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  2. Yes. This one is on a size 4 hook. I have not yet thrown it, but those I tied on my original size 8 hooks always land hook down. The smaller ones often go unnoticed. I thought maybe a larger one would attract more attention.
  3. very creative, after the cast does the hook normally ride down ?
  4. This is the second in marshall county. I live in marshall county. I went to a public meeting about the first one. First one located along a smallie stream. Tons of people showed up and packed a local gymnasium and voiced their displeasure. Some got up to the mic and really let the hog people and ag department have it. The local board voted it down and the ag department approved it. Total BS. But my question is this......................................what can we do if we voice our displeasure and the county board votes it down, but it gets approved anyways.?
  5. Anybody who stayed during the first week leave a Yeti bottle behind?
  6. Scott- August 8- 15 (7 nights please). Thank you, Kevin
  7. I'm booking the tinkers Dam Cabin again for next year, August 8-22, 2020. As was this year, There will be a choice of a 3 or 4 day trip, or you can combine and stay as long as you like. The price will remain the same, $30 per person per night. The choices are; Arrive Saturday August 8, leave on Tuesday August 11 (3 nights) Arrive Tuesday August 11 leave Saturday, August 15 (4 nights) Arrive Tuesday August 15 leave Saturday, August 18 (3 nights) Arrive Tuesday August 18 leave Saturday, August 22 (4 nights) If you were on the 2019 Road Trip, I'll give you first choice on next year. Non-refundable deposits are required to hold your spot. If for any reason you have to cancel, I'll make every effort to fill your spot and refund your deposits. If you have any questions about the cabin or the location, the VRBO website has details. Contact me for reserving your spot by PM here or cal me @ 630-209-9452. Deposits can be made via credit card over the phone or mail me a check made out to ISA sent to ISA 1506 Roth Dr, Joliet, IL 60431 https://www.vrbo.com/612837?noDates=true Here is the schedule with the available dates. I'll update as the schedule fills up.
  8. Mike G

    Mepps

    When we think of Mepps, we probably have the old Aglia in mind. But Mepps uses other blade designs. So really we are praising the in-line spinner in its many forms. I remember that Heddon honored Mepps with its knockoff Hepp spinner. And I still have some Daredevle spinners that featured the French blade. The Roostertail is agood one too.
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  10. Fish kills all around us, yet this is still business as usual in Illinois? Remember the dairy farm in the Apple River watershed? We killed that one together. There is no CAFO there and never will be. That was a long time ago, and not a thing has changed!! Pay particular attention to the last sentence in the quote below. It infuriates me that not one group....no, not one PERSON has stepped up to the plate to slay this dragon. Of all the conservation and environmental groups in the state, I was the only one to call the dragon master himself that brings every CAFO into the state on the Jo Daviess farm plan. He's one man. It isn't rocket science. I bet we can find one man to step to the plate here and take a swing. Is it you? http://thecommunityword.com/online/blog/2019/07/31/illinois-has-open-door-for-cafos/ "This form of raising animals is given preferential treatment by the state. CAFOs can be approved over local objections. Local county boards have control over wind turbines, solar farms, landfills and zoning decisions, but there is no local control over placement or size of a CAFO. Danielle Diamond, director of field operations with the not-for-profit Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, said all of the surrounding states around Illinois have more regulatory authority over CAFOs. Illinois is the most lax and permissive in the region, she said. The Marshall County Board voted against approval of Buffalo Run but that does not tie the hands of the Illinois Department of Agriculture that’s expected to approve Buffalo Run. Allen Mayer, an attorney and former member of the Peoria County Board, said the system in Springfield takes control of CAFOs away from local jurisdictions and places it with the Illinois Department of Agriculture that rarely, if ever, rejects an application."
  11. The only reason I stopped using the Rebel craw was that I had too many smallies engulfing it and swallowing it deep. Mike, so true about Mepps being a weed and rock magnet but such a good bait.
  12. Mike G

    Mepps

    It's ironic that Antigo USA is the French Spinner Capitol of the World. It was one of those magic lures. Just put one on and fish will come. On the downside it was a weed and rock magnet. My basic gear kit for the Boundary Waters was a Mepps #4 bucktail, a U20 Flatfish, a Daredevle, a Rapala, and a Muddler pattern jig-all I needed back then.
  13. Rob G

    Mepps

    Mark, I'm not surprised about that Rebel craw being effective, my first 20" came on a Rebel Craw some 30+ years ago.
  14. From the last two days. Fishing has been slow. The threat of rain this morning caused everyone to get a late start. High winds made life miserable for those floating. The rain never really happened in our area, so the river hasn’t come up and is still wadeable. Tomorrow, the weather should be great, we’ll see if the fishing improves.
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  16. Mark K

    Mepps

    Been meaning to dig out a bunch of old lures like them and jointed Rapalas which for what ever reason, you don't see people fishing a lot anymore. Or maybe they are just not talked about much on the web etc. I was pleasantly suprised last year at what a good job the old Rebel craw was doing. There is another you don't hear about. Good Lord I have so many lures that I don't use.
  17. Mark K

    Mepps

    I used to fish them on the Kank, particullarly a the #4. Don't recall losing fish on them, but they got stuck a lot and I lost them.
  18. Steve S.

    Mepps

    It’s amazing how effective they still are for smallmouth.
  19. On the Menominee, I get a lot of hits on a Mepps #4. The problem is, the smallies are so good at throwing those baits. Every time they jump they spit the lure back at me.
  20. Thanks for sharing. They are part of my arsenal.
  21. Mark K

    Mepps

    I looked this up because I saw the sign for the factory in Antigo, on the way back from Sylvania. Who remembers the Mepps catalog? I sent away for it every year when I was a kid. It's amazing that they still assemble these things by hand in the USA ...if they still do, video is '09. This guy is being a bit of a creepster, but this is a good overview of their operation. pretty cool.
  22. Interesting about the walnut leaves. For a leaf pattern I have had some luck with a zonker strip tied to a craft foam strip to keep it afloat.
  23. The tournament organizer is leaving registration open for another week. The tourney began August 15. Late anglers will just need to catch up. A month-long tournament is a lot of time to fish!
  24. Mike G

    Mono rig?

    This is a work in progress for me. HMH came out with a nice foldable stripping basket last year solving the problem of wearing a dorky plastic dish tub on my waiste. One came for my birthday recently. Birthday also delivered some 20# green amnesia line. So my mono rig has been upgraded. Here it is. 30' 20# generic mono reserve or backing 30' 20# Amnesia hivis green working line tippet ring to 2' Amnesia hivis red sighter Tippet ring to 7' (4" 20#, 3' 12#) leader 2' tippet All this was reeled in on top of an old fly line I had on a spare reel. Now I will try it with the basket on the water. PS Gunnar approved. https://www.primeflycompany.com/products/hmh-line-tender-shooting-basket
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