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Joe Sills is the Digital Editor of Fishing Tackle Retailer. He is a regular contributor to both BASS and FLW publications. Elsewhere, his work has appeared far and wide on sites like, and—You can read his work right here every week at FTR. Follow him on Instagram for live updates from the field: @joesills.

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An Inside Look at the People Who Make Fishing

The fish don’t need us, you know. We need them. Without man, sport fish—the bass, trout,...

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Duct Tape, Bare Blades and a Dream

It started with a blade wrapped in cardboard and duct tape—Howard Aberman remembers when he saw...

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The People of PRADCO: Quality Control with Carolyn Irvin

FORT SMITH, Ark. — When the doctor asked Carolyn Irvin what she planned to do after hip surgery,...

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Tungsten Goes Tactical

Joe Crumrine knows the deal with sinkers—they need to be durable, they need to be affordable, and...

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New Product Impressions from Crystal River

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. — This week, several manufactures from around the country are gathering in...

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Daiwa’s Tatula Elite Series Rods Re-Light a Historic Torch

HOUSTON, TEXAS — Brent Ehrler was in it to the last. On the final day, he battled out the waning...

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Westin Leads the New Scandinavian Tackle Invasion

dropcap size=bigO/dropcaplaf Ohman climbed to crest of a knoll on his Minnesota farmland in 1898....