Tying Salmon Skirts

By Nick Simonson For avid lure makers, there’s nothing more valuable than a few quick shortcuts at the bench to crank out high-quality, customizable homemade baits.  With salmon season firing up, the addition of banded mylar strips to a tackle-crafter’s material list is a must have this time of year.  These stretches of mylar which…

Daily Edge for Fri. Aug. 10

GETTING WARMER.  We’re headed into a super-warm weekend, with Saturday and Sunday’s highs hitting 101. On southern breezes, expect warm and windy to be the tale of the two-day stretch until things cool down into the 80s on Monday.  We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: Time Flies. The…

Our Outdoors: Back to School

By Nick Simonson While strolling the aisles of the nearby megamart it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a pile of spiral-bound notebooks, as it were.  The creeping metal twist through covers of blue and yellow binding college-ruled papers brought a slight feeling of melancholy. It was as if I had been transported…

Daily Edge for Thu. Aug. 9

SMOKIN’ HOT. Things stay warm into the weekend, and those slow sultry summer sunsets will be heightened by smoke in the atmosphere.  We talk about where that’s coming from and some summer animal observations and yet another hunting season to prepare for in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: A deep red sunset settles in…

Daily Edge for Wed. Aug. 8

GOING FAST, GROWING FAST. We’re motoring through August, like sprinting pheasant chicks through ditch grass!  Nearing the 1/3 mark on the month, we’ll see temperatures soar this weekend to give you that full summer experience.  We talk about those items and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: A nearly full-grown pheasant chick sneaks…

Daily Edge for Tue. Aug.

NOTES & NUMBERS. The high number will be 90 or more today as temperatures begin to get back into more August-like reaches.  In addition, there’s lots to sign up for as shooting sports and hunting application deadlines come due.  We have the scoop on those items and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:…

Daily Edge for Mon. Aug. 6

FLASH IN THE PAN. While today will be cool, things will heat up quickly, keeping summer patterns for your fishing action on track and running strong into the second week of the month.  We talk about the near and long term forecasts and what they’ll mean for your fishing (and hunting) action.   Featured Photo:…

Daily Edge for Sun. Aug. 5

TAKE IT EASY.  There are steps to take while fishing that will make the process of catch and release easier this time of year.  With warm waters, the stress of landing fish requires a quick and knowledgable turn-around to get them back in the flow to be caught again.   We talk about those tips in…

Daily Edge for Sat. Aug. 4

WHO’S READY TO HUNT? Patiently awaiting the opening of management goose or dove season?  So is your four-legged friend.  We’ve got some hot weather to get through and still quite a bit of fishing to do, which we address in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:  Ole the lab pleads his case for a session…

Tying In-Line Flashabou Muskie Spinners (Part 1)

By Nick Simonson The heat of August means active fish, and muskies are on the move as summer transitions to fall.  One of the most popular baits to be flung after the fish of 10,000 casts is a large in-line flashabou spinner of 10 to 12 inches in length with big double blades in size…

Daily Edge for Fri. Aug. 3

TRIM TIME. NDG&F Roadside Brood Counts are underway, and as hay fields and ditches start to come down with many farmers waiting until after the first of August to mow to protect young pheasants and other birds, we’re seeing broods en masse for the first time, and numbers are looking good. We talk about that…

Daily Edge for Thu. Aug. 2

UP & AT ‘EM!  Temperatures are on the rise today, bringing in a much more August-like feel to the region with a hot and humid stretch coming on south winds. We talk about that and some history and current events on the hunting and fishing fronts in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: Shiny Three. …