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Mark K

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  1. I live near Midway. We got 1.5" in 20 minutes. My gutters could not handle it. 6" total from Wednesday to Monday morning according to my rain guage. My town, Burbank and neighboring Oak Lawn got all kinds of flooding couple years ago so the state spent 20 million dollars digging out all the dirt, silt and shmutz out of Melvina Ditch (our reservoir) to bring it back to capacity. It easily filled up almost to the top. On the bright side it put my foundation repair - epoxy injection I did myself to a the test It performed admirably.
  2. Mark K

    It aint a Bass Boat

    It's pretty neat. But $4000 and 170lbs.
  3. I don't want to rip on these guys nor do i want anyone else to, but this whole concept, when all is said and done money and effort wise, couldn't you just get a used bass boat (lets pretend we are not in illinois) Is it really sensible to put all this stuff $$$ in a thing you can capsize so easily? Does such a vessel even qualify as kayak?
  4. Check out this guys skills. these flies are too pretty to fish with. https://www.instagram.com/panther_branch_bugs/?hl=en
  5. Any opinions? They sure look cool. I was fondling one in BPS, felt pretty good. Probably be fun to fish with. https://www.fenwickfishing.com/fenwick-fly-rods-fenwick-fenglass/fenwick-fenglass-fly-rod/1371883.html#start=2 Do any of you guys use glass rods?
  6. Everywhere I go trails are packed with people. I drove all the way to Indiana Dunes to hike a trail that there are very few people on. Till there is a pandemic and then the parking lot is full. Just turned around and went home. Closer to home they had to close parking lots on the weekends in the FPs. People were having big picnics. Covidiots.
  7. I am going to guess that people back then had less clothing and that was standard attire. They did not change clothes to go fishing.
  8. Here is a good link from DNR. the studies are pretty interesting. https://www.ifishillinois.org/profiles/Des_Plaines.php
  9. Actually, from what I am seeing they are making an amazing comeback. There is an active nest at Saganaskee Slough visible from the parking lot at 104 ave. (Willow springs Road) and another in the pond at the Little Red School House. The former as been pumping out babies since 2014 I think. I know there are active nests in Lemont. A couple years ago if you were to pull your car over on nb I-355 (not recommended) a nest would be visible on the Desplaines. In fact in kayaking in that vicinity, I saw 9 in one outing. I also see them by my work in West Chicago.
  10. Forest Preserve Closures as of 3/30/20: Cook: The spring trout season opening day—originally scheduled for April 4—is postponed indefinitely. The parking lots and fishing lakes at Axehead Lake, Belleau Lake, Green Lake Woods, Horsetail Lake, and Sag Quarries are closed indefinitely, starting March 30. DuPage: Lakes closed to fishing until further notice: o Grove Lake – Wood Dale Grove o Pickerel Lake – Pratt's Wayne Woods o Silver Lake – Blackwell Will All Forest Preserve District preserve access area parking lots and dog parks are closed through April 7 due to the stay-at-home mandate issued Friday, March 20, by Gov. J.B. Pritzker as a result of the new coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, March 27, barricades were also placed at entrances to parking lots at Rock Run Preserve - Paul V. Nichols and Hadley Valley - Route 6 access in an effort to reduce the large number of people parking at these locations. Trails will remain open as long as they can be accessed safely on foot and bicycle and people continue to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet as recommended by federal health authorities. Shoreline fishing is also allowed as long as social distancing is practiced. Kayaking is not allowed at this time due to the closure of parking lots and limited active police patrol for safety. Boating season does not begin until April 1. However, the launching of boats will not be allowed until the preserve access areas reopen.
  11. Wow, that is cool looking.
  12. Here is a link with a map to all the DNR properties. https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/Parks/Pages/default.aspx
  13. The FPDCC closed the buildings- but left the grounds and trails open. Maybe that will change. Good Lord I think I am going lose my marbles.
  14. I called. As long as it's not DNR property you are okay. This is a directive of the governors office.
  15. You are right. The state does, the DNR has jurisdiction.
  16. I was just thinking about it, if it's a navigable waterway the DNR owns it.
  17. You should write an entire epic prog concept album on the pike/mepps dream incident.
  18. wonder if you could shave off some lead on the sides of the head of the heavier ones leave that big keel. I am pretty sure the elastech would stretch over the keel thing on the larger one. If you don't texpose it picks up weeds.
  19. This combo is so effective even I am catching fish with it. If you like the regular TRD give it a try. I had my doubts but it does NOT get stuck in rocks on every cast. In fact it's pretty darn "rock-less". I am only using the sizes roughly equivalent to 1/16 and 1/8 (they come in weird weights) and I only used them with TRD Craw- which in a river (not like this video) looks really natural in the water- more of a craw scooting accross the bottom horizontal. If you rig it right the craw stays on better than any other jig I ever used. I don't think it would work with a conventional (not Elastech) rubber craw as well, as you would tear it getting it over the keel thing. They are 5 bucks a pack of 3 and the craws are like 5 bucks a half dozen. If the plastic don't melt in your car on the way out and ooze all over the back of your car, like Zman stuff did to my car then it's a good buy.
  20. You don't need a koozie (neoprene beverage can insulator) when the air temp is low enough to sustain water in it's solid phase. I work with a group of very nice folks all with really advanced science degrees who still take up precious refrigerator space by putting an entire lunch cooler bag in there. He does touch a nerve. hobbies get out of control. @3:35 hoarding old gear. It's hard to let go of stuff that you pretty much should have not bought in the first place.
  21. Think of it as fish bragging rights when you take fish picture and pretty much share it to the world.. Only in this case when you hold it closer to the camera a 5K does not become a marathon.
  22. That and 50 or so years of not dumping toxic s...t in it.
  23. No. it is a tributary of the Desplaines. Near I 55. https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/inpc/pages/area3willgrantcreekprairie.aspx
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