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  1. John Gillio

    One of my favorite beers

    We had samples of their cherry brandy eggnog. It was exceptional.
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    One of my favorite beers

    One of my favorite beers is named after my favorite stream, and it is local. Brewed in Ottawa Illinois no less. As the bottle says it is upstream of ordinary
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    One of my favorite beers

    Star Union has its first products out. A vodka, a cherry brandy, and I believe a grape brandy. An apple brandy will be out soon.
  4. John Gillio

    Terrafin Wet Wade boot

    Is anyone familiar with the Terrafin wet wade boot from Soft Science Footwear? And if so does the sole keep your foot comfortable on very rocky terrain? Any info on the boot would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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    Terrafin Wet Wade boot

    Lots of good info guys, thanks.
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    Terrafin Wet Wade boot

    Thanks Jim. All the reviews have looked good. Looks like I'll be owning a pair.
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    dropjawflies.com

    I agree with Mike. A friend of mine says, "It's not so much the fly you fish as it is how you fish the fly." Not to say a fly's build is not also important. It has to be able to do what you want it to do.
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    Finesse-Fishing.com

    Thanks Mark, I always enjoy the light stuff.
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    Warm as toast toes

    My guess is that you will find a way to stay on them for a while 🙄.
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    Warm as toast toes

    Is there a gold tint to that crappie or is it the shading. There was a pond near me that once had a strong population of what appeared to be black crappie but they were black on gold instead of the usual black on silvery white.
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    What are good beginner bass flies

    Would that be a spotted bass Rob.
  12. John Gillio

    Duplicating a $469 Swimbait

    Very cool ! Thanks for sharing.
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    What are good beginner bass flies

    The red and white seducer fly is super easy to tie and work great for large and smallmouth bass. The woolly bugger is also a good bet. Both can be tied in many sizes, and both can look like a mess and still catch fish. Some of the guys tie at the Bloomington fire station on occasion (winter months). Keep an eye open for Rob Grider's posts for dates and times.
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    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    Thanks Terry.
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    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    Some time over the last day or two the I&M Canal aqueduct over the Little Vermilion R. has sprung a major leak. I spoke to a fellow with the DNR this morning and he said the canal is next to dry east of the aqueduct. The canal at lock 14 has dropped a foot and is dropping fast.
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    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    After some fenageling all is well. I'll write up an update with some photos for the magazine.
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    Question on Vermillion and Green Rivers

    You are correct.
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    Question on Vermillion and Green Rivers

    Joe, the southernmost (river) enterance to Matthiessen State Park has marked trails to the river. I don't feel that they are marked well but it is about a 20 minute walk to the river from the lot. Turn West into the park off of Rt 178 then take the 1st left to the last lot. Your car should be facing the trails that will bring you to the river. Pay close attention to what you are doing so you can get back to the same lot. It is a scenic stretch of river with some very nice bluffs. The fall colors should be getting good by then. The river should be very easy to wade unless we have massive rains before then.
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    One of my favorite beers

    The Westclox building is having an open house on Friday Oct 12, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.
  20. Thanks for sharing. I had no idea that the toxic algae problem was coming from the lake. Very interesting story. I wonder how many times things like this will happen before we realize that we need to take care of this planet in order to continue living here.
  21. Spin here. Sack lunch or lunch in Utica?
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    What pound mono are guys using ?

    Death to braid even if I can see it?. I do use it on my baitcasters though ?. I also use it for sauger, walleye, and hybrid stripers, just not for smallies.
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    What pound mono are guys using ?

    For smallies 8 pound Trilene Sensa Thin in low vis green was always my favorite. I don't know about the fish, but I don't see it well anymore, so I have been trying lines that I can see better. I always have a snap on the end so I do not have to retie constantly. I have never switched because of water clarity. I try to keep it simple. I cannot say if it makes a dif. I still catch fish.
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    What pound mono are guys using ?

    For smallies I go 8 pound on spin and fly gear.
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