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  1. Buck Perry 👍 The only thing I would add is to find a brand of crank bait you like and buy the different sizes. That way when you’re checking out an area if you’re not hitting bottom you can put the next bigger size on.Always good to have different tools to do each job.
  2. You guys always do a great job. Thanks! Excellent food. Nice to meet some new guys and catch up with old friends.
  3. Wrapping the reel foot/base with electric tape will help keep your hands warm in cold weather.
  4. Seems like I spend a lot of time fishing underwater the water. This shimano reel has seals On each side of the handle and a seal by the rotor. There’s also no anti-reverse switch so one less place for water to get in. I’ll probably tear it up this is why we can’t have nice things.
  5. Does anybody have experience with these reels I just purchased one. I continue to burn through Reels as usual. I’ll keep you posted.
  6. Thanks for the fly fishing tips. Good stuff. 👍
  7. Philf


    Man you’re right about that. I was out with a friend musky fishing and watched him lose 3-4 heart break largemouths on the jump with the Mepps. This guys really a good fisherman doesn’t panic like me. I’ll let him know what you’ve experienced. Thanks.
  8. Good job. I feel like I need one of those boxes they use to work on radioactive stuff with the gloves that reach inside. I always have parts dropping and flying off the work bench.
  9. Philf

    Mono rig?

    Are any of you guys familiar with the mono rig a substitute for conventional fly line? I’ve been reading about it on a sight called Troutbitten. Sounds like it might work well with the heavier flys we throw for smallmouth. Thanks.
  10. I’ll have to try the slip floats in trees. So far I’ve just vertical jigged and dropshotted trees. I think the benefit of the slip float modification you described is that the float would show up bites, it would lay on its side as well as pull down bites. Thanks for the reminder I remember something about that modification and may have actually done it. My new SOP is to always have a Lure hanging (fly, crappie tube, small plastic worm) while I cast/vertical jig a spoon, Crappie jig for trout, gills or crappie.
  11. I just started fishing with slip floats. To save time and frozen hands you can balance them at home in a glass of water. Use a bent paper clip slipped up through the bottom of the float. Then add weights and a jig head and write down the size of weight on the float.
  12. Philf

    Blow out

    I wasn’t paying attention I was drawing cartoons like back in school. but he said a lot about fishing off shore once the water warms up. If you have a good depth sounder finding underwater islands might be easy. I try to drag an anchor a few feet above the bottom hoping it’ll catch on the island. Don’t stand while attempting this. I might also throw/ drift with a Carolina rig. Good tip on fishing marabou jigs after a mayfly hatch. Don’t be afraid to try different lakes if you’re not catching. Andrew has a bunch of good articles on line too. He said he fishes crankbaits slowly against the current for winter smallmouth when I asked him. Fishes above the thermocline for smallmouth in the summer 25-30 feet deep is as deep as he goes year round I think. Probably some of the other guys might be of more help.
  13. Philf

    Blow out

    I had a great time at the blowout this year. Good food and speakers. Nice to see some old familiar faces. Thanks to all of you guys for setting this up and all of your hard work.
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