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Gene Fisher

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  1. Know the location of a junk tire? Maybe that old white wall is right next to one of your secret spots and you wished it were gone. Like me, you’ve seen a few but can’t get them out in that moment. I’d like to help remove them, no need to tell me it’s your secret spot :) 

    I can work with you individually if you know of a few here or there, or if you know of an area that has many tires we can organize a larger group.  Please keep in mind that I’m in Plainfield, so within 50 miles or so is my ability.  Any river, creek or lake as long as it’s public and legal. No large tires please i.e. truck or agricultural. I will bring the passenger tires to Discount Tire and cover the $3.00 disposal fee per tire, reimbursement has been arranged. Social distancing guidelines need to be adhered during these uncertain times. Reply here so we can get a few tires out, then make some time to fish. 
    This one was submerged in the DuPage River within Hammel Woods in Shorewood. First saw it back in July and thankfully It hadn’t moved much since then. Of course this area has more than just an occasional tire so the might as well stuff gets picked out also. 



  2. Menomonee was also very memorable for me. Thank you Scott for organizing and giving me the Meps #3 which produced higher numbers. Never had a taker on the Whopper Plopper, mostly fished a Fluke sometimes on a weighted hook except the last day with the Meps. Couldn't land two very big fish in the rapids of Twin Islands, oh well there is always next time. A few 18s thru 15s with lots of 14s, one decent Walleye that jumped out of my hands half a second before the camera went off (second pic) and a few Northerns. Now on to my favorite fish of the trip, a fierce 14.5 incher that was on both sides of my kayak multiple times while I struggled to get it in the net. Last 3 photos are some really nice 18s that were just shy of a PB. Great trip, new friends, can't wait to get back.






  3. I tried this version of a Hellgrammite. Quite the task and somewhat pleased with the result. I've got most of it figured out except the biot. I used Turkey Biot but maybe the wrong side. I should have used the leading edge side, that would have produced better results. I try another few with some adjustments. Can a Menominee Smallie featuring this Hellgrammite be in my next picture? Fingers crossed.



  4. 1 hour ago, rich mc said:

    i would also reverse the head  to make it a slider      if you want weight for castingyou cam wrap the body with a cross cut rabbit strip.it will  cast good with a spinning rod when wet

    Ah ha. I like that idea, thank you. Adding a weight to it was such a pain so I will definitely try that. 

  5. I use a cheap extendable hiking pole tethered to my wader belt by a 550 cord, kind of dangerous. It floats behind me while not needed and close to hand when moving through sketchy areas.  Cord can get really jammed up with piles of eelgrass sometimes. I like John’s wooden cane idea, multi purpose and a bit safer.

  6. This is my second attempt at a weighted popper. I have nearly zero experience at tying , watched  a few videos and have spent limited time in front of a vise. I also did a few attempts at what might count for Clouser minnows. I need to learn some basic tying techniques. Jeez, maybe I should read a book. Anyway, I tried the popper tonight while wet wading just before sunset at a river near me but no luck. It worked very well in my opinoin but I might be fishing it wrong. I understand how to get a largemouth to take it on pond but have never tried something like this to specifically target smallies. I'll keep tying and messing with the weighted part that makes this fly more unique to me. My goal here is a hand tied popper for flipping and pitching with a spinning rod while floating, hence the weight. Any color suggestions or ideas would be very welcomed. 

    Double Barrel Popper and Slider Body - large (sliced it open from the bottom and removed some of the inside to accommodate the weight)

    Pencil popper hook - size 1

    1/16 oz weight - pinched on the hump of the shank

    Flash blend mixed w/ streamer hair


    Rooster saddles 

    Legs- round rubber medium. 

    Eyes - 6mm

    30 lb test weed gaurd




  7. This was caught and released in Aug 2019 along the DuPage. At that time I realized this fish was very different but never asked anyone what their thoughts were. You can see its hunchbacked, a bit skinny and  the jaw had been previously injured. I felt so sorry for it and let it go back. Could this ugly sad fish be a Hybrid Large/Smallie ?


  8. Hello everyone, my name is Gene. I was introduced to ISA through Chris S. Looking forward to participating in upcoming events and learning new techniques  about Smallies. When not catching fish, other know as spending time fishing, I’ll remove garbage. Mostly I fish the Dupage River in Naperville and Plainfield areas. Hope to fish with some of you all soon. 


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