Thursday, March 9, 2017

Fly In Fishing for Monster Trout

Recreational fishing remains a very popular activity in both the United States and Canada. In the US, more than 49 million people fish at least once annually. In Canada, the number of those fishing exceeds 3 million. More than $40 billion is spent on fishing related activities. Fishing spots range from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Great Lakes and the tens of thousands of interior lakes, rivers, streams and ponds contained in North America.

But for those serious about the sport, a fly in fishing trip is the true bucket list item. It is the experience that will last a life time. These types of trips are popular in northern Canada and Alaska.

In a fly in fishing trip, the angler and his or her party will travel to a location designated by the fishing guide, normally a town or city where air travel is accessible. From there, the party will be flown via float plane to a remote lake, usually only accessible by plane.

At the lake, the guide will have small fishing boats available for the party, along with appropriate bait and tackle. In some fly in fishing packages, the guide will have constructed overnight accommodations in the form of a lodge or cabins. They may or may not provide meals.

Because of climate in the north, trips of this type are usually only performed in the spring and summer months. If choosing to take such a trip, it is always recommended to speak with the charter company directly. Questions regarding meals and lodging should be addressed, along with questions regarding cancellation due to bad weather, license information, etc.

The allure of a fly in trip to a remote lake is substantial. First, the nearly untouched natural beauty of the location is something rarely seen by most. As most anglers have an inherent appreciation for natural beauty, the scenery and solitude is awe inspiring. Moose, bear, caribou and other wildlife can be seen in their native habitats.

Second, due to the inaccessibility of the lake, few people actually fish the lake. The number of people fishing on a lake is known in angling circles as “fishing pressure”. In a fly in trip, the fishing pressure is minimal. Members of a party are often the only anglers on the lake in a given day.

Because pressure is minimal, the size and number of fish can be more plentiful, increasing the chances of landing a trophy. Large Arctic grayling, long northern pike, landlocked salmon and monster lake trout are the most prized catches at these types of trips.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

5 Fun Gifts for Him

Between birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, there are many occasions where you'll need to treat your boyfriend to something special. But what if you're struggling for ideas? What gifts will show him the true depth of your feelings? Before you get frustrated, consider these five presents.

1. Grill Accessories
Does he love barbecue more than any living person? Consider giving him a "grill pack" that contains things like thermometers, brushes, skewers, claws and smoking chips. You can also throw in culinary treats like special meat spices and marinades. Not only will he delight in his new toys, but you'll both reap the benefits once he starts cooking.

2. Sports Memorabilia
If he's a fan of any particular sports team, he's sure to love memorabilia from his favorite players or seasons. It doesn't matter if you're looking for autographed football helmets or signed jerseys in special colors; the fact that you're aware of his tastes and willing to spend money on them will say everything.

3. Video Games
Everyone loves video games. You just have to find the right kind for his personality! If he's a manly man, he'll probably enjoy sports games or military missions; if he's more of a nerd, give him a role-playing game with a good story; if he likes brainteasers, look for something with puzzles, quizzes and strategy.

4. Gadgets and Gizmos
Your boyfriend doesn't have to be a tech wizard to appreciate a cool new device, especially if it fulfills a need that he's had for awhile. For example, you might buy him an e-reader if he loves books or a portable GPS if he's an avid hunter. As with any good gift, the key is tailoring it to his interests.

5. Concert Tickets
Concert tickets are one of those extravagances that your man might not buy for himself, especially if money is tight. You can indulge him with his favorite band and maybe even a night on the town with the boys. If you include restaurant vouchers and beer goggles with his tickets, you'll let him know that it's okay to cut loose.

These are just a few gifts that your beau will love. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you put thought and care into making his day a special one, so don't stress too much over material possessions. Go with whatever your gut says is right!

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