The Science Behind Hot Streaks and Slumps in the Pheasant Field

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Because confidence gets shooters into the zone—and the zone is a real place. My cousin sent me a note the other day saying he had gone nine for nine so far during pheasant season, and he asked for advice and sympathy in advance of the inevitable slump. I congratulated him on his hot streak and […]
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Learning to Fly Cast from an Angling Icon

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After an injury stymies the author's fly-casting skills, he revisits lessons from the late, great Lefty Kreh and finds his stroke again. I was recuperating from a broken wrist, which I suffered on a Montana trout fishing trip when my horse bucked as it stepped on a rattlesnake that had been mauled by a bear. […]
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Bahamas Boneyard: Flyfishing for Bonefish in the Marls of Abaco Island

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Even in the middle of a “bomb cyclone” storm, the bonefishing at Abaco Lodge is still a fly angler’s paradise Fly rods Kelly Bastone As the bonefish bulleted away with my line , my heartbeat seemed to lurch into fast-forward. Here in the Marls, a 300-square-mile expanse of tropical flats off the west coast of […]
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Tough Love: Good Hunting Buddies and Makeshift Gear

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The best hunting buddies push you to go farther and work harder than you would on your own It was his jackleg float tube that really drove me crazy. I’d bought a brand-new camo belly boat for duck hunting—one of the first models that involved more than a ­Cordura-covered truck-tire inner tube—and my buddy Lee […]
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How To Buy A New Trout Fly Rod On Any Budget

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Looking for the perfect trout stick? An understanding of how rod performance determines price will help you pick the best rod no matter how much you want to spend Walk into any fly shop from the Rockies to the Catskills and you’ll see a wall or two full of trout rods. Most shops carry a […]
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Stuck Cartridge Cases and How to Avoid Them

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Neck-sized cases, oily chambers, dirt, ice, and powder fouling can all get you in a jam I mentioned stuck cartridge cases in a previous post, and since they can screw up a rifle but good, it’s worth going into in more detail. I think most of the people who get into trouble with this are […]
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