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  1. 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.
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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
  10. 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.
  11. 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 πŸ˜‚. 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.
  15. Rob, you are too kind. Your flies always look great. The mallard feathers look very nice as a tail. The few crease flies I have tied (they do seem to last) all have different tails. The next one I tie will have a mallard feather tail.
  16. I got to try that stealth bomber recently. I really like it's action. Picked up some small bass and sunfish with it while fishing a creek. I think it may become a favorite.
  17. Rob, we truly think alike sometimes. I was nailing large whites on a large half and half when suddenly the water changed from white roils to bronze. The smallies wouldn't touch the streamer so I took out the crease fly and skittered it through the riffles Landed 3 small bronze and lost a good one right before the heavens dumped a bucket of water on me and ended my morning fishing.
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    Rob's tip of the day

    Rob, with an accurate back cast you may be able to fish with a live fly, and they may never notice a missing colony member as it would all happen so fast.
  19. https://goo.gl/images/kBzov3 For the carp lovers out there.
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    Rob's tip of the day

    That could be a harrowing experience.
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    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    Rob, did you capture a photo of one of the canal fish moving from the east end canal accross the aqueduct to the West end. I just wad told that because of low flows in the Little VermilionRiver, water cannot be pumped into the West end and it is dropping again. The csnal boat is unable to run. The DNR has now built a coffer dam on the east end of the aqueduct and will be pumping water into the east end of the canal from the Illinois River. When it fills they will pump water accross the dry aqueduct to the West end so the canal boat can once again resume operations. Eventually the aqueduct will be fixed so a proper flow of water can resume.
  22. Rob, I would look for some flathead just under that old dam.
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    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    Found a bike in the river, but I don't think it's Manny's.
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    A little different day

    That is a very good poont.
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