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Jeff Jackson

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When not teaching outdoor education at Algonquin College, he spends his time guiding, fly fishing, building mountain bike trails and conducting risk management research.

Are You Still An Angler When You’re Not Catching Fish?

Getting skunked sucks. Go fishing; no fish. When I started out kayak fishing, there would be long days of waving a rod over my...

Fishing For A Purpose Beyond Comparison

I’m a big fan of Star Wars. As a little kid, I saw the first film, Episode IV, in a theater in 1977. I...

Hook Your Kids On Their First Time Fishing

I didn’t fish as a kid. I grew up on a dairy farm and everybody knows dairy farmers don’t fish. Back then, I did...

How your favorite fishing stick actually connects you to your adversary

I have 16 fly rods in my garage. I wouldn’t admit that in just any crowd, but I expect other anglers to slap a...

How to make it through winter with your passion intact

Winter is tough for kayak anglers. For a privileged group, the off-season is just a slightly chillier version of the on-season. For most of...

Why It Is Important To Practice Flipping Your Fishing Kayak

My eyes opened wide when I read that 59 percent of Kayak Angler readers have never fallen out of their boats. I find this...

The One Thing No One Appreciates About Fishing

A workplace injury left the seller unable to paddle or cast. “Selling all my fly fishing gear. Cheap,” the online post read.  The only...

The Human Factor Defy’s Engineering In Kayak Fishing

I’m not an engineer. Not even close. I’m one of the last people you would want to design a bridge, or a boat hull...