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Mike Clifford

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About Mike Clifford

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  • Birthday 04/23/1965

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    Fishing, education and everything outdoors.

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  1. Thanks! Original members of the Casting Crew, of course!!
  2. For starters, I've never been in a kayak in my life. I retire next spring, and among our celebratory European river cruise we have kayak excursions on the Danube River near Budapest, Hungary and also Vienna, Austria. Where around here does one become acquainted with this craft before we depart? There are stops at vineyards along the way, so I'm assuming part of it will involve inebriated kayaking....but I'm not planning on drowning on my first trip. Not until after Prague, at least. Then I can die.
  3. Their group is once again asking for ISA volunteers for the casting field. The video below explains everything. Please reply with a comment. "I hope you have been well! We just had our first Fishing Day meeting and I wanted to reach out to see if your crew were all in for this year. We liked the earlier start time of 9am, so think we are going to stick with that on June 15th. Let me know if all is a go. In addition, we discussed possibly having a fly fishing clinic off to the side by you guys as we have in the past. I just like the idea of giving the kids an option to elevate their interest little further. I know Tommy always liked to take the more challenging route to anything outdoor related. Let me know if you have any thoughts on that. Thanks so much Mike! Brad (773) 531-4380 "
  4. Terry is a beast for conservation. This one is easy. When I was CD, I had factory farms. Sign it!!!!
  5. At least you have that going for you. He simply "unfriended" me on FB. Didnt' know we were friends to begin with. Ha.
  6. Having attended Conservation Congress, and watching Marc Miller stand up there and address every concern that sportsmen presented with a defined focus and the ability to seek and create dedicated funding, to see these types take the helm just sickens me. She actually applied for the job. We've been spoiled rotten with the likes of Manning and Miller determining the health and welfare of our natural resources in the past, but as with everything that involves politics rather than policy...we have no choice but to ride out the storm. I look forward to our local outdoors journalists and ISA conservation leaders jumping into the fray to get a seat at the table. Whether anybody likes it or not, we always have a seat at the table, because those smallmouth and their habitat aren't going to conserve themselves.
  7. Thought I was reading an article from The Onion at first. According to an interview, her outdoor recreation consists of gardening. This appointment is downright comical, if not for the fact her inexperience spells disaster for your outdoor pursuits. She does have a background in disaster relief efforts to go with that agricultural broadcasting degree. Perhaps when the smoke clears she sticks around to help clean up the disaster that is about to commence. http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2019-02-21/pritzker-picks-ui-grad-head-illinois-department-natural-resources.html
  8. Clicking on the photo I posted displays a clear version of the text.
  9. I decided to do an online search regarding this matter, and was surprised at the lack of studies on the environmental impacts of jetboats. What I did find is actually a little comical, and primarily relates to salmon. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/292774727_Jet_boating_on_Canterbury_rivers
  10. I wonder why the guy needed shots if he wasn't bitten....
  11. Another spectacular event, despite the high temperature. Many thanks to the ISA for stepping up to mentor these kids once again!! We had volunteers in the casting field and on the lake.
  12. Alright, ladies and gentlemen. We're in for the usual scorcher tomorrow. In my 15 years of the casting field, this is right on par. 350 kids are counting on us all. I'm stoked for my favorite day of the year.
  13. Thanks! Can still use a few more. It's going to be warm, but plenty of water will be provided. Opening ceremonies are around 8 this year instead of 9.
  14. So far you, me and Pat. I'm hoping Craig and some other regulars, but I don't have any phone numbers. Hopefully someone can help us by reaching out to a few.
  15. Thanks Rich!!! Now, lets get some fly guys out to mentor these kids on their craft.
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