In the clear-water cove, dark, saucer-shaped redears and blue-gills stood out boldly over a pale-gray gravel bottom. The water was barely a foot deep where the redears, hung, slightly deeper where the bluegills lurked, all diligently guarding their nests. Dropping the orange sponge-rubber spider over the nearest fish, I watched as its pectorals began rotating faster. Easing slowly up, the panfish eyed the bug’s quivering rubber legs, then sucked it in. Read more

An easy way to make realistic moving water

When plans called for a waterfall on my N scale Duck Creek & Marshland RR, I was stuck. Since the DC&M is a series of portable modules, I needed something light and sturdy. I’d seen waterfalls made with polymer resins, or “angel hair” material, but none had the smooth, glittering appearance I wanted. While fishing one day, an idea hit me. Read more

A fishing enthusiast describes a trip to Florida to fish for tarpon in Florida Bay and off Pirate’s Cove. The water boiled with tarpon, but the only one he succeeded in catching broke his line.
Hundred-twenty-pound tarpon jumps into the boat. Thrashes about. Breaks the client’s leg. Jumps back into Florida Bay wearing a deck chair for a necktie. Evidently, these fellows are not brook trout. Read more