Our Outdoors: Fish Formula

  By Nick Simonson Catch and release angling isn’t anything new, in fact the conservation tool has been around long enough to have its own acronym of C&R, which is universally known in fishing circles.  At the outset, providing the length or maybe the length and girth of that monster fish of the day wasn’t…

Our Outdoors: Set the Hook

  By Nick Simonson A snap of the wrist, a drop and a sweep, an upward lift with a downward pull; however you set the hook, the energy and excitement that comes from connecting with a fish is half of the fun of angling.  Whether the fish rockets up to the surface or thunders in…

Our Outdoors: The Shift is On

By Nick Simonson The flock rose and fell like a slow pulse, banking and turning against the southerly gusts. They made the sky look like static on an old black and white TV screen long after the daily programming had stopped and the national anthem signaled the end of the broadcast day.  The growing crowd…

Our Outdoors: Electronic Edges at Midseason

  By Nick Simonson   The rush of first ice is in the rear view mirror, and that stretch of more challenging mid-winter fishing is underway.  While February marks the traditional seasonal slowdown in on-ice action in the upper Midwest, the midseason doldrums rarely prevent anglers from making their way out after fish.  Heightened technology…

Our Outdoors: The League

By Nick Simonson Case upon case of 12 gauge shells piled up in the safe room at the trap club as a line of volunteers – some of them fellow coaches, some parents and some shooters – daisy-chained the 100 brown boxes of ammo through the snow to their resting place along the wall.  While…

Our Outdoors: Put a Bead On It

  By Nick Simonson   When it comes to fast moving water, or big fish lurking below the school, nothing gets an angler down to business like the addition of a heavy, flashy bead at the front of a fly.  Whether it is a rapidly-flowing stream harboring trout in deeper pockets or tucked into the…

Our Outdoors: A Perfect Reminder

By Nick Simonson We were five-for-seven heading into the homeward turn of a slough on a year end pheasant hunt.  Seemingly every rooster that got up in shooting range went down in shooting range.  The couple that escaped did so by the very fibers of their long tailfeathers which waggled in the breeze after some…