Quick Fly Fishing Tips

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Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly” is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or “lure” requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that resemble natural invertebrates, baitfish, other food organisms, or “lures” to provoke the fish to strike (bite at the fly).

Scientific Anglers Starter Fly Fishing Outfit

Fly fishing can be done in fresh or salt water. North Americans usually distinguish freshwater fishing between cold-water species (trout, salmon, steelhead) and warm-water species, notably bass. In Britain, where natural water temperatures vary less, the distinction is between game fishing for trout and salmon versus coarse fishing for other species. Techniques for fly fishing differ with habitat (lakes and ponds, small streams, large rivers, bays and estuaries, and open ocean.

Access Mid-arbor Fly Reels, Titanium, I
Get a good pair of waders they keep you dry and you can get in the river or stream and really get in on the action.

Redington Sonic-Pro Ultra Packable Waders – Stockingfoot (For Men)

Encounter Waders / Only Regular
Many credit the first recorded use of an artificial fly to the Roman Claudius Aelianus near the end of the 2nd century. He described the practice of Macedonian anglers on the Astraeus River:…they have planned a snare for the fish, and get the better of them by their fisherman’s craft. . . . They fasten red wool. . . round a hook, and fit on to the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in color are like wax. Their rod is six feet long, and their line is the same length. Then they throw their snare, and the fish, attracted and maddened by the color, comes straight at it, thinking from the pretty sight to gain a dainty mouthful; when, however, it opens its jaws, it is caught by the hook, and enjoys a bitter repast, a captive.

Quarrow Elite Trout Fly Fishing Combo Kit
Fly fishing today has become more popular in recent years. Beginner Anglers can be taught by guides or take classes. Nothing beats being taught by an experienced relative. I have some recommended  gear to provide at low prices from some of my sponsors. This Crystal River set up is probably the cheapest you’ll find for around 30 dollars. It’s cheap but great for beginners  and for kids to learn on before you buy an expensive set up.

Gone Fishing Crystal River Fly Fishing Combo Kit
Watch the video, take a class or look up a local guide and begin enjoying the art of fly fishing. Get out there and experience the great outdoors, until next time here at campingandfishing.org .

Camping: Dutch Oven Cobbler

Dutch Ovens are the way to go when camping and you want to make delicious desserts. They can also be used to make incredible meals anywhere from meats to a pizza.During the late 17th century, the Dutch system of producing these cast metal cooking vessels was more advanced than the English system. The Dutch used dry sand to make their molds, giving their pots a smoother surface. Consequently, metal cooking vessels produced in the Netherlands were imported into Britain. In 1704, an Englishman named Abraham Darby decided to go to the Netherlands to observe the Dutch system for making these cooking vessels. Four years later, back in England, Darby patented a casting procedure similar to the Dutch process and began to produce cast-metal cooking vessels for Britain and her new American colonies. Thus the term “Dutch oven” has endured for over 300 years, since at least 1710.
Dutch ovens are well suited for long, slow cooking, such as in making roasts, stews, and casseroles. Virtually any recipe that can be cooked in a conventional oven can be cooked in a Dutch Oven.When cooking over a campfire, it is possible to use old-style lipped cast iron Dutch ovens as true baking ovens, to prepare biscuits, cakes, breads, pizzas, and even pies. A smaller baking pan can be placed inside the ovens, used and replaced with another as the first batch is completed. It is also possible to stack Dutch ovens on top of each other, conserving the heat that would normally rise from the hot coals on the top. These stacks can be as high as 5 or 6 pots.A camping, cowboy, or chuckwagon Dutch oven has three legs, a wire bail handle, and a slightly concave, rimmed lid so that coals from the cooking fire can be placed on top as well as below. This provides more uniform internal heat and lets the inside act as an oven. These ovens are typically made of bare cast iron, although some are aluminum. Dutch ovens are often used in Scouting outdoor activities.

Camp Chef 12″ Deep Dutch Oven
This is the Dutch Oven I own. I love it and it has stood up to many camp outings.People traditionally season their iron Dutch ovens like other cast-iron cookware.After I use the Dutch oven they are typically cleaned like other cast iron cookware: with boiling water and a brush, and no or minimal soap. After the oven has been dried, it should be given a thin coating of cooking oil to prevent rusting. Whether that should be a vegetable fat.I use cooking spray,it”s easy to apply and works fine. Saturated fats are more stable than polyunsaturated fats, which tend to go rancid more quickly.I then place it on my coleman stove and I heat it up to soak in the oils and season it.
Where possible, a cleaned and freshly oiled Dutch oven should be stored in a clean, dry location with the lid ajar or off to promote air circulation and to avoid the smell and taste of rancid oil. If the Dutch oven must be stored with the lid on, a paper towel or piece of newspaper should be placed inside the oven to absorb any moisture.With care, after much use the surfaces of the Dutch oven will become dark black, very smooth, shiny and non-stick. With proper care, a Dutch oven will provide long service.

Camp Chef 12″ Dutch Oven Carry Bag
I have this carrying bag that keeps it together and protects it from banging around and getting dirty or wet.

Camp Chef Dutch Oven Lifter
You can use this lid lifter to check on your meal and move the unit around when its hot from being on the coals. I recommend it.

Camp Chef Heat Resistant Dutch Oven Gloves
Another way to handle the Dutch oven around the fire is to use these fire resistant gloves to keep from burning your hands.

Lodge Field Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking Cookbook
Another Dutch Oven company Lodge makes a nice in the field cooking guide. Here are a few cookbooks to check out that are great. I recommend you get one to study up on your Dutch oven cooking.

Camp Cooking: 100 Years

The Scout’s Dutch Oven Cookbook

Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook: Adventures in Cooking Under the Open Sky

Thank you to the sponsor Sierra Trading Post for the wonderful video. So when your planning an outdoor trip, bring a Dutch Oven with you and cook some amazing meals. There is nothing like a fesh cooked meal over the fire after a long day in the outdoors. until next time here on campingandfishing.org

Tent care tips

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Besides buying a good quality tent,follow some basic guidelines to keep your tent in good lasting condition. Thanks to our sponsors from Sierra Trading Post, this video will help discuss these key points.

Depending on the amount of people or extra space you need, determines the size of the tent you want to have. I like to get one a little bigger than my head count to provide extra room for storing stuff and to be able to move around a little more. I have four people that sleep in my tent, so i get a six person tent. I prefer Coleman tents. Coleman is a trusted  brand and has been used by my family ever since I was a kid. There are other good brands as well but prices vary.

Sundome 6 Person Tent
This Coleman 6 person Sundome tent is the tent I have. It is really durable and has held up in rainy weather. Other Coleman dome tents are also a great choice. There are some newer ones that are of just the same great quality.

Coleman Cimmaron 8-Person Modified Dome Tent
The Cimmaron is a larger 8 person domestyle tent that is roomier and longer. This tent looks sharp too in it’s bright red color.You have room to stand up in this tent and it has a weather tech system like most coleman tents to keep out the bad weather.

Coleman 8-Person Double Hub Instant Tent
This Coleman 8 person Instant tent is a breeze to set up. My parents have one and they love it. It is really roomy inside and you can also stand up in it. It also has a weather guard system and is made of poly guard fabric to stand up in the elements.
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ALPS Mountaineering Gradient 2 Person Backpacking Tent
If you don’t need a big tent,get a backpacking tent. They are small rugged and lightweight. Alps Mountaineering makes high quality backpacking tents. Backpacking tents usually are going to cost a little more money based on the materials and alloys they use to make the frames lightweight. Walmart and Target do have 2 person tents for around $30 that will do the job, but these tents will last longer and can be used if your hiking.

ALPS Mountaineering, Taurus Tent, 4 Person
Another Alps Mountaineering tent the Taurus 4 person tent is really rugged with special flys and zippered doors. It also has a weather system to survive the storm.

Ozark Trail Heavy-Duty Tarp, Silver/Brown
The video refers to using a footprint to put under the tent to add protection to the tents floor. Unless you are backpacking and need a layer exactly the shape of your tent for weight purposes, Get a tarp. Tarps are cheap and can be placed under the tents floor for great protection and it won’t kill the pocket book.

Follow these  basic guidelines and your tent should last a long time. So get that tent out of the garage and check it out. You may to clean it up,repair it, or you may need a new one.  Remember to have the right gear you need to enjoy the outdoors. Until next time ,here on campingandfishing.org

Sleeping Guide to the Outdoors

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Getting better sleep requires great gear. Here are some options in both sleeping bags,  pads, and mattresses to achieve that goal. Whether its a pad, or mattress you want something that will get you off the bare ground and provide insulation and comfort.

Therm-a-Rest ProLite 4 Sleeping Pad – Regular
This Thermarest pad is a four season pad that is very light and folds up very small for backpacking.

ALPS Mountaineering Dual Foam Sleeping Pad – Large
Alps Mountaineering makes this pad that is an egg crate like foam design and provides good insulation.

Coleman has a very inexpensive foam mat that gets the job done.

Coleman Single-High QuickBed with 4D Pump Combo
Coleman makes quality air mattresses in several sizes. So if its just you or the entire family, they got you covered.

Outdoor Products 30°F Sleeping Bag – Mummy, Synthetic (For Kids)
Outdoor products is a quality company,makes this great kids bag at a steal of a price.

Coleman Big Basin 0- to 20-Degree Adult Sleeping Bag
Coleman ,an icon in the outdoors world, makes a great low temp. bag at a low price.

Kelty Coromell 40-Degree Down Adult Sleeping Bag
Kelty is a leader in hiking gear, and their bags are warm and of superior quality.  This bag is a 40 degree bag for warmer temps.

Outdoor Products Women’s Rec Sleeping Bag
This Outdoor Products women bag is also a great bag for the milder weather.

The Coleman Palmetto is a great bag for cool climates and is very affordable.

Wenzel has been around for years. That’s because they make quality gear. This Grande 0 degree bag is perfect for the cold weather conditions for those that don’t want a mummy bag.

Anyone heard of Slumberjack ? I don’t know why. They are a leading high end brand for hiking bags. This Timberjack 40 degree bag is perfect for the badk yard campout or milder climates.

Stansport Outdoor 508 10″ X 20″ Portable Camp Pillow
Stansport makes really good camp pillows that are durable for the campout. Texsport is another brand that has pillows for the outdoors.

Give a thanks for the video from one of our sponsors, Sierra Trading Post.  Stay dry and stay warm,then you will have a better nights rest in the outdoors. Until next time here on Campingandfishing .org.

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