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    Latest Bronzeback Bulletin

    I work for LSC, formerly part of RRD. Been working with magazines for 18 years. If you ever want to discuss ways to lower cost of production, let me know. I can get quotes on print bind as well as ways to lower postage. Rates go up again in January. Looks like around 2% for most mail classes.
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    Latest Bronzeback Bulletin

    I second that. My wife sent me a text and told me she read it front to back yesterday. She said it was very cool that people care so much about smallmouth and the conservation of illinois waters. Btw, who prints this for ISA?
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    What are good beginner bass flies

    60 degree jig hook clouser.
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    What are good beginner bass flies

    Clouser minnows! Change the weight based on depth and current. Change the hook to a jig hook if you want to drift under indicators.
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    10 to 15 Thousand Smallmouth

    Looks like I needed to proofread. Anyway, I learned today that I have visitors at work from the USPS that entire week. I will have to back out. Heck, if they find issues, I may be in jail... Don't mess with the USPS LOL
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    10 to 15 Thousand Smallmouth

    I am can commit to helping
  7. Im starting to see the makings of a spin vs. fly losers buy lunch in Utica bet........ or a big fish pot......
  8. Can we get a count of fly guys and spin guys?
  9. Starved Rock pet resort is near by. In fact, it is on the Vermillion upstreamnear a bridge...... I take my three dogs there when my wife and i go out of town. There are a few more kennels near the put in as well. Time on the water will vary. It depends on how John keeps the pace. If it were me leading, we would be there till the early winter bite. Good news, if anyone has limitied time, there are places to get out earlier than the rest. Specifically, miles 1 through 3 are easy outs. After that, i am not too familiar with take outs. John might have a much better idea. The lower portion is his turf.
  10. Does he need a yak or canoe? Maybe I can help.
  11. Either way, count me in. I am just up the hill from Lowell. How could I let all you guys go without me.
  12. Sounds like a tough task. Water is very low. At least by Lowell anyway. So I would wish for a little rain if you are floating.
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    Can I legally Fish the Kish?

    This topic is one that has been an issue with me since I was yelled at for fishing a section of a smaller stream. The state isn't very good about offering access to bodies of water they manage and protect. So basically, funds are being used to manage private waters for land owners only. If land owners want to own the waters, I feel they should pay taxes to protect what they claim to own. If they do not want to pay up, then leave it for public access. Just copy Wisconsin's waterway rules and this state would see more people come to vacation here than everyone heading up to MI, WI, MN.
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    ISA Road Trip 2018.

    Nice fishing! Glad to see you guys did well.
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    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    I agree. The sprocket looks too big. LOL Thanks for sharing John.
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    Grandt Rods:)

    I have a 6 ft med heavy baitcasting rod from Grandt. I won it in a Bass Tournament on Lakes Evergreen and Bloomington some 10 years ago. I still have it and love it!
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    Illinois River/Illini State Park

    Not the best fishing park in the area. Like Eric said, the rivers are all high and dirty. You can bank fish a few spots but I don't think it is worth the time. You are better off fishing ponds or lakes right now. Problem with that is, you don't have many options near by. Maybe Lasalle Lake or Heideke lake to the south and east of Illini. Both are big boat lakes or bank fishing due to being perched lakes. LaSalle water temp is probably very high right now. Heideke is not in service and may be the better option. Maybe others can suggest other options.
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    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    Thank you John. Hopefully, the creatures that live there get much needed help. I bet the bugs are Incredible right now.
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    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    Thank you for sharing. That is amazing. Hopefully this rain will fill it back in and allow the fish to live another day. If you see a red Murry banana seat bike like this, let me know. It was stolen back in 1985 and assumed the local dirtball used it to ride down to the canal to smoke his Marlboro reds.
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    I&M Canal springs major leak.

    I haven't made it down there to see. Any pictures?
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    One of my favorite beers

    I had one the only time my wife and I had dinner there. I thought it was pretty darn good too.
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    Float and fly kit

    While going through my fishing gear this past weekend, I found one of those clear bobbers.
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    Any Rod Builders here

    I have been thinking about building rods and wanted to get some feedback on the experience. For those who sell, is it a time worthy business? At the end of the day, are you making $5, $10, $15 per hour while building? Is the price point for largest margins way up the scale? I assume you do not want to make rods that compete with what Walmart and Farm and Barn sells? My intent is as always, looking to hustle for a little side cash. My wife wouldn't allow me to do strip shows at the local nursing homes. So here I am looking to build them instead of showing them. ( I hope this isn't to offensive. Sorry if it is) I would love to see any custom builds if you have pictures to share. Hey John G, Lets get together some weekend and catch up. We need to make some plans to explore the stream between us.
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    Any Rod Builders here

    I pretty much thought the same about this. I have a pretty good job but seem to always want to find ways to pay for my hobbies. I am still going to build a few for myself. I especially want to build some pack rods for the BWCA and other canoe camping destinations. Thanks Guys!
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    Lefty Kreh

    I watched his dvd's when I first started tying. RIP Lefty