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2017 Ice Fishing Rods

2017 Ice Fishing Rods

by Matt Straw

The tip bobs down. The hook sets into something that feels like a Chevy truck, which suddenly kicks into gear… more »

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Mounting Reel Seat On Fishing Rod Blank

by Jeff Simpson

Incredibly important to the fishing rod’s final performance, mounting the reel seat is an easy process when you follow the… more »

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How to Build Fishing Rod Handles

by Jeff Simpson

Constructing a custom handle for your fishing rod is easy, just use the following instructions to build your high-performance handle… more »

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The Marabou Jig, according to Jeff Gustafson

by Ned Kehde

  The marabou jig used to play a critical role in the repertoire of Midwest finesse anglers in Missouri and… more »

Mark The Blank

Rod Building: Marking The Blank

by Jeff Simpson

The foundation of constructing a fishing rod begins by marking the blank. Taking the time to mark the blank with… more »

Rod Components

Choosing The Right Rod Components

by Jeff Simpson

  Selecting the components you want featured on your rod is another benefit of making your own fishing rods. Rod… more »

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Fishing Leader Options

by Matt Straw

The sickest of all sick feelings follows a bite-off. The severed leader. The failed crimp. The bungled knot. When the… more »

Trophy Saskatchewan Trout

Giant Lakers, Walleyes, Pike and More

by Matt Straw

In early-morning light under gray skies, waves crest over a long reef. It extends hundreds of yards, out toward a… more »

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Zoom’s Z 3 Trick Worm

by Ned Kehde

On Aug. 3, Zoom Bait Company announced that they have a new rendition of its Trick Worm. This one is… more »

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Z-Man’s Bubble Gum Finesse T.R.D.

by Ned Kehde

From early November through late March, some Midwest finesse anglers partake in an endeavor that they call bass fishing for… more »

Catch Big Catfish

The Liars of Leviathan Catfish

by Dan Anderson

So you want to catch the biggest catfish possible, a once-in-a-lifetime leviathan, a personal best that you can post on… more »

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First Ice Bluegills North to South

by Matt Straw

Muscle-bound thugs with bent noses hover at the deep edge of the jungle as ice begins creeping across the surface… more »

Northwest Territories in Canada

Angling The Pristine NWT

by Matt Straw

From the boreal forests on its southern boundary to the islands of the Beaufort Sea, Canada’s Northwest Territories offers adventures… more »

Protect Cork Fishing Grips

Use U-40 Cork Seal to Protect Cork Fishing Grips

by In-Fisherman

  When it comes custom rod building and fishing in general, cork will always be a popular grip because of… more »

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Nikko Baits

by Ned Kehde

Cory Schmidt of Merrifield, Minnesota, is a fellow In-Fisherman field editor, writer, and Finesse News Network member. And on the… more »

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Midwest Finesse Fishing: December 2016

by Ned Kehde

This guide to Midwest finesse fishing contains 16 logs and 12,615 words that detail how, when, and where Midwest finesse… more »

Why Build a Custom Fishing Rod

Why Build a Custom Fishing Rod

by In-Fisherman

The short answer: There is nothing like catching a fish on a rod that you built with your own two… more »

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How To Choose Your Rod Building Thread

by In-Fisherman

Rod building threads are quite diverse. From sizes and colors to treatments, choosing the right rod building thread naturally comes… more »

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Biovex’s Kolt Stick

by Ned Kehde

Biovex’s Kolt Stick is a three-inch soft-plastic stickbait. Some anglers call it a centipede-style bait, and others call it a… more »

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Greenbacks And Other Manitoba Monsters

by Matt Straw

After a long, grueling back-and-forth, a bulky shadow appears several feet down under a dangerously bent graphite rod. The line… more »