Daily Edge for Tue. Dec. 4

ON TOP OF THINGS.  Today’s weather is ideal ahead of Wednesday’s quick-hitter of a front with fast winds and spits of snow.  While you’re thinking what to do with tomorrow’s “inside day” (and enjoying today outdoors) we’ve got some ways to keep your flies on the surface.   Featured Photo:  Closed cell foam patterns are…

Daily Edge for Mon. Dec. 3

CHILL OUT.  Freezing fog, ground frost and ice have made things slippery in the region, but sun is on the way after today to help clean things up.  We check out the relatively calm week ahead and some ways to stay cool in the field  in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:  A hunter makes…

‘Twas the Night Before First Ice

By Nick Simonson Ho ho ho!  That giddy Christmas morning feeling comes early for those of us looking forward to some hardwater fishing as we flip to the last page in the calendar. So, as the air chills and the water freezes and the anticipation builds (or maybe you’re already out there), let the tradition…

Daily Edge for Sat. Dec. 1

STEADY.  Steady temperatures on an east wind will be the highlight today, as yesterday’s foggy and frosty conditions subside.  Ice on area lakes is thickening as recent temps have struggled to get above freezing, but be aware of safety this time of year.  While we cautiously wait (and go hunting) we talk about big ice…

Daily Edge for Fri. Nov. 30

SMOKIN’  Today kicks off the last of the deer seasons, as muzzleloader hunting opens at noon.  We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: Full fluff.  A coyote gets caught on trail camera in the cold of night. Simonson Photo.   WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast): Today: Fri 11/30 – Frosty Start –…

Daily Edge for Thu. Nov. 29

COLOR IT UP.  While the skies may be gray and the ground a little white, you can break free of the monochromatic by adding a little color to your tacklebox and lure creation.  We talk about that option and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: Looking Sunny.  Bright orange jigs are tied up…

Our Outdoors: All Good Things

By Nick Simonson Welcome to the final stretch of hunting season.  By this time, boot leather should be well worn, blaze orange faded to a dull peach, and that reliable camouflage coat covered in mud, spilled coffee and other stains that evidence a successful go of things thus far.  So it is at this time…

Daily Edge for Wed. Nov. 28

A GOOD MIX.  There’s hunting to be done, spring efforts to plan for and a calendar full of events in the meantime during this shift to winter.  Keep an eye on the roads and both hands on the wheel if you’re headed out today, or better yet, stay inside and get set for ice fishing…

Daily Edge for Tue. Nov. 27

SLIP SLIDING TO WINTER.  A slippery mix is headed our way as we hit the final few days of November and look forward to yet another deer season on the horizon. We talk about those newsworthy items and some slicing suggestions for synthetics on your jigs in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: Iced.  Plan…

Daily Edge for Mon. Nov. 26

THAT’S A WRAP.  By the time you read this, the firearms deer season will be gone.  Here’s hoping you bagged your buck or doe and are looking forward to a season of snacking on jerky, waking up to sausage, and closing out the day with a meal of steaks on the grill.  While these more…

50 Pheasant Flies: PT Klinkhammer

By Nick Simonson The Klinkhammer was originally tied by Dutch angler Hans van Klinken in order to imitate the emerging insects that grayling were rising on in his local stream.  Since that time, a number of variants of the popular parachute fly have been tied, and it’s no surprise that a pheasant tail version has…

Daily Edge for Sat. Nov. 25

NINE TOES.  It’s an even nine hours of daylight today, starting with sunrise at 8 am on your final day of the firearms deer season.  Cooler temps and light snow will highlight relatively cooperative conditions for you to close it all out. We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: …