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Bart Durham

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    ISA President
  • Birthday 01/24/1962

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    Kayak fishing and fly fishing for smallmouth on local rivers and tributaries.

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  1. Bart Durham

    Meeting @ Thai garden

    Great turnout last night! Really enjoyed the great food, camaraderie and smallmouth discussions. Thanks to all that attended and special thanks to Tom Loo for hosting the dinner.
  2. ISA member Steve Schmidt called me to advise he will be joining us tomorrow as a spin fisherman.
  3. The Vermillion is down to below 50 cfs and will require dragging our kayaks in a number of places. Also, Wildcat will be even more difficult to get through at this low stage. After consulting with John and Manney we've decided to make this a wade trip instead of a float trip. We'll still meet at Canoe launch near the Lowell bridge at 7 am. and go to our fishing locations from there. John will likely take the spin fisherman to his stretch and Manney will take the fly fisherman to his stretch. We'll fish 4-6 hours and have lunch afterwards. Should be a fun outing.
  4. Barring any major downpours this week we will be floating the Vermillion River next Saturday, September 15, 2018. We'll float the stretch between the Rt. 178 bridge near Lowell and the boat ramp at the Rt. 23 bridge in Ogelsby. This is a lengthy float (approximately 9 miles) and will take most of the day. It will take us through the Carlson Nature Preserve and Matthiessen State Park. There are 2 places we may need to portage around (Wildcat and the Mill) but we will have John Gillio accompany us to figure out the safest way through these two locations. We will plan to meet at the Vermillion River Canoe Launch located at the Route 178 Bridge near Lowell, Illinois at 7:00 am to set up our shuttle. You will need to bring a lunch and drink as we will plan to stop for lunch along the way. Also don't forget PFD device and polaroid sunglasses, hat and sunscreen. Please let us know if you can join us.
  5. Bart Durham

    Kish Outiing Date Change

    Good times on the Kish!
  6. Bart Durham

    ISA Road Trip 2018.

    I returned late Tuesday night after spending 4 fantastic days at the ISA retreat on the Menomonee River. John Loebach, Alan Sherman, Larry Creekmur, Ed Buric and I couldn't have picked a better 4 days for our north woods trip. The weather was perfect, the water was at median flow and the giant smallmouth were hungry. The topwater whopper plopper and weighted streamers in current were the most successful methods for me. We all caught a lot of big fish and no one left disappointed. I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to spend the long weekend with. We had delicious homecooked meals each night we all enjoyed sitting around the fire pit each evening discussing our day's activities and solving all the world's problems. The top water pike bite was hot during our trip as well and I caught this one directly across from the cabin. They loved the whopper plopper as did the big smallmouth: We saw several large sturgeon during our floats and I couldn't believe I caught one when I was by myself and snagged one (about 4 feet long) by dorsal fin on way back to boat ramp from lodge on my last float of the trip. I was able to release it with my hemostats with no harm to fish This last float on Tuesday may have been the best fishing of the trip. Alan had given me a few of a barbless weighted fly he tied that was a variation of the Harry Fodder fly. Please forgive me Alan but I don't recall the fly'sname. The smallmouth loved fly and were slamming it on this trip. I still have to get used to using the barbless hook as I lost several trophy sized smallmouths that threw the hook but I had a blast during the process .
  7. Bart Durham

    July 28 Float- altered

    Hopefully you can join us for float soon, how has the fishing been at the Canton ranch?
  8. Bart Durham

    Pot Luck Picnic

    Today’s picnic menu: grilled brats, hot dogs and hamburgers, grilled sweet corn on the cob, macaroni salad, cucumber salad, pat’s delicious pork and beans, topped off with plenty of deserts and sweet cold watermelon, what a day! Thanks to those who came and sorry to those who missed. Can’t beat great smallmouth talk and delicious food on a hot early August day!
  9. Bart Durham

    Fly Fishing for Bass with Lefty Kreh & Bob Clouser

    Thanks for posting Tom, really enjoyed it, a lot to learn from these two legends.
  10. Glad to see the IEPA issued a violation notice. Hopefully Vista will come up with a satisfactory remedial plan soon.
  11. Bart Durham

    ISA Road Trip 2018.

    Yes I spoke with him this evening and he can't make it (35th wedding anniversary) so his spot his open for anyone that is interested.
  12. Bart Durham

    ISA Road Trip 2018.

    Scott, is spot still open for Aug 11-14 slot? If so it’s a great opportunity for anyone that can go,
  13. Bart Durham

    July 28 Float- altered

    Jim, you’ll have to join us for the next one, do you still have your kayak?