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    Ron Kurasz has Passed Away

    Ed, like you, I prefer beer, but Ron liked his Gin and Tonic.
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    Ron Kurasz has Passed Away

    I am truly saddened by this news. Ron was a great guy and a lot fun to be around. He made fly fishing trips and ISA outings interesting and enjoyable. I will miss him. We will need to down some gin and tonics in his honor at the Blowout next week.
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    Reverse Popper Head to Make a Diver

    In the past couple of years I have been using leaders that sink slowly, like Airflo intermediate Poly Leaders or Feathercraft furled fluorocarbon leaders. In addition to working well with weighted flies, they work great with any floating/diving fly like the Stealth Bomber. The leader is not heavy enough to sink a bouyant fly when sitting still but the leader keeps the tippit under water enough to make it easy to get the fly to dive and make the blurping sound. You can change the behavior of the fly by switching between mono and fluorocarbon tippit.
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    Reverse Popper Head to Make a Diver

    For years I have been using Stealth Bomber flies when I want to fish with a floating diver. I tie them on either #4 or #2 hooks for smallmouth. These flies dive well and make a nice loud gurgle sound when stripped. They work very well. The pattern below is pretty much how I tie them. Stealth Bomber
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    Light for Curing UV Glue

    I'm going to break down an start using UV Glue products for fly tying. There are lots of UV flashlights for curing UV products with prices ranging from ten bucks to considerably more than that. Does anyone have recommendations for a light that will work well for fly tying UV glues? I don't mind spending a few dollars more for something that is going to do the job. Thanks, Alan
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    Plunk Your Fly

    I like it. I will have tie some up. What is great about using Angel Hair on flies is that no matter hard I try to prevent it, the Angel Hair gets distributed throughout the house and leaves sparkly stuff in the carpeting. The sparkly stuff in the carpeting drives my wife crazy. It doesn't bother me a bit.
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    Strike Indicators

    I use both indicators and floats or whatever you want to call them. Yarn type indicators work well for trout fishing or panfishing where high buoyancy is not critical. With yarn indicators, fish do feel much resistance when they suck in a fly or nymph. Floats like Thingamabobbers or foam indicators work well for suspending a fly. Using floats with a right angle hook works well, especially when I have enough patience to use them the right way. I really like Airflo Strike indicators. It is easy to adjust the depth with the Airflo indicators and they do not kink up the leader like the thingamabobbers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDwTz7VnqLU
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    Line Choice for Barbless Hooks

    Last year I spooled up a spinning reel, which I use occasionally, with 10 lb mono line. I found that I could not get good hook sets with a 7 foot medium light spinning rod. The hooking results were better using a 6 1/2 foot medium spinning rod which is much stiffer. In general, I felt that I lost more fish due to poor hook sets with the mono line than I did with braid. I just didn't like the mono line so I went back to Power Pro braided line. I usually tie on a fluorocarbon leader, which provides some stretch in the setup. I have not had problems with losing fish, especially with the medium light rod.
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    Rain, Rain, Rain

    According to the USGS web site, the South Branch of the Kishwaukee river rose 6 feet since yesterday. It is going to be a while before the river is fishable. I have fished the Kish once this year, and it was really too high to fish then. Yuck.
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    fisherman drowns on the kankakee

    That is horrible news and it is something that could happen to any of us. I feel bad for Mike's family and friends. Be careful out there and keep your wading belts tight. Consider using a wading staff. Don't ever take the river for granted.
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    Caught in a sieve

    Yikes!!!! I like whitewater rafting but that seems a bit extreme for my tastes.
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    POT LUCK PICNIC

    I will bring fruit salad. I hope that no one gets mad at me for bringing something healthy.
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    Openings for ISA Road Trip

    Scott, Are the two openings for August 24 to August 26th still open? I will swap the dates that have on the 13th and 14th and John Loebach and will take the 24th to the 26th. Let me know. Alan
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    ISA Road Trip 2016

    Scott, Put me down for two days as long as it can be during the week of August 13th.
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    fly line question

    It could be that the fly fisherman that you ran into had a sinking/sink tip line for his seven weight rod and not for his six weight rod. I have a 5 foot sink tip line for my six weight rod and a 10 foot sink tip line for my seven weight rod along with an intermediate line for my seven weight. I also carry sinking leaders to use when I am on the water with a floating line and I want to get flies down in the water column quickly. Fly fishing can get complicated if you let it.
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