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    I was alluding more to (my own presumption) that they have parents that are loaded $$$. Nothing wrong with it, they are doing something productive. Personally I am not interested on the ride to the airport, with weird music playing. WTF is that freaking weird stuff called, they must license it cause a lot of You tubers use it. You can make a good buck with the You tube stuff. This guy is raking in six figures giving guitar lessons. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/09/youtube-guitar-lessons-turned-into-6-figure-career-for-marty-schwartz.html But I think most of them don't make squat. They also have that Patreon thing where you subscribe and some of them just ask people to contribute a few bucks to "support the channel".
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    Where do young dudes like that get the cash to do this kind of thing. they probably aint working at Burger King. amazing though the quality with today's technology.
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur4pz81T_J4
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    Duplicating a $469 Swimbait

    Probably enough hours to make $469 seem like a bargain. Not to mention the tools, the learning curve etc. That guy doesn't believe in PPE. No safety glasses, no dust mask.
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    What are good beginner bass flies

  6. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/28/endangered-species-act-gop-wants-overhaul-savior-bald-eagle/1061476002/
  7. pretty good analogy.
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    Diawa BG 2500

    Cool thanks. Might go for a 2000. Always had luck with Daiwa. Do these bind up if they get dunked?
  9. So I bought all the clear Berkley Big Game spools to make my own knotted leaders. The 6-8 weight recommended recipe. 5 spools at almost $7 each. Walmart was the cheapest place and it took me going to several to get the right sizes. http://smallmouthflybox.blogspot.com/2012/07/leader-construction.html There is no way I will ever use all this line, and I generally don't use mono on my conventional rods and this is 10 lifetime supplies of leader material. If I can find spools and figure out a way to wind equal lengths on, say a couple a 100 yards or so to split the spools up, is there any interest in splitting these up with me? I am not looking to make a profit, I would just have to figure out what cost would be.
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    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    Thanks Mike. I like simple. I have 6wt that I use a lot. I don't throw gigantic flies. The largest being , say the bigger boogle bug and I also throw the smaller boogle bug with it too. What would you or anyone recommend for a leader?
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    What pound mono are guys using ?

    4lb line is stronger than most people give it credit for. I was messing with it up in Sylvania and didn't break any fish off. I can't remember if it was 4 or 6lb, but no more but my son landed this cat with it. Will's Big Cat! by Mark Kasick, on Flickr In the river, more often than not I have been using my baitcaster which has 20lb or 30lb Suffix braid on it. That line has been on there for at least 4 years.
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    What pound mono are guys using ?

    4-6lb, 8 at the most. I don't care for it on a baitcaster, but when I did I used 12-15. No I would not change it, based on clarity but I still am wondering if using a light fluorocarbon makes a difference at times- like in Sylvania or the lakefront. Don't know.
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    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    There are tools that you can use to tie a blood knot.
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    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    If I can find this size spools this would be cool way to store it all. https://www.cabelas.com/product/Plano-Line-Spool-Box/703612.uts?productVariantId=1295810&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=02524999&rid=20&ds_rl=1252079&gclid=CjwKCAjwzqPcBRAnEiwAzKRgS-HZOznCnI8b4nxFrSCXP9D6V6DuMBGf7MxKJkPTNoEHCKKkuWuM4BoCpSEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    Can I legally Fish the Kish?

    Then you are good.. I would call the conservation cop for the area if there is a question.
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    Can I legally Fish the Kish?

    see comments I made in this thread. I called a conservation cop with regards to the Mazon. The cop told me you can be charged with "criminal trespassing". If I remember right he used the term "felony" also. I believe, if you are in a kayak or on foot it does not matter. You are still trespassing. http://illinoissmallmouthalliance.net/forums/topic/14290-mazon-river/?tab=comments#comment-101302
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    Can I legally Fish the Kish?

    Pretty much.
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    News For Ned Riggers

    Check this jig out that goes with it.. Im not sure what to make of it. Unless the head is flat, it would instantly get stuck in rocks. https://fishingtackleretailer.com/pro-anglers-react-to-daiwas-new-tatula-150
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    Algonquin Fox River Gage

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    Algonquin Fox River Gage

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    Algonquin Fox River Gage

    Momence does not have the notice: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/il/nwis/uv?05520500
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    Algonquin Fox River Gage

    There is the same notice on the gauge for Kankakee near Wilmington. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?05527500
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    A little different day

    I don't get what constituted a gar or bowfin as trash. Both are much more bad-ass looking fish than a walleye.
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    Puglisi Hair Substitute

    Cool. I bet fly shops are thrilled to see this.
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    Advice on getting kids into fishing

    I taught several kids how to fish. Casting usually isn't a big deal as long as you hand them something you would fish with. Not some fun killing crummy rig. You can buy awesome rods and reels dirt cheap today. The part they usually struggle with is keeping the line tight and then setting the hook. when they are totally new, I usually don't fish. I'll just watch them and make sure they hook up. Kids are pretty smart they usually catch on quick. The first thing you need is a pond with a lot of bluegills. You want them to catch a lot of fish. John is right on about the jig, though I usually go with 4lb test and an ultralight rod an usually more thill type bobbers. Personally I think 4lb line fishes better than any other line other than braids. Less tangles, less birds nests if you put it on right and if you tie good knots it's a hell of a lot stronger than people give it credit for. Personally I think it noticably catches more fish. I used to use live bait like wax worms, but have found recently that Berkley Gulp products, especially the 1" minnow and helgrammite are fantastic. John is spot on also about the jig being less worriesome about gut hooking. If the fish does get deep hooked it's easier to get the hook out because of the 90 degree bend, you know exactly where the hook point is. You want to pack hemostats also. Walmart sells a good one. I have also used Berkley Power Hawgs, tiny twister tails- and numerous tiny soft plastics. They all work but that gulp stuff is fantastic. The only drawback is that the guy who designed the the jar should be shot. They leak gulp juice over everything. I have been using small Thill floats, but clip on bobbers also work fine. My buddy at work fishes with a small weighted one with a rig exactly as I described only using a small round weighted float. He puts a lot of action on the jig with that float. That's all he fishes with ever and he catches a LOT of big fish. It's actually freaky how big of a fish that 1" minnow will catch. As they progress, set them up with a 1" floating Rapala- A panfish killer.