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Waxing Fishing Rod Ferrules

A light rub with a candle wax around the inside section of the rod ferrule is all that is required for a snug friction fit. Applying candle wax to the inside section of the ferrule joint will make the join more secure. It will also make it easier to get the sections apart later.

Waxing Fishing Rod Ferrules Ensures a tight secure join between fishing rod sections A light rub with a candle wax around the inside section of the rod ferrule is all that is required for a snug friction fit. Applying candle wax to the inside section of the ferrule joint will make the join more secure. It will also make it easier to get the sections More...

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An inexpensive tube of Aquaseal will keep you old waders going a few years longer!
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, March 16th, 2013
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Leaking Waders

How to fix leaking Waders An inexpensive tube of Aquaseal will keep you old waders going a few years longer! Have your waders sprung a leak? Don’t throw them away you should be able to fix them yourself. Get More...

A little bit of bottled salmon goes a long way. It is best to use smaller bottles if possible.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
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Bottling and Preserving Salmon – how to guide to bottling salmon

Add salt, sugar and vinegar to each jar before putting on the seals and rings. Bottling Salmon The Americans call this process canning even when glass jars are used Following congratulations from your fishing mates More...

How to make a Wooden Flybox.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, July 25th, 2013
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How to Make Your Own Large Wooden Fly Boxes by Allan Burgess

The large wooden fly box can hold around 300 lures. Making Large Wooden Fly Boxes Here is a great idea for those who like to make things. Although I carry several small fly boxes in my vest pockets when trout fishing, More...

smoking fish featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
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Smoking Fish – How to prepare and cook fish by the hot smoking method

Nothing quite compares to freshly caught hot smoked fish. How to Smoke Fish Smoking fish in a hot smoker I must admit that some of my earlier fish smoking sessions have produced less than perfect results. I finally More...

Fishingmag mobile phone menu.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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Fishingmag.co.nz Mobile Website

Mobile Website We have now got the new fishingmag.co.nz mobile site up and running well. Now you can read about your best fishing spots, uploadpictures, and check-out the fishing forum, all from your mobile phone More...

With the aid of a D lead and about 1.2m of monofilament you can fish a fly on spinning gear.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, April 4th, 2015
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Fishing Flies on Spinning Gear using a D lead Rig

Fishing Flies on Spinning Gear How to Fish the Fly and D lead rig on spinning gear With the aid of a D lead and about 1.2m of monofilament you can fish a fly on spinning gear. Fishing flies on spinning gear is dead More...

Salmon anglers at the mouth of the Waimakariri River, Canterbury, South Island of New Zealand.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, March 30th, 2015
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Desktop Wallpaper Fishing background for your computer

Whitebaiting with pole nets Okarito River and Lagoon, Westland, South Island of New Zealand. Desktop Wallpaper Desktop wallpaper of whitebaiting with pole nets Okarito River and Lagoon, Westland, South Island of More...

Gut fish as soon as possible to prevent the flesh from spoiling
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Look after your catch: kill, gut, and place your fish on ice immediately

Tossing your freshly caught fish into a plastic bin in the hot sun is a bad idea. Try to use an insulated bin with a tightly sealed lid and ice if you can to lower the temperature of the fish. For best results gut More...

Kill your salmon quickly.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Killing your salmon and looking after your catch

Killing your salmon and looking after your catch Kill your salmon immediately with a blow or two to the head. Place on ice immediately to prevent it from spoiling. Now that you have finally caught that elusive salmon More...