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John Loebach

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    Cane Cast & Compare 4/28/19 8am – 2pm Glenwood Forest preserve 1644 S. River St. Batavia, Il. 60510 Come join us at Glenwood Forest Preserve on Sunday 4/28 as Jeff Fox hosts area bamboo builders & collectors for a day of testing, comparing & learning about bamboo fly rods. Come out & bring your bamboo to share. Other rods OK, I always have a couple glass rods to compare. We'll grill some dogs for lunch. No worry about high water as there is ample room to cast on the grass.
  2. Cane Cast & Compare 4/28/19 10am – 2pm Glenwood Forest preserve 1644 S. River St. Batavia, Il. 60510 Come join us at Glenwood Forest Preserve on Sunday 4/28 as Jeff Fox hosts area bamboo builders & collectors for a day of testing, comparing & learning about bamboo fly rods. Come out & bring your bamboo to share. Other rods OK, I always have a couple glass rods to compare. We'll grill some dogs for lunch. No worry about high water as there is ample room to cast on the grass.
  3. Illinois Bamboo Rod Makers Outing If you love bamboo fly Rod's like I do. You will want to join us at Glenwood Park on the Fox River in Batavia. Date: April 28 2019- Time: 10 AM until 2 PM. You don't have to build them to love casting them. So grab some of your favorites and meet us on April 28th.. Whether you fish with bamboo or not or would just like to know more about it. The outing is free please come and join us. Any questions please contact Jeff Fox Cell: 1-630-506-3281 Email: jefffox2245@gmail.com Thank you - Jeff
  4. This Saturday I will open the garage doors to help Drift move some of the excess books donated the last few years. All fishing, mostly fly, in addition I will have some of my stuff out for sale. Stop by to visit as at noon I'll fire up the grill. I know the fishing is good now but I hope to see a few of you. John's address 348 West Windsor Ave. Lombard, Il. 60148 BTW the wildflowers in my backyard are really starting to bloom..
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    Mono rig?

    Steelhead guys call it chuck & duck for a reason.
  6. That Titan line is a shooting head with all the weight in the first 30'. Once you get up to 7 to 10wt rods a good long taper line will throw weighted flies but also can be cast to 40 to 60 ' without counting on shooting the line after the first backcast. SA Mastery expert distance is the old name for this line, 7wt. head72", 8wt. head 74". This line will perform well with larger lead eyed clousers at a wide range of distances from close in to 60+ feet.. My preference is for medium action or slower rods that make the casting easier but most rods these days are fast to very fast. I like old Fisher , Orvis + Phiilipson glass but also like the 20 year old Sage RPL's & RPL+s.. Come to a Cast & Compare in September, there will be all manner of rods & lines, it's a great learning opportunity. Despite my preference for cheap old gear I should say that any rod will perfom with the right line. Line weights are only a suggestion for marketing purposes - don't you think they want you to buy 3 or 4 line weights to match that new rod?
  7. Good turnout. the flies above remain nameless but the pattern is developed. Also visited Big Willie, another fish catcher that works on inactive bass. Thanks, Craig good luck on Mille Lacs & share some pics when you have them.
  8. Tomorrow is Orvis Days promotion. Sale prices, Firewater BBQ & craft beer at lunchtime plus other activities including Drift tying with customers & kids. Runs from 10 to 3pm, drop by & say hi. Tie some new bass catching flies with Craig starting at noon.
  9. Also posted in events forum. Orvis Yorktown in Lombard. They have a storewide event with Firewater BBQ & other events from 10 to 3.
  10. At Orvis Yorktown 306 Yorktown Center Lombard, Il. 60148 Craig is a fly designer with patterns in Rainey's catalog & a free lance writer for Fly Tyer & other fishing magazines. He will talk about his guide service on Lake Mille Lacs, MN. for bass, pike, musky & walleye all on the fly. You can tie one of his original patterns & he will share techniques for fishing all depths with the fly rod.
  11. Thanks Craig. I'll be there
  12. those wild rainbows are amazing. Next weekend I'll go catch some hatchery trout at Blackwell. Not the same but still fun.
  13. Saturday 4/6/19 10am to 2pm Orvis Yorktown - space is limited, please post if you want a seat. Cory will tie a spun head pattern and a stacked popper. Bring your vise , tools & GSP thread, other materials provided.
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