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Paul Trybul

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  1. The river conditions look good. It will be hot tomorrow so make sure you bring water. Still spots available if anyone is interested in wade fishing the Apple.
  2. On Saturday July 24th, we will be hosting a wade fishing outing on the Apple River in the Northwest corner of our State. We meet at the Apple River State Park near Stockton, IL at 9AM. This is a beautiful stream that winds through the driftless area with high limestone bluffs and riffle, pool, run habitat. Since this stream is small, this will be RSVP. Please contact Paul Trybul 815-540-7775 to reserve your spot.
  3. Smallmouthnado near the Dupage
  4. There are a lot of water treatment plants along the Fox river. With the lack of rain, I wonder how high the percentage of river flow comes from treatment plants. It's probably not a good idea to wet wade under these conditions. I also heard there is a warning this summer for blue green algae which can cause health problems.
  5. I did a half day trip with Gordon last week. Other that a slight road construction detour for our shuttle, the trip went great. I found a couple morel mushrooms at the put in spot. Caught a decent smallmouth on a whopper plopper on my first cast. It was a beautiful section of northwoods river and at the perfect levels for floating and getting out to wade a few spots. I could have not caught a fish and still enjoyed the aesthetic beauty of the river. Still ended up with around 14 hard fighting river smallmouth and a rock bass, mostly on topwater and the rest on ned rigs. Gordon caught some nice smallmouth too and a 40" class musky. You might want to consider a bigger net Gordon, if you are going to have more of those big musky encounters.
  6. We will be hosting a wade fishing outing on the Apple River in the Northwest corner of our State. We meet at the Apple River State Park near Stockton, IL at 9AM. This is a beautiful stream that winds through the driftless area with high limestone bluffs and riffle, pool, run habitat. Since this stream is small, this will be RSVP. Please contact Paul Trybul 815-540-7775 to reserve your spot.
  7. Did anyone get a report from Eric & Bart?
  8. It was a nice day to be out on the river. Mild temps, a little cloud cover and the water levels and clarity were about as good as it gets for spring conditions. By the time I got done helping everyone with shuttles it was just me and Kevin and the 4 in Terry's group heading down river. I decided to head to the south branch instead of having 6 guys pound the same section of river. I picked a section that required a little portage to get to the water. I figured the remoteness of this section would put us on some unpressured fish. This section has a particular spot that has been good to me in the spring as some quality fish will stack up there. Things started out pretty good as I caught one at the put in spot before we even launched. Shortly after that Kevin got a solid fish on a spinnerbait. Then I had some quality bites but was having some trouble making the hooksetting adjustments of fishing out of a kayak so unfortunately those were missed opportunities. Then we come around the bend to my money spot on this stretch and there are 2 guys with kayaks camped out there. Literally camped out there with a fire and cooking lunch. I had a chat with them and they said the fishing was so good through this section the day before that they had to try it again. Said they had already caught about a dozen each and one that must have went 4 or 5 pounds. We ended up leap frogging each other the rest of the way to the take out bridge. So much for my theory of finding a remote section with difficult access to find some unpressured fish. It is a beautiful section of river with almost no houses or development. We ended up catching around 10 smallmouth with the one Kevin got being the biggest. If we combine our numbers with the 2 new anglers we met, I would say it was a very productive day with some quality mixed in.
  9. Jake B from Rochelle contacted me and he said he was interested. I can call him tonight to confirm and that would make 8. It looks like the water levels will be safe for floating. The water temps are going to be chilly. Hopefully everyone sticks with the floating and not the swimming.
  10. I've tried it. Not as effective as the original but it does work. It's a little bigger and I do like it while fishing for essox. It either attracts attention or spooks them depending on the mood of the fish that day.
  11. The long winter season is coming. At some point I'll be spending more fishing related time surfing youtube videos than actually out fishing. Anyone have any new channels that they can recommend? The NDyakangler stuff is pretty good.
  12. Welcome, there are some great fly fisherman in this club that you could learn a lot from. Be active, engage and the information will come.
  13. Does this help? It looks like a decent portage any way you look at it.
  14. That's unfortunate about the rear window. Fishing has been tough but we care catching some nice ones. Most of the bigger fish are coming on topwaters. The water is higher than I'm used to and we have been fighting the wind. My best fish have been (3) 18" ers and I got a 20.5". Of coarse Tom Loo show up and starts catching a bunch of bass and a really nice walleye. This place is pretty special.
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