Early Season Tactics for Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel are easily one of the most underappreciated species of gamefish, especially in their native range. When bass anglers hook a “slime dart” instead of the bucketmouth they’re targeting, they groan before brutally manhandling the poor pickerel in an effort to get it off the line as quickly as possible. Stocked trout anglers getContinue reading “Early Season Tactics for Chain Pickerel”

Early Spring Adventures

Spring is on its way. I can feel it in the humid morning air and hear it in the chirping spring peepers. The true sign of spring, though, is the stocking trucks beginning their seasonal journey around the state to dump their garish cargo into roadside lakes and rivers. It takes a while before theContinue reading “Early Spring Adventures”

Off-Season Prep for a Productive Open Water Season

While the snow continues to pile up on my favorite lakes and ponds, the least I can do is prepare for the warmer days ahead. I go into each season with the mindset that it will be my best, and this year is no exception. With countless new tips and techniques I’ve picked up overContinue reading “Off-Season Prep for a Productive Open Water Season”

6 Knots Every Serious Angler Should Know

Though I don’t even pretend to be an expert in many aspects of fishing, there is one part of the sport that I believe I am much more familiar with than most: knots. As a scout and longtime angler, I have honed my knot tying skills to near perfection, and have come across numerous knotContinue reading “6 Knots Every Serious Angler Should Know”

If Only …

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve discovered one fundamental truth of the pastime we all love: fishing is hard. Perhaps that’s what makes it such an addictive sport. As school and activities have kicked into full-gear, and the end of Daylight Savings Time has granted far fewer hours of afternoon sunlight, I find it increasinglyContinue reading “If Only …”

Celebrating One Year

This Tuesday (October 12th), Current Angler will celebrate its first birthday. I’ve dreamt of this day for many months now, though I never fully knew if it would ever come. Along with this huge milestone come many recollections of great memories forged along the way. This blog started out as a way to share myContinue reading “Celebrating One Year”

Some Things Never Change

The early evening sun spreads a warm, orange glow across the colorful landscape. Red is just beginning to creep across the maples scattered throughout the cattail-studded wetlands, indicating the change of seasons is just days away. Occasionally, a snout pokes through the glassy surface of the pond, sipping midges as they flit toward the nearbyContinue reading “Some Things Never Change”

Fishing, Simplified

For years, I assumed fishing had to be hard-core. Each trip I took included a minimum of two rods, and my backpack was always loaded to the brim with every bait and lure I owned. Sure, I enjoyed the excitement of feeling like a professional angler on a mission to catch the biggest and baddestContinue reading “Fishing, Simplified”

Adventures in Teaching Fishing Pt. 2

Last fall, I wrote about the joys of teaching someone how to fly fish after helping my friend catch his first ever trout on a fly rod. Little did I know that I would spend the next summer taking kids out on fishing adventures to teach them the in’s-and-out’s of our wonderful, yet somewhat confusing,Continue reading “Adventures in Teaching Fishing Pt. 2”

A Lifetime of Passion

After many years of saving, I finally sent in the $900 check for my Maine out-of-state lifetime fishing license last week. This license means a lot to me, especially since it’s a lifelong commitment to the sport I love. While I was saving for the most expensive purchase I’ve made to date, I learned aContinue reading “A Lifetime of Passion”