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New in equipment: Translucent fluorescent fishing line

| Sunday, March 30, 2008

Crediting "breakthroughs" in superline technology, Stren has come out with a line with the same translucent fluorescent clear blue color that monofilament users have seen for decades. What makes it special is that it glows, day or night. When fished in daylight, the thermally-fused braided line glows a high-visibility fluorescent blue. When fished at night, it glows a high-visibility neon blue. Stren's "Dyneema" fibers give the line unsurpassed strength-per-diameter. The line's super-smooth surface allows for incredible casting distance, too, while the near-zero stretch facilitates incredible sensitivity. It's available in various strengths, from 2-pound to 30-pound test. Suggested retail price is $19, though visitors to the web site can print a $6 cash-back rebate coupon good through Sept. 5. For information: write Stren, Pure Fishing USA, 1900 18th St., Spirit Lake, IA 51360; or call 1-866-447-8736.

Lure of the week

Lure: Cicada

Company: Reef Runner

Lure type: Blade bait

Sizes and colors: Available in six sizes, from 1/16-ounce to 3/4-ounce, and 16 colors.

Target species: Trout, bass, walleyes, and panfish.

Technique: Cicadas can be cast, trolled, or jigged, both in open water and through the ice. To target trout in rivers and streams, cast it upstream, then bring it back fast enough with the current to keep it from getting hung up. Pause your retrieve as the current catches the lure and "swings" it downstream; strikes often occur during he swing.

Sugg. retail price: $2.09 to $3.79, depending on size.

Notable: You can visit Reef Runner's web site or call the company at 419-798-9125 to get a complete booklet of tips on how to fish the Cicada.

Tip of the week

Patience is a virtue in many situations, not the least of which is opening day of trout season. Most places will hold fish, thanks to the stocking trucks. But they may not be eager to bite. If the water is especially cold, as it typically is early in the season, sluggish trout may not chase a fast-moving bait. Even the slowest-moving fish has a tough time bypassing a fat nightcrawler or a gob of mealworms sitting on the lake bottom, though. Before you leave a likely-looking hole, toss out a bait, prop your rod on a forked stick, and give your bait some time. You may be surprised at the results.

Recipe of the week

Trout with almonds


• trout fillets

• olive oil

• a small amount of butter

• flaked almonds


Heat the olive oil and the small amount of butter until they are very hot, but not smoking. Fry the fillets in the mixture for about three minutes on each side. Half way through that time, add the flaked almonds to the mix. Season to taste and serve.

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