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    A former bank building in Bryson City is the new home of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians.

    Fly-fishing museum gets a new life

    Swain County, Bryson City welcome history exhibits
    February 19 at 9:00am
    Angler Wyn Mullins believes that February might be the best time to catch a huge, prespawn bass on the Santee Cooper lakes, Marion or Moultrie.

    February is big-bass time

    Santee Cooper’s lunkers are making their move
    February 16 at 9:00am
    In areas with current, fish will still hold in the lee of structure such as rocks or blowdowns even when water temperatures are low.

    Shall we gather at the river?

    Many of winter’s adverse effects disappear in moving water
    February 14 at 9:00am
    Guide Jot Owens caught this nice American Shad during the winter/spring run in the Cape Fear River upstream from Wilmington, N.C.

    Salute shad, the kickoff fish

    February, March are prime time for spring spawning run of these feisty fish
    February 12 at 9:00am
    Stews are hearty meals that take the edge off the chill after a February day afield or in the boat. Using venison and blackening seasonings make for a great time at the table.

    Blackened venison stew

    A nice, warm stew is the perfect end to a February day
    February 08 at 9:00am
    Coyotes of both genders will respond to calls as the breeding season approaches.

    Hunt the Carolina coyote rut

    Breeding predators present great opportunities
    February 05 at 9:00am
    Steve Porter, who created the Super Sally, holds a hawg he caught with one recently on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee.

    The Super Sally

    One of bass fishing’s best kept secrets
    January 29 at 9:00am
    Shorter, wider bow limbs are more rigid than wider, narrow limbs, and they distribute stress better to produce a more-consistent, stable shooting platform.

    A crossbow that fills all the bills

    Mission’s sub-1 is latest in crossbow design from an industry leader
    January 22 at 9:00am
    Three of the more popular spinners for trout are: (left to right) Mepps Aglia, Panther Martin and Ward’s Rooster Tail. Other effective spinning lures are Blue Fox, Thomas, Acme and Joe’s Flies.

    Spinning fishing: A happy medium

    Take a spinning outfit and a few lures with flashing blades to the stream and you’re set to go
    January 19 at 9:00am
    Guide Bob Winters doesn’t need all the latest gadgets to catch plenty of Lake Moultrie catfish like this nice blue.

    Old school isn’t bad to study on

    High-Tech isn’t always necessary for fishing
    January 16 at 8:00am
    The author shows off a 25-pound Lake Hartwell striper, his best-ever from a kayak, on a cold, January day.

    Stripers are a great target for paddlers

    Cold weather doesn’t stop these popular gamefish
    January 14 at 9:00am
    Cube steak is an excellent and easy way to fix venison. It’s a hearty, heart-warming meal for a cold January evening.

    Venison cube steak

    A childhood favorite is still a great, warming dish
    January 08 at 9:00am
    Take a handful of soil samples from each of your food plots for examination by county agriculture extension agents to get a grip on fertilizer requirements for future plantings.

    Maintain green fields for deer

    Winter food source needed; sheds are bonus
    January 05 at 9:00am
    Guide Rod Thomas was fishing for bull redfish but had two lighter rods rigged; they came in handy when a school of false albacore exploded within casting range.

    Widen the net

    For your best fishing year ever, be open to new areas, opportunities
    January 03 at 9:00am
    A Mop Jig is a big-fish bait, whether you’re fishing it in spring, summer or fall. Carry 1/4-, 3/8- and 1/2-ounce sizes in your tackle box to have all situations covered.

    5 bass baits you really need

    You can fill your boat with baits you’ll never use, or get these baits and catch fish
    January 01 at 7:00am