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Southwest Virginia Kicking Out Monster Trout

By: Chris Shaffer It seems every time we plan a trip to Southwest Virginia the weather doesn’t cooperate. This time would be no different. Following a week of stable, spring-like weather the night before we were to return to Rural Retreat to fish the temperature plummeted from 83 degrees to near freezing. And, our good [...]

Alaska’s Mat-Su Valley Producing Big Ice Bows

By: Chris Shaffer To be honest I wanted to stay in the hotel and sleep in. I’m more of a fair weather angler and after guide Dustin Slinker of The Bait Shack in Anchorage, Alaska, told me he expects us to get three bites in a half day, I wasn’t excited about fishing. Unfortunately, with [...]

Great Lakes Anglers Using Cured Shrimp for Trout/Steelhead

By: Kyle Deavers For the last decade I’ve been using spawn bags daily for steelhead. However, with more shrimp showing up in the Great Lakes I figured it was time to match the hatch and start using shrimp for bait in our tributaries. I still bring spawn bags to the river daily. However, last year [...]

Seward Highway Rainbows Showing Through the Ice

By: Chris Shaffer After frigid temperatures blanketed the greater Anchorage area and Kenai Peninsula a week ago more mild conditions have settled in. In fact, this week the region has seen bumps of heat greater than freezing. It’s been a welcomed site for many ice anglers. Given the favorable conditions we ventured out on the [...]

Northern Montana Trout Showing Through the Ice

By: Chris Shaffer While much of the country is struggling to keep safe ice, most of Montana isn’t having that problem. In fact, in the northern part of the state it’s been a fantastic ice-fishing year, which we couldn’t say last season. The last holes we drilled extended nearly two feet. Anglers have welcomed it. [...]

Montana’s Georgetown Lake Kicking Out Nice Bows

By: Chris Shaffer To say it was cold at Montana’s Georgetown Lake would be an understatement. When we arrived on a few feet of ice mid-morning the temperature rang in at -18. As cold as it was there was no wind. It wasn’t that bad, particularly considering we had no shanty and no portable heat. [...]

Chattooga River Stuffed with Rainbow Trout

By: Chris Shaffer Extreme drought has hit the Southeast this fall and while some precipitation has fallen between Thanksgiving and now streams and rivers remain much lower than historical averages. Meanwhile, that hasn’t affected trout fishing along the South Carolina and Georgia border. In fact, it could be better than normal as trout are corralled [...]

Live Fire Dye Minnows & Worms Catching Big Trout

By: Chris Shaffer While first creating Fire Dye to use on West Coast cut baits the evolution of it has stretched further than we could have imagined in the last year. To date, the hottest application is applying Blue and Chartreuse Fire Dye to live minnows and worms. After more than a year retooling the [...]

South Carolina’s Chauga River Loaded with Trout

By: Chris Shaffer With as good as the Clemson Tigers have been this fall some South Carolina anglers have spent their weekends tailgating rather than fishing in the Upstate. Meanwhile, those who have ventured up into the Sumter National Forest are stumbling upon epic trout fishing. Several waters are fishing well. However, action on the [...]

Spring Creek Trout Finicky With Heavy Pressure

By: Tom Armstrong Following a Northern Ontario to Pennsylvania for a fishing/sports weekend this FireBlog has a different twist. I flew south late last week and teamed up with Chris Shaffer of Pautzke to catch golden rainbows and steelhead while also hitting a slough of sporting events (Penguins, WVU football & Penn State hockey). I’ve [...]