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A Hero's First Tying Experience

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"You don't tie your own flies?" he asked, "You're a fishing guide."  Those words have stuck with me since last summer when a client asked me about getting the pattern for the fly we were using.  I said, "I just buy them at Orvis."  I could tell he was shocked and maybe a little disappointed with my answer.  "Why would I tie my own flies when I can purchase perfectly good flies that work right here in town?" I said to myself.  Turns out most guides do tie the flies they throw.  Asking around I found that they had numerous reasons.  Some liked the satisfaction that they received having caught a fish on something they made.  For others it is the ability to change the colors of common flies to better suit local bodies of water.  Many just like to experiment and having custom flies in different sizes allows them to watch an idea evolve right in front of their eyes.  Long story short I needed to start tying some flies of my own, but where do y…

14th Annual Muskie School

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The 14th Annual Muskie School put on by the Capital City Chapter of Muskies Inc. is coming up.  I have been attending the school for the last 4 years and I can honestly say that it is worth every penny.  Food, fun, and prizes, await those in attendance.  Plus the information and knowledge that you gain being surrounded by other like minded fisherman is extraordinary. I've also heard that the Shorebound Hero guy will be teaching a class on Shore fishing and Kayak Muskies.  If you or someone you know wants to learn more you can find a link to the printable registration form here.
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Meandering Mendota Perch

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It all started with a text message Thursday afternoon.  JJMuskie was going to Lake Mendota and was looking for some company out on the ice.  Always looking for an excuse to go fishing I made plans to join him when I got off work Friday morning.  I don't get a lot of opportunities to catch deep water perch.  Bringing perch up from 40-60 feet deep causes the fish to die due to accute pressure changes so I almost never head out the door in pursuit of them.  This was an opportunity to try out my new rod and reel combo as well as fish with a great friend.
Arriving at the pick up point I phoned JJMuskie and watched for his ATV coming across the ice.  When we arrived at the spot I found that he was all setup and ready to go having arrived earlier that morning.  He already had a few fish on the ice and was in good spirits.  I dropped my Echotail through the ice and watched my line waiting for it to go slack letting me know I hit the lake bed below.  It never reached the bottom of the lake.

Game Fish Are Too Valuable

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13 Fishing Wicked Long Stem Spinning Reel Review

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My recent purchase of the new St Croix Gold Series ice rod left me with a perfectly good rod that needed a reel.  Since I don't own a dedicated combo for deep water panfishing I decided that my old St Croix ice rod would be a good fit, if I could find an ice fishing specific spinning reel.  Ice fishing reels have came along ways in the last few seasons.  New features like offset spools, longer stems, composite bodies, and smoother drags, have changed the way many look at ice fishing reels. This brings us to the 13 Fishing Wicked long stem spinning reel.  Having used the 13 Fishing Black Betty reel with much success I knew that they made a great product.  Even though I had never personally used there spinning reels.  I grabbed my Christmas gift card and drove over to Gander Mountain to pick one up.
The specs on this reel are as follows: Composite Body with Aluminum Spool and Handle4.8:1 Gear Ratio (Spools goes around 4.8 times for each turn of the handle)Instant Anti-Reverse5 Stainles…

Setting Up Your Echotails For Panfish

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Since attending the Milwaukee Ice Fishing Expo I have gotten a few emails from customers that bought the 1/10th oz Echotail for pan fishing.  They have asked that I explain what I meant by hooks up or hooks down depending on the species I am after.  Well after taking a lot of photos and trying to explain it in writing I gave up and made a short video. Tight Lines.

An Incidental Lesson

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This past weekend I got to take a new client out on the ice.  He wasn't new to ice fishing, he just hadn't been out it in the last 20 or so years.  When we were firing emails back and forth about where to go and what to fish for I noticed a theme.  He spent the majority of his time freezing on a bucket in the middle of the lake.  I was sure I could show him a better time than just sitting on a bucket.  Problem was I was getting really nervous about taking this client out fishing.  Why was I nervous?  Well to be honest this particular client has become something of a mentor to me.  He has been really supportive of my business and the idea of guiding from a kayak.  Also this would be the first time I was taking him out to fish and I didn't want him to be miserable.  I was nervous because as most people know I am an experience fisherman.  I don't carry a heater or a shanty.  In fact I don't even use a sled!  I love being outside in the elements.  What in the world was…

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