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Scott Ferguson

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  1. Scott Ferguson

    Kankakee River Float, June 23

    If we don’t get all the rain predicted for Thursday night through Friday evening, I’ll be there.
  2. Scott Ferguson

    ISA Road Trip Opening

    Due to a cancelation we have an opening for a 4 day, 3 night stay, for August 21-25. For more details see the Road Trip post;
  3. Scott Ferguson

    Plopper

    After you buy the knock off blank lure, split rings, hooks, jig skins, shipping and your time to put them all together, are you really saving much money? Those jig skins are pretty interesting. I've never been too keen on photo realistic paint jobs, but I know a lot of guys are. How durable are they? Do they go on the baits easily? The baits that work very well for me seem to do as well or better ter when most of the paint has been knocked off, but if I was to come across lures that were cheap enough and I really hated the colors, I can see trying them.
  4. Scott Ferguson

    Fox Kayak Trip May 12th

    Much better safe than sorry.
  5. I have changed the permissions so everyone should be able to view all the events on the calendar. Sorry for the inconvenience!
  6. That's weird. I see two events. Rich McElligott at DuPage Fly Shop on the 19th, and The Kish outing on Saturday.
  7. Are you looking at the 2018 calendar?
  8. This article was forwarded to me. I think it is important to read. https://www.jsonline.com/story/opinion/editorials/2018/04/17/let-epa-do-its-job-and-monitor-great-lakes/526259002/
  9. Scott Ferguson

    Newsletter Delivered

    I pulled that one out from the archives.
  10. Your Illinois fishing license expired on Saturday. Get you new license online here. https://www.il.wildlifelicense.com/license.php?action=custlkup
  11. Scott Ferguson

    Any Rod Builders here

    If you are looking t to make money, you'll make more working at McDonalds or being a greeter at Walmart. A friend of mine was in the business for a while. He did a good job and made several rods for me and donated a few to the Blowout. His best education on the business came at the International Custom Rod Builders Expo. There you see all of the best builders, sit in on seminars and learn the business from the best in the business. I think that show was what caused him to get out of the business. The guys there don't waste time trying to compete with the mass produced rods most of us use. The guys who are making money are selling very high end rods. Finding customers who'll pay $300 to $500 and higher for a baitcasting or spinning rod isn't easy.
  12. Scott Ferguson

    The Ned Rig

    Cabelas has Z-Man Ned rig jigs and plastics on sale right now.
  13. Scott Ferguson

    The Ned Rig

    The hooks are good and sharp but they are brittle. They do break without a lot of force. I rig mine in advance. I hold the bait next to the hook and use an o-ring to mark where the hook needs to come out of the plastic. I also super glue the heads to the plastic. The plastics are extremely durable but after a bunch of fish they do get loose so glueing them to the heads helps a lot. As long as the Plano box has never held normal plastics before, it works just fine. Mixed with other plastics, the Elaztech material melts. I like throwing them into downed trees so the weedless 'shroom heads let you work through branches without snagging. I use straight braid and the braid will wrap around the wires of the weed guard though. There are a lot of ways to fish them. The traditional way the guy who came up with the rig does it is he slowly swims it along but dead sticking, hoping and dragging it along the bottom all work. The first time I showed this bait to a number of fishermen, they all looked at it at and were unimpressed. Once they saw the success I had with it, they changed their minds.
  14. Scott Ferguson

    What do you do next?

    If I have a fish show himself, by a swirl on the surface, or a missed hit, I pick up a senko type bait and throw to that spot. “60% of the time, it works every time” Seriously, I keep a senko tied on at all times, ready for just such a situation.
  15. Scott Ferguson

    THANK YOU!!! 2018 Bronzeback Blowout

    I want to tell everybody who attended the Blowout thank you very, very much! Your generosity in not only buying a ticket to attend but buying raffle tickets and silent auction items made the Blowout a big success. We would be nowhere without you. I also want to thank all the volunteers, Pat Hirschtick, John Loebach, Eugene Collins, Forrest Miller, Paul Trybul, Terry Dodge, Craig Holderness, Ed Buric, Bart Durham, Jim Jozwiak and Cory Gale for coming early to set up, working throughout the event and staying late to clean up. Another thanks to those who donated to the family of Norm Minas in their time of need. Tammy Minas is getting $250 to help with her expenses. One more thanks to our featured speaker Chad Hoover who not only gave an entertaining talk, but also donated a NuCanoe kayak that we auctioned off. Also, to Jesse DiMartini for her update on the water willow and muscle plantings on the DuPage river. I hope we can count on you returning again next year. Set your calendars for Saturday, March 2, 2019. We'll see you there!
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