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The Reel Deal – Orvis Mirage

Fishing reels come in many different styles, types and sizes. They’re available in just about any color, price point and quality level. Whether for casting, spinning, trolling, deep sea fishing or fly-fishing, there is a dizzying selection, and features, proper application and costs can be tough to figure out. High price points used to be …

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Gear Up for Bird Hunting

Gearing up for bird hunting! Orvis.com After a pretty slow start to my archery season that included some unseasonably warm weather, I decided to take a few days in the third week of October and switch gears.  Leaving my tree stand in late October isn’t easy and it takes a pretty attractive plan “B” to …

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Traditional Archery

This winter, after the final day of deer season, I did what I do every year, for the last 40 years.  I take a Saturday morning to organize and take stock of my hunting gear before storing it away for the year.  Things get fixed, sewn, sharpened and cleaned as needed. Batteries are removed from …

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Perfect Things – Knives

There’s something about a good knife that is so satisfying.  Most guys my age received their first knife as a boy, usually from their dad or grandfather.  We would never venture out of the house without at least a pocket knife in tow.  That included school, church or even baseball practice.  There were so many …

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Give Me a Gentry Brake

Give me a break! In the Midwest, many states have expanded what were previously “shotgun” only zones for firearm deer hunting, to allow for some centerfire rifle cartridges.  My home state of Michigan is one of them.  In the southern half of the lower peninsula, which used to be a “shotgun zone” and allowed for …

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The Switchbox from Omnispool

I’ve been an avid fly-fisherman for well over 45 years.  I’ve watched the sport transition from a relatively obscure pastime enjoyed by eccentrics, old-timers and a small cadre from the upper crust,  to an ultra-trendy sport claimed by virtually everyone as their favorite form of relaxation, whether or not they’d ever tried it. Of late, …

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Sage Method Switch

I recently had the opportunity to try out the state of the art “Switch” rod from Sage. Being a died in the wool steelhead fly fisherman, I’m always interested in the latest and greatest gear.  Every time I open a package with a slick new product, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning.  The …

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