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Ever slept in a hammock? Sure, many of us have dozed off while relaxing on a warm summer day. But have you ever really slept in a hammock? For the night?
I have been entertaining the idea of hammock camping for some time now. Obviously there are pros and cons to this idea, which I have weighed over and over. This is the standard procedure that I follow when I want to purchase a new piece of gear. I think about it for a couple weeks, weigh my options, check out some online reviews.. and make a decision.
My new hammock = awesome.
Greetings! I finally got back out in the woods yesterday, and climbed my first (and second) high peak of the year. It's been a while since the last time I climbed one of the 46 peaks, and I'm feeling it in my legs today!
Liz and I hiked up Giant Mountain via the Ridge Trail, hiked down the back of Giant and over the ridge to Rocky Peak Ridge before turning back. It was a hot day, and the haze interrupted what would have been an awesome view had we been there in different weather.
We weren't 100% sure which trail we were going to take as we made our way up the Northway, we had seen a few trail heads along Route 73 on our way through the area, so we figure we could just choose one when we got there..
Yesssss! It's almost here! Trout season officially opens this Sunday, April 1 throughout New York State. I'm sure if you're reading this you're probably just as excited as I am.
I don't even know where I'm going to fish yet. I've been going back and forth between heading to a river with a few friends as if it were a holiday or something, and hiking in to my favorite little stream by myself to try to land a few brookies in peace and quiet. I guess I'll decide Saturday night or Sunday morning.
I've got some new gear in preparation of the season opener, and thought I would share with you..
So yesterday I packed away my ice fishing gear for the year. I can probably find some ice somewhere to fish on this weekend, but I'm not going to risk it. It's time to start getting ready for opening day of trout season on April 1st.
In preparation, I bought myself some goodies. After contemplating a new reel since last fishing season, and staring at one all winter every time I stopped at Crossroads for bait, I finally pulled the trigger and bought one...
I headed up to Schroon Lake on Saturday and had very little luck ice fishing. I went with my friend Josh and his cousin Zack, neither of whom are early risers. So we weren't on the ice and set up until about 10:30am. This is much later than I would have chosen, but in the interest of saving gas, we wanted to go together so I dealt with it.
All day (we were on the ice for seven hours) we got one flag between the three of us, on 15 tip-ups. Zack caught a Lake Trout that was a keeper. Josh jigged up one Perch, and a Laker that was too small to keep. I jigged up one Perch. If it wasn't for the perfect weather, cold beer, and a delicious lunch from The Crossroads, I probably wouldn't have stayed as long as I did.
On Sunday I headed to the Saratoga City Center to check out the Adirondack Sports & Fitness Expo..
While there is still plenty of time before I'll be able to catch fish through the ice this winter, Christmas is quickly approaching. I thought I would publish my ice fishing wish list here, so that any of my readers would have ample time to buy these things for me prior to the holidays. Ok, Ok.. I don't expect any of you to buy me ice fishing gear for Christmas.
What I would like though, is for any ice fishermen (or women) that read this post to offer some advice on what to use, or not use while out on the ice.
I went fishing again the other day, it poured rain and I didn't get a bite, so there's not much to write about. However, the air temperatures are starting to drop as well as the water temperatures, and I don't plan on giving up fishing this fall, so I need a pair of waders.
I took advantage of a big sale last week, and purchased a backpack and a backpacking stove. I have a day pack, an average size Dakine backpack with a waist belt and camelbak bladder sleeve. However I have had my eye on larger, lighter packs that I can take on overnight and weekend trips for a while now. I found a 20% off sale somewhat locally and decided to jump on it.
I have a feeling that this summer I am going to spend most of my disposable income on outdoor gear. This means I will be doing a lot of searching and researching to find the best quality goods for the right price. I will keep you informed on what I am looking to purchase, and will review each new product here. So that you, my faithful audience, can offer your own expertise, or use some of my research and field-testing to guide your own purchasing decisions.
I have been using the same fishing gear for years now, a 6ft. Berkley rod, Abu-Garcia spinning reel, and 6lb. Stren Monofilament (clear blue). I usually use Eagle Claw snelled hooks and Canadian Nightcrawlers for trout, and any number of lures/artificial bait for bass. After fishing the same waters the same ways for years, I need a new challenge.