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- Understanding fly reel drag systems.
The single most important thing to consider when buying a fly reel is to make certain it matches the weight of your line and fly rod; this total combination must also be suited for the type of fish you want to catch and your fishing style. The reel becomes part of a balanced system when combined with your fly rod and line. The following are the three main types of drag systems; these are the basics and will help you make a better decision on what is best suited for you.
Spring-and-pawl - Simples…
- Sea Kayaking Kodiak, Alaska - Exploring an Island Paradise By Andy Schroeder
Thousands of miles of awe-inspiring coastline have enticed a small, but growing, number of adventurers to discover the wonders of sea kayaking Southwest Alaska. At the forefront of destinations in this remote region is Kodiak. The island is the second largest island in the United States, yet, owing to it’s numerous fjords, no point of land on Kodiak Island is more than 15 miles from the sea. Don’t be deceived by Kodiak’s listing as the fourth-largest community in Alaska; it is still small enou…
- The Pinnacle of Sport Fishing: The Thrill of Bonefishing in Great Exuma, Bahamas
When you think about the islands in the Bahamas, you most certainly picture white sand beaches, sparkling azure waters and friendly smiling faces. Without a doubt, Bahamas is home to beautiful scenery and warm islanders, but this Caribbean getaway is also the chosen destination of avid bonefishers from all over the world. For your next trip to the sun, consider visiting the island of Great Exuma Bahamas and partake in the exciting sport of bonefishing.
Whether you are a seasoned pro or an amate…
- Alaska - Brief Travel Guide By Stan Trof
WHAT TO SEE, TO DO AND WHERE: Mount McKinley is the highest mountain in North America (6,194 m or 20,306 feet), 150 miles from Fairbanks. Mountain climbing season is very short because of cold weather, strong winds and avalanche hazards. Nearly 1,000 people each season attempt the mountain, the best climbing conditions are in June.The peak is located in Denali National Park that offers superb mountain scenery and incomparable wildlife viewing, from 400-kg (900 lbs) grizzlies to Alaska state b…
- Bird Feeders: Look Who's Coming to Dinner
Birds, birds, birds. They come in all shapes and sizes. They range in type from carnivores to herbivores. Birds have been the stars of their own movies. Birds have taught children the importance of personality over looks. Some are even the leaders of nations. Is it any wonder that bird watching is one of the world's most practiced hobbies.
People from all walks of life enjoy bird watching. Anyone can do it. All it requires is patience, a pair of binoculars and most importantly, a bird feeder. A…
- Fishing Memories
I have many great memories of fishing with my father as a small child, my father had a love for fly-fishing and he would take me along to some remote place every time he had the day off and the weather was good. We would usually end up far from home at some very secluded creek, lake or small river in the foothills of Alberta, we would walk cut lines for hours on end exploring the creeks, rivers and tiny lakes that were hidden from all but the most serious of fisherman.
In all my childhood years…
- Gambling Isn't the Only Thing to do in Las Vegas By Monica Marty
Do you think the only thing to do in Las Vegas is gamble? Would
you believe that there are a multitude of great hiking trails in
a place where all-you-can-eat casino buffets are par for the
course? Southern Nevada is chock full of great hiking trails
ready to be discovered. Hiking areas near Las Vegas include:
Red Rock, Mt.Charleston, Lake Mead, and the Eastern Sierra.
These hiking trails are interspersed between canyons, mountains,
chutes, and gullies.Red Rock: Red Rock is located 20 miles …
- Red Hunting Hat | A Life Saver
If you are an avid hunter then you probably already have a favorite red hunting hat. If not you should really have not only a bright colored hat, but also bright matching attire. You want all other hunters to be able to spot you clearly before they take a shot. While you may think that making the kill is the most important part of the hunt, but your safety and that of others is really the most important facet. Having a red or orange outfit is a must to guarantee a safe and entertaining day.
- River Rafting in California By Kristy Annely
River rafting is a major attraction in California. The most popular California river rafting destination is the mighty American River. The American River begins in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and runs to the Sacramento River. The American River splits into three forks before it converges. The North Fork, the Middle Fork, and the South Fork each offer rafters unique adventures.The North Fork of the American River offers the most challenging rapids on the river. It is fed by the runoff from…
- 7 Need to Know Campsite Cooking Strategies By Eric Stephenson
Are you sick and tired of not knowing what to bring or what to cook when you go camping? Do you either pack the entire kitchen (including the sink) or you bring the absolute minimum and then have to use a fork as a spatula or two spoons as tongs?If that sounds even the slightest bit familiar then you are in the right place. Over the past decade or so I have refined a list of 7 things that I use every single time I prepare for my next camping trip.These strategies are relevant whether you are c…
- UAV Life Guard Concept By Lance Winslow
Swimming out about a fifty yards you see your son. Going to the beach weekly gives you a break from your workweek and hectic schedule. You go back to reading your latest novel, you are now on page 234, only 4 more pages to the end of the chapter and then you will roll over and tan your backside. The Life Guard looks like a fine young man, today he is working a double shift and it is really busy at the beach. The Life Guard awaits a cute blonde and her red head friend to come back with an icy s…
- On Safari in Northern Tanzania – Back to The Sixth Day of the Creation By Andrew Muigai
Tanzania’s natural endowment as a wildlife safari destination is unrivalled. Wild animals roam in vast areas as God intended on that sixth day of the creation. These areas are designated as national parks and game reserves and have a high reputation for being uncrowded and unspoilt. The magnificent collection of game sanctuaries to the north of the country, near the border with Kenya, is referred to as The Northern Circuit. This is the most popular and accessible wildlife safari route in Tanza…
- Family Canoeing Vacation By Peter Shannon
Canoeing is a wonderful family vacation idea. It can be a real family-type adventure that is challenging yet not too difficult. Besides being a distinctly fun activity, it is also a form of travel. With a canoe you have the means to safely access wilderness areas that otherwise might not be possible for a family. In more touristy places you have the means to slip off across the river or lake for more private family fun.If you have your own canoe, great. It is easily carried on your car to whe…
- Board Shorts and Rash Guards, then new Wet Uniform for Yacht Crews.
As your guests are heading back to the swim platform on the wave runner, you can see in their eyes that they are not thinking about a single thing that you told them about docking before they left. They have just been skipping across the surface of the water at 60 Knots, and driving personal watercraft is not something they do everyday, as a matter of fact, they have probably only done it once before. As they get close to the platform they slow, the wave runner rolls a bit, so you grab for the h…
- Ants and Fly Fishing
Fly anglers are schooled at an early age, (well any age, I suppose, but early into their foray of fly fishing), about the big three, mayflies, caddis and stoneflies. I need to digress again, this is trout anglers, if you began fly fishing for other species, you were probably schooled about other things. But the importance of mayflies, caddis, and stoenflies are hit upon early and re-learned repeatedly. With good reason for sure. These insects are of huge importance to most trout habitats, and th…
- Camp Out at Fort Wilderness By Jose Negron
The Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground continues its tradition of being one of Disney World’s best kept secrets. The only campground at the Walt Disney World Resort offers a tranquil getaway for families and couples alike. Relax within the confines of the lush Florida landscape lined with rustic woods teaming with friendly, local wildlife.Where can I stay?For the well-traveled visitor, Disney provides top-notch hook ups for mobile RVs. The adventurous crowd is encouraged to pitch a tent and…
- Six Wilderness Travel Tips
Wilderness travel is relatively dangerous. Backpacking, floating a river in a canoe, or four-wheeling down isolated two-tracks - they all mean leaving the safety and predictability of civilization behind. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make it much safer, without taking away from the adventure. Here are six tips for doing just that.
1. Prepare. I've seen hikers eight miles from the nearest road, at nightfall, with no water, and facing a sub-freezing night with short sleeves. Th…
- Getting to Know More About the Newest Insect Control Innovation: Making Your Tailgate Party Insect-Free
Football equals Party, no other sport is so related to a party. Superbowl weekend attracts no American like any other sport event can. So its no wonder that many people don't care if they don't even get inside the stadium, having a tailgate party would be enough. A TV showing the action could spark the emotions in people just like watching the game itself.
When you say tailgate party the first thing that comes to mind is football and beer. But anyone could do that. To make a party that everyone…
- Rigid Inflatable Boats By Kristy Annely
A rigid inflatable boat is defined as a hard-hulled boat with air inflatable collars. RIB hulls are made of fiberglass, aluminum or composite materials. The soft bumpers or fenders, called ""sponsons,"" can be air tubes, or all foam systems. These boats are powered by a variety of motors and usually come from the manufacturer as a package – boat with tube, motor and trailer.Rigid inflatable boats are more like traditional boats, with hulls supported by a rigid material. The main benefits of th…
- Snowboarding Tricks A-D
Snowboading Tricks A-D
360 - The board is rotated 360 degrees (1 complete turn) in
the air and lands facing forward.540 - The board is rotated
540 degrees (1.5 complete turns) in the air and lands riding fakie. 720
Spin - The board is rotated 720 degrees (2 complete turns) in the air
and lands facing forward. Air-to-Fakie - Any halfpipe trick
where there is not at least a 180 degree turn.
Andrecht - As soon as the snowboard leaves the lip of the superpipe
the rider plants the back…
- Your Horse's Back May Not Be the Same Next Month By Carole Herder
A saddle is a static object, but your horse is a living, dynamic creature. Even slight changes throughout the year in your horse's weight have a significant impact on the fit of the saddle. And, naturally, the saddle fit in turn significantly impacts your horse's experience.That's just common sense, of course. But many riders forget the fact that a horse normally undergoes even slight alterations in weight and posture throught the seasons and throughout his or her life. And yet we continue to …
- Camping and Outdoors Handy Hints By Donald Vanderlugt
Handy Sleeping Bag HintA handy hint for making the most of your sleeping bag no matter what quality it is, is to get a bed sheet made [ sewn ] into a
Sleeve/envelope to act as a liner to fit snugly inside the bag; this will make it easy to clean when you return home from your adventure, just pop it into the washing machine and ready it for the next trip. If you are like me and sometimes if it gets too hot you can open your sleeping bag to let out the heat a bit and still feel comfortable insi…
- Wal-Mart Camping And Other Free Places By Steven Gillman
"Do you know about Wal-Mart camping?" We didn't know, but the old man at the campground in Florida insisted WalMart not only allowed RVs and vans to park overnight, but encouraged it. "Free camping," he told us, and we didn't wait long to take advantage of this new knowledge.Somewhere in northern Georgia we pulled into a Wal-Mart, and sure enough, we saw some RVs off to one side of the parking lot, looking like they were there for the night. We were heading back to Michigan in our conversion v…
- Ultralight Backpacking Versus Traditional Backpacking By Steven Gillman
Contrary to what many think, ultralight backpacking is not just about the freedom to hike more miles or to take your whole pack up the mountain with you. It is also about comfort and safety. Backpackers with heavy loads work too hard and threaten their joints too much. Challenges may add to the experience, but why suffer more than is necessary?The Disadvantages Of Traditional BackpackingLack Of FreedomYou can't easily take a side trip up that hill, just to see what is there. If you do it witho…
- Halloween Fly Fishing - The Ultimate Bite
Halloween and fly fishing may seem like an odd mix, but not for true anglers. Yep, I'm talking about the ultimate test of your abilities and nerve.
Okay, everyone knows the story of Count Dracula. The book is huge and has been turned into more than a few scary movies. The one the frightened me the most was the recent edition in which Keanu Reaves attempted to speak with an English accent. Truly scary. Anyway, the interesting thing about Dracula is that it is based on a real pers…
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Join the American Hiking Society By Monica Marty
Have you taken up hiking as a new form of family recreation?
Are you a serious hiker that spends hours on challenging trails?
Do you want to find a way to become more involved in hiking
across the nation? Hikers of any background will want to check
out the “American Hiking Society”. This society is an alliance
of local hiking clubs and provides a wealth of resources and
activities for hikers of any background.They have a bounty of events to choose from including National
Trails Day and Winter…
Pools Landscaping Tips Revealed
The best time to start thinking about landscaping is before the pool goes in.
Landscaping around your pool can make a big difference to the appearance of your investment. Plants and paving can enhance the visual appeal of your pool and a good garden designer can complete the picture. They have great experience with a variety of pool settings and will help with the design even if you elect to do the job yourself.
The main factors to think about when landscaping are the sun, wind and how much spa…
Learning to sail
Many people learn to sail by going sailing with their friends or parents. But how do you get started if you do not know anybody with a boat? Or perhaps you want to undertake formal training to acquire a recognised qualification. Many yacht charter companies will require potential customers to hold a recognised qualification prior to them chartering a yacht. Sailing in many countries is looked after by national associations or federations. The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) in the United Kingdo…
Shark Attacks! How Common are They? Where do They Occur? By B. Williams
Last week in Australia, one man's day at beach could have turned into a disaster: He was attacked by a seven-foot bronze whaler shark while surfing about 100 yards out from Sydney's Bronte Beach.Fortunately, the man, Simon Letch, stayed calm and "shoved the board at [the shark] like a barge pole." After taking two bites of the fiberglass board, the shark swam away and Letch surfed back to shore."It was only about 10 or 15 seconds that I was waiting for a wave but it seemed like an eternity," L…
Mystic Seaport Captured – Links to Our Past Guide, Part 3 By Cliff Calderwood
Mystic Seaport celebrates the seafaring past of New England. Known as The Museum of America and the Sea, the seaport is an entertaining journey through 19th century nautical life.This is the third part in the series of popular attractions for New England vacations with a historical theme. Others in the series are Plymouth Plantation, Mayflower II, and Old Sturbridge Village.Located 100 miles from Boston on Route 95 at exit 90 in Connecticut, the Mystic Seaport exhibits are open between 9-5pm A…