The optimal speed to retrieve when fishing for trout

The optimal speed to retrieve when fishing for trout

I want to discuss presentation speed when it comes to trout fishing. As in how fast should a nymph, dry, streamer, or lure be moved through the water to maximize the chances of catching fish. Now, there will always be outliers, trout that behave differently from the norm or what is expected given current water…

Shimano Sahara FJ – The New Best Trout Reel Under $100?

Shimano Sahara FJ – The New Best Trout Reel Under $100?

For all the praise premium price reels like the Stradic and Vanford get, most of us fish with reels that cost under $100, it is likely the most competitive segment of the market. Earlier this year Shimano refreshed the Sahara line-up and released the FJ. The FJ represents a nice improvement over the older Sahara…

What do trout eat during the winter? (and how to imitate them)
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What do trout eat during the winter? (and how to imitate them)

Many fishermen find winter to be a miserable time to fish, the trout are sluggish and the temperatures cold. Well, they are missing out, because on warm winter days the fishing can be spectacular. In this article, I will share some hints on how to catch trout during even the coldest of months. Surface –…

Is quick sand a risk when fishing – How I discovered it actually exists?

Is quick sand a risk when fishing – How I discovered it actually exists?

Growing up in the 80s Saturday morning cartoons had me believe quicksand was a real threat, in the school yard my mates and I even discussed Strategies on the best ways to escape if we were ever caught. We had all the knowledge. As I grew up the presence of quicksand and other imagined perils…

Quick guide on how to separate a stuck fishing rod (6 methods)

Quick guide on how to separate a stuck fishing rod (6 methods)

Multi-piece fishing rods can get stuck together, which is annoying. If you are reading this, you probably want to separate your fishing rod, not read an article so I will keep it short and to the point. This guide will provide five methods that can be used to separate virtually any rod. First, two things…

Best Shimano Stradic Alternative? (6 metal frame reels compared)
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Best Shimano Stradic Alternative? (6 metal frame reels compared)

The Shimano Stradic is one of the best spinning reels ever made, and it has developed a cult like following of fans. It is simply a well-built reel that is not only smooth but extremely durable. If there is one complaint regarding the Stradic it is the price, at close to $200 it is a…

Estuary fishing for New Zealand’s forgotten trophy trout

Estuary fishing for New Zealand’s forgotten trophy trout

When fishermen fly to New Zealand, most of them head in one direction. Towards the mountains and the backcountry fisheries. There they will spend countless hours fishing in pristine mountain valleys, sight fishing to respectable size brown and rainbow trout. This high-country fishing is what made New Zealand famous, and it still holds a close…