Hot Outdoor Recreation How-Tos

How To: Keep Mosquitoes & Other Annoying Bugs Away from Your Campfire or Backyard Fire Pit

I'll be honest—I've never been a huge fan of camping. It's not that I have anything against nature, I'm just partial to showering and sleeping in my own bed. In fact, the only part of camping I've ever really enjoyed is sitting around a campfire. Outdoor fires are perfect for socializing and cooking hot dogs, but they're also great at helping remove one of camping's biggest annoyances.

How To: Install a switch panel on a boat

When you have so much technology on one small boat, things are bound to get confusing. That's why having a big enough switch panel is a great way to keep track of all the different switches that your boat has. In this tutorial, you'll find out the steps needed to insatll a switch panel on a boat. Depending on how much experience you have with using tools, this video may be a tad bit difficult. So sit back and pay attention. Good luck!

How To: Set up a spin cast pole for trout fishing

Trails demonstrates how to set up a spin cast pole when fishing for trout. In a traditional spin cast pole, look for an ultra light set up of 4. 5 to 5 feet long. Find a pole that has ultra light action with a 4 pound power pro and a 4 pound carbon leader. Don't go overboard with the pound test on the line with the leader material because it will make the trout shy and you will get less strikes. You can even go down to a two pound test on the leader. For trout, use small gold spoons and small...

How To: Lash a bamboo tripod

In this tutorial, we learn how to lash a bamboo tripod. First, you will tie a clove hitch by taking one piece of bamboo and wrapping the rope around it, then crossing the two sides of the string together to make a hitch. Next, you will secure the clove hitch around the third piece of bamboo. Now, you will rap all the pieces of bamboo together with the rope. Continue to do this until all the pieces feel secure together. Wrap the rope several times around each of the pieces, then wrap it in the...

How To: Place sinkers in deep sea fishing

Mark the Shark demonstrates how to place sinkers when deep sea fishing. A trolling sinker is made for high speed trolling. A bank sinker is made for deep dropping. An egg sinker is made to slide on your line. To use the egg sinker, put it through the line, attach a swivel and tie a knot on the swivel. Next, attach the leader to the sinker and then attach your hook. You can catch a lot of bottom fish with this method. Attach the bank sinker to keep the weight on the bottom of your line. The ho...

How To: Tie a spinner bait on a fishing line

Spinner bait are good for attracting and catching bass when fishing. In order to have the lure and the bait working correctly when using this type of bait, you will have to attach the bait directly to the lure. This can be done using the improved fisherman knot. After threading the line through the bait, you should leave about 6-8 inches of line to tie the knot. Begin by making about 5 twists around the line and then thread the line through the hole created below the twists. After threading t...

How To: Tie the Miller's Knot (bag or sack knot)

In order to tie a Miller's Knot, which is also known as the bag or sack knot, you should begin by wrapping the rope around the object you wish to bind: the Miller's knot is a binding knot. It is used to bind things. Next, wrap one of the free ends around it. You are, basically, wrapping one end around a second time.

How To: Make an All-Night Campfire with Just One Log

The next time you're out camping, whether it's outdoors in the wilderness or right outside in your own backyard, try this hack out for an effortless campfire all night long. While there is definitely some prep work involved, it's well worth it if you don't need a huge bonfire, and more so if you plan on cooking meals over the flames.

How To: Rig a crankbait

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to rig a crankbait. It is so named because it floats on the water and does nothing until the crank is turned. The turning of the crank provides the action to the bait and attracts fish to it. To rig it, there is an attachment point on the diving lip of the crankbait; it can be a small hole for the line to be passed through or a split ring to attach the line. Tie the line to the lip with a clinch knot and you are in business. In case...

How To: Tie a 100% knot for attaching a fishing lure to a line

Fishing is one of the many outdoor activities where tying different types of knots is crucial, and where debates over which knots are superior are common. This video features a former bass guide demonstrating how to tie his favorite fishing knot, a 100% knot. It is very simple to tie and very effective at holding your lure. Practice it, and you should be able to save yourself time and irritation out on the lake.

How To: Tie a permanent knot

This is not magic but a very useful and very easy way to tie two pieces of rope together without them ever slipping apart. This simple how-to shows how to tie two pieces of rope together without them ever coming apart. This could be very helpful for sailing or anything you need to tie a knot.

How To: Set up a deep sea fishing pole

Want to go deep-sea fishing but lack the necessary know-how when it comes to the sport's specialized equipment? Never you fear, brave pescador(a): this free video guide will teach you everything you need to know to set up a deep-sea fishing pole.

How To: Tie a twisted dropper loop fisherman's knot

Know your knots! Learn how to tie a twisted dropper loop knot with this free video tutorial. The twisted dropper loop is great for fishing line and requires about 10 twists to get the right feel. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful fisherman's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Clean a Spyder Marker paintball gun

In this tutorial, we learn how to clean a Spyder marker paintball gun. Before you start, disconnect your air source and turn the gun off to a safe position. Now, remove the barrel and slide out the pin. Now, the marker should fall out on its own. Make sure not to lose any of the parts that come out with this. Pull out the string, bumper, and striker as well. Now, use paintball oil to clean all of the parts that you removed from your gun. Only use the paintball oil, because other oils contain ...

How To: Turn on a skateboarding ramp

Turning on a skateboard ramp is an often overlooked skill that is tough to master. Get expert tips and advice on skateboard decks and tricks in this video lesson. Take action: go up ramp, put weight on tail while slowing down, use upper body to perform turn, and lead with the eyes and upper body. Shawn, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, has over twenty years of skateboarding knowledge. He has appeared in Slap, Thrasher and Transworld magazines and his sponsors include Vent...

How To: Replace fishing line on a reel for deep sea fishing

Mark the Shark demonstrates how to replace fishing line on a reel for deep sea fishing. First make sure to thread the fishing line into the guide ends and that you don't miss any. Put the rod in the rod holder so that you have two free hands to work with the line. Thread the line twice in the spool and make a knot to hold the line in place. Pull the line tight so it's snug against the reel and snip off the loose ends. Turn the crank and make sure that the line feeds into the spool very evenly...

How To: Fit a backpack for long distance hiking

In this tutorial, we learn how to fit a backpack for long distance hiking. For scouts, look for a backpack with an adjustable torso so the pack can grow with you. After this, have the sales staff help you adjust your pack correctly, and measure how long the pack is on your back. You want the pack to fit you perfectly so you don't have back problems later. Try the pack on both on the hip section and shoulder to see how it feels on you. Tighten any adjustments to make it more secure, then you w...

How To: Easily rig a float or slip bobber rig

If you've never fished before, you may not know all the different ways to help you catch the best looking and biggest fish. There's more to having a fishing rod and string. In this tutorial, you'll find out how to easily rig a float or slip a bobber rig. It's easy to do and will help you out when on a boat or on land. Good luck and enjoy!

How To: Do a forward spin on a bodyboard

Bodyboard like a pro by pulling off the tips and tricks contained within this video tutorial. The basic bodyboard forward spin is explained here by VideoJug's resident body boarding expert teacher. Step 1: You will need * 1 Bodyboard * 1 Wetsuit * 1 Leash * 1 Pair of fins Step 2: The set up The forward spin is a basic maneuver which, performed in the right section of a wave, will look very impressive. Watch this instructional video and learn how to forward spin on a bodyboard. Do a forward sp...

How To: Rig a tube fly

This is a brief how-to video to show you how to rig a tube fly for Steelhead and Migratory Brown trout. The guys at "Tight Lines" fish a lot of these all fall and winter. These can really help improve your game, and make you catch all those fish you really wanted.

How To: Clean your skateboard griptape

In this tutorial, we learn how to clean your skateboard grip tape. To do this, you will need: window cleaner, an old toothbrush, and paper towels. After this, you will spray the area with the window cleaner and then scrub it with the toothbrush. Scrub it until it comes up clean and there is no dirt left on the surface. From here, you will need to use the paper towels to clean the residue off of your board. Make sure to dry it off completely so you don't waterlog your board. do this to all the...

How To: Use Diagonal Lashings to tie poles together

Diagonal lashings are a popular type of knot for building structures with wooden poles that allows you to join two poles at a 45-90 degree angle. It can replace a square lashing, but not vice versa. This video will show you how to tie a diagonal lashing yourself, which can be used in all sorts of outdoor construction projects.

How To: Identify types of fly fishing flies

There are two types of fly fishing flies, and they are distinguished as surface and sub-surface flies with the surface ones being called dry flies. This tutorial will teach you how to tell the difference, and what this means. Make sure you know what's what and make sure you catch the biggest fish in the pond.

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