Daily Edge for Fri. Feb. 22

CRIKEY!  Saturday will provide the best chance to get outdoors, and we take a look at the weather for the weekend (and future) and celebrate the life of an amazing conservationist in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:  A nice bluegill sparkles in the sun for a photo before a quick release back into the…

Our Outdoors: Hope on a Hook Shank

By Nick Simonson The practice of tying my own flies began almost as soon as I was introduced to the sport of fly fishing. Though even the first woolly buggers and simple nymphs were a bit rough looking, they caught fish the following season and that was enough to hook me on the process.  Since…

Daily Edge for Thu. Feb. 21

SNOW WHAT? Light snow tapers early this morning as we continue the elongated drag through February (are we sure this month only has 28 days?).  For much of the upper Midwest, this has become one of the snowiest months on record.  We keep pressing on with today’s Three Things, talking natural miracles and more. Featured…

Daily Edge for Wed. Feb. 20

POPULAR POLLINATORS.  Things warm up and will have you thinking 17 degrees feels almost springlike in the calm of today’s conditions. We get some good news from down south (no, they’re not sending their weather) on monarch populations and more about the status of important pollinator species in today’s Three Things. Featured Photo:  Hail to…

Daily Edge for Tue. Feb. 19

YOU CAN DO IT!  It’ll be a nearly 30 degree climb from our overnight lows, but it’s proof that Ma Nature still knows how to move the mercury, and maybe someday soon she’ll move it higher! In the mean time we talk trouble, survival and big bass in today’s Three Things. Featured Photo:  Big Dreams….

Daily Edge for Mon. Feb. 18

CLOSING IN.   This year’s biggest and brightest super moon will be tomorrow night, igniting yet another round of lunar hype.  Things should be clearing up to observe it as well.  We take a look at those topics and more in today’s Three Things. Featured Photo:  The “super snow moon” will be at perigee and will…

Daily Edge for Sun. Feb. 17

JUST THINKING.  We’ve got ideas for spring and some fun things to set up for when the snow melts, along with an ANS update from the G&F in our Three Things today.  We keep our fingers crossed for the warming trend with less snow forecasted at the back half of the week and a shot…

Daily Edge for Sat. Feb. 16

WHITE WEEKEND. Snow totals will tick up tonight as a fresh four inches is expected through Sunday.   We look ahead for some relief in the mid-range forecast and see what’s on tap this in the next 48 hours in today’s Three Things. Featured Photo:  Frosted pheasant tracks are secured in snow by cold weather. Simonson…

Half and Half

By Nick Simonson All the flutter of a fleeing baitfish with the pulsating action of bucktail and flash come together in the Half and Half, a fly that combines the back end of a Deceiver with the weighted, jig-like action of the Clouser minnow into a powerful package that gets down in the column for…

Daily Edge for Fri. Feb. 15

ON THE EDGE.  We’re working our way through winter, and we’ve hit our fifth signpost of the season with the midway point of February.  We go through our Winter Severity Index and add some points today, taking stock of wildlife stressors for the season. Featured Photo:  A rooster pheasant puffs up against the cold along…

Our Outdoors: Reporting for Spring

By Nick Simonson My enjoyment of baseball, particularly Twins baseball, began in my grandfather’s red party cruiser, or the bright blue paddleboat just off the shore on Big Detroit Lake.  My dad would bring an old battery-powered radio with a long silver antenna, set it between us and tune it to a Fargo station to…

Daily Edge for Thu. Feb. 14

MAD LOVE.  Happy Valentines Day!  Get your sweetheart something nice; may we suggest a new blaze orange vest or a pair of camo pants?  We’ve got other suggestions and give you a reason to snuggle up in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:  Handful of Hearts.  Almond heart feathers on a rooster pheasant remind us…