The best advice about PFD's is to wear one. Most states require each person in a boat to have a PFD, which needs to be in good condition, proper size, and readily accessible. A proper fit will be snug, but still allow you some freedom of movement. Tip of the Day: Test your PFD annually and make sure they are in good working order. If not, it's money well spent to get a new one.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission advises trout anglers fishing in western North Carolina waters to be especially diligent when cleaning their fishing equipment after didymo, a nuisance algae, was found in the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County. Learn more in the audio message below:
As we head into the new year of 2016, here are some suggestions for goal setting, with suggestions for fly fishers and outdoor enthusiasts!
Learn more about choosing the right equipment for fly fishing, spin fishing, and bait casting in our Western North Carolina lakes, rivers, and streams.
Tip of the Day: Keeping a Fly Fishing Journal:
It's an ideal time to get out and go hiking! We are blessed to have the #1 most-visited national park in our own back yard - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are over 730 miles of fish-bearing streams and another 1,300 miles of tributaries. Learn more in this audio presentation:
Tip of the Day: Hiking Safety Tips
For this first show, it's a little about me, after that it won't be about me at all. A vision for the Tight Lines and Bent Rods show: It's not just a fly fishing show, I will discuss other types of fishing too, and to bring attention to our majestic mountains, valleys, plateaus, rivers, and streams, and about how it's our responsibility to make sure they are properly maintained and available for our future generations. I will also be sharing some practical, helpful, and money-saving ideas relevant to fly fishing, and will be interviewing area specialists. The only expert I know is the fish, and the rest of us are still learning! I'll follow each show with a "Tip of the Day."
Alex Bell is the owner of AB's Fly Fishing. Alex is a co-creator of the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, the nation's first of is kind, as well as a certified adaptive fly fishing instructor.