50 Pheasant Flies: Cone Head Marabou Streamer

By Nick Simonson Alright, it’s time for some meat; big honkin’ flies for big honkin’ fish, right?  Hungry nighttime brown trout, aggressive prespawn smallmouth, anything with an appetite for destruction this spring will be looking for something more than the diminutive nymphs and dries tied up so far this winter. Now’s the time to bulk…

Daily Edge for Fri. Feb. 23

SOLID GOLD. A great stretch of weather starts the weekend off right, and light snow chances tomorrow shouldn’t dampen any travel or ice fishing plans.  Highs near 30 the next few days may spur a little melting too, as the sun’s angle steepens and gets stronger.  We talk guns and ammo in today’s Three Things….

Daily Edge for Thu. Feb. 22

SUN’S OUT! Guns out?  Pretty close!  While we’re not quite ready for snow goose or spring trap shooting seasons, we feel a little less like winter today as bright sunshine and warmer temps creep us closer to average for this time of year.  We look at the weekend forecast and some late season ice fishing…

Our Outdoors: A Season of Growth

By Nick Simonson Manning the booth at the Bismarck Sport Show for the teams I’m helping to get off the ground with a hard-core group of 20 other volunteer coaches gave me some time to reflect on all our cadre had accomplished since last fall.  From my joining the group mid-summer after relocating to the…

Daily Edge for Wed. Feb. 21

RUFF HOUSING.  We take some time out from winter talk to look ahead to a favorite spring woodland bird, and a fun hunt every fall – the ruffed grouse.  From how they get their colors to their tell-tale spring drumming sound to what the future holds, we cover the bases in today’s Three Things. Featured…

Daily Edge for Tue. Feb. 20

MONITORING MIGRANTS.  While the white stuff will reappear overnight and early this morning, those white spring birds probably won’t make their way north for a few weeks, especially if things stay cool.  We talk about snow geese and other migrating birds seen in ND and where they are now in today’s Three Things. (Featured Photo:…

Daily Edge for Mon. Feb. 19

Following yesterday’s front and related snow squall, we drop into the single digits for highs for the next few days and winter settles back in.  We talk more about that and other chilly topics in today’s Three Things. (Featured Photo: A snow-covered hiking trail winds through a draw along the Missouri River valley. Simonson Photo)…

Spring Planting for Upland Game

By Nick Simonson While it may not feel like it, spring is just around the corner, and with the six-to-ten weeks ahead, landowners and conservationists still have time to get their planting plans in place to help aid not only upland game species like pheasants and partridge, but also benefit songbirds, watchable wildlife and pollinators. …

Daily Edge for Sun. Feb. 18

FISH ON? Cold comes back, and the myth that spring is just around the corner fades into the dusty corners of the mind as we feel the touch of winter’s hand once more.  Speaking of myths we tap into the annals of the internet for some of our favorite internet hoaxes and questionable legends in…

Daily Edge for Sat. Feb. 17

It’s the ideal day of the weekend to get on the ice as temps stay in the upper 20s and snow isn’t forecast until after midnight, but if ice fishing isn’t your thing this weekend is for the birds as well with lots of avian-themed activities available in the region, which we discuss in depth…

50 Pheasant Flies: Larva Lace Caddis

By Nick Simonson The art of fly tying is creating a pattern that can easily simulate, or combines the best parts of, a number of potential prey items in the wild.  With over 14,000 species of caddisflies worldwide, good general imitators combine a number of their characteristics that fish key in on.  Whether it’s the…

Daily Edge for Fri. Feb. 16

We’ll be at the Bismarck Sports Show this afternoon helping out with the ND Clay Target League booth, so stop by and say hi!  This afternoon and Saturday will be conducive to good ice fishing, so get out there and give it a go.  We talk about the great access this winter has allowed for…