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Jim Wright

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  1. Interesting! What size hook? Looks like the estaz was trimmed to the desired shape.
  2. That set up is sweet! It looks like a dang fly shop!!
  3. Sad news indeed. I still keep a copy of the Kankakee River Map he and his son produced. it is still a great resource. Sorry to see such a great ambassador leave us.
  4. That was very entertaining! And some very sage advice to which i will ignore🤪
  5. Well done! The Clouser is a great intro to tying. Less is more with this pattern for sure. Keep it up!
  6. Those look NICE! It looks as if we have a potential ISA Zoom Tie Lead.😎
  7. Thank you for choosing me to lead this inaugural event. I missed having the open banter that all of enjoy by sitting in person. Yet this is the next best thing. I hope I provided some good tricks for tying. I love to tie easy and quick patterns, then if they snag up no worries. Van, you're comment on weighting the front was interesting, I will apply it to a batch. I am intrigued! Rich the eyes don't last long without some reinforcement. I haven't found a great application yet. I've tried thin CCG but it takes away from the action a bit. Again, thank you to all who helped put this together and all whom participated.
  8. I would be glad to donate some bugs! PM me for the 411.😁👍
  9. It doesn't take long to get messed up, that's for sure!😁
  10. My station is very messy at the moment, I have been tying randomly through out this fishing season. This is my basement. It is a music studio, tying station, office man cave. I like seeing what you all have going on. Rich you have to post a pic of your station, I am intrigued!
  11. The weather was perfect, warm partly cloudy days followed by calm cool evenings. The bite was slow but steady, The fish large and angry! It is every angler’s challenge to solve the mysteries of weather and water to find fish that will eat our offerings to allow us moments of sheer joy. The highlights of this four day ISA adventure includes; whopper popper bites yielding many 18’s and 19’s, campfires and camaraderie, and fish stories galore! I traveled up with Bart. He was kind enough to haul my Nucanoe even though he had his Towee boat trailered. We fished together in the Towee, a great vessel and perfect for a river. Our group: Ken and his daughter Lauren, Kevin, Bart, Eric and myself was great! Everyone pitched in to shuttle, cook and clean. However, Kudos to Kevin for selflessly washing our supper dishes after every meal, he was never asked nor complained. We quickly planned an adventure day to shuttle everyone up stream to a dam. Then float 11 miles back to camp. It was so peaceful, scenic and my first big river float in my vessel. We had stumbled upon a large Bald Eagle struggling to get out of the water. It made its way to shore and sat, wings spread flat against the ground. We felt bad as it seemed to need help, but that thing had some serious hardware, we thought best to leave it be. Bart called WDNR to report it. He then called a Raptor Society. They wanted him to box it up! We let nature take it’s course. The journey downstream produced fish, albeit a slow bite. Growing weary of casting the shore. I switched my focus on mid river structure. Recalling Tim Landweir’s Smallmouth book, I employed the “Mr. Wiggles” tactic of drifting a rubber legged popper. Moving it very infrequently…less is more. I was relaxing, drifting along when low and behold a bass sipped in that thing like a Koi! I finally got my wits together to set the hook, an 18” specimen came to hand. Later, the same technique yielded a 14 incher. While fishing in Ken’s “River Machine” with Kevin and of course, Ken; we had made several drifts through some fast water. Ken had deployed a double fluke rig, which he had been very effective for him. We were anecdoting about catching doubles, (Which no one had done). Wouldn’t you know, that double rig caught two on one cast! An 18” and a 13” = 31 inches of bronze! Bart and I had been deploying our fly rods to deliver poppers. There were some great takes! Fish sharking up behind the lure, sipping or slurping, or pouncing from above. I’ll be darned if Bart couldn’t catch anything but 19’s on those poppers. The Menomonee is certainly special water. Her waters run clear, and she does not give up secrets easily. During our stay, flows were strong and levels above normal. Which favored the fish. Yet, players could be found. I sometimes put too much focus on the numbers of fish brought to hand. When you boil it down, it’s about making great memories. Can’t wait until next time! Thank you Scott for organizing this trip!
  12. Nice fish Paul. Please, don’t catch em all! 😆
  13. As a first time Road Tripper, and first time on the Menominee, I have a few noobie questions: What time is check in/ check out? How are meals handled? Any fly/lure recommendations? What are the safe USGS gauge levels? I will be bringing my kayak, any advice there 🙂 Thank you in advance, looking forward to this. Jim
  14. This Is amazing! More humans of this variety are in high demand. We dont own nature, just borrow it from our children.
  15. Nice work! Love the use of hair brush parts for eyes. Have you been able to fish them? I imagine they will sink nearly horizontally as the rubber legs may balance out the weighted eyes. ??
  16. Thank you to everyone who came and tied! God Bless y’all. Here’s to a healthy, happy 2020🎣
  17. Thank you, John. Look forward to it. Cory will coming up to tie with us.
  18. Hello fellow Bassbuggers! Saturday, December 14, 10am til 1pm, I invite any who would like to sit a spell, have a coffee or something while we comizerate around our vices. Tie what you like. Bring a material to share. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and water are on the house. Please bring a little something for snacking. PM me for directions. I live on the North side of Chicago, Cheers Jim Wright
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