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Ryan Staudt

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  1. Hey everyone, I have been out fishing the Dupe and some of the Fox River Creeks this fall/winter and have not been catching many fish these last few outings as the weather has gotten colder. Additionally, I have seen a lot less movement of smallmouth and other fish that I typically see when wading. I was wondering if anyone had any insight into the behavior of how the smallmouth that inhabit these small waterways (Dupage and Fox creeks). For example, do these fish migrate to deeper water in the main river if they spend the spring and summer months in the creek? Thanks!
  2. Hey all, Anyone know any books focused on Illinois smallmouth fishing? Or fly fishing in Illinois? Thanks! Ryan
  3. Hey Mark! Thanks for the response. I'm hopeful to get out 1 or 2 more times this year (if my legs aren't too cold) to check out some new spots. Let's hope its over in 2021. Looking forward to meeting you all. Best, Ryan
  4. Terry and Paul, Thanks for the welcome. Exploring and finding new spots is half the reward! Look forward to learning from the other fly fisherman in the club. Its been a lot of fun but challenging to learn. Maybe I will see you out there!
  5. Hey everyone, New member here. Wanted to say hello. I currently live in Chicago and spent most of my life in the south suburbs fishing for bass in ponds, quarries, and the Des Plaines and its backwaters. I also spend a lot of time in Wisconsin fishing lakes and rivers across the state. This year I have started transitioning from conventional tackle to fly fishing. In addition to fly fishing, I am trying to learn more about Illinois' smallmouth population and improving the conservation and habitat for these beautiful fish in our state. With my fly rod in hand (and novice casting abili
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