Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Millet Sports

Staying warm on the water this time of year is no easy task. Increasingly , I've found that clothing marketed for "fishing" leaves a lot to be desired. Because of this , I've started searching out gear from other outdoor enthusiasts - especially hikers and skiers.

One site in particular that I've found to have good deals on outdoor gear is Millet Sports. Based in the UK , they carry tried and true brands that have been around for years at surprisingly affordable prices. In addition to their great selection , they usually have a ton of items on clearance. They're currently offering free shipping on orders over £50 and free shipping is something I can always get behind.

I've been pleasantly surprised by their prices on brands like Craghoppers and Columbia. I'm new to Craghoppers , but I absolutely love my microfleece pullover that I bought recently and I have my eye on their Kiwi Gore-Tex jacket. I think Columbia speaks for itself as a well known brand , but I will say that Millet Sports has some of the best prices I've found anywhere on Columbia hiking boots and jackets.

Millet Sports is constantly offering sales and adding new products for a wide variety of outdoor pursuits. Go check out what they have on offer , you won't be disappointed!

Have a great week!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Rekindling an Old Flame

It's a sad state of affairs for me. I loved to trout fish in my teens. Back then , a friend and I would go at every opportunity and it often seemed we would have whole streams entirely to ourselves. It was a fun couple of years , but then I developed a taste for warm water fishing.

Bass and catfish sang a siren song that drew me increasingly to the riverbank for all night sessions of bait fishing debauchery. The trout had lost their standing to slightly larger and harder fighting fish. This started a disturbing downward trend in the number of days I spent on the water.

Soon enough , I was a lure throwing machine. I would spend every weekend thrashing the brush at the lake in search of largemouth or dragging topwater lures ever so slowly through shallow water at the back of a cove. I don't think it was ever meant to last.

As if it had been preordained , I hooked my first Striper while bass fishing on the upper end of the lake. I never landed that first Striper , but I did get a good look at him has he made off with a five dollar crankbait. He seemed to be four feet long and made of mercury , a shimmering mass of silver flesh throbbing at the end of my line for what seemed an eternity , while the drag on my reel screamed like a banshee. Sadly , the Leviathan's initial run was of greater scope and power than what bass reels and eight pound line are designed to handle. I like to think that I could have went back to trout fishing before that fateful day , but alas , something broke inside of me and I have since been a very different kind of fisherman.

I'm no longer content to stumble blindly along a stream listening to the tinkling of water rushing over rocks. Listening to the splunk-splunk-splunk of a topwater plug seems tedious. Now I long for the sound of thousands of baitfish leaving the water to escape marauding schools of linesiders intent on their destruction. And yet , even as I write this , I question my devotion to my beloved Striped Bass.

The pounding of the surf calls me , as does the laughter of gulls. Zip-lining a bluefish off the end of a pier on a King rig , only to have a King Mackerel pull a sky job on it as soon as it hits the water , changes something. Seeing a Cobia open its mouth to swallow a bluefish whole , seconds before your bait clicker snarls to life like an unoiled chainsaw , changes everything.

There is no going back to the misspent years of my teens and my love for trout , try as I might. Instead it has become a pilgrimage of sorts , something I do to pay homage to the fish and streams I cut my teeth on. I'm OK with that.

Have a great week my friends! With any luck , I'll be back to trout fishing after the dawn of the New Year.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I'm a little early , but it's a busy time of year and I'm not entirely sure when I might have a few minutes to wish everyone well. Whatever your flavor , Happy Holidays from me to you. I hope you're able to celebrate with family and friends , and enjoy some time off.

There are a ton of great blogs holding some great contests right now , so if you like freebies now is a good time to start blog surfing!

Have a great day!

Friday, December 7, 2012

North East Tackle Supplies

Winter Doldrums have set in in my neck of the woods , so I'm trying out a new feature here on the blog.The idea is to share some of the places that I browse regularly for deals on fishing gear.

Up first , is North East Tackle Supplies. Based in the United Kingdom , NETS offers a wide variety of global brands as well as a few hard to find brands. Reasonable pricing only adds to their appeal.

Great Britain , and indeed , the rest of the UK , has one of the richest angling traditions in the world. They've consistently been innovators in the fishing world and I'm always eager to see what NETS has on offer,  especially on their sale page.

NETS has a great selection of distance casting rods and reels , like the Okuma Magnetix casting reel and Century Match rods , both of which are hard to find here in the US. NETS always has the lowest prices for competitive casting gear that I've been able to find anywhere.

I'll admit that I've "borrowed" a lot of ideas for rigging and surf casting from our friends across the pond , and that's another reason I like to snoop around on some of their fishing sites. I'm always ready to learn new ways of doing things

Be sure to check out North East Tackle Supplies for some great deals on equipment for whatever type of fishing you do!

Have a great weekend!