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John Gillio

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  1. I give a thumbs up for the Charlie Brewer sliders. I would guess I have some sort of plastic on a slider head more than 50% of the time while chasing smallies with spin gear. A friend of mine who was just getting into smallmouth fishing was surprised and delighted when I handed him a Charlie Brewer Slider to rig up with. Turns out he has an uncle named Charlie Brewer.
  2. Hope your wife sees continued improvement with her health issues. She is surely in good hands.
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    jigs

    Thanks for posting this guys. Gunner does some nice videos.👍
  4. Looks like I'll be buying a brush.
  5. That is a fine looking fly Tom. A fantastic looking crayfish pattern. I'm guessing it will be a winner.
  6. Colin, those are nice looking jigs, and Mike 👍. This zonker strip/squirrel tail bug is tied on a walleye jig from Bass Pro Shops. I tie it on a 1/8 oz to 1/2 oz jig head. It works best when hopped along the bottom like a squirrel. It seems to attract about anything. I've had good luck fishing it for smallies, early season white bass when they are running deep, walleye, sauger, and drum, and have picked up many other species with it. I use a variety of colors. I call it the Squirrely J.
  7. What Rob said for me too. I'll add this. I like chartreuse for sauger and walleye. I've also done well in the fall with orange/yellow for sm bass.
  8. Can't say I've seen that before. Very creative.
  9. Thanks for posting that Mike.
  10. The water runs low this time of year. The creek used to meander back and forthe from bank to bank through the sand and gravel substrate. With deeper pools here and there. Any cover was from downed timber and what I think were water willows. I don't know but would say that the creek bed was moved around with a dozer to give it more of a v shape so the creek would run down the middle. My guess is it was done to prevent the creek from undercutting the fields which flank it here. The creek can rage through here in the spring. It was probably cutting into the fields. It is private property.
  11. Hit the creek yesterday with my buddy. We fished about 5 hrs hitting the creek you and I were going to fish. You didn't miss much. The water was very low with poor visibility. I thought topwaters would be the ticket so I threw them about 50% of the time. Not even a bump on top or on any of the streamers thrown until about 3 hours into it when a large smallie hit then threw a large white articulated fly I was throwing. Our only other action came on a size 10 black woolly bugger and a size 8 chartreuse crayfish which accounted for about a dozen shiners and green sunnies along with 4 smallies the largest going 12".
  12. It appears that the lower reaches of one of my favorite creeks is becoming a drainage ditch. It made my stomach turn when I saw this. There had been some nice holes in this stretch of creek. Looks like it will run right down the middle from here maybe to the mouth. I didn't drive to the next bridge downstream to see.
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