I have heard this phrase from trout anglers numerous times. I always smile every time I hear it. Using a net is a personal thing I also hear. I am a firm believer in using proper gear for the job you are trying to do. Many time when folks see my net they have a comment. Some say delusions of grandeur and others say I am a positive thinker.
Many trout anglers start out with what I call a token net. It is way too small and not deep enough to even handle a medium sized brown. It may be good for brook trout but do you really need a net for a brook trout? These nets can also be seen on many lodge walls. They are quickly found to be useless and made in to decorations.
A longer handle and a deep bag are required for the true "Trout Hunters." The handles can be too long. Too long of handles make for hard carrying and a hard to carry net will go on the wall along with the token net....
'Tree Stand Murders' by David Whitehurst is an in-depth look at a brutal killing spree that shocked the hunting community and world at large. Image by Patrick Durkin.
Illinois’ David Whitehurst was deer hunting northeast of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, on November 21, 2004, when he and his friends saw ambulances race by about 1:20 p.m.
Soon after, they spotted a plane flying low and slow over the forest in a systematic search. By 3 p.m. Whitehurst’s group learned eight hunters had been shot nearby. Five were dead and a manhunt was underway for the shooter. A sixth died the next day.
Whitehurst phoned home immediately to inform his wife before she heard news reports from the Blue Hills, a region he had been hunting for 25 years. By early evening, while eating at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake, Whitehurst...
The saying, “It’s about the journey, not the destination,” exemplifies the award-wining short film, The Disease, by showing the thrill of the hunt — whether or not you end up with a kill.
Directed by Nathaniel Maddux, The Disease is a story of one man’s addiction to all things turkey hunting. The star of this short film, Redbeard, is consumed by a passion for wild turkey hunting. He tells his story not only by the sound of his voice, but by showing the you just how beautiful a passionate life can be.
The viewer is taken on a trip from Redbeard’s turkey call workshop to his secluded hunting camp, all while reflecting on his life of outdoor adventure. After watching...
Hit the water at 8am.
I went to a spot that is 5 miles below the closest designated water.
I had not fished here in three years due to my knee and back pain.
Is a long stretch and I sat down every 10 minutes.
Was really sunny and I thought the trout would be effected by it.
The trout shunned the deep water today. They were behind structure in broken water in about 2 feet of water sunning themselves....
You finally get it to shore after a long extended battle and you glance at its gills and they are loaded with gill lice.
You hurry to unhook it so you can release it. It flounders and rolls on its side. You get that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. Did you battle this giant too long? Has its ability to breath properly been compromised by the parasites attached to its gills.
You try for 45 minutes to revive it. You let it go finally thinking this giant small stream brookie is going to make it. A couple swishes of it tail and then it goes up on its side. You leave it there because it is out in the middle of the deep pool.
You go home wishing the best for the giant brookie you released. Your curiosity gets the best of you and you go back to the hole...
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