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New in outdoors equipment

Bob Frye
| Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009

John Nagy has spent the past 19 years working as a guide on Lake Erie's tributary streams, so he's familiar with steelhead. He's compiled much of his knowledge into a book, "Fly Fishing Techniques and Strategies for Lake Erie Steelhead." This updated version — it's the fourth edition — has been expanded from 257 to 320 pages. The extra space has been devoted to things like never-before-published information on 119 new steelhead patterns, including 28 new tube flies. There's also plenty of information on equipment recommendations, tackle shops and guides, places to stay overnight and eat, and stocking histories. You can take a steelhead quiz, too, check out various tips, and see lots of color photos of fish and flies. Suggested price: $32.95 for a signed softcover copy, $42.95 for a signed hardcover copy. Taxes and shipping are extra. For information: write Great Lakes Publishing, 606 Crysler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15226; or visit the Web site .

Lure of the week

Lure: Puppet Minnow

Company: Northland Fishing Tackle ( )

Lure type: Ice fishing jig

Sizes and colors: Available in 1.5-, 2-, 2.5-, and 3-inch models in silver shiner, golden shiner, emerald shiner, clown, firetiger, cisco, super-glow perch, and super-glo chub.

Target species: Perch, crappies, walleyes, and trout.

Technique: These lures have an aerodynamic "airplane" body that makes them fly in a semi-circle when jigged, pumped, or dropped on a free fall. Twitch them so that they dart on a horizontal plane like a live baitfish.

Sugg. retail price: $5.49 to $6.95 per package, depending on size.

Notable: These lures feature what the company calls its "triple-threat tie-eye system." What that means is each lure has three places on the back to connect your line. Each causes the lure to move in a different way when jigged.

Tip of the week

Spring and the first day of trout season may seem a long way off, but now is the time to find out if your waders will be ready for the opener. Check for cracks and leaks by taking your waders into a dark room. Shine a flashlight inside each boot. If you see light shining through, you've got a hole. Mark it and patch it. And if you've got serious cracks from dry rot, it may be time to look for new hip boots.

Recipe of the week

Monkey bread


• 2 12-ounce, 10-count packages of refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 0.5 cup butter, melted


Put the sugar and cinnamon into a double-lined brown paper lunch bag and shake to mix.

Cut each biscuit in half and roll them into balls. Roll those balls in the melted butter and drop them, four or five at a time, into the bag with the sugar and cinnamon. Shake the bag gently until the balls are coated with the mix.

When all of the balls are done, put them in a Dutch over that's been lined with foil. Put eight charcoal briquettes under the oven and 17 on the lid and bake the balls for 25-30 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. Then you can serve this camp dessert.

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