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Fly Tying: Catch More Fish in Warm Water With the White Gurgler

If you fish for bass, bluegill, or crappie, this fly needs to be in your box! The Gurgler pattern will not fail. Here are the materials and instructions you need to tie it yourself.


My Review of the Rebel Pop-R Lure for Topwater Bass Fishing

Do you like topwater bass fishing? Read my review of the Rebel Pop-R to find out if the lure's worth adding to your tackle box.


How to Set Up Bubble Fly Rigs

How the COAF Field Team likes to set up bubble fly rigs when they opt to use spinning gear over fly fishing gear. These rigs work for non-fly fishermen as well as fly fisherman, too! Here are three rigs that have proven effective for the Team!


Top 5 Swimbaits for Giant Smallmouth Bass

Swimbaiting is one of the fastest growing techniques for catching giant smallmouth bass in great quantities.


Best Line Counter Trolling Reels

When targeting fish at a specific depth, line counter fishing reels provide unbeatable trolling depth control. Keep your lures in the strike zone for more bites all day long.


Top 3 Best Ultralight Spinning Rods– 2019

These ultralight spinning rods are guaranteed to provide you with the best combination of weight and function, capable of handling even the burliest back-country trout.


Best Fishing Rod Holders for Boats, Kayaks, Shore, and More

A run-down of the best fishing rod holders for every situation; from boats and kayaks, to shore and surf fishing.


7 Tips to Prevent Line Twist on a Spinning Reel

There are few things more frustrating than a bad snarl of fishing line on a good day of fishing. Use these seven proven tips to keep your line tangle-free and properly string your fishing pole.


Top 3 Best Ultralight Spinning Reels—2018

These ultralight spinning reels are guaranteed to provide you with the best combination of weight and function, keeping your pack light and your creel full.


DIY Fly Line Leader

Here is how to make a fly line leader using a simple recipe. Also, learn about ways to attach the leader to a fly line and how to attach a leader to the Lillian on a Tenkara rod!


Fly Tying: The PMC Emerger (With Pictures and Video)

This article provides instructions for tying a PMC Emerger—a fishing fly that uses minimal material and is simple to tie! It can be fished dry or wet and is used primarily for trout.


The Best Telescopic Fishing Rods

Looking for packable, portable, store-anywhere fishing rods? Telescopic fishing rods are tough to beat! Here are some of the best on the market, including one I never hit the trail without.


Top 3 Best Backpacking Fishing Rods

Looking for the best fishing rods for backpackers? These three rods have the best combination of packability, durability, and fishability.


Water Wolf Camera

Looking for information about the Water Wolf Camera from a fisherman's standpoint? This article provides suggestions and tips for using the camera in the field!


Fly Tying: The Bent Back Clouser Variant

A variant of the Clouser Minnow, this uses a bent back hook, craft fur instead of deer hair, and a weighted keel instead of dumbbell eyes. Simple and effective . . . the Field Team is really liking this one!


Making a Sabiki Rig for White Bass

A sabiki rig is a set of small lures used to catch bait fish, but here is one variation that is used for catching white bass (or sand bass). Do check it out!


Modifying an Ultralight Rod for Micro Fishing

Learn how I modified an ultralight fishing rod and reel for use in micro fishing!


COAF Damsel Fly

This article provides instructions for tying a COAF Damsel Fly - a variation of the Damsel Fly nymph pattern. This variant simulates a small minnow or crawdad swimming along the bottom!


Fly Tying: Simple Foam Rubber Grasshopper

How to tie a Foam Rubber Spider Grasshopper, a variation of the Foam Spider. It is fished dry, and has been a consistent producer of Bass and Panfish for us!


Simple Dough Bait Recipe for Catfish

A simple recipe for making dough bait that catches catfish. I use minimal ingredients. This takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, and can be used immediately!


How to Tie the COAF Guadalupana Fishing Fly

How do you tie COAF's variant of the Guadalupana? Learn how to tie this versatile pattern, which involves a smaller size hook, and uses a grizzly hackle.


How to Properly Spool a Spinning Reel and Prevent Line Twists

Here are tips for spooling a spinning reel without line twists. No one wants to be on the water and have their equipment fail them, ruining a great day of fishing. The truth is, anglers often create their own problems by not fishing their equipment properly.


A Guide to the Different Types of Fishing Waders

Are you trying out fishing for the first time? Understanding the difference between different fishing gear available is important. Learn more about the different types of fishing waders.


Saltwater Fishing Rods and Reels

When shopping for saltwater fishing rods, pick one that feels right for you. Whether it is fiberglass, graphite or maybe bamboo, it has to feel good in your hands. The Zebco rod and reel was my first!


How to Catch Fish With Wedding Ring Lures

Wedding ring lures are a classic that can land trout, panfish, walleye, landlocked salmon, and many other freshwater fish. Here are some proven tips on how to use the wedding ring lure effectively.


How to Catch Fish With Buzz Bombs

How to rig Buzz Bombs, how to fish with Buzz Bombs, and easy modifications to catch more fish. A must-read for anyone interested in this time-proven lure.


Top 5 Best Fishing Lures for Bass

Five of the best bass baits and lures on the market. Tips on how and when to effectively use these lures to catch more bass!


Trout Fishing Gear to Get You Started

Everything you need to know to get set up to catch trout. Includes rod, reel, line, and tackle suggestions. Tips from a well-seasoned angler.


Choosing the Right Type of Fishing Line

I'll break down the major types and brands and help you decide what kind of line will do best for your style of fishing!


Monofilament Fishing Line: How to Choose the Right One

Pros and cons of monofilament fishing line, what strength to choose, and suggested brands.


Making a Simple Ghost Shrimp Bait Pump

Did you know that Ghost Shrimp are abundant along the beach and make excellent bait when surf fishing? Here are the details on making a Bait Pump to catch Ghost Shrimp!


The 10 Best Tide Watches for Fishermen

How do you choose the best fisherman's tide watch? Find the features that matter and get some ideas no one else will dare..


How to Open and Close a Minnow Trap in 7 Easy Steps

Do you ever struggle to use a minnow trap? The first time I tried it took a little time to figure out, so here are seven steps to follow.


How to Set up a Minnow Trap in the Water

Buying minnows to use as bait is always an option, but catching your own minnows is so much more satisfying.


Top 5 Best Trout Lures

A countdown of five time-proven trout lures, all guaranteed to put more fish in the boat! Includes size and color recommendations, as well as tricks for rigging and effectively fishing each one.


Fishing With Bread: Fishing Rigs

I'll teach you how to make a few bread fishing rigs I use and how I bait them by molding the bread around the hook.

Tennis Ball Fishing Float

Tennis Ball Fishing Float

Learn how to make a "Tennis Ball Fishing Float" that can be cast for distance using surfcasting gear!