Category Archives: Fishing

The Irresistible Fly, by H.H. Edel – May, 1944

Popular lures come and go regularly with new twists for our favorite fish-getters. Some old lures never go out of style. My brother consistently catches fish casting one of the oldest lures around, the red & white Bass-O-Reno. Magic baits are like legends, hard to find and harder still … Continue reading

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Wisconsin’s Horsehead Circle

It’s easy to see why the woods & waters of northern Wisconsin called out to adventuous outdoor recreationists nearly 100 years ago. Callaway & Pripps described many of the wonderous canoe routes in the region in Outer’s Book, May 1914. … Continue reading

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Snagging Sockeye in Idaho’s Red Lakes

National Sportsman, June, 1912. Dr DeWitt Higgs, Soldier, Idaho, describes a fishing trip to Alturas Lake in Idaho’s Saw Tooth Mountains in August 1910 or 1909 or a year or two earlier. The year of the trip is important because … Continue reading

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Colt’s Model 1911 Pistol

Few pistols have as much recognition as the famous Colt Model 1911 .45 caliber automatic pistol. It was a standard military side arm through the first five decades of the 20th Century and proudly carried through World Wars I & … Continue reading

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Northern Wisconsin Canoe Routes-1914

Outer’s Book, May, 1914. Click here for a 5 page PDF by Jas. Callaway and Harold Pripps as they continue their descriptions of northern Wisconsin canoe routes. Trip #6 started in Cisco Lake, Michigan, and ended at the town of … Continue reading

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The Starving Elk of Jackson Hole

Outdoor Life, May 1911 – Click here for S.N. Leek’s article on the starving elk of Jackson Hole. Early outdoor magazines leaned heavily on the grandeur of the west. Their pages described hunting and fishing in a western mecca of … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Muskies – 1890

Click here for a two page report from Sports Afield, November 20, 1890. Writer “A.H.” describes fishing the unexploited lakes around Saint Germaine (Saint Germain) in northern Wisconsin. A.H. was staying at “the little log hotel in the wilderness”, probably … Continue reading

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Dynamite Fishing in the Rio Grande

This page from the August, 1890, Issue of Sports Afield gives a good idea of how important the magazines were in shaping how our natural resources would be used. The days of the buffalo slaughter were over and other resources … Continue reading

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THE AURORA TROUT HUNT

Field & Stream, September, 1925. Click here to open a five page PDF describing William Rinkenbach’s efforts to collect and identify an unusual trout. William and a couple pals were waiting for a train following an adventurous fishing trip into … Continue reading

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“Let Us Save the Birds” & All Wildlife – The Lacey Act

From the pages of Recreation ,July 1900, is another example of the role magazines played in determining how our young democracy would manage its natural resources. The European model of hunting and fishing as rights only for the very privileged few … Continue reading

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