Time was, cellphones were viewed with derision by outdoorsfolk looking to get away from it all. But with the extraordinary range of handy outdoor apps now available for today’s smartphones—imagine a seasoned guide with a satellite feed—it just might be time for an attitude adjustment.

 

iFish

iFish
J.E. Sherry Company

($4.99) Apps for Anglers
Works with: iPhone.
Key features: Hot spots, depth charts, weather, directions and fishing times for thousands of waterbodies; separate apps for Alberta, B.C., Ontario, Saskatchewan and the U.S.
The promise: “When, where and how to fish a lake near you.”

Fishin' Guy Deluxe with Henry Waszczuk

Fishin' Guy Deluxe with Henry Waszczuk
J.E. Sherry Company

($6.99) Fins & Skins Worldwide
Works with:iPhone.
Key features: Search hot spots, compare lodges and resorts, and find guides and charters; fishing tips for both fresh- and saltwater, and more than 2,000 videos; free intro version.
The promise: “Learn everything about your favourite species.”

IGFA Mobile

IGFA Mobile
J.E. Sherry Company

($8.99) International Game Fish Association
Works with: iPhone.
Key features: Automatically updated database of IGFA records, rules and official weigh stations; species identification charts; log and compare details of your catches.
The promise: “Measure your catch against the world’s greatest.”

WFN Fishing Log

WFN Fishing Log
J.E. Sherry Company

($2.99) World Fishing Network
Works with: iPhone.
Key features: Keep photos and details of your catches, including the species, size, location, date caught and gear used; weather and tide data; trip checklists.
The promise: “Proving your ‘outlandish’ fishing story just got a lot easier.”

Isolunar Hunting and Fishing Times

Isolunar Hunting and Fishing Times
J.E. Sherry Company

($4.99) RedSnake Enterprises
Works with: iPhone.
Key features: Uses phone’s GPS to pinpoint your location’s peak feeding and activity times for fish and game; calculates local sunrises and sunsets; works worldwide.
The promise: “There’s no easier way to get solunar data.”

Orvis Fly Fishing

Orvis Fly Fishing
J.E. Sherry Company

($14.99) Orvis
Works with: Android, iPhone.
Key features: Instructional fly-casting videos; animated knot guides; top trout flies; reports for 200 hot spots, with updates on river flows, tides and hatches.
The promise: “Everything about fly fishing in one place.”

Animated Fishing Knots

Animated Fishing Knots
J.E. Sherry Company

($0.99) J. E. Sherry Company
Works with: iPhone.
Key features: Searchable database of 21 fishing knots, each with animated instructions, a picture of the finished knot and a description of its use; includes two hook-removal techniques.
The promise: “Makes learning to tie knots easy.”

Ufindfish

Ufindfish
J.E. Sherry Company

(Free) Canadian Sportfishing Productions Inc.
Works with: Android, iPhone.
Key features: Locate pro angler hot spots in real time with GPS or Google Maps; track personal hot spots, log catch data and share with friends (or not); dedicated YouTube channel.
The promise: “Get answers from real fishing pros.”