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Steve S.

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About Steve S.

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    Naperville, IL
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    My daughters, hockey, photography, herpetology, hiking.
  1. New Books

    I agree Mark, I would've liked the book in a larger format and in hardcover.
  2. Will your newest rod hold up to this?

    Had a good laugh, thanks
  3. Congrats Terry and thank you
  4. Topwater bat

    can't wait!
  5. Topwater bat

    Thoroughly enjoyed, thanks!
  6. C & C Orvis vs Powell

    I fished my 8.5' Fenwick Feralite a couple of years ago on the Menominee. While it was fun, I did find my casting stroke was too fast for the slow action and it was hard for me to adjust. I also have an Epic 686, and while its a bit better suited to my casting style, I still find its easier to cast my Sage One. Do you two have trouble adjusting to the fast action rods of today?
  7. Site Issues?

    no problems for me
  8. Zumbro River Question

    I have a friend that has fished it, pretty much reported what Gordon said. Very clear water, lots of bass but mostly +/-14" range. He also reported some musky follows but no takes, if that interests you.
  9. Good smallmouth flies for a beginner in fly fishing

    I had a bunch of 60's leftover that I used for tying Fodders and they worked well for the Clousers as I like to tie them in larger sizes. Plus, its about the only fly I can tie!
  10. Line Choice for Barbless Hooks

    I fly fish barbless exclusively and I honestly don't sense any difference in lost fish rates. That being said most fly line has a fair amount of stretch and it's possible the shock absorption might help when fish lunge and jump. I'm guessing keeping a tight line is important to keeping fish on the line, barbless or not. Had a trip with my Dad a couple of weeks ago. He fishes 6 lb Trilene XL and small baits. We were floating the Upper Miss for big smallies and he kept missing bass throughout the morning. I finally convinced him to switchover to my rod, which had 10 lb super line and his hookup ratio improved greatly. My feeling is the lack of stretch in the line helped compensate for his hook setting efforts. Good to see boys getting out fishing!
  11. Jackson Mayfly Setup

    My friend has one, he says its pretty heavy but he'll deal with it as it's pretty awesome so far. I don't think he's gotten it out on a river yet but he's in Door County now, so I expect a more thorough review.
  12. Making A Change

    Good luck Mike and thanks for all the years of service and efforts!
  13. fishing nesting bass

    How many of the trout survive a typical summer in IL? Not sure if there is enough spring fed water coming into the Rock to provide suitable habitat that would sustain a population of a cold water species like the trout. I don't think they compete with smallmouth for food source or habitat for very long, but I tend to agree with Mike in that I frown upon the voluntary introduction of non-native species. Protecting the genetics of a native species fishery should be a priority. There is something cool about knowing that the genetics of the smallmouth have been passed down for generations in a self-sustaining fishery like the K3 and we should aim to keep it that way.
  14. Good smallmouth flies for a beginner in fly fishing

    Haha, once you start fly fishing there is no saving money! Enjoy!
  15. Cranes

    Yeah, saw/heard them in Hillside too