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TYE With The PROs: Captain Clyde "The Crappie Psychic" Folse

TYE With The PROs: Captain Clyde "The Crappie Psychic" Folse

Captain Clyde Folse knows a thing or two about catching crappie. Maybe it’s practice and know-how...or maybe it’s something supernatural. After all, a guy doesn’t get a nickname like “The Crappie Psychic” for nothing. In truth, it’s a lot more practice and know-how than metaphysical abilities. The moniker came about when Folse took his son Caleb, then 10 years old, fishing for sac-a-lait...the Cajun nickname for crappie, translating literally to “sack of milk.” The captain was in his element. He’d tell his son where to cast—”there’s a sac-a-lait waiting there for ya”—and nearly every prediction seemed to come true. His...

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Line Effectiveness Factors: Line Weight & Pound Test

Line Effectiveness Factors: Line Weight & Pound Test

Hopefully everybody had a chance to check out our post last month on the different varieties of fishing line—from monofilament to fluorocarbon, hybrids and braided—and get a little bit more familiar with this essential piece of tackle. Don’t think that you’re done, however—far from it! There are many more line effectiveness factors to know, and today we’re going to continue by exploring line weight and the pound test. Every spool of fishing line comes marked with a weight in pounds...from as low as 2-pound test to the more ambitious 400-pound test. The number associated with any of these varieties correlates with...

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Tom's Letter: Choosing NFL Players vs. Choosing Fishing Line

Tom's Letter: Choosing NFL Players vs. Choosing Fishing Line

I’m a resident of Columbus, Ohio, so it’s not too tough to get caught up in the mania surrounding Ohio State University and especially Buckeye football. My wife and eldest son both attended the university (my younger son and I attended Purdue so, while loyal to our Boilermakers, it’s been tough to badmouth the 2015 National Champs in our household). The NFL seemed to be Buckeye supporters during April, as a record 12 players from the school were drafted within the first four rounds, including five first-rounders. It seems that the choice of university was simple for NFL franchises this...

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Line Effectiveness Factors: Know The Different Kinds of Line

Line Effectiveness Factors: Know The Different Kinds of Line

We’re dedicated to bringing you the best advice available on tying knots that will help land a big one (or a little one) at your local fishing spot. t’s important to understand tying a good knot isn’t as simple as good finger-work however; our Line Effectiveness Factors series will highlight other elements that go into creating a strong knot. Approach a conversation about knot-tying and you’ll hear an array of colorful names and techniques—as well as arguments regarding which is best. It’s easy for a new fishing enthusiast to miss the forest for the trees however—or, more appropriately, miss the...

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Tying Tips: How to Tie an Improved Clinch Knot

Tying Tips: How to Tie an Improved Clinch Knot

A while back, we got a Facebook comment suggesting “politely” that we didn’t know anything about tying knots. The reason? We didn’t mention that you should wet the line when pulling a knot tight. The reason for that flaw was that we were shooting a video for the Facebook page and, unfortunately, we had to cut time somewhere, and that came when we opted not to wet the line (and we were working indoors anyway, so I didn’t have a pond handy). Although we agree with the commenter’s general advice, the incident brings up a whole new lesson: Everybody seems...

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