SAILFISH OF THE NORTH

Mike Howe and Tom at Rogers Lake. I possess an inherent love for mountains. I’m not exactly sure where this infatuation began, but to the best of my recollection it…

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TENDING TIP-UPS ON TOBIN

The day dawns gray and cold, but my mood can’t be dampened by the conditions. After all, I’m standing at an access point on Saskatchewan’s Tobin Lake, accompanied by several…

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CHAR-STUDDED EVENT

The Alaskan landscape is immense and majestically surreal. The trip begins a bit rough: Our film crew has been bumped from a flight to Denver, where we already had a…

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EAST BAY DAY

The drive to Devils Lake, North Dakota is fairly long, but the roads aren’t bad for January, so we make good time and arrive at Ackerman Acres, a resort on…

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ICE MUSKY ADVENTURE

The last two winters we have been very fortunate in Northern Wisconsin to have cold temperatures arrive early, meaning we have lakes froze up before the end of November. Now for some, this may not seem fortunate….but for those of us that dream of ice fishing year round, it is fortunate! My husband and I…

THIRD TRIMESTER ICE FISHING…

Some of you may have been there a time or two… Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to stop doing what you love. Last winter I was pregnant with my husband’s and my first child. We were both a little hesitant on what I would be capable of doing because I was…

ICE TIP FROM TOM: STAY HYDRATED!

Remaining warm on the ice involves various components–and some often overlooked principles. One of these is proper hydration. Cold, dry environs continually work against the body. In its worst form, dehydration may have dire health consequences. On another level–one many anglers might not even be aware of–not staying adequately hydrated also makes it difficult to…

SOMETHING NEW IS COMING TO TGO!!!!

This weekend I’m going to try something new: Providing you with live updates through our TGO Facebook and Twitter. I’ll be fishing in Saskatchewan, and–assuming I’m able to stay connected, that is–will share updates, photos, possibly even some short video clip’s to keep you informed about how the trip is going. I’m planning to be…

DID YOU KNOW…

Ice is often said to be suitable for foot travel when it becomes approximately 4” thick. Of course, caution must still be taken because ice seldom, if ever, develops uniformly. There are simply too many influencing variables–including the elevation, shape, type and depth of the waterway, the presence, direction and strength of wind or currents,…

TIP-UP TIP FROM TOM: SECURING HOOKS

Securing rigs and hooks on tip-ups, especially classic “underwater” styles like HT’s Polar, can be challenging. While no method is perfect, I’ve found stretching a heavy duty rubber band around the frame opposite the spool does the trick. Provided the overall length of your leader material is shorter than the length of the frame, simply…