YEAR OF THE HERON

Our interaction with water varies over the year. So here we have grouped our Wading Sports articles about wading and paddling pursuits by season.

Winter

Moonstruck

By Bob Marsh | February 12, 2021

Today is the first day of the lunar year and an important holiday to Asians throughout the world. It’s easy to understand why this is a special holiday – the moon’s 28 day cycle offers a steady measure of the passage of seasons.  Anyone who likes to be outdoors, especially early or late in the day,…

There is No Place Like Home

By Bob Marsh | February 10, 2021

We eagerly anticipate a new year ahead, but in February time on the water – wading, paddling, fishing – seems very far away.  February is a good time for thinking and planning.  Here is something to ponder:  If you don’t have a place that you feel in your heart is your “home water” – it’s…

Spring

Trout in the Parks

By Bob Marsh | February 15, 2021

March 1 rarely feels like “spring” in the Midwest.  But in Missouri, the opening of the trout parks is a welcome end to winter.  These parks offer clear flowing spring water, easily catchable fish, and camping, trails, and other facilities to make the trip enjoyable for fishers and non-fishers alike. Yes, the parks can be…

Summer

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Fall

Return to Cheyenne Bottoms

By Bob Marsh | February 22, 2021

For those of you who grew up waterfowl hunting in Kansas, the map above this article should bring a nostalgic smile. It is a map of Cheyenne Bottoms – one of the most spectacular wetlands in the United States.  Covering 64 square miles (over 40,000 acres) it’s the largest wetland in the interior US, and…

Wading Safely in the Duck Marsh

By Bob Marsh | February 22, 2021

There are many articles discussing how to wade safely while fly fishing in swift water. There are warnings about wearing waders in a boat.   And everyone should know about the importance of a “wading belt”  (one comes with about every pair of waders).  But there are some unique hazards you may encounter when wading a…