RD's Rugged Fishing Tips

If you’ve ever seen my previous fishing show, “Officially Rugged with RD,” you already know that it was a comedy show. Nothing more nothing less. It’s not a “how-to” type program in the slightest sense of the word. In other words, you aren’t going to learn a goddam thing about fishing while watching me on TV and this concept was done by design. With the risk of sounding like a bit of a dick, that doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m doing…

When I was travelling between 2000 and 2009 taping shows, I fished a lot. It seems I was always in a float plane or a boat somewhere in Canada. And, I always learn from others, so here is your chance to learn from others, that being me… no charge. Just send me a pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving…

Some of these tips are pretty basic, but if you’re fairly new to fishing I think you’ll learn some good stuff here. I’ll be adding several each month, but here’s a few to start.
If you have a tip or two you’d like to share, email it to me and we’ll put it up on the site. Thanks in advance!

Getting Kids Started

Getting Kids Started

Whenever you introduce kids to something new, they’ll either like it right away, or they won’t. If you take a little fart out fishing for the first time and he (or she, for all you politically correct maniacs) spends half the time with a knot in the reel, or the line wrapped around the rod, he’ll get frustrated. In no time, his main focus will be the snacks that you didn’t know that he knew… you had. It drives me [Read More]

Foraging for Food (or bait!)

Foraging for Food

Fishing small creeks and little brooks is something that I love to do. I grew up fishing for brook trout in eastern Ontario and I have some great memories. Brook trout (specks) are fairly abundant where I live in Nova Scotia. I mean, they live in the brook that’s right behind my house… And, if given a choice, I’d use a 4 weight fly rod when I can. But, tiny creeks don’t often allow much room for casting, so that’s [Read More]

Fly Fishing for Beginners

Fly Fishing for Beginners

Yes, I know… one could read a whole book on this subject. But, I have a quick suggestion if you are thinking about trying fly fishing for the first time. Or, if you’ve already tried fly fishing for trout in a creek or river and had a hell of a time getting hooked up and tangled in trees, branches or on the bank. Smallmouth bass will take a fly almost any time. I caught my first “fly rod fish” when [Read More]

Clean Out Your Eyes

Clean Out Your Eyes

Sorry, I didn’t actually mean the eyes in your head… I’m talking about the eyes in your jig head. I use jigs a lot, especially, if I’m fishing for walleyes or smallmouth bass. The more expensive ones usually come from the factory with just the head painted, as opposed to the less expensive ones that are fully dipped in paint. This causes the entire jig head and the eye (where you tie on your line) to become covered in paint. [Read More]

Always Have an Extra Paddle in Your Canoe

Always Have an Extra Paddle

Right behind my house, there is a fast flowing brook which runs into a stillwater section about 40 yards from my front door. I have a canoe sitting down there and I often go out for an evening paddle… fishing rod at the ready, of course. I go alone quite often, but I still keep two paddles in the canoe with me. If I were to ever drop over the side (which I have done) I’d be in a bit [Read More]