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John Gillio

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  1. Who's tying what?

    Ben, what size and color of mop flus do you use on the driftless streams, and have they produced for you?
  2. Winter go to smallie flies

    I was planning ahead. I knew he would one day inherit this riverside property .
  3. Winter go to smallie flies

    I have never fished thae stretch by kish. Every year I think about hitting it with the yak but it doesn't happen. Jamie was a former student of mine. He said anytime he would gladly shuttle me upstream. We should get together and float it this season, or even just wade it if that's possible.
  4. Winter go to smallie flies

    Manny, I believe that the crappie candy I drifted under an indicator was also a blue and white (light blue), with a flash lateral line. The only time I used it in cold water (December no ice on the river) I caught a few fish. That was in one of the pools a bit upstream from you.
  5. Winter go to smallie flies

    I actually found a crayfish behind the washer once. They have also popped up in a few other places to my wife's chagrin.
  6. Winter go to smallie flies

    That could produce some cool footage.
  7. Winter go to smallie flies

    Have you ever seen or heard the ice break on the river. Sometimes the wall of ice is unbelievable. One spring the front half of the old mill pumphouse fell forward and almost blocked the flow. When the ice broke in the spring it pushed the front of the building right back in place. I was shocked when I saw what had happened. The power of ice, water, and current are amazing.
  8. Winter go to smallie flies

    That should catch fish. You should be able to tie a few more patterns before any open water in that stream is safe to fish.
  9. Winter go to smallie flies

    That I would love to do.
  10. Winter go to smallie flies

    Rob, though I have a thing about throwing wets and streamers for southern Wisconsin trout, I have had some considerable luck with micro jigs under an indicator. The chubs like them too . My pref for streamers has nothing to do with numbers. Yellow seems to be a good bet for me. Was yellow working for you guys. I have somewhat limited experience with wild trout but for numbers the micro jig has produced fish. Nice ties Manny! Are you planning on using these on some of the river pools near you if open water shows it's face?
  11. Winter go to smallie flies

    I have used the float-n-fly jig with fly and spin gear. For the fly rod I tie them on a less heavy jig. The crappie candy fly I have only used with a fly rod, but it should work fine with spin gear. I haven't fished other flies for bass in the winter months, only these two, and both have caught fish. Mostly in the winter I'm like Rob, in a cozy warm spot sipping coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.
  12. How to cast for distance

    That is quite graceful?
  13. Welcome Noel! Those are some impressive looking catches. You look like you truly enjoy the sport.
  14. Winter go to smallie flies

    I've had luck with the foat-n-flies in Eric's post. Also, I have used the crappie candy fly tied on a jig hook similar to what Tom Loo's foxie is tied on. Use pull chain for the eyes at the 90 degree bend in the shank. Bend the hook eye slightly back toward the hook point and it will sit horizontally in the water under the float.
  15. Merry Christmas

    And a happy new year!