Add iPods to the list of equipment Minnesota anglers will be taking out on the hard water this winter. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials think more anglers are using MP3 players, so they've developed a 30-minute podcast packed with ice fishing tips. The podcast features an interview with fishing instructor and outdoors writer Terry Tuma, and can be downloaded from the DNR's Web site. Topics on the podcast include how to keep warm on the ice and how to use various ice fishing equipment and technology to find the fish. "Ice fishing has become a fairly high-tech activity," said Tim Smalley, DNR information officer and safety specialist. He cites underwater cameras, GPS units and fish locaters as examples. Smalley said the podcast is a good way for the DNR to encourage ice fishing and help anglers get information about it. Two Grand Forks men last year launched a podcast, "Why Fish Radio," that was featured in a New York Times story about the technology. To access that podcast, a weekly show featuring information on local fishing spots, go to www.why-fish.com.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988