Time for Bow Tuning


Tod Pridemore's youngest son, Titus, shooting his bow.


Several weeks ago I installed a new Redhead Kryptik 3-Pin Sight on my Blackout compound bow. I’ve been really excited about the extra edge it’s going to give me this fall during archery season – especially when the light is faint during early morning or late afternoon hunts. But I didn’t have time to make adjustments to my bow and new sight until just a few days ago. Now I’m flinging arrows at my Redhead Target every chance I get!

This is the perfect time of year to pull your bow out and get it ready for the fall. Archery season will be here before we know it, so take advantage of these summer months to fine tune your bow set up and the mechanics of your shot. You’ll be glad you did. And if you need any help with the details, the Archery Techs at Columbia’s Bass Pro store are full of great advice.

-Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro Team Member


It's Time for Summer and Summer Cooking!

R  & V Works

Here's a combo just in time for Summer! Dad will love cooking and smoking ribs or pork tenderloins on a Cajun Smoker by R & V Works. With an Elite Maxi-matic 6qt Ice Cream Maker the family can start the ice cream the same time dad start the grilling and smoking. What's really neat! They'll finish the ice cream (40-50 minutes) at the same time dad finishes the ribs or tenderloins or 3 lb chicken, that's right....4 racks of ribs cooked and smoked in just 40-minutes. They'll be tender and juicy with an amazing smoky flavor!

The Cajun Express Smoker is a propane smoker that uses a process that closely R & V Worksworks like a pressure cooker which opens and closes the pores of the meat greatly enhancing the cooking time and flavoring. The double chamber smoker is well welded and made of heavy gauge steel like the Cajun Fryers. They are made to last a life time not  just 2 or 3 years.

We, Bass Pro Shops, sell the CES4 model (4 slabs of ribs), it is priced at a premium $999.99, after tasting your first rib in 40 minutes you'll realize it's well worth it. Also, it's made in Homer, LA, not the other side of the world!

Now the Elite Maxi-matic 6qt. Ice Cream Maker is a great compliment to the Cajun Grill, Cajun Smoker, and the Cajun Fryer for summer. This unit comes with a 6qt aluminum freezing canister in nicely finished pine bucket. You have a choice of using an electric Elite Ice Cream Makermotor (highly recommend) or hand cranked.  I suggest the motor and you'll have ice cream in 40 minutes. My favorite recipe is simple.. it is called "soda-pop ice cream". Use your favorite 2-liter soft drink (lemon, orange, strawberry, rootbeer, etc.) and a 14oz can of condensed milk, pour soda and condensed milk in and mix for 40 minutes.......ice cream!

We will have samples of ice cream, using  the "soda pop" recipe every Saturday, during Family Summer Camp through July 14th from 5 pm - 6 pm, in the Camping Department. So come out and see this ice cream maker work it's magic on your taste buds!


Greg. W

Camping Lead


Fishing for Fundraising

When we are not in-store, we associates are usually out and about enjoying the great outdoors. We talk the talk because we walk the walk. It is rare for me to hear our Camping department explain something, without a personal story to back it up. We love sharing our stories and experiences with each other and those visiting us at the store. The following is a story we are proud to share with all of you.

There are a number of bass fishing tournaments held in Arizona each year. A number of our associates fish in them, including Cole. This year he fished in the ninth annual Dick La Porte Memorial Team Tournament.  It started on June 8th from 6:00 in the night until 6:00 the next morning. It was held at Roosevelt Lake and all proceeds went to Hospice of the Valley!

There were a total of 65 boats in the tournament. Cole and his brother, Jacob, teamed up to try and take first place at this tournament. Each team was allowed five fish to weigh in and was only allowed to use artificial lures. Cole and Jacob were tossing shaky-head 7” Roboworms in the black-grape color.

They caught a total of 20 fish, and their top 5 weighed a total of 10.07 pounds. Cole said the lake was rather windy that night, so they had to do their best to stay out of it.

Aaron Heath and Terry Schilling won the tournament and the grand prize! Everyone gave it their best that night and it all went to a good cause. Congratulations everybody! Skippin’ Stones with Sasquatch!



Bass Pro Shops at Chase Field

We here at Bass Pro Shops, are not always all business. In fact, we have a healthy dosage of fun with our days. We are usually running a number of different programs for our associates, because we are like family here. And having a healthy dosage of fun at work is half the fun.

One of our latest brought some of our associates to our nation’s favorite pastime. BASEBALL! Due to their awesome work (and luck of the draw) a dozen Bass Pro-ers went to the Arizona Diamondbacks – San Francisco Giants game on June 9th at Chase Field.

The Dream Team! We had (from left to right): Sydney, Steve, Mike, Terry, Leah, Janine, Allison (boasting like a proud parent), Nick, James, Levi, Ryan and Joel.

Levi got a little bashful around the camera, but was more than happy to show off some D-Backs pride! (Unlike Mike.)

They all had a great time and probably were even happier to be hanging out without a green polo on. Each year there are thousands of memories made all over our nation's baseball fields. We are proud that our awesome associates got to contribute to that number.The end score was 6-2, Giants won. (At least Mike was happy…)Congratulations to everyone who got to go! Divin’ into Second Base! Yee-Haw!!

Aint that a purty picture, right there?


This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Have Fun with Dad!

Outdoor Rewards NightFriday, June 14 - 6-9 p.m. - Outdoor Rewards Night!

The first 100 people get a Tony Stewart Mug!
(Mugs are only for Outdoor Rewards Customers and will be given out after 6 p.m.)



Family Summer Camp Continues

Activities start at noon, unless otherwise noted.

The Catch and Release Bluegill pond is here Saturday and Sunday only, noon-5 p.m.! We supply the poles, you supply the kids who want to try to catch a fish in our indoor pond by the main aquarium. PLUS - they can get a free photo taken with their catch, with dad, grandpa, or just themselves!

Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16, Noon-5 p.m.

Daisy BB Gun inflatable shooting range - Outside
FREE wildlife carousel - just inside the front entrance turnstiles.
Casting Buckets
Soft Foam Shooting Arcade

Saturdays only through July 13  - Homemade Ice Cream! -  5-6 p.m.

Bobber keychain craft12-2 Crafts - This week make dad a bobber key chain!  A different craft each week.


Kids' Workshops - Our workshops are designed for children 6-12 years of age. Each child will receive ONE free lanyard (while supplies last) and then earns a FREE pin at the end of each workshop they attend. Workshops on Saturday and Sunday are:

Noon - Fishing
1:00 - Water Safety
2:00 - Hunting & Shooting
3:00 - Outdoor Discovery
4:00 - Bird Watching


Noon - Hunting & Shooting
1:00 - Archery
2:00 - Wildlife Adventure
3:00 - Camping
4:00 - Backyard Adventure


DON'T FORGET!!! - The workshops and ctivities continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays, too! For a detailed schedule visit www.facebook.com/bps


Sharing the Sport: Tips for Introducing Kids to Fishing

First fishing tripDads, take time to take your kids fishing.  Don’t put off another fishing trip with your son or daughter.  It can be the most rewarding thing that you have ever done. 

I had the opportunity to take my 2 year old for the first time about a month ago.  I had been waiting for this day for a long time.  We had a VERY successful first trip out! 

Almost every other cast had a fish on the end of the line and my son was screaming with glee;
“Lets get another one Daddy!!”. 
He held his fish up with pride and a sense of accomplishment.  It was one of the best days of my life as a father. 

Watching my son fall in love with this great sport was priceless!  There are some easy steps to make that first fishing trip memorable:


First fish!





1. Make sure that you take your child to a place that you know you can catch fish.  Sometimes this can be difficult, and it may take some advance scouting.  We are fortunate to have friends that have a fully stocked lake.  Make sure that you have easy access to the water also. I haven't been, but I've been told that Banner Marsh has a great fishing pond for kid's. They keep it well stocked and you can't fish there if you don't have a kid with you.



Taking the kids fishing. Looking at those faces let's you know that it was so worth the time.



2. Have Patience.  If the fishing is slow, don’t get frustrated.  Make sure that you keep a positive upbeat attitude or your child may become frustrated.


3. Don’t plan an all day trip.  Especially in young children, their attention span is short.  Make sure that you set aside a couple of hours in the morning or evening when the weather is not so hot.  Let the child dictate how long the trip will last.  When they are ready to go,  take them home,  don’t force them to stay.


4. Keep it simple.  A rod, reel, bobbers, and worms is all that you need.  Along with a pair of pliers and a fish basket if you’re keeping fish.


Take lots of photos.5. Don’t take a rod of your own.  This is probably the hardest step for most fathers.  Leave all of your personal rods at home and put all of the focus on your child.    Bait the hook for them if they can’t and make sure that you help them take the fish off and get used to holding and touching it.


6. Take lots of photos.  It is so important to capture memories with your children.  My sons love to look at pictures that we have taken on our phones.  It also gets them excited for the next trip.


I hope these tips have helped.  As always,  we are always here to help at the East Peoria, IL Bass Pro Shops.  Our team will be more than happy to assist in any fishing trip that you have coming up, big or small.

Josh Catour, Fishing/Camping GSM

I had been waiting for this day for a long time.


A Simple Guide to Float Tubes


Float tubes are a great inexpensive way to fish and they can be very effective!  Popular with warmwater flyfishermen, yet easy enough for anyone to use, they give you the opportunity to propel and maneuver hands free. Easy to inflate and lightweight, float tubes are easy to carry to and from the water.

Float tubes consist of one, two, or three air cells, that that are held in by nylon covers. So when they are inflated, they give you the support to stay afloat comfortably. Air is pumped into the valve stems using an air pump. You move through the water by wearing fins, similar to the ones suba divers wear. By kicking your legs, they will move you in a backwards motion and you steer by the way you move either leg. They usually have storage compartments on the sides to pack whatever you might need on the water.The seats are made of nylon. Some are inflatable and some are foam, and some have only a nylon fabric. 

There are some things to concider though, before making your final decision on which float tube is best for you. Things to consider such as weight capacity, ease of use, storage compartments, Set up, ect. will help us in the long run to make float tubing more enjoyable!

Bass Pro Shops has some great selections when to comes to purchacing a float tube. The White River Lost Lake float tube,http://www.basspro.com/White-River-Fly-Shop-Lost-Lake-Round-Float-Tube/product/29815/ is a great tube for anyone on a budget. Its weight Capacity is 325 pounds. However since it is totally enclosed, its a bit tricky to get in and out of. While some folks say they feel more secure with the air cell in front of them.

The White River Lost Lake  Open Front float tube also has a weight capacity of 325 pounds It has a large back support so you can lean back and rest  if you need to. This is one of the most comfortable float to use!

The Fish Cat by Outcast http://www.basspro.com/Outcast-Fish-Cat-4LCS-Float-Tube-Green/product/1303271132/ has two large air cells made from pvc which can support a weight of 250 pounds.The back is slightly raised like the bow of a boat to help propel you through the water. Outcast also offers a very lightweight tube (The Trinity) that is perfect for backpackers weighing in at only 7 pounds! And the Prowler which is a heavy duty version of the fishcat. It also has a hydration bladder!

Remember!  Air cells can burst if inflated improperly. So inflate just enough to push in about 1 inch of give on the top of the tube. Try to keep them deflated inside your car or truck because higher temprature and higher elevation can effect the air inside the cells causing them to burst or rip at the seams. If they do burst , Its probably best to just replace the air cells. Order a couple of extra air cell just in case.

When it comes to fins, The bigger the better! Trust me! Longer means more propultion. Check out the Classic Accessories Turbo thrusters http://www.basspro.com/Classic-Accessories-Turbo-Thruster-Float-Tube-Fins/product/44943/  There nice and long and fit great around your heels! Omega Amphibian flip fins are great because they flip up so you can walk around with ease. When you get into twhe water you just flip them down, and off you go! However these can be pretty pricey but well worth it! Also get a pair of kicker keepers. Fins will sink if one happens to slip off your foot!

NOTE: Fins are NOT to be worn with wader boots! You will break the strap! Use neoprene socks or bootys anything that keep the straps from over stretching.

 Wind can be an issue! and thers a couple of ways you can deal with it. You can use an anchor and attach it to one of the D rings that come attached to the float tube. Or you can use two vehicles. 

Your time in a float tube will be enjoyable and relaxing.  Although be careful, it can be addictive!  






Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas

Dad can sometimes be a little hard to shop for. Not to fear, Bass Pro is here! We went around to every department asking for their tips and best gift ideas, so here's what the pros said.


If your dad needs a new pole but you're not sure which one, our associate suggests Bass Pro Shops Megacast baitcast combo. It's pretty basic, but is a nice combo with bait caster. If he prefers a spinning reel, we have plenty of those in our store too. This combo is on sale for $49.99.




Our associate's favorite best seller right now is the Ascend Mid Hiker which he says if paired with the Ascend wool socks, makes for an amazing hiking experience. The boots have Vibram outsoles, the number one sole in the business, and is perfect for a hiking dad. It has bone-dry waterproof technology and moisture-wicking Cambrelle linings. They are also on sale for 69.97.




A popular item in the hunting department is the Kershaw volt II, an assisted opening, straight edge stainless steel pocket knife. It's on sale right now for $24.97 and going fast.

A trail cam would also be a great Father's Day gift since it's about that time to start putting them out. Along with the trail cam, you could get your dad attractant. Our associate gave us a tip though to go for the Trophy Rock Four65 package. Although it's a bit more expensive, they're broken up so it's more for your money.




A lot of people come in looking for 5.11 Tacticle Taclite vests and your dad is sure to love it too. It's lightweight with a ton of pockets and work for shooters, emergency personnel and authorities. It's pockets are of various sizes as well as conealed carry compartments.

If your dad is more in to hunting, our associate really likes the ever-popular Redhead camo hoodie that satarts at $44.99. He also suggests the True Fit Essentials t-shirts that are tagless and super soft that come in long or short sleeves starting at $12.99 for short and $14.99 for long




A great gift for dad would be a GPS. If he'd like a handheld, our associate suggests the Garmin GPSMAP62s for $349.99. If he likes to fish, the Huminbird Fish Finder 597ci HD DI Combo  would be a great idea as well for $599.99.

If he's a more adventureous father, the GoPro camera is an extremely hot item right now. It shoots video or photo with wifi capability. It can be mounted on a bike, helmet, vehicle and more for hands free footage. Very, very cool.




The Browning two burner stove is on sale for $99.99 and our associate has one and absolutely loves it. He told me I needed to tell you that. He also said dads would like the Bass Pro Shops fish fryer also on sale for $29.97. It has a 10.5qt strainer basket and is really great if your dad likes to fry.

Our associate also suggested the antigravity lounger on sale for $89.97as well, describing it as a "big man's chair." So while your dad is waiting for his food  to be done cooking, he can lay back in this nicely padded, recliner chair with adjustable pillow.




The men's RedHead Ringer pcoket tees have been flying off the shelves. They're on sale right now for two for $15 and are very soft and comfortable. To go with the shirts, you could get dad some RedHead Macks Creek Shorts too, on sale for $14.97




Our gifts associate had a ton of great ideas for dad. If he likes to cook, she suggested one of our many BBQ or grilling books with some of our BBQ sauces to go with it. These would also pair really well with that Browning two burner stove. If he's a hunter, we have many hunting DVDs and books as well as Timex or Casio watchse that have special features geared for outdoors. She also said that anything on our Duck Dynasty display would make great gifts for Father's Day because they are so popular.



If you have any questions about these items or need help with other gift ideas, don't hesitate to ask one of our associates in our store. They're here to help and they all have some pretty great ideas.








Outdoor Cooking Primer - Seasoning Salt

It's always fun to try some of the interesting rubs, shakes, and seasonings we have on our shelves. But, many people also have a go-to general seasoning, like seasoning salt, at the ready. I like to have something I've thrown together always on hand and with all "natural" ingredients. This is going to have to be my next ammo in my cooking arsenal. 

Thanks, once again, to Chef Kevin from our friends at Hy-Vee in Altoona, Iowa, for another quick, easy recipe - his not-so-secret Seasoning Salt!

Chef Kevin’s Seasoning Salt

2 tablespoons salt

2 teaspoons white sugar

½ teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon dry mustard

¼ teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon corn starch

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients, mix well.

Chef Kevin says the corn starch is to help keep the rub from clumping together...and the seasoning will work great for any type of meat!

Make a batch up and store it in a sealed container in a cool location and season away!


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Tournament Talk - Brushy Creek Battles

By: Lance Baker, Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staff

Brushy Creek has been one of my favorite lakes in Iowa over the past five years. Any time I get a chance, I try and fish a few opens a year up there with a few of my good buddies. The weather this year has been up and down with the water levels and conditions taking a toll on the lakes, just like it has on the Mississippi River where Kary and I fish, so Brushy has seen a lot of crazy things this year!

My friend Keith Kulow gave me a call back in May and asked if I would like to fish with him in an Iowa Bass Stalkers event on Brushy Creek. Keith has made a name for himself on that lake over the past years and I always enjoy getting to jump in the boat with him and have an awesome day of fishing. 

15.14 lb at Brushy CreekTournament day came on May 18 and we were once again faced with changing conditions. We found fish that were in the pre-spawn and spawning stages and tried to focus on pre-spawners to try and sack a little bit more weight with them.  What was very interesting about that day was the water was actually really stained compared to what we are normally faced with on that lake and it had fish holding very tight to cover. We found an area that the fish were staging in and began to have a blast of a day! 

The fish in the 2.5 to 3 lb range are really plentiful this year at Brushy. The hardest part seems that right now 4+ lbrs are hiding somewhere!  Keith and I managed to catch a really nice limit of five for 15.14 to take 7th place. It was great to see a 19+ & 17+ lb. bag to take 1st and 2nd and four more bags between 15 and 16!  Congrats to the guys who won that one for an awesome bag!

Lance Baker, Keith Kulow, Tony Steverson, and Bill Heverly

On June 2,, Keith and I went back to Brushy to fish the Second Annual Big Bass Bash, along with a lot of my good friends that I haven’t seen in a while and let me tell ya'…IT IS AN ABSOLUTE BLAST!  The format is different than most regular tournaments - you can weigh one fish an hour to win the big fish of the hour and then they crown the largest of the day Big Bass of the tournament!  What is nice about this is if you win an hour you get paid very well, and if you are on them good then you can possibly win each hour and really winning a nice pay day! The strategy of fishing this tournament is very different and planning really revolves around your best chances to weigh in at a good time and possibly weigh one an hour if you're lucky!  Keith and I ended up winning the first hour with a small 2.66, but it still paid great!  My buddies Tony Steverson and Bill Heverly ended up winning the third and fourth hour with a 2.70 and a 3.40.  It is really cool to play that game and hope you can succeed!  Big Bass for the day was a nice 4.28 female that earned the team a nice check and HUGE TROPHY!  It pulled really good numbers with around 40 guys competing this year.  I would recommend everyone take a look at this tournament for next year, it is one that if you have a friend wanting to experience the thrill of tournament fishing, this is the perfect start! Entry fees are very affordable and they even feed you after as well!


Kary and I are back up at the river on June30 and hoping the water levels finally come back down and we can finally see some normal conditions.  We are currently sitting in third  for Anglers of the Year behind a few of the best guys in that pool, so we have our work cut out for us!  I will be down to Bass Pro Shops on June 14 to help anyone with any Lowrance questions you may have!  I really would like to show you hands on how the new technology can put more fish in your boat and make it more enjoyable!  Hope everyone is enjoying the early summer and hope to see you on the water soon!


Lance Baker

BPS Pro Staff


Tournament Talk - Lessons of Tanks and Thanks

Lance Baker and Kary RayBy: Lance Baker, Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staff

It has been a little while, with Kary's and my busy schedule, since I've had time to sit down and update everyone on our season! The summer is starting off normal with a lot of driving and adapting to different areas...the high water and endless rain has shown us that preparation and studying is the only way to survive this game we all play.

Kary and I set off for our second Bass World Sports tournament of the year on May 23 for what would end up as one of our toughest tournaments to date. We had three solid days to put our game plan together and knew that every minute had to count due to the stiff competition and absolutely terrible water conditions.  We spent time on two different pools and probably put in an easy 100+ boat miles searching for what we thought it would take to put us towards the top of the leader board on Sunday the 26. We managed to find a very small area with a good number of quality fish that were guarding fry and seemed aggressive enough to give us five bites to succeed.  The only problem was...these fish were a LONG ways from take off and we had a difficult decision to make. If we made the decision to go after them we would have to dedicate our entire day to this one area and make a risky move of making it in AND out of the lock on time. 

Sunday 5:30 a.m., 27 teams took off in an effort to conquer the tough conditions. It was raining and absolutely miserable! We headed towards the lock with everything my boat had and just about a mile before the doors we passed an early morning barge heading that way as well.  I pulled in and thought, "Man we made it." But, I was very wrong. 

The lockmaster informed us that the barge was on its final approach and we would have to wait until they were done locking before any of us could go through. MY HEART SANK & PANIC SET IN. We turned around and headed out watching a big group of the field coming to the same problem.  I had made a huge mistake of not scanning the river the night before to see where barges were located before we trailered.  I honestly was in a panic………this is where FAITH AND TRUST in your partner comes in. Kary looked at me and said, “Lance, I promise, buddy, if you will just stay focused, we will catch 'em.”  We knew we had at least two hours of delay before we could get to where we needed to be. It seemed like an eternity, until we finally got back in and through the lock and made our LONG run to our fish. We finally arrived and had just a few hours time to put five in the boat, head back to the lock, make it through, and get back to weigh in. 

Now here is where the fun begins. :) In the process of preparing the night before, I had filled my boat with ¾ of a tank and did the approximate math on mileage to make it there and back and not be too heavy; to make sure we could succeed in outrunning what part of the field we needed to.

BIG MISTAKE! What I didn’t plan for was the extra running around waiting on the barge to get through and the gas that was burned at that time. On our way back with about 20 minutes to spare it happened. 

One mile from the ramp the boat said she didn’t wanna let her horses sing anymore! OMG, I JUST RAN OUT OF GAS!  In shear disbelief, we quickly went to work. Kary jumped on the trolling motor and I started flagging down any of our competitors to PLEASE help us in any way possible. We ended up having a team stop, sacrifice their last few fishing minutes of the day, load our limit in their spare side of the livewell and high-tail me back in to weigh our five fish on time and try and save any points that we could.  (Yes, you can do that if it happens to you...just make sure you check the rules and with the tournament director.)

Because of that team, Kary and I managed to weigh in just shy of 11lbs and finish 13th to save points for the Angler of the Year race. Folks, there are a few lessons to be learned from this..,here are my thoughts:Keith Kulow and Glen Sunken

1. Always fill up your boat no matter what…speed doesn’t catch fish, trust me on that one.

2. Your fishing partner is your backbone for everything from catching fish to helping you stay calm and focused in all situations….take time to make sure they know how much you appreciate them. 

3. Never, and I mean NEVER, count on making it through the locks without ALWAYS having a backup plan. 

And last, but certainly not least,

If you ever have the chance to stop and help a fellow angler/competitor out, or have one help you, remember the sacrifice they made that day. 

TRUE SPORTSMANSHIP is something that is earned not given.

Kary and I would like to say "Thank You" again to Team 19 DAVID GIESE & SCOTT ANDERSON and Glen Sunken and Keith Kulow.  You, my friends, are what we all strive to be - True Sportsmen.  Thank you so much and we will always be in debt to ya’ll!  

Lance Baker and DadOn a final note, I want to take a minute and wish ALL fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day! We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to pass on our traditions.

Thank you, Dad, for always letting me tag along - my little girl is learning what you took time to teach me!



Bass Pro White River News


White River Fly Shop



Greetings from the Bass Pro Outdoor World White River Fly Shop in Kodak (Sevierville), Tennessee.


It has been a couple of glorious fly fishing days in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Perfect weather, perfect water, cooperative fish.

After drenching rains over the weekend that caused Little River to rise to over 900 CFS, the flow dropped quickly to relatively normal levels of around 200 CFS.  To my mind this is "just right" for fishing the Little River and its tributaries; infinitely wadeable, but enough water to keep the fish happy and feeding.

But first I headed up to fish the area above and below Chimney Tops.  The Little Pigeon River is medium sized through this stretch, and one of my favorites.  With the warm temperatures, both air and water, wet wading was the order of the day.  Really nice to have your feet in cool clear mountain water as the thermometer rises with the sunshine.  My Yellow Elk Hair Caddis was met with little enthusiasm so I switched to my old standby, the Parachute Adams.  Things started to pickup and I was rewarded with a good many small to medium rainbows.  Starting in the Chimneys Picnic area and continuing upstream is decent brook trout (spec's as they are also known) territory.  I didn't get any this time around, but judging by a red flash or two in the water I think I managed to catch the attention a couple of them.

GSMP trout

By mid-afternoon I headed off to claim my reserved home for the evening at the Cade's Cove Campground (this time of year the campground is on a reservations only status).  With my one-person tent erected a midst the massive motor homes and some time to kill before dinner, I wandered over to fish Anthony's Creek.  Running through the Cade's Cove picnic area this is small water and frequently overlooked.  However, this little creek is chock full of rainbows.  Within an hour I had caught 25 fish without even leaving the confines of the picnic grounds.  Yes, they are small, but surprisingly enough there are a few 10 to 12 inchers in that little creek and I caught several of them.

I was up early the next morning to bike ride the Cade's Cove loop road which is closed to vehicles on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10AM through September.  While not exactly easy, there are a few lung-busting hills, the ride does have its rewards.  Today those rewards included a number of black bear sightings, the most exciting of which was a mom and four cubs no more than 20 feet off the road.

Breaking camp I headed to Tremont, one fine fishing destination.  I put in just before the first one-lane bridge, tossing the Yellow Elk Hair Caddis yet again.  A couple of pools later with few hits and fewer takers prompted me to switch to a Royal Wulff, a fly that is easy to see in the dark shadowy pools where trout lurk.  Results improved somewhat with a number of small rainbows, but not what I would have expected under such excellent conditions.  Continuing to play "fly roulette" I switched to a Yellow Stimulator and immediately got some really nice hits by, apparently, pretty good sized fish.  However, a couple of pools later the action faded.  Somewhat mystified, I switched to the old standby, Parachute Adams.  This is my year-round go-to fly and always (mostly always) seems to draw out the trout.  This day was no exception and over the next several hours I managed to work my way upstream collecting (and releasing) a good number of rainbows ranging from small up to a few rod-benders in the 10-12 inch range.  At one point, and MUCH to my surprise, I looked up from my concentrated fly watching to see a fair-sized black bear directly across the stream from me.  Luckily he was working his way downstream and I was headed up, so with a mutual nod of our heads we went our separate ways.  Definitely the first time I've shared the stream with a bear.

By mid afternoon, under darkening skies, I decided I was tired of fishing (no, that's not possible....I was just tired) and headed home through one of the east Tennessee afternoon thunderstorms - lightning, thunder, and torrential the-wipers-can't-keep-up downpours.  All-in-all a good couple of days of outdoor adventuring.

Around the fly shop we are restocking shelves after a busy couple of weeks supplying visitors with equipment and local fly fishing information.  If you have not fished the national park before or if it's been a long time, please stop by.  Thanks to the national park staff we have a supply of the park's fishing brochure that includes all the rules and regulations as well as a map of the park's rivers and streams.  We will be happy to show you some fine fly fishing destinations, including the ones mentioned in this report.  Also, remember that this Sunday is Father's Day and it's not too late to drop a few hints about that coveted piece of fly fishing gear that has captured your eye.

Fishing in the park


Bass Pro Outdoor World

White River Fly Shop

3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place
Kodak, TN 37764


Honor Thy Father

Honor Thy Father


           Did you know that Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington in 1910 by Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd.  Her father was the Civil War Veteran William Jackson Smart, a single parent who raised six children.  After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.  The holiday was not officially recognized until 1972 when President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance for Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.



            Today we love to honor our fathers.  I know shopping for the men in your lives is now an easy task.  Don’t fear, here at Bass Pro Shops we’ve got you covered.  Whether the Dad in your life is a hunter, fisherman or just loves the great outdoors, we have something he is sure to love.  If you just find yourself not being able to decide, well you just can’t go wrong with a Bass Pro gift card or maybe some of our delicious fudge in the shape of a tie or a baseball bat.  We even have some in LSU purple and gold.

Melissa Carter

Fudge Lead

Denham Springs

Bass Pro Shops


Sand Bass Slash

     Summer is here ladies and gents!  Just about the best time of the year to spend a little time catching those feisty sandbass. As the water begins to heat up and shad struggle for oxygen and food, they become easy prey to packs of sandies that chase them like hungry wolves.

     I've heard some fisherfolk 'foo-foo' the sandbass because they are easy to catch.  Then again, I've seen seasoned veterans sit and scratch their heads and wonder aloud where they all swam off.  I've heard professional guides mutter that,"There are sandbass down there, I can see them on my electronics, but they just won't bite!" I'm not going to get all scientific, nor am I the best of the best when it comes to sandbassing, but I have a few tourney wins under my belt so if you want a couple pointers listen up.

     You can't catch them if you can't find them. I always start with a look at a good map with contour lines showing depths, old road beds, dikes, river beds... anything that will get me in the right neighborhood.  Sandies will follow schools of shad until either they are full or the shad have scattered so badly that chasing them is no longer an efficient feeding activity. This, I suspect is when we might see them on our electronics, but they won't bite: they're full. I'm not a marine biologist either, but after years and years of observing their patterns I'm pretty sure their metabolism has them hungry in about four hours. Revisit some of the places you found them earlier in the day. The chances are they are hungry when you go back to where you know they were earlier.

     Don't sit and wait.  Sandbassing is a 'run-n-gun' process.  Take that map you have, check the bottom for contours that form a little 'cup' where the wind blows shad up against underwater ledges.  Let's say the wind is from the southeast, what I look for is a natural shelf, formed by the bottom whose wider part is facing southeast as well. Shad are not strong swimmers and are easily herded by the wind into these feeding areas. Another way to find sandies is to troll.  I have found fish that I didn't see on sonar by trolling Little Georges or Bass Pro Shops "Tail Spinners". Once you do get a hit, slip a marker bouy (preferably orange) over the side and retrace your path backward til you find the fish then deploy a second bouy when you find the fish. Laughably, you might see other boats of sandbass wanna be's ride up to your first bouy and wonder  why you're catching fish while they aren't getting a hit. I'm sorry if it sounds a bit unsportsmanlike, but it sure is funny.

     Ok, now we've found some Sandbass that want to fight about it. What lure do you want to present first? I let the fish, my location, and electronics tell me.  If I find them around a point, or pushed up against a shore feeding, I'll throw my "Tail Spinner", or a two to three inch shad colored crankbait at them.  If they're more than about 12 feet deep throw a slab spoon at them and bounce it back to you across the bottom. If they're in a feeding frenzy on top, take the front hook off of a Heddon Tiny Torpedo and watch them try to slash it to pieces! There are so many good sandbass lures and techniques that you might want to saddle up and mosey over to Bass Pro Shops in Garland, TX and let the pros share their own tips and reports with you!




Sperry Spree!

Well guys, it looks like there’s something new out there our little ladies are just going to have to get! And no, it’s not a purse. It’s much worse than that… Shoes.

Uggh, shoe shopping. This endeavor always takes way too long and prompts every question possible from the loves of our lives. “Do you like them?” “How do they make my backside look?” “Do you think these heels will break?” “Where are the kids?!” “Why don’t we still use Velcro?” “Seriously, have you seen Jimmy and Marsha?!?!”

And just like purses, watches or any other “must have” there is a specific brand our sweethearts are after. What’s the rage nowadays? Sperry! These shoes come in a broader range of colors than most crayon boxes. And not just colors, but patterns as well! And women are addicted!

Boys, listen up. I have one of the greatest pieces of news for you. We have Sperry brand shoes at Bass Pro Shops!!!! That’s right! So if the little missus has the Sperry fever why not let her get a pair? In fact, you should approach her about it first! (You know, show that you’re thinking about her while possibly picking up a new tent.)

Ladies, let me also reach out to you directly right now! These things are actually pretty cute and I understand why you would want to have a few different ones in your collection. I know how hard it is to drag us men out shopping, but here you have the perfect place to suggest! And if he responds with some grumbling, here are a few phrases to use on him: “Look at how many different patterns of camo you have.” “Do I need different colored shoes? Oh, I don’t know… Do you need different colored lures?” “We never had to buy a second safe to fit all my shoes!”

You get the idea.

But seriously, if you are looking to go on a Sperry spree come down and see us! This will make both parties happy and you know you love a good Bass Pro visit. Fence Fixin’ with Finches! Yeehaw!


Vacation Staycations - Iowa Style

Sometimes the resources aren't always there...time and money...for a lengthy vacation. I love to travel and have had the opportunity to see a lot of our great country. However, I also know that there are many sights to experience right in our own backyard. 

More and more couples and families are experiencing staycations...checking out the highways and byways of their own state and area. As a born and raised Iowan, and someone who also lived outside the state for a few years, I also know that there can be many misconceptions and just general lack of knowledge about what Iowa has to offer...even from those who live within its boundaries!

So, let us introduce you to some pretty incredible outdoor places that you might like to explore...in Iowa, of all places! Let's start with our next door neighbor.

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Much to the surprise of many, Iowa is blessed to have six national wildlife refuges. One lies just a short 20 miles to the east of Bass Pro Shops Altoona.  Ladies' Apparel Lead Jen Ladehoff highly recommends the Refuge, as a great place to take kids, especially because of its Prairie Learning and Visitor Center.

BisonAccording to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the over 8,600 acres of land, authorized by legislation signed by President George H. Bush in 1990, were "designated to be preserved and restored to pre-Euro-American settlement conditions, to the greatest extent possible." This took land previously targeted in the 1970s to be a nuclear power plant and turned it into what is believe to be the largest restoration and reconstruction effort ever attempted in world history.

The refuge is a major environmental education, volunteer and outdoor recreation hub for everyone to enjoy. The learning center has an exhibit area, bookstore, classrooms, and movie theater. There's a five-mile auto tour that takes you through the bison and elk area, plus four trails (1/2 to 2 miles) for those who'd like a brief hike.  Portions of the land are open to hunting - special regulations apply so you need to check with the refuge. 

From bison to wildflowers to birds to the song of the prairie winds, experience the beautiful Iowa prairie the way it used to be.

From tripadvisor.com:

“Worth the drive, anytime of year”
4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2013

Don't miss this if you are anywhere near Des Moines. The interpretive exhibits and visitor center are well designed, information packed and very accessible for all levels of visitors - makes learning about this interesting project easy and fun. Prairie restoration is clearly a backbreaking activity - but once you've been to the refuge, you'll understand why the effort is worth it. We've been in two different seasons, and it's a different world of plan, animal and bird life each time. Wonderful.



FREE Family Summer Camp At Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops

BPS Summer Camp

Family Summer Camp is back! Join us any Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday June 8th thru July 14th for a full afternoon of FREE summer fun! This year, kids can test their shooting skills in our new inflatable Daisy BB range, attend a variety of workshops and learn about topics such as fishing, wildlife exploration and water safety, take home a handmade craft, sample homemade ice cream and more with this interactive family event.

June 8 - July 14

Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

Join us for the following activities from noon - 5pm:

  • Archery Range
  • Shooting Arcade
  • Daisy BB Gun Range
  • Casting Buckets

The first 2 weekends only from noon - 5pm:

  • Catch & Release at the Pond
  • Free 4x6 photo

Free Workshops!  Noon - 4pm with the following schedules:


  • Noon - Bird Watching
  • 1:00 - Fishing
  • 2:00 - Archery
  • 3:00 - Outdoor Discovery
  • 4:00 - Backyard Adventure


  • Noon - Archery
  • 1:00 - Shooting & Hunting
  • 2:00 - Wildlife Exploration
  • 3:00 - Water Safety
  • 4:00 - Camping


  • Noon - Fishing
  • 1:00 - Water Safety
  • 2:00 - Hunting & Shooting
  • 3:00 - Outdoor Discovery
  • 4:00 - Bird Watching


  • Noon - Hunting & Shooting
  • 1:00 - Archery
  • 2:00 - Wildlife Exploration
  • 3:00 - Camping
  • 4:00 - Backyard Adventure

**Each child will earn a pin for each class they attend.**

Crafts - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays from Noon - 2pm

  • June 8,9,11,13 - Design Your Own Compass
  • June 15, 16, 18, 20 - Make Dad a Bobber Key Chain
  • June 22, 23, 25, 27 - Color Your Own Slap Bracelet
  • June 29.30, July 2, 4 - Design a Lizard Door Hanger
  • July 6,7,9,11 - Create A Popsicle Stick Craft
  • July 13, 14 - Paint a Deer Track

Homemade Ice Cream Samples from 5pm - 6pm on Saturdays!



Protect Yourself

Protect Yourself

 baby            Did you know that more than 1 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every year? This statistic makes it the most common form of cancer in the country. Most skin cancers can be prevented through sun protection. One major part of sun protection is sunscreen. You may be wondering, what kind of sunscreen is right for me? After a few Google searches I have come up with some basic sunscreen facts that can help you choose what is right for you.

            Before we can explore sunscreen we must know what it is protecting us from. Sunscreen helps to block some UVB rays and UVA rays. UVB rays are partially absorbed by the ozone layer and affect the surface of the skin. UVB rays also cause discoloration, or the glowing tan that all of us pale people dream of. UVA rays are not absorbed by the ozone and penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. UVA rays contribute to wrinkling, sagging, leathering of the skin and can also cause cataracts in the eyes.

            Most sunscreens contain avobenzone or a benzophenone to help sunblock rays. All sunscreens block out some UVB rays but sunscreens that help block both UVB and UVA rays are “broad-spectrum” and are highly recommended. Each sunscreen is given an SPF rating. Sunscreens with at least and SPF of 15 is recommended but the higher the SPF the higher the protection. A common myth is the higher the SPF the longer a person can go without reapplying. This is not true; all sunscreens should be reapplied every 90 to 120 minutes. In fact a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 will block out 93% of UVB rays while an SPF 30 will block 97% of rays when used correctly.

screen            So in conclusion, pick a sunscreen that is at least an SPF 15, but the higher the number the more rays that are blocked. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen when available. Reapply generously, about 1 ounce, every 90 to 120 minutes. Make sure to use sunscreen before the expiration date or about 3 years, expired sunscreen might fail to block rays. Stop in to your Bass Pro Shops to pick some up today so you can safely enjoy the great outdoors.



Whitney R. Triplett

Front End

Bass Pro Shops

Denham Springs, La



This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Family Summer Camp and More!

Family Summer Camp returns, along with many other activities this weekend! 

Family Summer Camp

Activities start at noon, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 

Noon-5 p.m.

Daisy BB Gun inflatable shooting range - Outside
FREE wildlife carousel - just inside the front entrance turnstiles.
Casting Buckets
Soft Foam Shooting Arcade
Workshops (See schedule below)

craftsFSC raft week 1

12-2 Crafts -

A different craft each week, starting on Saturday!  This week's craft for kids - a compass!







Workshop - Our workshops are designed for children 6-12 years of age. Each child will receive ONE free lanyard (while supplies last) and then earns a FREE pin at the end of each workshop they attend. Workshops on Saturday and Sunday are:

Noon - Fishing
1:00 - Water Safety
2:00 - Hunting & Shooting
3:00 - Outdoor Discovery
4:00 - Bird Watching


Noon - Hunting & Shooting
1:00 - Archery
2:00 - Wildlife Adventure
3:00 - Camping
4:00 - Backyard Adventure


DON'T FORGET!!! - The workshops and activities continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays, too! For a detailed schedule visit www.facebook.com/bpsaltoona!

Saturdays only through July 13  - Homemade Ice Cream! -  5-6 p.m.

Free Seminars for Adults - Saturday, June 8

1:00 - Canada Fishing Trip Essentials - Free Seminar with our fishing experts

2:00 - Water Sports Safety and PFD Seminar


Free Family Summer Camp

Free Family Summer Camp

shootingHave you heard about our Free Family Summer Camp that is going on at Bass Pro Shops between June 8th and July 14th?  If you haven’t, let me tell you about the eleven different seminars that we are presenting during the camp.  Every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from Noon till 5:00 a different topic will be discussed.  You can earn a free pin for every workshop (seminar) you complete! All of the workshops will be approximately 20 minutes in length.  The schedule will be:



Noon – Fishingarchery

1:00 – Water Safety

2:00 – Hunting and Shooting

3:00 – Outdoor Discovery

4:00 – Bird Watching


Noon – Hunting and Shooting

1:00 – Archery

2:00 – Wildlife Exploration

3:00 – Camping

4:00 – Backyard Adventure


Noon – Bird Watching

1:00 – Fishing

2:00 – Archery

3:00 – Outdoor Discovery

4:00 – Backyard Adventure



Noon – Archery

1:00 – Shooting and Hunting

2:00 – Wildlife Exploration

3:00 – Water Safety

4:00 – Camping

Here is a brief explanation of each of the seminars:back

Shooting and Hunting – We’ll discuss the history of hunting and conservation benefits along with safety tips.  Learn interesting facts from the experts from the Quality Deer Management Association.

Bird Watching – Our Feathered Friends – What birds will we discover this year?  Learn about the function of different types of feathers.

Fishing – Hook, Line & Sinker – We’ll discuss saltwater vs. freshwater.  Learn about saltwater species and tackle.  Do you know how to choose the right lure for different water conditions?

Archery – Aiming High – Learn about bowhunting, equipment and safety tips.  This year we’ll also learn more about the sport of bow fishing.

Outdoor Discovery & Conservation – Listen to tips on how to enjoy the outdoors while hiking.  We’ll discuss comfort, safety and ways to conserve the beauty of the outdoors.  Have you heard about geocaching?  Learn how to enjoy this fun activity.

Camping – Family Outdoor Adventures – We’ll review what to expect when you go camping.  Learn how to set up a tent and what to bring to keep things comfortable.

Backyard Adventure – Discover animals and insects you find in your own backyard.  Learn about their homes and what they eat.  Are they harmful or helpful?

waterWildlife Exploration – We’ll discuss mammals, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods.  Learn about their habitats and how they survive in the wild.

Water Safety, Fun and You! – Prepare for your summertime adventures around the water.  Learn about how to play it safe while swimming and boating.

All of the workshops are geared towards 8 to 12 year olds, but anyone can attend.  We hope to see you here soon.

Jettie Whittington

Denham Springs