Carry a Backpacking Boat Anchor I portage my canoe a lot, so I know how much precious room a heavy folding anchor takes up in my pack. But I also don’t always want to drift-fish. Solution: a basketball net. Tie off the bottom with a short piece of rope. When you need it, fill with a few large rocks, and tie off the other end with a drop line. I use poly rope because it’s a good general-purpose rope for around camp. --Joe Doss, Columbus, Ind.
BIG TROUT LURK under cutbanks. There they sit like radar-equipped state troopers, perfectly positioned to nail any hapless wanderer that drifts past. These fish are not insect munchers; they’re cannibals that prey on smaller fish, and the best way to entice a strike is to offer them steak—an outsize fly that forces them to strike out of a territorial impulse. The wrinkle? Heavy tippets will spook these fish. You’ll need to downsize to 4X tippet, quite a trick with a big fly.
A plume of orange muck from a large mine waste spill in Colorado has drifted about 55 miles (90 kilometers) downriver and is closing in on New Mexico, prompting communities to take precautions until the sludge passes.
Plastic worms are used as effective trout lures across the globe. However, it is extremely important to use the worms properly to fish trout. If you want to fish trout with worms, you will need to drag free drifts and other sensitive fishing equipment. Experienced fishermen can very quickly learn to differentiate the gentle knocking of the weights along the bottom. Fishing trout with worms is convenient and less expensive than other fishing methods. The only disadvantage attached to this…