The winter brook trout angler is a breed apart: part dreamer, part adventurer, and as often as not, part unwilling realist. Serious winter speck anglers know the risks of the game. Just because you hike a mile through the bush, scale a small mountain, and then rappel down a cliff to reach a remote trout lake away from other anglers doesn’t mean you will catch fish. Brook trout are temperamental at the best of times.
One of the great challenges of hunting, and perhaps the thing that draws so many of us back to the pursuit, is its unpredictability. There is almost nothing you can guarantee when it comes to the pursuit of a truly wild animal. That’s not to say you can’t help stack the odds in your favour by being prepared. Yet the nature of hunting is such that what ever we think might — or should — happen, almost never does. And being “unsuccessful” at a hunt does not mean you didn’t have a good hunt.
I’ve been a fan of wearing an inflatable personal flotation device (PFD) for at least a decade, likely longer. Before that, I’d worn a variety of PFDs, most on the bulky and uncomfortable side. So when inflatable PFDs became more widely available, they caught my eye. The less obtrusive size of these life jackets and their overall ease of wear made them perfect for angling. Yes, they were a bit more expensive, but considering the life they could save – mine – I was ok with that.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".