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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky has long history of anglers fly fishing for bass in state’s lakes, streams

The early history of fly fishing for bass in Kentucky rivers and stream traces back to single-action, English-style reels — what we know today as click-and pawl reels. Early Kentucky settlers were of English and Scotch-Irish ancestry, and they had a deep love of fishing. Their forefathers practiced the art of fly fishing so the tackle and traditions of fly fishing came to America from the British...

Kentucky State Parks Fly Fishing weekend set for Nov. 11-12 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will host its Fly Fishing Weekend Nov. 11-12. Participants will learn to fly fish in the beautiful autumn mountains during this two-day workshop. It will include choosing equipment, fly selection, reading a stream, casting, and hooking and landing a fish. The weekend package includes a Saturday continental breakfast, classroom and casting instruction on Saturday, Saturday...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Rising water temperatures result in best largemouth bass fishing of the year

When water temperatures in Kentucky’s small lakes, streams and major reservoirs rise into the mid-to-upper 60s largemouth bass begin feeding along the shoreline, in preparation for spawning. For fly fishermen it’s the start of some of the best largemouth bass fishing of the year. This “topwater” action continues post-spawn into May, when water temperatures warm into the mid-to-upper 70s, and...

Kentucky by Heart: With a bit of patience, Tim Farmer turns author into a lifetime convert to fly fishing

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist As a youth, I loved fishing in a local neighbor’s pond, along with a creek that formed a land border on my family’s property in rural Campbell County, in Claryville. Growing into adulthood, I drifted away from the recreation. Four decades later, in 2005, I spent a part of a day fishing with former Kentucky Afield host Tim Farmer at a farm pond in Mason County...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Sunny days, warming temperatures make spring ideal for fly fishing

Streamer flies, which imitate minnows or leeches, are a top choice for smallmouth bass (Photo Provided)   Sunny days, light breezes and warming temperatures are some of the reasons spring fishing is so special. Conditions are ideal. Bass and sunfish are most accessible to anglers — in shallow water, hanging tight to weed beds and wood cover.   That’s when fly fishing is most enjoyable.   The...

Art Lander's Outdoors: Sunny days, warming temperatures make spring ideal for fly fishing

Streamer flies, which imitate minnows or leeches, are a top choice for smallmouth bass (Photo Provided)   Sunny days, light breezes and warming temperatures are some of the reasons spring fishing is so special. Conditions are ideal. Bass and sunfish are most accessible to anglers — in shallow water, hanging tight to weed beds and wood cover.   That’s when fly fishing is most enjoyable.   The...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Fly fishing for bass
a subtle presentation with dramatic results

The best time to fly fish for bass is early and late in the day. (Photo by Art Lander Jr.)   Catch a bass fly fishing and it’s an experience not soon forgotten:   The sight of the fly line rolling forward, a fly landing on quiet water with a resounding plop. A tug on the fly line makes the fly pop, sending tiny ripples outward.   The lure is motionless for an instant. Then a bass...

See KY: With state’s longest riverfront, Meade has spectacular views and adventure aplenty

Along the Ohio River in Meade County (Photo from Kentucky Tourism)   By Kathy Witt Special to KyForward   You’re standing in Brandenburg Riverfront Park, drinking in one of the most spectacular views the Ohio River shoreline has to offer. Feel that stress from the workaday world slipping away? That’s the magic of Meade County.   Established in 1823 and located 46 miles southwest...