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  2. Tom Loo will demo/tie along a new articulated streamer this Saturday 3/23 at Orvis Yorktown 10am. Bring your tools, materials provided. John L
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  4. March 16 NW Region Breakfast Meet - Cancelled due to lack of interest.
  5. Wow, that's pretty cool. Sounds like fun. I'll try to catch their lecture next time. I was at Starved Rock last year, I started talking to a guy there at the visitor center who wrote this book: https://www.amazon.com/Massacre-1769-Starved-William-Publication/dp/0615834671 He was saying that these war parties would come all the way from around Appleton down the Fox river, because the Prairie grass would be too tall to do it on foot. paddling downstream would be one thing, but I was thinking, holy cow that would mean paddling upstream to get home.
  6. That's great to hear. I haven't fished the canal in several years but I'd like to change that this summer.
  7. Great photos! I read that they hope to be finished with the fix sometime in June.
  8. Took the wife for a ride today and decided to fly over the canal to see if they've begun any repairs. Here's a few pics.
  9. I always wash both my boots and waders after each time I use them ( I'm retired and have the time) and I can attest that it really makes a difference.
  10. On February 11, the Valley of the Fox chapter of the Sierra Club hosted Charlie Zine (remember him from Paddle & Trail in Aurora?) as the featured speaker of their Monday night meeting at the Batavia library. "Charlie and his friend Chuck completed an 8-day kayak paddle of the entire 223 miles of the Fox River from its humble beginnings in Colfax, Wisconsin to its dramatic conclusion at the confluence with the Illinois River in Ottawa, Illinois. Along the way they experienced its evolution as it passed through natural areas and woods, to golf courses and airports, from small towns to small cities. They witnessed the impacts of 18 man-made dams (plus 2 beaver dams) and the restorative effects of 3 dam removals. They camped along the river and ate in riverfront bars, diners, and restaurants." I attended to hear Charlie speak and learn about his adventure. It all sounded like a lot of fun, except for needing to cross the Fox Chain and worry about wind, waves, power boats, etc. He had a nice slide show with maps and some photos from his trip. They had a nice turnout, considering the evening brought freezing rain. Guessing around 30-35 people attended. Here's an article from last summer if you want to read more details about the trip: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/sports/ct-abn-spt-rick-armstrong-column-st-0805-story.html
  11. The Fox Chain 'O Lakes draw-down is usually in November. I think it normally goes for a week or two, depending on how much water they want to release. I agree that a higher flow rate is starting to feel like the new normal on the Fox! It certainly has been an odd fall and winter. I've been following the USGS graph religiously and never saw a window of opportunity to get out and wade. The flow has remained beyond my comfort level. Looking forward to warmer days and kayaking.
  12. I've seen Mike a few times on the Fox and he has always given me a wide birth and a friendly wave. Sometimes he stops and we trade info on numbers caught and techniques used. I'm sure we fish a lot of the same water. He has always been courteous. I think the Fox is more accommodating to that type of activity. Lots more room to move around. Of course, there are the dams, so you're somewhat limited from pool to pool. I understand what the original poster is saying about the Dupe. Excellent points made. Not sure if Mike is posting on here much these days, but would be interesting in hearing his thoughts on it and if anything will be done differently this year. I'm kinda surprised anyone would want a guide on the Dupe. Being a small river with a plentiful population of smallies, it's a pretty easy river to fish. An inexpensive kayak and a free afternoon for a float trip will provide plenty of opportunity.
  13. I like the Boca system a lot and haven't had a problem yet, though I know guides like lace up boots because it's a pain to fix Boca on the fly, and they can't absorb downtime too well. The Boca is nice at the end of the day when your back is in spasms and you have to lean over to get your boots off. Now I can push a button and kick them off pretty easily.
  14. I still have the same Simms boots I bought in 2011 as well as the waders. I sent them both to NC to use once or twice a year now so I don't have to transport them anymore. No leaks in the waders and despite the Vibram soles being worn, the boot, stitching, etc. is still intact and serviceable. I always put them on my balcony for a good air dry between uses. They've seen miles of river. I think something can be said about buying high quality gear and a little TLC when you can. I know guys that rinse their boots and waders after every use and then let them dry out when possible. If you're wading a few days a week and keeping gear in the vehicle in between, I'm guessing it's going to wear out a lot quicker.
  15. Gonna have to miss this one. Somebody have a "Country Breakfast" for me. (Over medium, crispy hashbrowns, wheat toast.)
  16. Trout Unlimited will be hosting a Midwest Regional Rendezvous in Illinois. These events are held every 2 years in a different state around the midwest. The conference will take place at the Illinois Beach State park resort in Zion, Illinois starting on Friday March 29 with a traditional midwest fish fry at an American Legion hall in Gurnee. The individual seminars start on Saturday morning and run through the day, followed by a Saturday evening banquet and silent auction fundraiser. You can make a reservation for the entire weekend or just come to the seminars on Saturday and Sunday, an entire Ala carte registration form is available on the tu.org website. Although these events are geared toward TU volunteers, the information that will be discussed will suit any conservation and membership driven organization. Topics such as Great Lakes initiatives, Angler science, Angler advocacy, member growth and engagement, are all topics that cross all borders of like minded groups. These seminars will be moderated by TU national staffers and other professionals. Please click on the links below and check out the registration form and the seminar agenda, and I hope to see you there. https://www.tu.org/sites/default/files/2019-Upper-Midwest-Regional-Meeting-Agenda.pdf https://www.tu.org/midwest-regional
  17. Apparently I'm the only one that has had good luck with Cabela's boots. Averaging 60-65 days a year wading some pretty rough rivers these boots have held up as good as any, usually two full seasons then I pass them on to a friend and get a new pair. This last pair I got is the best one yet, it seems like they are easier to get on and off. Years ago I bought a pair of Simms and the sole separated by the second season. https://www.cabelas.com/product/CABELAS-MENS-FELT-SOLE-WADING-SHOES/2948786.uts?productVariantId=6189656&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=BingPLA&WT.z_mc_id1=05348837&rid=20&msclkid=4ddca925f54e1ad6f221f5adc88b1818&ds_rl=1252079&gclid=CPWBzoTe_eACFVCVxQIdZ50KZg&gclsrc=ds
  18. I have had good luck with boots lasting 3-4 years. I credit to removing the boots from the trunk or truck bed and stuffing wadded up news paper in the boots. you will be surprised how fast the paper dries out the boot.
  19. I have found the biggest killer of wading boots to be HEAT. Don't leave them in your car trunk or truck bed during summer as the heat effects the glue on the soles and the stitching appears to rot out faster on seams. I was going though at minimum a pair of boots a season. After I started removing them from the hot vehicle on a regular basis the lifespan of my boots have doubled. If I'm not going to be wading in them for a few days I throw them on a boot dryer to dry them out thoroughly and store them inside the garage where it's cooler than the vehicle. I would suggest staying with a higher end boot from Simms, Patagonia, Orvis because of their warranty as stated above in this thread.
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  21. Sorry for the late notice. We're at the Cherry Valley Cafe this month. Click on the link above for more info. Let me know.
  22. Bart, I have the new Hodgman boot that I use with my waders. They also have soles that are interchangeable. I believe one is offered with a Boa style lace system. I have only used them a half dozen times, but I can say that I find them very comfortable and they appear to be very well made. They would be worth looking into. I ordered the Soft Science Terrafin as a wet wade boot. They haven't been used yet, but they are the lightest boot I have ever seen. They do not have a bellowed tongue though. That concerns me a bit. I'll find out if I like them this summer.
  23. I have been using Korkers for years and with great success and longevity. The most recent pair is with the Boca system and the Korkers also allow for base changes. ie: rubber, felt or rubber with grips.
  24. Don't forget about the https://www.softscience.com/terrafin.html boots that John G mentioned in December.
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