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John Gillio

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  1. I hate when the rod sections separate like that. Nice report.
  2. I've used these shoes a number of times now. Tightening the laces and wearing neoprene socks keeps the sand to a minimum even though the tongue is not bellowed. They are holding up well so far. I do agree with John about protection against chunks of rock above the sole. Not much there. Not good on algae covered rock either. Still, a comfy shoe. I see that Orvis has come out with their Pro series wet wade shoe. Looking at it's reviews, it could be fairly good option too. Grip may be better, sounds like neoprene socks are a must to keep debris out, lightweight.
  3. It's a low head dam which has somewhat of a fish ladder. It had not prevented the carp from advancing nor has the Wildcat rapids upstream from it. The carp have advanced all the way to the Steator dam, which is high enough to stop any fish from advancing beyond. I feel that the Streator dam should stay in place to contain the carp to the waters below it. The dam at Oglesby should go, even though it is the most productive fishing spot on the river. It has been off limits to most for the last 20-30 yrs, and to all the last 11, except trespassers. It is dangerous to those who float the river and don't pay attention to the warning signs It doesn't hurt my feelings when I clean an Asian carp . Your right, they are probably much better for us than the fast foods we eat. Heavy harvesting of the carp would be a blessing.
  4. The IDNR has announced a proposal to remove the Vermilion River dam at Oglesby. The timeline has the dam fully removed by May, 2021. The dam will be let in early Nov, 2020. The dam is now on state property designated to be an expansion of Sarved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks. I think this may be one step toward getting the new parkland ready for opening. It is still off limits for the public. The IDNR states the reason for removal is to promote public safety, for ecosystem benefits, and to improve recreation. It has been the most dangerous spot on the river for those floating it.
  5. For some reason your reply on Bart's post an hour ago came up as a notification. This reply did not, nor did your reply to John Shenk. 🤔
  6. Thanks Kevin, no luck with that either. I also tried just moving a bunch from junk to the inbox, in hope's that it would get the idea. No positive results.
  7. All ISA stuff is going directly to junk mail. Not able to figurie out how to prevent that.
  8. Not yet. Yesterday morning I changed it to get notifications for everything. Still nothing.
  9. Watched a program last night. Tough to watch, but a strong reminder of what those who protect us go through and have gone through to keep us and our nation safe.
  10. Must just be me. Still can't figure out what is wrong.
  11. Is anyone else having trouble with getting notifications for new topics, topics you have posted, or topics you are following? It has been a problem for me the last week or so. I have to go directly to the forum topics page to look up things I may have missed. I've checked my settings and all seem to be in order.
  12. Wow! Very nice. Wish mine looked that good.
  13. Glad it catches fish. Can't wait to try it myself, as well as yours.
  14. Thanks Rich, that's nice to know.
  15. Thanks for the kind words guys. Tom, not knowing what it is called, I'll show a photo of the feather used. It is the small piece of feather that is attached to each of these pheasant feathers. I placed the beads on the hook, then tied in a piece of this feather on to the right and left side of the fly. The belly of the fly looks like the back. The hellgi is on a size 4 sproat hook the other is tied on a size 8 hook. I may tie some beaded ones on a size 4. I have had some channel cats hit other hellgrammite patterns on a size 2. The beads are glass. Smallies like hellgies too, but I haven't targeted them with it yet.
  16. Sounds good rich. I would guess that along with the extra length you would get some enhanced motion.
  17. I like a wooden cane with a hooked handle. The hooked handle comes in handy when I have to pull myself up a steep bank, or to steady myself going down one. It slides easily under a belt or loop to be out of the way when not on use.
  18. Dan, that is what always strikes me when I see many of the fishing photos of that era. All the old photos I have of people standing on and around Bailey Falls, which was on the left just down stream from this photo, were always dressed to the hilt.
  19. This first fly was created to immitate a hellgrammite. I have had some luck with other hellgramite patterns for channel cats. My hope is this one will be an improvement over the old patterns. This next fly was created for trout. My plan was to use it in the South Branch Raritan in Jersey this summer, but I expect our annual trip there will be cancelled this yr. The guys at Shannon's fly shop tell me that large black nymphs work well there when the water is discolored. I would guess both patterns would work well on carp. Has anyone out there come up with their own creations this winter or during this time of sheltering in place.
  20. All my consistent flathead spots are off limits now too, sadly. If you find that photo of your father with the fish, I would love to see it. I like old photos like that.
  21. I'll bet that was quite a fight on a cane pole. Those catfish were treated right, being fed chicken legs and thighs and such. I can't say I've ever eaten a huge flathead. I've been told they taste good even on the larger side unlike a channel cat. I do like a young channel cat on the dish on occasion, and I like a young flathead even better. My lovely wife says any fried fish stinks up the house for too long, but when she married me she knew she would have to deal with that smell on occasion. Funny you should mention catfishing as she wanted me to take her fishing for them this weekend. Looks like we are going to be out of luck as they are calling for a large spike in the river level and possible flooding due to the rains. Too bad, because the river was beautiful.
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