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  2. Hear are some creations using Wally Tubing. Junevenile bass are all over the place where I fish ; so I made a Baby Bass Candy like the Surf Candy . A lot of tyers use body tubing to strengthen the head of this popular Saltwater fly. I downsized to a #4 3366 in Gold. Added craft fur, flash, tubing and eyes. babybasscandy by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr Next is a Body Tubing bunker. For use to flair bucktail on any fly. btbunker by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr
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  4. Hi Gary, Hope all is well with you and that the lakes in Missouri are treating you well.. Cliche of the day is everything and everyone are connected..Problem of the day ,some don't know some don't want to know and some don't care. Great topic and book recommendation.
  5. I knew about the Wolfe's introduction into Yellowstone and the impact it had on the whole system including grass, trees and Elk. I did not know about the Bass in rivers or the Starfish and was amazed at the difference it made in the environment. I have always said that if hunting was stopped that we would have a over population of animals and that the environment and animals would suffer the most! I will have to look for that book.
  6. Gary, The Wolf's Tooth by Christina Eisenberg is a great book about keystone predators and tropic cascade. It is amazing that reintroducing wolves in the west significantly reduced water temperature in the rivers. She covers other topics including the starfish and studies on bass in the UP. . electronic and regular formats at Amazon https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=wolfs+tooth&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss
  7. Yes, I remember that removal myself. Big job but we did it. I pulled the tractor out with my Jeep Cherokee!
  8. good to hear from you. i remember having breakfast and fishing and the logjam removal project on the kish with you think it was 2001 rich mc
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  10. I have not been on in a long time but still remember the great fishing I had when I lived in Illinois. Now in Missouri and get out on Table Rock for my fishing. Well as soon as I get my boat back. My topic today started with me watching Nature on PBS today and they talked about "Keystone" predators. It started in about 1964 or so if I remember correctly with a young man wondering if the ecosystem was controlled from the ground up as was the theory at the time. He looked for a place where he could test this and came across a tide pool that was a beautiful ecosystem with Starfish as the top predator. He took out the Starfish and they system collapsed and turn barren. He also did this by finding that Sea Otters held the ecosystem together and areas with no Otters were barren. Another test was done with Large Mouth Bass in that they sectioned off a section of a river and removed all the Bass. In time the minnows had eaten the area down to a rock barren pool with no vegetation left. This whole program was mind blowing as they even talked about the Serengeti plains and how the Wildebeest doubled in numbers and everyone thought they would need to take away good numbers of them or the area would turn barren. The scientist talked about them and had them wait and the population did not increase after four years but the vegetation including trees grew stronger. This was interesting an I see this with the Rivers in Illinois after the work that the ISA has done and how the fish Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Muskies and others have come back and grown. Sometimes the Keystone species is a top predator and other times in is a grass feeding animal.
  11. In the immortal words of Stan Lee, "Nuff Said" : ) Took a few today on topwater but it's getting tough. The night time temps have plummeted making for much colder water temps and it's taking all afternoon for the water to warm up.
  12. thanks terry for the full version. the 30 sec clip they were showing didnt show pullin out the shopping cart.
  13. I just wonder where it all comes from? 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Somebody not doing something right.
  14. There is a Canadian tradition of throwing away the cork when you open a jug of wine or a bottle of VO. I'll drink to that. I noticed the spot but did not analyze the garbage. It is good to see an athlete picking up litter dirty or clean, no?
  15. Dang... out of town for this one.
  16. I just saw that, and it reminded me of how I notice people at parties who are drinking water that always put the cap back on the bottle after taking a sip. I don't put a cap on my beer or glass of wine in between sips. So it always intrigues me when I see it. Just saying.
  17. Yeah.I did notice how that didn't look like any river trash that I have ever seen.
  18. have any of you noticed the clip with jj watt,football star helping with a river clean up. they pick up a net full of plastic bottles. funny how they are clean , and someone put the caps back on so they float.
  19. It just dawned on me that I actually picked a devil crayfish out of the Kankakee River one time. I was trying to show off to a friend of mine how to pick up a crayfish properly and the thing got its claws on two of my fingers and almost chomped them. It was the size of a small lobster.
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  21. This goes back to 2015. I don't know how this panned out. https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-sta-lockport-dragonfly-st-0705-20150703-story.html
  22. Part of it. The thing is that they take 5 years to reach adulthood from larva. so their survival rate is not so good. They are raising the larva in the lab then releasing them in addition they are raising the crawdads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekX5ZNbAytI
  23. https://www.dupageforest.org/blog/crayfish-help-hines-emerald-dragonfly https://www.fws.gov/Midwest/endangered/insects/hed/pdf/HED5YearReviewMay2013.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C5ORVv5Wi4
  24. Another place this relationship is being studied. https://www.inhs.illinois.edu/outreach/spotlight/devil-crayfish/
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