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“It is when you leave everything that is familiar, and venture into the unfamiliar. This is when you find your truth”. -Melissa Jennewein
Most of us know that dreaded feeling of not having much motivation to cast our lines into the water on a good weekend out, and the biggest cause for this bland feeling is called BOREDOM.
We head out to the same old spots, season in and season out, just for the sake of getting out there and staying active, but the real reason we love fishing, has a lot to do with the thrill and adventure that goes along with the whole enchilada, right?
Luckily, we’ve rounded up 3 seriously lesser-known, yet sensational, fishing spots that will put a smile on just about any angler’s face. We’re hoping that you’ve never even considered the following spots, but if you have, we know you’ll rate it just as highly recommended as we do.
Look: We don’t care if you love saltwater or freshwater fishing, or perhaps you’re the kind of angler that loves to get his fly-fishing game on, whatever tickles your fancy, you’ll probably be able to find a sweet spot within one of our three recommendations.
Why? For BIG fish and a laid-back atmosphere in town.
Mountain Home is a scenic little country escape that lies peacefully tucked away in the Ozarks, and the great thing about this spot is the fact that it offers anglers a super chilled-out experience that won’t break the bank, and it’s one of the most beautiful natural spaces in the area. You should definitely consider checking out Bull Shoals Lake, but don’t take North Fork Lake out of the equation. On offer here is the opportunity to catch some massive trout, which might seem obvious once you lay your eyes upon the some 170-mile cold water river network that forms one of the world’s most sought-after trout fisheries.
Why? It’s perfect for freshwater anglers.
If you’re looking for a fishery that consistently delivers opportune waters for fishing, things don’t get much better than they do up in Traverse City, Michigan. Between the months of May and October, diversity is what sets this spot apart from the rest. On the one hand there’s salmon and steelhead lurking in the Lake Michigan waters, and on the other there’s smallmouth pockets and its impressive carp flats, tucked away in the Grand Traverse Bay. Oh and as a bonus, anglers that visit these parts are treated to a royal picking when it comes to bass, pan-fish, and trout, thanks to the abundance of natural lakes and rivers that occupy the landscape here. Polished yet very budget-friendly, Traverse City is a nature aficionado’s paradise, and with all its changing faces and color schemes as the seasons shift, there’s always something to see and do here.
Why? You’ll be in fly-fishing heaven.
So this one is here for all you fly-fishers, because we know that you’re always looking for a natural miracle, and you’ve found it right here! Tucked peacefully into the Tetons, Driggs is renowned for its brilliant natural scenery, one of the most impressive in its class! Driggs is a fly-fishing haven, but most other river-born towns are. The really cool thing about this small town spot is the fact that there’s a lot more on offer than just some exceptional fishing! From hiking to mountain biking and hunting, there isn’t much that you won’t be able to do. Surrounded by rivers such as Henry’s Fork of the Snake, South Fork, and Teton, Driggs can be as challenging (and rewarding) as you want and need it to be. Avoid the summer peak season if you’re not an angler that deals well with the crowds and “seasonal fishermen”, but be warned that the Driggs experience might just sway your vote for the best fishing spot ever!
Wrapping Things Up
As you can see, we’ve shown you three underrated, yet amazing, fishing spots around the United States that’ll put some new swagger into the way you cast your lines. All you need to do now is pack that tackle box, make sure you’ve loaded it with enough bait, and then head out to these truly unique gems! We hope that this post has been useful and that you are now armed with interesting ideas that you can use to plan a rocking fishing trip for your next outdoor escape!
This article was a guest post written and shared by John Schips.
About the Author: This piece was contributed by John Schips, a Primary Contributor for www.flannelfishermen.com.
Texas isn’t the sun blasted desert some imagine from the old western movies. Well, some of it is, but there are also hidden gems sprinkled throughout this great state. Whether you want to go hiking in the second largest canyon in the U.S., make your way to a hidden swimming hole, or camp on a stretch of untamed beach, Texas has you covered.
Texas is home to a number of national parks including the national seashore on North Padre Island. Guests will find a rich ecosystem and around 60 miles of untamed beach visitors can drive down, fish, and camp on. A four wheel drive, high clearance vehicle is a must to traverse this wild stretch of beach. Be sure to have a full tank of gas because this journey only has one way in or out.
Many of the state parks in Texas contain networks of trails with convenient RV spots or primitive camping areas. Tucked away in the panhandle just south of Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the country and provides ample opportunity to stretch your legs. Be careful of the critters though as it isn’t unusual to see a rattlesnake slithering across the trail. The Texas Parks and Wildlife department offers information on this and many other parks throughout the state.
Some counties in Texas manage parks with unparalleled treasures. Hamilton pool near Austin is one such gem that is run by Travis county. To protect the natural splendor of this park, space is limited so get there early or check the Travis County parks website to see if reservations are available. Swimming is not allowed at different times for safety reasons, but there are many hiking trails in the Hamilton Pool preserve area and plenty to do aside from taking a dip in the pool. Downtown Austin also includes the spooky and haunted River Place Nature Trail.
Many cities also have a variety of parks and trail systems such as the Austin greenbelt. Don’t be afraid to ask a local as Texans love talking about their state.
*This a guest post contributed by Dennis Kaminski, the owner of the website Safety Mart. More information about him and his highly helpful and user friendly website can be found at the end of this article and by clicking on this Safety Mart link.
RVs are multipurpose vehicles used for various purposes such as camping, traveling and full-time living. Recreational are also known as motor homes or mobile homes. Motor homes have several advantages which include that you do not require unpacking on arrival at your destination, economizing on the cost of traveling and accommodation. Mobile homes can provide sufficient space and privacy just like a room with its own bathroom as well as being a mobile home for work campers or full timers. The vehicle can also provide entertainment for you and your traveling company. Recreational vehicles come in many varieties that include pop-up, truck camper, class B, class C and class A. There are some RV essentials that you need to stock your RV vehicle to facilitate comfortable touring. The list below shows the essentials you need to check and ensure you have in your RV.
Occasionally, you may need to change between 50 amp and 30 amp outlets. You need to be equipped with both just in case there is a need to use any items that require more power and amps.
You will need batteries to power your RV, and you also need the power from the RV batteries for charging. The batteries come in different voltages, and it is nice to have spares especially when going out for prolonged periods. The RV needs enough power supply when you have your computer and other devices for connecting to the internet. You should include flashlight batteries and extra ones just in case of accidental depletion.
This is a requisite in an RV. Accidents are prone to occur anywhere, and at any time, and you need a way to care for yourself or someone that is hurt. The first aid kit should have a first aid guide, painkillers, bandage, bandage tape, burn ointment, toothache drops, disinfectant, scissors, scalpel, medicated soap, alcohol among other items specific to the hazards you may face depending on where you go (think snake bites and the like). Remember to include other emergency equipment like a flashlight and a small fire extinguisher. You can also customize your kit to fit your needs, situation, and undertakings.
These are essential for seeing at night. Camping sites are usually located in a natural environment with no electricity. The interior of many RV’s are not well lit with the windows often being on one side and tinted. This creates shadows that you can eliminate with good lamps, which can not only brighten the entire interior while occupying minimal space, but can double when venturing away from your RV during the night. Here is an example of what can be useful, sustainable, and reliable as it requires not batteries, is lightweight, and durable. Another great light to have on hand is a headlamp as it allows you to see while keeping your hands free. Again, you can find a good recommended one here, or keep clicking from that link to find one that best suits your needs.
You cannot carry your home cooking range because they are cumbersome. You can, however, have a cooking grill and fuel to help you prepare delicious meals while away from home. Camping Grills come in a variety of sizes to facilitate easy packing and mobility. Propane grills allow you to prepare your meals outdoors eliminating the hustle of lighting a fire, and outdoor cooking helps lower the interior temperatures of your RV. There are portable grills designed for camping which can have a fold-up stand that can be collapsed and packed in limited space. Some of these stands even have wheels for easy movement.
Some camping areas are infested with nagging, biting or even disease-transmitting insects such as mosquitoes and flies. When camping, expect to spend a lot of time outside your van in activities such as lounging around a campfire. This exposes campers to insects and rather then swat at them you can keep them away with a safer, deet free repellant. As a natural alternative to chemicals, Sage can be burned in the campfire to repel mosquitoes and also produces a pleasant fragrance.
Mechanical problems are likely to occur anywhere. However much you may be trained to solve them, it is impossible to achieve this without the right tools. You need a small tool box that will not consume space in your RV but yet be able to hold adequate tools. Include the all in one screwdriver pack, pliers, spanners, hammer and others. The tools are essential for the repairs of the mobile home just in the event of a breakdown. The tools are not only for a serious collapse situation; you will need them for the care of your RV to maintain it in great shape. You will also need tools to troubleshoot any problems that may occur in your RV.
Campers will need water for cooking, drinking, and cleaning. A water horse helps connect to the main supply and fill camper’s fresh water storage. You need different lengths of hoses because you do not know how accessible or the proximity of the water supply. The best pipes for this purpose should have quick connect ends. You may also need to have a water filter just in case the water supply has some debris.
The significance of RV is for leisure and touring new places. You need to watch features of interest, and a good pair of binoculars can support that exploration. A nice, quality and affordable pair can be found here.
You do not need crooked crazy ways like table ledges and lighters to open your drinks. A simple bottle opener presents an elegant way of opening bottles,without the possibility of damaging your furniture, or yourself.
Just like at home, these are essential in the RV. They are significant in preparing and serving meals. Check them because you do not want challenges in acquiring meals. Storing your dishes so that they do not rattle and fall is also important, and there are some compact, creative inventions for that which can be found by clicking here.
Campfires are a must during camping. They gather campers around for storytelling and keeping warm, and wood, naturally, is essential for creating these fires.
Folding chairs save space in the RV and are necessary if you require seating occasions during camping. Here are some high quality chairs that will last and not break the bank in the process.
Weather can be unpredictable especially when camping in areas you are not familiar with. This demands you pack Jackets and Raincoats in the RV to cope with the cold or rainy weather that may preside. Some high quality, effective and cost friendly raincoats can be found by clicking here.
Although not essential maps and GPS can be useful for adventurous campers that explore new places. You do not want to get lost at the same time you want to locate some essential amenities in your road trip or camping. Here is an example of a Garmin GPS that can be used (the exact one that Melissa (AKA One Nomad Woman) personally uses and trusts.
Matches and lighters are important to pack. You will definitely need fire. A lighter is easier and safer and more reliable to use than matches most times, as matches need to resist water to avoid any failures. Note that many times you will have no shopping center around camping sites to shop for matches.
Most people camp for just a day or for several days at a time. You need to pack sufficient beddings to be comfortable while sleeping – comfortable pillows to support your neck and other temperature appropriate bedclothes to cover yourself and your possible guests.
Plastic bags are essential in the storage of items while camping. They are water proof, therefore, they protect your sensitive items against insects and water. Sometimes you need to consume a portion of food and store the remaining. Plastic bags are also useful in such instances.
These are essential for preparing meals. You do not want to package raw food only to forget the cooking appliances. A great, small, light and compact set can be found by clicking here.
Road flares are quite famous. You will need flares in case of an accident or a breakdown at night. Flares communicate distress to other road users and can be used to signal for help. Many people recognize flares and they can, therefore, respond to your call. Some affordable flares can be found here.
On your recreational tour, you may need to dig up the ground for disposal of organic waste or if your RV ends up stuck in the sand. This means you need to have a shovel in the RV, and a small folding shovel is the best because it takes up very little of the already limited space you may have in your RV. Something like this may be appropriate.
Showering is a necessity. You can also engage in swimming or some water activities that make you wet. Staying wet can make the body cold, and you, therefore, need to have towels in your for drying your body. There are some great camp towels that fold into small space and dry very quickly after use and can be found here. You will also need kitchen towels to dry your utensils.
There is no need to pollute the camping environment or litter your RV. Carry trash bags and containers to help manage waste. These are buried easily or carried to a proper disposal site.
You need to stay dry even in the rainy weather. Thus you really need an umbrella in your RV. Imagine a situation where you need to sneak through the rain to some outside amenity without an umbrella. Yea, that would be the moment you wished you had one.
Once you have checked that all the above items are in place, you can now pack necessary clothing and toiletries for your tour. All these will prepare you for an enjoyable camping experience and a way to handle emergencies, assisting you in enjoying peace of mind in any situation. Do not just hop into your RV, always plan everything ahead and countercheck your list of essentials before departure.
This article was shared by a guest blogger, and his bio, information and link to his helpful website SAFETYMART can be found below!
Author Bio: Dennis Kaminski is the owner of the website Safetymart. SafetyMart helps customers ranging from private businesses to government/municipal agencies, both large and small to address their safety needs and requirements.
Your first love is always the most poignant, the one you never forgot. But what do you do when it’s two first loves? I fell in love in Turkey, no not a Shirley Valentine affair, well maybe but not about a man. As a digital nomad, I fell in love with Istanbul and Alanya. Alanya on the Mediterranean coast was my very first love affair with a town. I can still remember my first sight of it lit up by the morning sun, took my breath away. My second love came more slowly, the eternal dance of romance and excitement with an exotic flavour. So how come I fell in love? Like any good story, I must start in the middle somewhere!
I am a digital nomad. What I hear you say? Well, according to Wikipedia, “A digital nomad is someone who leverages technology and the internet to work remotely and more generally conducts their lifestyle in a nomadic manner.” I love the term, a ‘nomad’, ‘a wanderer’, ‘someone who carries their home with them’ and I think ‘digital nomad’ describes me perfectly. I will be honest, after university I could not settle, I tried a few career paths but never seemed to ‘own’ them. Always restless, constantly looking for something else, although did not know what that was. Thankfully the experience I gained during this time morphed into the work I love doing now. I travel with no constraining schedule and have blended my job and life into something I feel comfortable with.
I choose Turkey as the first stop on my travelling, working, journey. The reasons? I had a few. First, it was near enough to home as a backup. Being honest here. It was different enough to challenge me, a new culture, a different religious background. Turkey’s history also showed it has a very long tradition of welcoming travellers. The juxtaposition between East and West that is Turkey appealed to me and seemed to be the perfect place for a newly fledged digital nomad. The modern amenities, the availability of recognisable branding – call me shallow but it’s important to me: along with new and different opportunities. And finally the chance of a simpler, less fast-paced life that offered me the opportunity to live the lifestyle I choose but at a cheaper cost than in Europe or America.
I was not disappointed. Turkish culture welcomes you with open arms, well the people do. The bureaucracy is rather tedious and long winded. Very frustrating, recently residency visas have been complicated enough to remove love’s rose-coloured glasses. The weather is fabulous, imagine going for a swim then sitting using the beach bar’s free internet to work in December. Yes, you can still go to the beach in December on the Med coast. The downside is July and August, too many tourists and 50° heat. Not a good combination for a freelance worker. When it’s too hot to think, and your fingers stick to the keyboard, it’s time to visit Istanbul.
My other love is frenetic, lively, romantic, historical, Istanbul. Autumn is a great time to be there, great food, lower numbers of tourists. A lot more expensive to live than in other areas of Turkey but that is the cost of living in a city. Finding time to work here is the problem so much to see and do. Internet access, essential to a digital nomad is available in Turkey in theory 4G. The reality, slow speed, black spots all over the city and recent increase in banned sites makes a great job slightly more of a chore.
Being a woman traveller on her own can bring with it all sorts of safety issues, but I can truly say not been an issue. Obviously, you take precautions and do not wander dark city street alone, that only leaves the rather pushy traders, and the imaginative bill tariffs to be dealt with.
I think my ménage à trois would have continued for slightly longer if the practicalities of life had not stepped in. As a freelancer, it is convenient and practical to use online banking, in particularly PayPal and Skrill. Both have been banned in Turkey in the past year, making life far more complicated than this Nomad wanted. So, bags packed, tears shed and off to pastures new.
As I sit in in the Villa Rosiche, not far from the famous Slaveikov Square in Sofia eating one of their delicious pastries I reflect on my first loves. They will never be forgotten as is only right but what I gained from living there will always be with me. As a nomad, even after falling in love the travelling calls to me. My time in Turkey taught me I can deal with difficulties, I am resourceful and confident. And now it is time to see what a new love can offer. Bulgaria brings it on.
This article has been carefully prepared by Inga, a guest blogger for the One Nomad Woman site, and her bio can be found below 🙂
Author Bio: Inga Lindstrom is a marketing professional from Gothenburg, Sweden. She works as a freelance digital marketer in her free time and her dream is to do that as her full time business. Inga likes traveling around the world enjoying beautiful beaches and dramatic shorelines.