the dim light levels they prefer, Carolina rigs are often productive throughout the day. Continue reading The Best Soft Plastics for Carolina Rigs

Fishing with Barbless Hooks

Barbless Hooks Are Increasingly Common Outside of Fly Fishing.  For the Uninitiated, Here’s How You Fish Them Right.

By Terry Otto

Trout anglers have been doing it for decades.  Ocean salmon anglers have adopted it, too.  However, with more and more salmon and steelhead rivers going barbless, including the Columbia, many anglers are just now having their first experience with barbless hooks. Continue reading Fishing with Barbless Hooks

The 10 Best Trout Lures – Part 1


By: Nathan Nesbit of

Walk into any tackle shop and you’ll be bombarded with what looks like a billion different trout lures, each one a different color.  How do you tell which ones will catch fish, not just fishermen?  Long, hard experience is the unfortunate answer.  But to make things easier on you, I’ve compiled this list of my 10 favorite trout lures, split into two parts.  These lures can be used from boat or shore, and will catch fish year round.

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