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I've booked the Tinkers Dam cabin again for next year for August 11-25. Just like this year, the choices are for a 3 night or 4 night stay. The choices are;

1. Arriving Saturday August 11, and departing Tuesday August 14  

2. Arriving Tuesday August 14 and departing Saturday August 18 

3. Arriving Saturday August 18 and departing Tuesday August 21 

4. Arriving Tuesday August 21 and departing Saturday August 25 

 

The cost per night will be $30 per person. Deposits will be $60 (or more if you like). Reservations will be on a first come first served basis with consideration given to those who made it to this year's trip. If the demand is there, I'll try to extend the trip as needed. Final payment will be due on June 3. If for any reason you have to back out, all payments are non-refundable unless a replacement for you is found.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to call me 630-209-9452

 

Send deposits with your choice of dates to;
ISA Road Trip 2018
1506 Roth Dr
Joliet, IL 60431
(I can take credit cards for payment if you call me or see me in person. 630-209-9452)

 

Be sure I have your phone number and email address so I can contact you if necessary.

 

Keep an eye on this post to see the current schedule. I will update it as spots fill in.

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http://tinkers-dam.com

https://www.vrbo.com/612837

 

 

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Returning fishermen from this year are rapidly filling in the schedule. We are halfway filled already. Like before, I'll update the schedule above as the days fill in.

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I sent Karen Prange, the owner of the Tinkers Dam cabin a copy of the newsletter that contained the recap of this years trip. Today, I got a response.

 

Hi Scott,

Thanks for sending us your magazine with the write up about the Menominee River and Tinker's Dam. It made our day to see the article, it was great to read how much you and the group enjoy spending time up north on the river. See you next year!

Greg.

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We only have ONE opening left for 3 nights, Aug 11-14.  There will be one other chance to join us. As a silent auction prize at the Blowout, we will offer a 3 night stay on August 18-21 and it will include 3 days of fishing aboard my new 16ft, jet outboard powered river fishing boat.  

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Scott, count me in if still available. Sweet looking boat btw.

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Scott, is spot still open for Aug 11-14 slot? If so it’s a great opportunity for anyone that can go,

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I don’t know for sure. I was told by someone else that Jim Clark was dropping out but he hasn’t contacted me. 

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Yes I spoke with him this evening and he can't make it (35th wedding anniversary) so his spot his open for anyone that is interested.

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There may be some openings during the second half of the first week (Tuesday through Saturday)  I should know for sure soon. 

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We've had some people who've had to drop out of the trip. Check the calendar in the first post on this thread, we now have 3 open spots. We can't refund any payments unless we can fill the vacancies.  Let me know if you'd like to join us so we can get some money back to those who can't make it.

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I returned late Tuesday night after spending 4 fantastic days at the ISA retreat on the Menomonee River.  John Loebach, Alan Sherman, Larry Creekmur, Ed Buric and I couldn't have picked a better 4 days for our north woods trip.  The weather was perfect, the water was at median flow and the giant smallmouth were hungry.  The topwater whopper plopper and weighted streamers  in current were the most successful methods for me.  We all caught a lot of big fish and no one left disappointed.  I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to spend the long weekend with. We had delicious homecooked meals each night we all enjoyed sitting around the fire pit each evening discussing our day's activities and solving all the world's problems.

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The top water pike bite was hot during our trip as well and I caught this one directly across from the cabin.  They loved the whopper plopper as did the big smallmouth:

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We saw several large sturgeon during our floats and I  couldn't believe I caught one when I was by myself and snagged one (about 4 feet long) by dorsal fin on way back to boat ramp from lodge on my last float of the trip. I was able to release it with my hemostats with no harm to fish

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This last float on Tuesday may have been the best fishing of the trip.  Alan had given me a few of a barbless weighted fly he tied that was a variation of the Harry Fodder fly.  Please forgive me Alan but I don't recall the fly'sname.  The smallmouth loved fly and were slamming it on this trip.  I still have to get used to using the barbless hook as I lost several trophy sized smallmouths that threw the hook but I had a blast during the process

 

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Glad to see you guys made it back alive!  No one was posting and I was worried you guys had nothing good to report.  Good to see that was not the case. I sure hope those fish recover so us guys coming up next week have a shot at them.

Apparently, the water deep enough  for your boat.  Any issues?

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Nice fishing! Glad to see you guys did well. 

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"  We all caught a lot of big fish and no one left disappointed.  I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to spend the long weekend with. We had delicious homecooked meals each night we all enjoyed sitting around the fire pit each evening discussing our day's activities and solving all the world's problems.  "

I could not agree more with Bart. A great group of guys to enjoy some damn good fishing with.

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Great reports and some mighty fine catches. I think the fish are happy to be in normal flows and not all that high water they have been contending with the last few years.

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