Directory of Archived Articles

Outdoor Writer's Holiday - By Tim Mead How does an outdoor writer spend his holidays?  He spends them outdoors with friends.  Tim writes about one of his recent holidays.
The Dreaded Nine Mile Backlash - By Tim Mead If you ever fished with spinning equipment and ended up with a rats nest aka backlash, you will want to read this.  Tim Mead discusses ways to eliminate them or at the very least make them less frequent
Spoonplugging Is Alive and Well, and Living in Indiana - By Tim Mead Many years ago a famous angler by the name of Buck Perry developed a lure called a Spoonplug.   The lure was literally a combination of a spoon and a plug.  With this innovative design Buck Perry claimed he could catch the biggest fish in any lake and often did.   Tim Mead hasn't forgotten Buck Perry or his famous lure and writes about a trip he took to Indiana where he fished with the Spoonplug.
Navigate the Veggies: Best Lures for Fishing Weeds - By Tim Mead It can be frustrating trying to fish heavy weed cover, but given the right lures it is possible and productive
Monster Pike of Phelps Lake - By Tim Mead To catch monster pike you have to go to where they are. Tim relates how he and Mike Quinn cashed in on the giant pike found in Phelps Lake.
Boats, Canoes, Tooİ - By Tim Mead Tim's fishing life has always centered around watercraft, whether it was a boat or canoe Tim loved them all.  Tim outlines his watercraft experiences which makes for an enjoyable read.
Mike's Ugly Spoon - By Tim Mead Tim didn't like the look of the Ugly spoon that his fishing buddy, Mike Quinn was fishing with at Phelps Lake.  Tim, however soon came to respect the ugly as it was out fishing everything else.  In this case, beauty is only paint deep..
Pike Fascination - By Tim Mead Tim discusses his initial love of pike fishing and how it has grown.
Northern Pike on Surface Lures - By Tim Mead If you ever have fished top water for any species, you know how exciting it is to get the hit.  Tim shares to excitement and knowledge on fishing that way for Northern Pike
Izaak Walton On Pike - By Tim Mead Pike anglers haven't changed much in hundreds of years.  Tim Mead extracts information from Izaak Walton's book the Compleat Angler that was published back in 1653.    It is interesting to see what is the same and what perceptions have changed in the last 360 years.   An historical article that still has credence.
Musky and Pike Tools Everyone Needs - By Tim Mead Here are the tools that every tacklebox should have, regardless of the species you fish for.  If you don't have them, get them!
Secrets of Successful Fighting Muskies and Trophy Pike: Or Why the Big One Got Away - By Tim Mead There is a whole lot more than hooking a trophy fish to be successful.  Many anglers lose fish through common mistakes. Tim talks about them in this article.
Trolling for Muskies - By Tim Mead There is more to successful trolling than dragging a lure behind the boat.  Tim discusses some of the strategies for this method of fishing for pike and musky.     
Post Spawn Muskies - By Tim Mead Tim Mead relates some good information on locating and fishing for post spawn muskies.    Tim's story telling abilities and his knowledge of the subject come together to make the article an enjoyable read.
How Big Should Your Pike and Musky Lures Be? - By Tim Mead There is always been a lot of discussion about what size lures should be used to take trophy musky and pike.  Tim examines the concept of small versus large.
Post Spawn Muskies - By Tim Mead Tim discusses past experiences as well as techniques and strategies for catching post spawn muskies.   The article is easy reading filled with Tim's experiences and knowledge.
Jig-and-Pig for Pike - By Tim Mead Most fishermen automatically think bass if the discussion centers around using a jig-and-pig and rightfully so; however, don't let that thinking limit your use of this deadly combination.   Tim talks about a pike fishing trip where using the jig-and-pig combination saved the day.   As always, Tim passes along knowledge in an easy to read format.
Giant Muskies of the Ottawa River - By Tim Mead The Ottawa River is famous among musky anglers for producting some huge fish.  Tim Mead discusses a trip he made to this legendary place fishing with guide Marc Thorpe and his friend Walt Sapronov. A good read.
Pike Biology - By Tim Mead Tim Mead discusses what traits make up a pike, as well as providing seasonal information to make finding and catching a good pike easier.   I believe that you will enjoy and find this article most interesting
Cabin Fever Muskies - By Tim Mead Musky anglers are always chomping at the bit waiting for opening day of musky fishing.   Tim Mead discusses an early season alternative to the cabin fever musky anglers feel, that being Cave Run Lake in Kentucky.   Tim discusses a musky fishing trip to that location with his guide, Justin Mullins.   The article is full of great information as well as just a good read, so give it a look.
Stickbait Pike - By Tim Mead Stickbaits have been a favorite among pike anglers for a long time because they work.  Tim Mead takes a close look and at the various kinds and relates some of his experiencess using this great lure type.
Surface Pike - By Tim Mead This article describes taking pike on surface lures.  Tim discusses prime top-water locations, bait types and other equipment.  In addition the article describers various trips Tim has taken where top-water was the preferred pattern.
On Being an Outdoor Writer: A Pseudo Interview with The New York Times - By Tim Mead Tim has never been interviewed by the New Times for a best seller, but Tim's imagination put together the context of the interview if it had occurred.  Some insight into the man and his own interview.
Destination Brent - By Tim Mead Tim has made many, many trips into Quetico and in this article he discusses the adventures in getting to Brent Lake.  He truly enjoyed the trip and is hoping to return another day.
The Wit and Wisdom of Izaak Walton - By Tim Mead Izaak Walton wrote a book called the Compleat Angler way back in 1653 and it is interesting to see that an anglers thoughts on fishing haven't changed much in over 360+ years.  Tim pulls together some of Walton's insights into today's fishing world.   Definitely worth a read.
Kid Starts Fishing - By Tim Mead In this article Tim discusses his introduction to fishing and some of the influences that led to the love of the sport.   This article provides a lot of insight into the history of the Ancient Angler.
Sutton River Brook Trout - By Tim Mead In this article Tim talks about a great trip he had fishing for brook trout on the Sutton River in Ontario, Canada. The entire 10 day trip covered 85 miles from Halley Lake North to Hudson Bay, which makes the trip quite an adventure.
Dog Sled Adventure - By Tim Mead Tim Mead has always like dog sledding, following the Iditarod religiously for many years.  He finally decided that he had to give it a try for himself.  This is a story of Tim's adventure learning to "Mush in Michigan". A different kind of story from the Ancient Angler.
Quetico 2011 - By Tim Mead Every year I make my annual trip to Quetico and 2011 was no exception.   Every year there are always new adventures and new guys that I share the experience with.    This article will give you a good insight into the people and trip for 2011.
Filming with Pete - By Tim Mead This article talks about the making of one of Pete Maina's The Next Bite television shows.   Not everyone has had the chance to fish with a genuine fishing celebrity much less be a part of a television show.   This fishing trip occurs on the famous Pelps Lake in far Northern Saskatchewan.
Tying the Egg-sucking Leech: An Essay on Tying Flies and Social Change - By Tim Mead This article goes in depth on how you can tie one of the best flies for trout.   The article also provides insight into how fly tieing techniques have changed over the years.    An excellent read even if you are not a fly tier.
Tricks for Successful Campers - By Tim Mead If you are interested in roughing it, including backpacking, canoe trips, etc, here is an article that provides some great trips on what it takes to make the campsite comfortable and efficient.   Insights from 25 years camping make this a great article.
Christmas Shopping Suggestions - By Tim Mead If you have an outdoorsman on your Christmas List here are some suggestions for items that are sure to please.   I only suggest gifts that personally use.
Folk Legends and the Weather - By Tim Mead Every fisherman has is concerned with the weather; Do the legends and old wive's tales hold any truths with regards to the weather?  Auther Tim Mead tells about the legends and discusses the validity of them.
Should You Hire A Guide - By Tim Mead Every fishermen who ventures off to a new area thinks about hiring a guide.   Guides do cost money and that outlay has to be measured against the benefits, the same as any other expense.   This article doesn't tell you what to do, but provides information in making an informed decision.
Trolling for Cats - By Tim Mead The article goes over a seldom used technique for catching big cats, trolling.   The article provides this knowledge through the eyes of a young boy, it's the true spirit of "passing it on."
Fly Fishing for Pike - By Tim Mead Monster pike can be taken on fly rods when they are shallow in early spring. Here's how.


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           Last updated on ...January 17, 2012