When you are newer to fishing, or if you are just looking for a nice new rod and reel combination - sometimes it is nice to grab a prepared combination from a manufacturer. After all, they are the ones creating this equipment and should know what reel and rod combinations will work the best together! And when it comes to finding a great prepared combination spinning rod and … [Read more...] about The Best Abu Garcia Spinning Rod and Reel Combos
Fishing has been a passion of mine since I was a young child. The first rod and reel that I can remember saving all my money for so I could purchase on my own was a Quantum rod that I paired with an Abu Garcia reel. That reel was my favorite spinning reel of all-time, and ever since that moment I've almost always paired my fishing rods with an Abu Garcia Spinning Reel. So, … [Read more...] about The Best Abu Garcia Spinning Reels
Watching my nephews (5 yrs old & 3 yrs old) discover new things is one of the really awesome joys of being an uncle. Remembering what it was like to have that unabashed sense of wonder and just find certain things so unbelievably interesting - even now as an adult that type of energy is infectious. One thing my nephews absolutely went nuts over: discovering multi-colored … [Read more...] about What Is a Blue Light Flashlight Used for?
I was in high school when our parents decided we were old enough to make the yearly one or two week fishing trips to an isolated Canadian lake, Lac De Millie Lacs. While there are plenty of memories and fishing stories of big aggressive pike and feeding walleye, and once even caught a 4 lb smallmouth bass, we also heard there were giant lake trout, as well, but we never saw … [Read more...] about Do Lake Trout Feed at Night?
There are many options out there when it comes to finding an outstanding fillet knife, but is more modern always better? Electric fillet knives definitely offer more speed and the ability to really dive through a large number of fish and make the actual cutting easier. However, is that worth giving up the control and precision from a regular fillet knife? I guess for me … [Read more...] about Best Electric Fillet Knives
One of the things that I have learned in my years of fishing, is that having a bad fishing reel – or the wrong type of fishing reel – can really make fishing difficult. You want a reel that compliments your fishing rod, provides smooth lure retrieval, holds enough fishing line for trolling, is durable to take hits from large fish – basically you need a fishing reel that is … [Read more...] about The Best KastKing Spinning Reels
There are few things in life better than hitting the hiking trails on a cool autumn day. Whether you're the type who loves trail running with nature all around you or thirsts for the hamstring burning challenge of some seriously steep trails to unforgettable scenic views, there's a lot to love about what a good fall hike has to offer. A good pair of women's hiking boots are … [Read more...] about Best Hiking Boots for Women Reviewed
After reading up on hunting wild hogs, raccoons, and coyotes the advice came up repeatedly about hunting at night. However, there are many obvious potential disadvantages to hunting at night. Since no one in my family did night hunting, just traditional early morning starts during deer season, I really had to go digging into figuring out what the answer was. Is it legal to … [Read more...] about Is it Legal to Hunt with Night Vision?
I'm embarrassed to admit that for much of my life, I had no idea red lights were anything other than Hollywood special effects for horror movies or submarine war movies. Then a friend who had served in the armed forces and minored in photography in college informed me I was an idiot. Okay, she was way nicer than that, but learning red lights, red lenses, and red flashlights … [Read more...] about What Is a Red Flashlight Used for?
My interest in how to take care of canvas tents almost certainly started during my scouting days. At Camp Wakonda we'd sleep in basic canvas tents that had two cots per tent. One summer we were to help clean them on the last day, which was rather fascinating to be. A "simple" piece of canvas, but with just a basic cleaning that a bunch of 10 to 15 years could be trusted with … [Read more...] about How Do I Clean a Canvas Tent?
Growing up in the time before the Internet was widespread, well before Google was a thing, information wasn't quite as reliable as it is now which is why every kid running by the river somehow saw a water moccasin every summer. Because of course, every brown or black snake had to be a cottonmouth, right? But considering I lived in a state that didn't have cottonmouths (Iowa) … [Read more...] about How Do You Identify a Water Moccasin?
Camping can never be complete without the nightly ritual of a good campfire. The crackle of burning wood, dancing yellow, red, and blue flames that draw the eyes in, giving a hypnotic and peaceful sway unlike anything else. Staring into the flames, to wood that turns a ghostly white glow as it turns into ashy coals - the flames still dancing all around it. Ah, the best … [Read more...] about How to Build a Better Fire: The Best Firewood for Campfires