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  2. John, these double barrel poppers look great and will be interested to hear how these work after the water gets back down.
  3. These Double Barrel heads really make a nice glub sound. Just tied these the other day.
  4. John Gillio

    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    Thanks John, maybe I'll mention it to Craig S. Sorry Manny, the case is still unsolved. There is water coming into the canal and levels are holding low but steady. I didn't see any sign of a pump by the river but there is current moving into the west end.
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  6. Bart Durham

    Kankakee River Float, June 23

    As feared the rains hit hard last night. The CFS is at 11,000 this morning and rising. Tomorrow’s float is cancelled due to conditions and we will try to reschedule before season is over..
  7. John Flannery

    Advice on getting kids into fishing

    One extra tip that I thought of when I read Marks. The best way I found to teach them to set the hook is to have them hold the rod and hold their arm and the rod with your hands, setting the hook for them a few times. Speeds up the muscle memory a lot.
  8. Bart Durham

    Kankakee River Float, June 23

    Unfortunately with the heavy rain today it looks doubtful for Saturday but we'll wait until tomorrow to make the final call.
  9. mannym

    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    Thank you for sharing. That is amazing. Hopefully this rain will fill it back in and allow the fish to live another day. If you see a red Murry banana seat bike like this, let me know. It was stolen back in 1985 and assumed the local dirtball used it to ride down to the canal to smoke his Marlboro reds.
  10. rich mc

    Plopper

    was in bass pro yesterday. they[bps] now make a double plopper with a rotating fin in the front and bass . it would be noisy but would be harder to walk the dog rich
  11. John Flannery

    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    John, your coverage of this has been fantastic. Bet the News Tribune would love using your excellent photos to cover this story. Maybe the paper changed names but I know they are the same org as the Wheaton paper, and they love having help in getting real news out. Using the press kept people honest in Wheaton and led to preservation of the Wheaton house.
  12. KenS

    Kankakee River Float, June 23

    Add me to your count.
  13. Andy H

    Advice on getting kids into fishing

    While I'm not Jon, there is a lot of good stuff and advice here that I'll use and leverage with my kids.
  14. John Gillio

    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    Drove past aqueduct at 3:15. No sandbags or water being pumped yet. A couple guys taking measurements at far end of aqueduct. Water slowly leaking through west dike into aqueduct. Here are some photos from this morning: Lock 14: Water usually to grass line 30" higher than shown. West dike is usually under water a few inches. Water still slowly flowing out of lock 14 area into aqueduct at upper end of photo where the cup is. East dike also usually a few inches under water. Only half of dike still here. Water is moving to left into aqueduct. About 4'-5' of water here for about 10 yds. Then 3"-6" all the way to Duck club. Water below Rt 39 bridge at about 6". You are looking at the bottom of the canal. . Looking east toward Duck club water is about 12". Club has a deeper area that is about 20 yds long. It is about 3' deep and is loaded with fish. I couldn't get a good shot of them. The water runs at about 12" for about 200 yds until it slowly tapers off to nothing before it reaches split rock, which is about half way from LaSalle to Utica. This is the area I was doing very well fishing for carp on the fly. Many Fantails in this area. Here you can see the 30" drop in level. Notice the scum drooping from the branches above the water. These branches had been drooping into the water. This is the inside of the aqueduct. Water is usually pouring out of the slots that can be seen running along the wall of the aqueduct. They act as a spillway for the canal . The water pours into the Little Vermilion River which the aqueduct and tow path both pass over. At this point water is pouring out of the bottom of the aqueduct into the river below. You can see people in white on tow path looking into aqueduct.
  15. John Gillio

    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    I have been told that sometime this afternoon water will begin being pumped into the Lock 14 area West of the aqueduct. The water will come from the Little Vermilion River.The canal was down 30" this morning when I took a walk. It can drop another inch or two before the remaining old dike will stop it. It may stop sooner if they put some sandbags in. The easy side is missing half of itsold dike so water continues to escape from it. I was also told that after July 1 there is money put aside for a permanent fix. I'm not sure if that means a fix for both sides of the aqueduct or just the West side with the canal boat. Pictures to follow.
  16. Kev-mo

    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    Forget the army corp. We need a little dutch boy. I seem to recall something about holding back an ocean...
  17. mannym

    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    I haven't made it down there to see. Any pictures?
  18. John Flannery

    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    That is terrible. Is the Army Corps in charge of it?
  19. John Loebach

    Water Willows

    We'll be there again on June 30th pending water levels. I'm glad we aren't planting on the Rock river - it doesn't look like it will be down anytime soon.
  20. rich mc

    Isn't It Funny...

    did kevin dells come back to town?
  21. jude

    Isn't It Funny...

    Looks like I should have bought some really nice golf clubs instead.
  22. Terry Dodge

    Isn't It Funny...

    Isn't It Funny how some people feel the need to buy a new kayak and ruin the fishing for the rest of us by bringing tons of rain and high water levels? I hope they buy a damn snow blower right before winter too.
  23. John Gillio

    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    Some time over the last day or two the I&M Canal aqueduct over the Little Vermilion R. has sprung a major leak. I spoke to a fellow with the DNR this morning and he said the canal is next to dry east of the aqueduct. The canal at lock 14 has dropped a foot and is dropping fast.
  24. Scott Ferguson

    Kankakee River Float, June 23

    If we don’t get all the rain predicted for Thursday night through Friday evening, I’ll be there.
  25. We're going to try to do this float on Saturday but of course mother nature is calling for rain all day Friday. We'll monitor the weather on Friday and if all goes well, will plan to meet at Warner Bridge parking lot at 8 am on Saturday morning to set up shuttle. We'll plan to float from Bird Island to Warner Bridge, about a 6 hour float, depending on how hard you fish. Let me know if your interested to get a head count.
  26. I just saw this today. It's a cool way to color your poppers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaKM2iztCFc
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  28. The dangling backside of a chug bug seems to entice fish so I thought this may as well. I have been using it in areas of heavy duckweed. It seems as though the hookups have been better when the tail end slowly dips below the surface. Hookups have been poor when it is on heavy matted weeds. The heavier spin gear weedless baits have produced better for me in heavy cover. Probably because they are heavy enough to move more water and be noticed.
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