Gear Review: Okuma Helios Spinning Reel

Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing gear! The all-new Helios spinning reel from Okuma features: • Lightweight C-40X carbon frame, side plate and rotor • Multi-disc carbonite drag system • 9HPB + 1RB corrosion-resistant stainless steel ball bearings • Quick set anti-reverse roller bearing • ALG: Precision AlumiLite alloy main gear and oscillating gears • Machined aluminum, two-tone anodized spool • 1-K woven carbon fiber drag knob and side plate inserts • Precision Elliptical Gearing system • 1-K woven carbon fiber handle design for reduced weight • Lightweight EVA handle knob • Hydro Block watertight drag seal • … Read more »

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Fly Fishing From Shore

Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! A still water fly angler has an excellent chance at catching good trout from shore. While not always the optimal choice, by wisely choosing your time on the water and the lake itself, you will enjoy your fly fishing and maximize shoreline opportunities.   Why: During certain times of the year, lakes are very productive when fished from shore. Spring and fall are obvious examples, as water temperatures are most hospitable in the shallows around the margins. During these seasons, a fly fisher has good access to fish holding water, assuming … Read more »

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Going Live

Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! A warm, summer day, mixed sun and cloud, drift fishing on the river in north central Manitoba and a steady catch of spunky walleye, with bottom bouncers and jigs with tails being the favourite presentations. What could be better? Why bother with live bait when the fish seemed to be hitting almost everything that was dropped within their strike range? And yet, with the addition of a small piece of night crawler on my jig, I noticed a significant increase in the number of strikes I was getting. It didn’t make … Read more »

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Kayak Fishing: How To Get Into It

Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! Affordability, portability, accessibility — what’s not to like about catching fish from a kayak? Six years ago I started kayak fishing. It was fun back then, but today it’s better than ever thanks to on-going improvements in boat designs and gear catered to paddling anglers. Far from a fad, kayak fishing is here to stay and it’s one of the easiest, most affordable and most fun ways to catch fish. Accessibility There are many perks to fishing from a kayak but arguably the biggest advantage is accessibility. My 12-foot kayak unlocks … Read more »

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Gear Review: Abu Garcia Revo S 20 Spinning Reel

Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing gear! Lightweight and strong for hours of fishing, the Revo S has a one-piece X-Cräftic alloy frame, a graphite stem and polymetric body and rotor. Internally, a one-piece gearbox with a Duragear brass gear allows for more precise alignment. Other features include a machined aluminum, braid-ready spool so you can tie braid directly to the reel without it slipping, Everlast bail system, six stainless steel HPCR (High Performance Corrosion Resistant) bearings plus one roller bearing and a stainless steel main shaft and components. A Carbon Matrix hybrid drag system creates a super … Read more »

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Gear Review: Princecraft Fishing Boat The Hudson

You and four friends would have a relaxing afternoon on the lake in the new Princecraft Hudson DLX WS aluminium boat. The boat, weighing in at about 1,325 pounds with a built-in gas tank able to hold just over 100 litres, makes an ideal fishing vessel. Features include: Bow raised casting platform Deep cycle battery storage compartment Large storage compartment Electric-fill, aerated livewell placed in the stern and able to hold about 77 litres Nine foot, lockable rod storage compartment without supports Twin consoles with a steering system Walk-through tinted, tempered glass windshield, with door There are also many factory-installed … Read more »

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Gear Review: Scotty Electric Downrigger

Scotty electric downrigger, No. 1106 Depthpower 36 inches to 60 inches! The most popular Scotty electric downrigger, this model comes with a boom that telescopes for extra reach and collapses for extra storage. Includes: 60-inch, with one-and-a-quarter inch diameter, telescoping stainless steel boom, which collapses to 36 inches for storage Boom mounted No. 350 Rodmaster II rod holder One Power Grip Plus line release 1026 pedestal swivel mount Join us on Facebook! Do you like what you’re reading? Subscribe to Western Sportsman print edition today! Find more fishing gear!

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Gear Review: Cabela’s Polartec Garments

Check out these new Polartec base layers from Cabela’s. Looking for a technical base layer with some substance to it? Check out Thermal Zone base layers from Cabela’s. Using Polartec’s Power Dry High Efficiency fabrics, these base layers are designed to wick moisture and keep in heat when you need it most — during January in Canada. Polartec studied body thermography to determine the critical areas that maintain core temperature. Combining three weights of strategically placed fabric, Thermal Zone tops provide maximum breathability, warmth and comfort. Heavy weight fabric is used in the core and maximum exposed areas, mid-weight is … Read more »

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