202017-07

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POP UP CANOPY

2017-07-20

A pop up canopy is an outdoor tent which can be folded for easy transport. If you are looking for a temporary shelter where you can market your merchandise outdoors, then a pop up canopy is a good option. You probably know about the wedding tents which cannot be used for small activities like selling hot dogs outdoors. A pop canopy is a lightweight and portable shelter which can be used during the summer or winter. This is possible because the top of most pop up tents is designed to block 99 percent of UV rays. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about your outdoor event getting ruined during hot summer days, because a pop up tent will block out the sunlight and provide a cool shade. In addition, pop up canopy are waterproof or water resistant, making them ideal for rainy days.

Pop up canopy come in sizes of 5 x 5 to 10 x 10. Typically, a 10 x 10 pop up canopy shelters 100 square feet of space and if you have an outdoor event like a family gathering, it can sit up to 15 people. Pop up canopy has a steel frame which is powder coated. This makes it possible to use the pop up canopy outdoors for several years without getting eroded by corrosion or rust. In addition, the frame of a pop up canopy can be quickly collapsed and expanded by just pulling and pushing. A pop up canopy will save you time because it is easy to set up compared to the more traditional tents. With a pop up canopy it can easily pop up so that you can go on with your outdoor activities. You don’t have to hire a specialist to help you install a pop up canopy like you would do with a wedding tent. You can easily set it up with a one helping hand and you are ready to get on with your street festival within minutes. If you are looking to take it down, you simply need to contract the frame into its original length, and take off the top. Most pop up canopy come with a storage bag where you can fit it inside for easy transport.

Pop up canopy come in different style and sizes which makes it challenging to choose the right one. Before you buy a pop up canopy, it is important you know its intended purpose. This will help you know which size of pop up canopy you should go for. The most common sizes are 5 x 5 canopy, 8 x 8 canopy, 9 x 9 canopy, 10 x 10 canopy. Therefore, if you are buying a pop canopy for barbecues it cannot be the same size as a shelter for a family picnic. The next thing you need to consider is the material used to construct the canopy. The frame of a pop up canopy is usually made of either aluminium or steel. If you are the kind that will be travelling a lot, then you should consider the one that is made of aluminium frames. They are lightweight and makes it super easy to set up on your own. However, if you plan to use your pop up canopy during windy or rainy days, then you should choose the one that is made of steel since it’s heavier.

There are many brands in the market today which sells pop canopy to customers. However, not all of them do the same job. Before you purchase one, it is important you look at the features and performance of the pop canopy compared to similar types. Choosing the right type of pop up canopy can be very helpful for your temporary shelter at home, in the streets or anywhere else. Enjoy your summer under a pop up canopy!

102017-07

THREE THINGS WILL DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE YOUR CAMPING EXPERIENCE

2017-07-10

Over the years, technology has allowed camping to become easier and even more enjoyable than ever before. However, this isn't to say that the basics aren't still important and this is what we have for you today. If you want to improve your camping experience and take it to the next level, keep reading because we have three superb products from the outdoor specialist Leader Accessories!

PVC Waterproof Dry Bag


First and foremost, we have a multi-purpose, heavy-duty dry bag suitable for various needs. With this extra protection backpack, you can keep your valuables safe regardless of whether you’re kayaking, travelling, hiking, boating, white water rafting, skiing, or just camping. Not only will this versatile bag stay water-free, it will also keep out dust, sand, dirt, and other debris.

Available at an affordable price, this vinyl bag can be found in an array of colors including yellow, orange, green, blue, and black. Depending on your tastes, you can go for a simple black option or an orange to represent the summer. Although we all love camping, nobody enjoys opening their bag to find it full of water or sand. So this is a fantastic solution!

Pop-Up Shower Tent


When camping, multi-purpose items are incredibly useful as we saw with the dry bag, we have another option here with a pop-up shower tent. With camping, some people don’t like the ‘openness’ of it at all, they feel uncomfortable being miles away from their bedroom. With this shower tent, it brings the privacy back to camping whether you use it to change clothes, as a bathroom, or anything else.

For easy access, the tent boasts a huge zippered door and it has all been designed with simplicity in mind. When you’re finished, the tent folds down into a compact little package with carrying handles so you don’t have to squeeze it into a bag or find some other way of transporting it. Often, installation with these types of products can be confusing and frustrating, but Leader Accessories has optimized the design so it takes just minutes.

What’s more, it even has eight metal mounting stakes and four pull strings to remain secure against adverse weather. Although the idea is to enjoy the summer weather when camping, sometimes the sky just doesn’t agree and the wind starts to blow. If this happens, your tent will remain stable and your bathroom won’t be flying around all over the place!

Pop-Up Golf Practice Set


So far, we’ve offered two useful items but now it’s time to have a little fun with this pleasurable golf practice set. Whether you’re with family or friends, there can sometimes be a ‘well, what do we do now?’ moment after arriving and getting things set up. With this golf set, you can have some fun, get a little competition going, and just allow yourself to take your mind off all the worries you may have.

Weighing very little and with installation only taking a few seconds, this makes for a great addition to your camping bag with many different games to play. As well as driving, you can practice chipping, putting, and more with various holes and targets to hit. After just a few minutes, everyone will be wanting the club and you’ll be well on your way to creating some memories.

Summary

Who needs technology when you have these three fantastic items? Not only are they efficient, they improve any camping experience and allow you all to have more fun!

102017-07

5 BASIC TIPS FOR HUNTING DEER

2017-07-10

A deer is a unique animal. It is always hunted for its meat and at times the antlers. Mostly these antlers grow to an impressive size. By observing the antlers, you will be able to tell the age of the deer. The antlers are structured in a very beautiful manner. These have made human beings to have the force of attraction drawing them near the deer. The simplest way of owning these beautiful antlers is by killing them.

The meat drawn from a deer is so succulent and sweet. It can be prepared by roasting it over red hot charcoal or by making some stew over it. At the end of the meal, everyone happens to enjoy a lot. Hunting a deer requires some skills and tips on how to go about it. Remember, the deer is a very clever animal.

Here are some of the tips to guide you through this deer hunting expedition:

1. Where to hunt

There are several places to hunt deer. It can either be a public or a government-owned piece of land. Usually the government has secluded parcels of land where the public is allowed to practice their hunting skills. Mostly, the parcels are less crowded. They are not known by many hunters. It's therefore easier to find these animals there.

2. When to hunt

Hunting a deer will also depend on the time of the year. During winter, you will need to dress warm, have a wood-burning stove and something to scare away wild animals. You may need a roaring fire to keep you warm over the cold night. Most deer hunting takes place between late summer and the early fall. During this season the deer are so much concerned about food. It will be seen moving in search of corn and soybeans. At this time of the year, you can lay an ambush on them. This can be done when they are searching for pasture or while feeding.

3. Scouting

In September, the feeding patterns change. The grass that was once green is all covered with snow. The days are short, nights are considerably longer and chilly. The deer need to stay focused. It starts to mark its territories by scraping and rubbing. Deer can be hunted during any time of the year. Study their patterns to know where and when to find them.

The effort you put on this deer hunting thing determines the results later. Hunting is better at the start of the season, search for deer around rivers and creeks, fields, thickets and even travel corridors. Remember to carry your maps always.

While scouting, look for droppings too, as they pass droppings on their way. Observe them to distinguish between droppings from small deer or mature deer too. Take note of their trails. This will help you get insight on how they travel throughout the day. Make sure that you observe the animals from a distance. This will ensure that the animals are not scared at all.

4. Dress code

When hunting deer, whatever you put on matters too. Use an elevated tree stand to have a clear view of the field. Set up ground blinds two weeks prior to hunting. These blinds are warm and so our bones remain dry. Ensure that the deer does not notice any movement. Participate in drive deer of hiking on a rugged terrain. Our clothes should not be tight on your body. This is to improve breathing and stretching of the body. You should never lack a binocular with high resolution. Have a camera with the highest resolutions and a big SD card. You should not hang the cameras too high. Check the direction of the wind. This will make sure that you do not send your scents in the direction from which the deer is. Sit somewhere to have a better hunting spot. Stay clear out of the deer sight.

5. Calling the deer

Wheezing, rattling antlers and bleating are some ways to use when calling the deer. These options are best for communication with the deer. When it appears, shoot the animal in the chest area. Someone may wonder why; the chest area has vital body organs that will be affected highly after the shot.

Get an experienced hunter to show you the ropes. Get a good meat processor to observe the meat. There is a lot more on deer hunting than what we just discussed now. It takes courage to be a good deer hunter. Try it out.

232017-06

FISHING ON LAND VS FISHING IN A BOAT

2017-06-23


I have had the pleasure of fishing on both land and water. It wasn’t always that way, though. I had never been on anything other than a canoe until I met my husband. Until this time, I had only known what it was like to fish sitting in a lawn chair, or on a rock, at the edge of the water. The first time I was in my husband’s John boat, I was a bit scared. After a while, I got used to it. So much so, that he tells me; he can’t believe I was ever scared of boats. Years after our marriage, we purchased a second boat. This one is much larger and fits our whole family. We joke that we have his and her boats when most people boast about having his and hers closets.

If you couldn’t tell, our family enjoys being on the water. Although we don’t always fish from a boat. Fishing from land or water should still render the same results. Both ways result in a fish fry. But there are significant differences between the two. The first one being the ability to cover more area with a boat. On land, your fishing area is constrained by how far you can throw your pole. If the fish aren’t in this area and ready to play today, well you are bringing home an empty cooler.

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If you are lucky enough to land your hands on a nice new shiny fishing boat you are sure to have a million bells and whistles that make fishing a whole lot more convenient. Some of the typical items are the same like pole holders and a place to put the fish after capture. Some of these features have been altered in a way that well, just makes fishing better. For instance, a live well with a pump. Automatically filling the tank with the flip of a switch. That is a convenience in a tiny box. Imagine not having to buy ice, or fill a cooler by hand. We have had to scoop water from the lake with a cup before, and believe me it doesn’t compare to filling it by flipping a button.

Fish finders are an amazing invention. Simply coast along the water, and watch where the fish are. They will tell you where to throw a pole. While they are designed to work from a boat, with a little creativity you can utilize them for shore fishing too. The chairs are more comfortable, shade is easier to maintain, and the breathtaking scenery doesn’t compare to that of the view in a chair sitting shore side.

Casting can be a bit tricky to get used to. Unless the boat you are on was specifically designed for fishing some things like a windshield, or bimini top can become a bit troublesome to avoid. Multiple people clustered together in a small space, can be hazardous if you aren’t careful. I have a scar on my left shoulder from a two-year-old with a treble hook. Casting from the shore, you have basically unlimited space to cast your pole. So much so that you could take a running start if you really wanted to.

Not having access to facilities for a man, isn’t as much of an issue as it is for a female. It can become a problem when the bladder says hello, remember me. It isn’t fun to trying to hold it, rush to bring in the anchors, and get to the closest johnny on the spot. Although, remember those tools and features I was bragging about earlier? Most newer pontoon boats have the option to add a restroom to them. So in all fairness facilities shouldn’t apply here, but not all boats are treated equally, and not everyone can afford those fancy upgrades. So for me, this is a negative.

Space is at a premium when it comes to fishing on a boat. There isn’t always enough room to bring the whole party on board. On land, you can invite just about anyone your heart desires. As long as it is a public place, within appropriate fishing times, and well okay with all those rules. This leads to another plus for fishing from a boat. You set the rules, sort of. I have yet to hear of a lake that was closed after dark if you are on the water. Some fishing areas and public beaches are closed, but usually, the dock is 24 hours.

All of those luxuries do have a limit. They need power to operate them, and the boat needs gas to run. Gasoline doesn’t last forever, and neither does the juice in a 12-volt battery. Things can go wrong or run out when this happens, you are stuck with only one option. Row, and row some more, unless there is another boater nearby that is willing to tow you in. Usually, they are, but if you have been night fishing and didn’t pay attention to how long you were out, there probably won’t be many boaters there to help. When this happens you are stuck rowing the boat, with six people laughing more than they ever have. Only to find out two years later that the boat had a pull start on the motor.

On another fishing trip of ours, we met a guy who had the best acronym for boat that I have ever heard. I don’t know if it is the sure fact of truth that makes me laugh, or what but B-O-A-T stands for Break-Out-Another-Thousand. This is extremely true, boats are expensive.

No matter which way you look at it, boats are great to have but are expensive. Fishing from the land is cheaper, convenient and always available, while fishing from a boat may not always be possible. It all boils down to preference.

032017-07

10 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING THE PERFECT RV FOR YOUR FAMILY

2017-07-03

A soft bed to sleep on after the day spent playing at the lake. A kitchen to easily prepare your family’s favorite meals. A shower to clean up in after a long day on a dusty trail. A home away from home in all your favorite places.

You’ve decided you want to experience the RV life. Or maybe you’ve been hooked for some time, but your family’s needs have changed and it’s time for an upgrade. With so many RVs to choose from it can be overwhelming. Don’t worry, ask yourself these ten questions to help make the decision easier.

Do you have a tow vehicle or want to purchase a tow vehicle?

This question alone can greatly narrow your search. If you don’t have a vehicle capable of towing an RV and don’t want to buy one, you know you’ll be looking at motorized RVs. If you have a tow vehicle then you’ll want to know your towing capacity and narrow your search to RVs within your vehicle’s towing capacity. Don’t forget to add in the weight of passengers, cargo, and liquids to the dry weight of the RV. You don’t want to fall in love with an RV only to find out it exceeds your vehicle’s maximum capacity to tow safely.

How many people do you need to sleep?

Sleeping arrangements in RVs range from plush king size beds to fold out chair beds and from sleeping two people to ten or even more. Think about not only how many your RV needs to sleep, but how you want the bedtime routine to go? Some people don’t mind turning dinettes or sofas into beds every night while others consider a designated pre-made bed for each person a must. You may also want to consider the possibility of being able to sleep guests.

Where do you plan to camp?

When most people think of RVing they think of campgrounds, but RVs open up a whole world of different types of adventure and exploration. Some RVs are better suited for boondocking or off grid camping with larger holding tanks and generators. Perhaps your kids are very active in sports and you plan to use your RV to travel with the comforts of home to sporting events and spend a lot of time in parking lots next to soccer fields. If your goal is to spend as much time as possible in national and state parks then length should be a consideration as many parks have length restrictions. In this case, look up the places you plan to frequent the most and check for length restrictions. Maybe you plan to do a lot of driveway surfing or use it as your portable guest house when you visit family. Again, consider what will fit comfortably in the driveways you plan to park.

What amenities do you need to feel comfortable?

Most of us are buying RVs because we don’t want to sleep on the ground and want more protection from the elements than what a tent offers. If you’ve ever spent the night on the ground in a tent during a rainy night, you know exactly how much luxury the simplest RV offers. But creature comforts don’t stop at a roof and a bed. RVs can come with a number of amenities from gourmet kitchens to state of the art entertainment centers. I once took a relaxing bath while camping on the Alaskan Highway. Make a list of your most important amenities and prioritize. Maybe all you want is a bed or maybe a residential sized fridge is on your must-have list.

What sort of activities do you enjoy?

Hobbies and activities will help you narrow down your RV search. Sport utility RVs, often called toy haulers, have space for ATVs, golf carts, dirt bikes, and other small motorized vehicles. Some RVs offer more storage space than others and if you have interests that use large amounts of gear you’ll want to consider where that gear is going to go. If you enjoy exploring urban areas via RV then you might want to consider smaller units that make it easier to navigate city streets and parking lots. Winter sports enthusiasts will want to consider buying an all-season RV.

How much space do you REALLY need?

This is different for every family. I love seeing pictures of #vanlife on social media but the truth is, I need my space and we would be miserable camping in a van for any extended amount of time. My family doesn’t want to be bumping into each other every time we get up and move. Other families may prefer to be closer and cozy. Only you know what your family really needs. Are you going to be using it every weekend all summer or for extended trips? Or is it going to be an every once in a while outing? Do your kids need their own bedroom? Do you need your own bedroom?

What’s your preferred floor plan?

Visit RV shows to get an idea of what floor plan will work best for you family. I can’t stress this enough. An RV show will give you to the opportunity to see many different RVs in one place. Spend time in the RVs. Sit on the couches. Lay on the beds. Walk into the bathrooms. Imagine cooking in the kitchen. Ask for brochures to take home. If you don’t have any shows nearby then visit a few different dealerships before you buy. Most dealerships are happy to let you spend time in their RVs because they want you to be happy with the RV you choose.

How handy are you?

All RVs new and used will have maintenance and repair issues every once in a while. The biggest difference is new RVs come with warranties where manufactures and dealerships take care of the repairs for a set amount of time. Most of the time used RVs are sold “as-is” meaning the repairs will be your responsibly. A warranty can be a source of comfort to those who are less than handy. Many dealers even offer extended warranties for an additional cost.

What is your style of travel?

When you Go RVing, do you prefer moving every night or do you like to set up and stay at one place for a while. Fast paced travelers may prefer smaller RVs without slideouts for the ease of set up and pack up. Perhaps you go to the same campground all season. In that case, a park model RV may be the perfect setup offering you all the comforts of home in your favorite location. Larger RVs can be harder to move around for fast-paced travelers but offer comforts that many find worth the tradeoff.

What’s your budget?

Just as there is an RV for any lifestyle, there is an RV out there for any budget. It’s good to decide on a budget before heading to the dealership or browsing the classifieds. Are you planning to pay cash or finance? RV dealerships are set up to make financing fast and easy for their customers. Used RVs are a great option for a limited budget. RV shows, end of the year sales, or buying last year’s model can be a great way to save on a new RV. Buying a used RV from a private party is a great way to save money but usually ends up taking more time to find what you want.

Buying an RV will be one of the best decisions you’ll make for your family. Don’t get hung up on the details because at the end of the day or a long weekend, spending time together and creating memories are what is important and that will happen in any type of RV.

What questions would you add to my list? If you have an RV what did you buy and why? Chime in to help others who are just now wading in to the wonderful world of RVing.

by NEWSCHOOLNOMADS

Link:https://blog.gorving.com/2017/06/10-questions-ask-choosing-perfect-rv-family/



222017-06

10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIKING

2017-06-22

Hiking is a beautiful, liberating experience, accessible to everyone; it is an amazing way to explore, relax and experience the best the area can offer. Hiking trips vary in duration, difficulty and can be anything from an hour walk to a scenic lake to a challenging multi-day mountain traverse. Outdoors knowledge and skills come with time and many trips under your belt, they are often region, climate and season dependent, but there are some basic things every hiker should know.

Good planning is the cornerstone of your hiking experience

People, especially those, new to outdoors, tend to underestimate the challenges they might face. One of the essential parts of being safe and having a good time in your hiking trips is good planning. Make sure you study your route well, using hiking brochures, websites and topographical maps. Know the main trail features, like big climbs, exposed areas and river crossings. If you are heading on a multi-day trip, set reasonable goals for each day and leave sufficient time to complete the distance, in case it is more difficult than you expected or your get trapped due to bad weather. A well thought out plan will keep you safe and will make it easier to enjoy the experience.

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Hiking is the best way to get stronger for hiking

People often worry that they are not fit or strong enough for hiking, especially multi-day trips. I would like to encourage you not to think about this experience in such a limiting way. Doing things makes you better at them – that’s just the way life works. Just choose easier, less challenging trips to begin with, and you will see progress very soon. The thing with hiking trips, especially multi-day mountain trips, is that it is relatively difficult to train for them. Hiking requires certain amount of resilience and “toughness” that can only be earned through experience on trails.

A good rain jacket is your best friend

Remember that! And do not be too cheap on something that might save your life. Every outdoors person should own a good quality hardshell – a relatively lightweight, waterproof jacket. They only weight a few hundred grams, but offer superb protection from the elements and an amazing amount of warmth. Take a proper care of your jacket by washing it with special washes and regularly re-waterproofing them.

Do not fear heavy boots

Lightweight is usually better – general rule for any sport or activity. “Lightweight” is synonyms with faster, more agile, more fun, easier, when it comes to outdoors. Heavier, sturdier boots, however, are an absolute bliss, when travelling on rugged, loose terrain or when carrying a heavy multi-day pack. Stiffer heavier soles and more support around the ankles provide a reliable platform, when traversing snowy surfaces and reduce fatigue in your feet and calves, if you have to walk on rocky uneven surfaces. Heavier boots also provide a counterbalance for a heavy pack and are extremely durable.

Food doesn’t have to be boring – get creative

Tried all possible kinds of snack bars available? Can’t even stand the view of crackers with cheese? There are other options out there and I suggest you don’t give up on hiking cuisine. Try various types of dried fruit and vegetable chips. Take some rice crackers and sip some miso soup to warm up in the evening. Hot chocolate powder and some marshmallows don’t weight anything, and can bring the cozy to any outdoors evening. Go to Asian supermarkets and experiment with dried products and other lightweight seasonings. Take some salt, pepper and seasoning sachets.

A small emergency kit is a safety net

No one is invincible, never forget that. Even if you never use your first aid kit, never leave it behind. Some basic tape, wound covers and antibacterial ointments do not weight much and will help you keep on going in case of an injury. Always have some sort of emergency shelter on you, when hiking, even if just on a short day trip. Emergency/space blanket can be used as an emergency bivy if injured or caught in bad weather. It can serve as very warm layer and a rain jacket. Finally, it is an excellent way to signal for help.

Hiking can be fast

If you find hiking slow and boring, change your hiking style. Get a good pair of trail running shoes and buy a trail running bag. Now go hiking, but alternate walking segments with some fun running. There are few things as enjoyable as a downhill single-track run. Running packs can be big enough to fit enough layers, food and water for a day.

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Hiking can be slow

Hiking is not about getting from one location to the other. Hiking is just a way to explore, be outdoors and enjoy the landscapes. Don’t think that you have to be moving all the time, clocking as many miles as possible. Better find the relaxation and meditation of being in the moment and experiencing the freedom and nature.

Leave your intentions with someone

This is a very important point I would like to make. Leave your hiking plans with someone at home. Let them know of what route you will be taking and where are you planning to stop every night. Include information of any side trips or alternative trails you might try, and estimate, when you are coming back. It is also often useful to set a “panic date” after which your friends/relatives should inform the Search and Rescue bodies.

Adopt a trail

Protect places you hike in – stay on designated trails and never leave any rubbish behind, especially in popular trails. I know nature is often considered as our home, but think that it is also home for countless of creatures and plants. Protect and learn to respect the natural words around us.

Hiking is a wonderful experience suitable for people of all ages, fitness and experience levels. Be ready, stay safe and make sure to enjoy!

Onwards and upwards!


By Kristina Aluzaite

222017-06

THE DIFFERENCE OF FISHING IN A LAKE AND A RIVER

2017-06-22


A river and a lake can both be simplistically described as large bodies of water. Although, when you begin to dig further into the characteristics of a river and a lake there are major differences that distinguish the two.

A river is a large moving mass of water that empties into the ocean or a sea. This body of water has a current and depending on the size of the river, can be quite fast, and forceful. Rivers are naturally created, and can never be man made. Erosion is a common effect of the currents in a river, and over time the path that the river flows can change the terrain.

A lake can be man-made, and most often is created by use of dams and allowing rainfall to drain into lower valleys. At one time these valleys may have been occupied by small towns who frequently dealt with floods. These large bodies of water are surrounded by land on all sides and do not have a current.

Both lakes and rivers are the ideal places to go when wanting to fish, and in fact can even be the best places to fish. They house an abundance of fish, in a variety of species. Both bodies of water come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Once you have mastered the art of fishing on both sources only then can you choose which one is best for you.

Despite living so close to the Mississippi river through the vast majority of my life, I have never fished there. Growing up my family preferred the small lake behind my grandfather’s house or the larger one less than a mile away. I’m not sure if it was convenience or preference. Even as an adult, my husband and I chose to drive over an hour away to fish and play in the larger lake. We still never chose to fish in the river.

Years later we moved away from the Mississippi River and are now exactly one mile from the Tennessee River. Since our move, we have yet to return to fishing in a lake. Some actually call this portion of the river, a lake. Despite the confusion, it is still a river. Having the experience under our belts, we are now able to say that we have been fishing in both a river and a lake we can honestly say that we enjoy both experiences. While there are some differences, they are both similar.

The one noticeable difference between the two is that the water in a river moves much faster than that of a lake. The water generally moves in one direction, whereas water in a lake moves toward the shorelines. How you will handle your fishing line will be different for each type. Keeping the line tight is troublesome when casting from the shore out into the water of a lake. The water is constantly pushing against the line, causing it to slowly move back closer to the shore. When casting from the shore on a river the line will cross the current, and will move downstream as the current flows. Depending on how far out you cast, it usually assists in keeping the line tight, however, if using multiple poles crossing the lines can be an issue.

The waves created in either a lake or river can vary greatly depending on how large each of the two bodies of water is. If the lake is large enough, and with enough traffic the waves can mimic that of the waves in the ocean. The same can also be said for a river. Generally, if the river is large enough with a strong enough current the waves will be consistent throughout all seasons. This is probably the reason we never chose to fish in the Mississippi River. The current was much too strong for our liking. The Tennessee River has a strong enough current but the portion where we live the width of the river is narrow and the current is weakened, which provides a great environment for comfortable fishing.

Because of the current in a river erosion is an issue that usually keeps the banks clean and clear of debris that could cause the fishing line to snag. Lakes allow the roots of the trees to travel into the water, and cluster together. This creates wonderful habitats for the fish, but not such a great place for a fisherman. While these locations are ideal for catching an abundance of fish, they can become a nuisance. The hook catches on the smallest of twig and nearly makes it impossible to remove. My husband has yet to keep one hook after snagging. However, I have a much better success rate at this. Maneuvering the line in various directions and playing with it allows the hook to remove itself from the tangled mess, and break free. Pulling on the line, and hoping that your string is stronger than the mess of branches beneath the water is not a great idea. Chances are that you will break the line and loose you hook, sinkers and any other gadgets that you have attached to the line.

It is controversial, to say the least when it comes to the size of the fish located in the waters of a river, or lake. It has been said a million times over that someone’s uncle worked on the damn that was built years ago. While he was diving in the water he witnessed fish as big as a semi-trailer lurking in the depths beneath the surface. While these over told stories may be exaggerated, there is no real proof to them. Nevertheless, the fish that we catch from the river, are much larger than that of the fish that we used to catch in the lake. So personally I am a believer that the fish in a river are bigger than that of what resides in the depths of a lake.

by MEG WARREN