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Fall is a great time for fishing! As the water begins to cool, many fish seem to go on a feeding frenzy that can make for some memorable days on the water. No matter what kind of fishing you like to do — fly, spin, bass, trout, or what-have-you — it really is a great time to be on the water. 

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One unexpectedly pleasant part of fishing is the whole process of getting ready for a fishing trip. Rod? Check. Reel? Check. Waders? Check. Fly box?

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 A few weeks back I talked about egg cartons. Egg cartons? Yep. They are the perfect thing for holding rocks if you happen to go rock collecting, which is what I then proceeded to do.

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What is it about butterflies? Like most folks, I enjoy watching them flutter around the flowers in the yard or the hanging baskets on the porch. 

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Last week we were getting ready to do a little rock collecting, and I told you that I’d let you know how the trip turned out. But I’m going to put that off for a little while in order to let you know about what’s coming up on Saturday, Sept. 28.

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of being part of the Summer Adventures Day festivities at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. That event, held on Sunday afternoon, gave visitors (especially kids) the opportunity to sample outdoor activities ranging from canoeing and hiking to flycasting — and g…

Bugs. They’re part of summer, and sometimes you hate ’em.

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One thing I really enjoy is teaching young folks to fish. Their enthusiasm knows no bounds! We talk about fish, and they’re all ears. They’re fascinated by the gear, and they’re quick to learn basic spin casting. Then we go down to the water, and they learn to put bread or worms or maybe a b…

Fishing is a many-spendored thing. Sometimes, it’s fancy with high-tech rods and waders made of space-age fabric. Sometimes, it’s intense with metal-flake competition-grade bass boats and sophisticated copolymer lines.

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Everybody likes a good deal. I know that I do, especially when I’m looking for a new sofa.

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The Fourth of July weekend was really hot, and days like the ones we’ve just had make the prospect of standing in a cold trout stream particularly appealing. Any trout stream will do. But some are more well known than others. One of the most popular is the stretch of the Chattahoochee River …

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So it’s officially summer. That means two things. One is that it’s hot. The other is that folks ask me, “What’s a good place to fish for summertime trout?”

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I like rivers — especially new-to-me rivers I’ve never floated or fished before. Such rivers get harder to find, but one that’s still on the list is the Oostanaula.

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I went rock hunting the other day. I went far out in the country, miles from nowhere, to an area where they used to mine mica. It was an old mine which had seen its heyday during World War II. There was much mica found there, but other goodies showed up from time to time too — among them the…

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This time of year, with spring springing everywhere you look, the grass comes alive with a vengeance. In our yard, it grows about nine feet a day, so it is occasionally necessary for me to cut the grass.  

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If you do much TV watching, you’ve probably heard what’s been happening the last week or so on Jeopardy, the near-legendary answer-and-question TV game show. 

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Yeah, yeah, I know. One of the universal truths of this world is that the way to be sure you’ll hook a big one is to leave your net at home.

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There are certain things that a person looks forward to every year. You know, things like anniversaries and birthdays and Christmas morning.

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I’ve got to tell you that I’m enjoying my new birdwatching binoculars. I really don’t know much at all about birds except that they’re fun to watch — and addictive. I’m even getting in the habit of hiking with the bird glasses around my neck. They’re not too heavy, and if something feathered…

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You may remember that one of my Christmas presents was a set of birdwatching binoculars. Wife of Mine presented them to me, and I’m starting to put them to use — at least when I don’t forget and leave them on the kitchen table. 

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There we were, sitting inside in relative warmth, while outside it was cold and windy and rainy too. The sofa was cozy, the hot chocolate was hot, and the puppy curled up beside me was doing a good job of keeping my feet warm.

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Firsts are always fun – first kiss, first car, first house, and so on. But if you’re a fisherperson there’s nothing quite like that first fish of the new year.

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What’s this? Another adventure involving our feathered friends? 

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You may recall my recent tale of finding my old binoculars. I got ‘em years and years ago to use on a trip out west with a friend of mine who’s a devoted and dedicated birdwatcher. I thought fly fishers were fanatical about their sport, but birding enthusiasts are right in there, too.

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If you’re like me, you’re tired of winter and want to get outside. But the weather continues to present challenges. It’s always either too cold or too rainy or both…and the rare day when the stars align and conditions are good always seems to be a day when some urgent chore has to be done.

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If you’re like me, you’re tired of winter and want to get outside. But the weather continues to present challenges. It’s always either too cold or too rainy or both…and the rare day when the stars align and conditions are good always seems to be a day when some urgent chore has to be done.

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The end of the year usually brings several days off, and that means myriad opportunities to get outside. Although it seems a little bit weird, fishing really can be fun in the wintertime, and my holiday plans frequently include fishing adventures on creeks and streams near and far.

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As I write this, the calendar says tomorrow is Dec. 21 — the shortest day of the year. Outside, it’s gray and cold and rainy, and we just ran out of hot chocolate. Yuck.

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Ahh, weather. We’ve sure had all kinds lately, haven’t we? One day it’s balmy and in the 70s, while the day before (or maybe the day after) it’s down below freezing. A couple of days ago I was wearing short sleeves, but today is a sweater-and-jacket day. And now they’re talking about more ra…

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It’s almost December, and that means that it’s fall cleaning time at Hacienda Hudson. About this time every year, my bride gently reminds me that it’s time to sort through all the lovingly acquired treasures that I have managed to accumulate during the previous 11 months. Well, okay, she may…

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It’s almost December, and that means that it’s fall cleaning time at Hacienda Hudson. About this time every year, my bride gently reminds me that it’s time to sort through all the lovingly acquired treasures that I have managed to accumulate during the previous 11 months. Well, okay, she may…

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Well, it’s finally getting cooler outside. Maybe late fall is here at last. It’s been a little rainy, too. Colder weather…chilly rain…yes, winter may be here at last. Do cold or rainy days mean the end of outdoor adventure? Not at all! In fact, many outdoors enthusiasts (myself included) rel…

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There’s lots exciting outdoor news of the fishing kind this week, so let’s jump right in and see what’s happening.

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Anniversaries are always special, and this year marks a big one for a place that’s near and dear to any Atlanta resident who enjoy the outdoors. It’s the 40th anniversary of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a National Park Service park that extends along the Chattahoochee Ri…

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Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting a program on fall trout fishing in Georgia. We talked about the how and the when of fishing for fall trout – and, at the very end, we talked about some good places to go for exciting fall trout fishing action.

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One of the universal truths about fishing is that you’ll do best if you fish where the fish are – and the kind of fish you’re pursuing determines exactly where that “where” happens to be.

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On Saturday, Aug. 18, you’ll have a chance to sample the waters of fly tying (and meet yours truly, too) when Alpharetta Outfitters hosts “Tie a Fly” Day. This free event, which runs from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m., gives you the opportunity to sit down and tie your very own fly for trout or panfis…

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If you do very much in the out-of-doors, one thing you’ve learned is that outdoors-minded folks are very big on giving back and paying forward – and when either of those is the subject, it’s hard to find more passionate folks than the members of Trout Unlimited, an organization whose members…

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What’s in a name? When it’s a place name, sometimes a lot. They’re like tiny little bits of marketing, and the really good ones up the nature of a place in just a few words.

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The rain seems to have eased up a bit, and that’s got me thinking about taking my canoe out on the Chattahoochee. So I’m sitting on the sofa with a bunch of maps spread out on the coffee table. Ellie the Miniature Schnauzer is curled up next to me, and there’s a glass of cold chocolate milk …

It’s been a quiet week in Rabun Gap, except for the excited shouts coming from the 24 young people participating in an unforgettable event known simply as “Trout Camp.”

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Can you believe the rain this past week? The amounts that fell in some areas were amazing (and a bit terrifying, too, especially if you were one of the folks affected by out-of-the-banks creeks and flash flooding). It made the news bigtime, and it was hard to pull your eyes away.

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Ah, spring. The shrubs start to grow and must be trimmed.

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Last week’s column focused on a beach close to home at Don Carter State Park. This week, we will take a look at two additional peaches, Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island and the beaches of Cumberland Island

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Could it be? Have I been seeing a trend the last few days? I hope so. Maybe – just maybe – the weather is at last beginning to act as it should. Maybe we’re finally going to leave the colder weather behind!