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Filleting Your Fish

It takes a certain amount of touch to fillet a fish, but expending a little more effort at the cleaning stage is worth it because it means no bones at the eating stage. When you get the hang of filleting [more…]

Purifying the Water While Camping

Don't assume that water at a campground is safe to drink, even if it comes from a spigot. The water in lakes, rivers, and springs may look crystal clear but often contains various bacteria that can cause [more…]

Loading Your Camping Backpack

Before you start jammin' goodies into that backpack, you need to decide whether to go with an internal frame or external frame (see Figure 1). [more…]

Choosing a Sleeping Bag for Camping

The key choice in sleeping bags is between synthetic fill or down. Down is lighter in terms of a weight-to-warmth ratio. Down is also more compact. However, only synthetic fills like PolarGuard 3D, Lite [more…]

Knowing How to Camp with Children

Camping with children is an outstanding way to share a love for the outdoors without breaking the budget. While family backpacking or camping does take a great deal of planning and loads of patience, it [more…]

Using eBay to Find Outdoor Supplies on the Cheap

Getting into the swing of summer happening is a cinch at eBay. You can always find great bargains on pool supplies, patio furniture, and (especially in the winter) patio heaters. Prices — even including [more…]

Breaking Camp

When breaking camp, be sure to restore the site as close to its natural appearance as possible. Taking down camp should be done according to the following guidelines to ensure everything goes smoothly: [more…]

Camping Checklist

To go camping on short notice with the least hassle, keep the items in the following list assembled, packed, and ready to load into your vehicle. A large plastic cargo box is a good container. [more…]

How to Load Your Vehicle for Camping

Getting ready for a camping trip involves lots of packing — clothes, camping gear, food and cooking equipment, as well as sport and game equipment. When it comes to loading up your vehicle, use the following [more…]

Tips for Tent Camping

Camping is a wonderful way to spend time in the great outdoors. But if you’re tent camping, you don’t want to welcome too much of the great outdoors into your tent. Happy campers observe simple rules, [more…]

How to Start a Campfire

Even when you’re camping, you don’t have to rub two sticks together to get your campfire going. You can choose that method of course, but most fire-starting begins with a good supply of wooden matches. [more…]

Camping For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Like any endeavor, camping is more enjoyable with a little preparation, so assembling and packing the equipment you need is your first order of business. If you’re tent camping, it pays to heed certain [more…]

Freshwater Fish Finder

The abundance of rivers and lakes in Australia and New Zealand provide a variety of habitats worthy of frequent fishing forays. Target your favourite freshwater species easily, by selecting the best baits [more…]

Saltwater Fish Finder

By tapping into the behaviour patterns of saltwater species, you can confidently get on with some prime fishing: You can easily transfer the techniques and gear used to catch these Australian and New Zealand [more…]

Fishing For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

Want to know where your favourite fish are hanging out in Australian or New Zealand waters? Not sure what bait or lure to use? Is your favourite fish going to be a fabulous feast or a so-so supper? Here [more…]

Optimum Water Temperatures for Fly Fishing

Fish don’t do much if water is too hot or too cold, so you might not want to waste your time fly fishing in certain weather conditions. Use this guide, [more…]

Fly Fishing World Records

You never know when you could hook the big one when fly fishing. Keep this chart of fly fishing world records with you, and if you catch a record-beater, get the fish registered at the nearest tackle shop [more…]

Fly Line Weights for Common Game Fish

Fly lines are rated according to their weight. A 1 Weightis a very light line used with an extremely flexible rod. As fly line numbers go up, so does the weight. Rods are rated according to the weight [more…]

Fly Fishing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Successful fly fishing starts by finding out if the water temperature is ideal for fishing or if your day is better spent preparing your fly gear for the next outing. Make sure you have the appropriate [more…]

Matching Your Fishing Rod, Lure, and Line

Your fishing rod has a limit to how much weight it can lift and cast effectively. This is called the “power” of the rod. Anglers can use this chart as a guide to match up the right rod, lure weight, and [more…]

Keeping Up with Fishing World Records

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) keeps track of world record catches for almost every species of fish you can think of. Do you think you just hauled in the next record catch? It could happen [more…]

Outfitting Your Fishing Trip with the Right Equipment and Clothing

No one checklist works for every fishing trip, as there are many variables to consider. Are you fishing saltwater or freshwater? What species are you fishing for? What’s the weather like? What season is [more…]

Matching Up the Fish, the Water, and the Offering

Almost every sizable body of water, providing it isn’t too polluted, will have some fish in it. Whether the fish have been stocked there, or appear through natural reproduction, there’s a good chance more [more…]

Fishing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To catch fish consistently, anglers need to know some things about the fish they pursue and the habitat where those fish reside. A prepared angler is often a successful angler, so you can use a chart to [more…]

Improvising Navigation in the Wilderness

Using the sun, the stars, and a little ingenuity can help you find your way in the wilderness and is easy to do more often than not. Remember, people have been using the heavens to navigate for thousands [more…]

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