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  2. Please join us for what promises to be an entertaining evening with ISA member Gordon Patriarca who will discuss his years of experience in fishing some of Wisconsin's best Smallmouth streams and the start of his new Wisconsin fish guiding service to be followed by a Q &A session. Below is the zoom link to attend same: Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82977479022?pwd=R3d6S240bHdaMzJTbnlycWNEa09PQT09
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  4. rich mc

    fly swap

    i am running a fly swap on flytyingforum.com the fly is an extra large woolly bugger size 2 or larger. we are planning on 12 tyers and they should be in the mail to me by feb 22 if interested post up what you are tying such as color, lead eye, bead head, floating, flash, shanked[game changer ]. rich
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  6. Hi Jim, To make a long story short I met the Friar, Jonathan on the Fox this fall. He is a Franciscan Friar so poverty is one of his vows. He had 3 flies and lost two of them. He uses an 8 Weight. I'm in Batavia, so I am more than willing to pickup what ever you feel like donating to his cause. Just trying to get him a bit of an arsenal for his kindness, knowledge and peace he presented to me . My Number is 708-710-9160 I appreciate your help in this matter if you would like to fish the fox this season let me know. I will show you everything I know in about fifteen minutes. LOL

  7. Good news but the article doesn’t state how it got so bad. Hoping the EPA becomes a force for good soon.
  8. Volunteers remove more than 9,000 lbs of trash from one of the dirtiest rivers in the country
  9. Any type of paper container, think... soft drink, coffee cup, etc. Really anything paperboard that needs to contain liquids or wet stuff and and not turn to mush are generally coated and or lined with extruded polyethylene. Not recyclable , biodegradable or compostable.
  10. Yep. Really not even worth the time to discuss at this point.
  11. Is Plastic Recycling A Lie? Oil Companies Touted Recycling To Sell More Plastic : NPR
  12. This is something that I can’t stand. Why this nation even allows worms (which I have not used since 2009) to be sold in plastic and styrofoam containers is beyond me. I have thought for awhile about taking this problem on at a local level with trying to ban the sale of worms in such containers. Maybe now would be a good time to up my game. https://youtu.be/37PDwW0c1so On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will be hosting a Free Film Screening of the Story of Plastic plus optional Zoom discussion. I plan to take part in this eve
  13. I would be glad to donate some bugs! PM me for the 411.😁👍
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  15. My annual trip out west didn’t happen last year but I’m looking forward to making up for it this year. I’m hoping we can start out this year catching some White Bass together in the spring.
  16. Thanks again for your assistance John and Nick. I'm not sure if it makes a difference but Brother Nathan has a 8 wt. Stay well.. Kevin
  17. I'd be happy to tie some up to donate over the next few months, Clouser's and Wooly Buggers probably since they're the most effective all arounders. My wife works at Loyola and I'm not too far from there so I could work out a meet up once the world is less "covidy". Shoot me a PM for my phone # Nick
  18. Kevin, pm me or call I'll put together a few flies for the friar.
  19. Sad but necessary choice. Hope by late Spring we see signs of hope for normalcy.
  20. Due to the uncertainty of future lockdowns, for health and safety reasons for all, and after much consideration, the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance Leadership has come to the very difficult decision to postpone the annual 2021, Bronzeback Blowout. If the situation changes, we are open to having it rescheduled later in the year. We thank you for your past support and look forward to moving into the future together. Working To Protect And Improve Our Smallmouth Fisheries.
  21. As a frequent visitor to that area, I’m especially happy about the news.
  22. Van, good to know, please share with us pros and cons of your zoom tying experience. ISA is purchasing a special camera for the close up tying demonstrations. We hope to do several this winter. I look forward to hearing about your trip out west last fall.
  23. Hi all you Dark Siders. I'm sure some of you remember me as The Fox River Fishin Musician. I have a request or favor to ask of you.I would appreciate any help you could provide. Last fall, which now seems like forever ago, I had the pleasure to fish with a Fransician monk that I met serendipitously on one of my favorite stretches of the river. Our conversation was outstanding and his demeanor was infectious to say the least. I will cut to the chase , the friars take a vow of poverty..The friary that he is a member of down around Loyola in the city, share a car. I did not see him again after o
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