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IGFA Relocating Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit

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Got an email the other day from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) letting members know that the board has decided to move the Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit from sunny Florida to Springfield, Missouri.  It will be setup in a new wildlife museum and aquarium that is being built by the great Johnny Morris (think Bass Pro Shops).  This move is considered a partnership that will allow the Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit to have the financial power of Bass Pro behind it, exposing it to many more anglers and sportsman.  It will also allow the IGFA to free up resources and maintenance costs associated with the exhibit and focus them on core programs like, record management, angler education, rules, and game fish management world wide.  This doesn't come as a surprise to many since the board members have been in discussion with Bass Pro about this move for several months now.  
The South Florida IGFA Facility will still be owned and operated by the IGFA and will continue to h…

The Yeti

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"I always wanted one", that's what I said to help rationalize the purchase.  Seriously though, I have wanted one for a while.  I remember the first time I saw one on tv.  It was during an episode of Saltwater Experience and the hosts were using it as a casting platform while chasing bonefish in Florida.  The issue I had was how do you explain why you spent that kind of money on a cooler when you in live in a state that is frozen for half the year?  The kayaks!  Starting a guide service and purchasing those kayaks has finally given me a guilt free excuse to be a Yeti owner.  I went to Rutabaga Paddlesports with the Versaboard and Slayer Propels measurements in hand, excited to pick up my own Yeti cooler.
Yeti coolers aren't new, they have been on the market for a while now.  They are what I would consider a premium cooler.  Built for abuse, they're one piece rotational-molded.  This means that the sides, corners, and walls are all the same thickness and extremely t…

Fly Box Update March 2015

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We have been pretty busy here at ShoreboundHero.com lately.  Expos, speaking engagements, articles, and guided trips have kept us chasing our tails.  That said, early inland trout season is upon us and open water game fishing is right around the corner.  Here's a list of the flies we've added to the boxes (we own 2 now) so far in March. In the Orvis Box: KC Creature Tan Winged x2Cartoon Hopper x2MFC Triple Decker x2Scuds Olive, Pink, Orange x2 eachPheasant Tail Nymphs x2Gryphis Midges Olive x4Bluing Olive Mayfly x2Disco Midge x4Killer Bug x4Stonefly Nymph Pattern x4In the Cliff's Box: Vampire Custom Fly Pattern by Mike SmallSlide Winder Custom Fly Pattern by Mike SmallHawg Frawg Custom Fly Pattern by Mike SmallRainbow Leech Custom Fly Pattern by Mike SmallPolk's Dirty RatBallok's Big Boy PerchBallok's Northwoods NinjaDirty Little SecretChocklett's Game Changer in White x2G/S RoosterJared's Outlaw Chartreuse, Purple, PinkPuckerLip Bisharat's White/RedAn…

Driftless and Muddy

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It's no secret that I like to try new things when it comes to fishing. I am always looking for a new species to chase, new gadgets to try out, or for new bodies of water. Since I started fly fishing last year all I kept hearing about was this magical place called the Driftless. Stories of beautiful ancient landscapes, small towns, and amazing trout streams seem to go hand in hand with this almost mythical area. Recently I was invitedto go out on a rather well known stream with a new friend. He was going to show me some access points and try to help this "Lake Fisherman" learn how to better read moving water. I packed up my St Croix rods, a small selection of flies, and a big thermos of coffee. Then drove across town to meet up with the man that would finally introduce me to the Driftless area. When we arrived at the access point the first thing I noticed was how similar this place looked to the area of Iowa that I grew up in. Surrounded by dormant corn fields and the soun…

Vibrations Tackle Booth Time Lapse

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Last weekend I attended the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show as a Prostaffer for Vibrations Tackle.  I always get questions from people about what it is that I do when I am at the shows.  Long story short I promote the companies products, in this case the Echotail.  For fun I setup a GoPro camera on Saturday morning and just let it run for the first 3 hours of the show. 
Tight Lines.

Cliff's Bugger Beast Fly Box Review

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Well I finally broke down and bought a second fly box. I was simply running out of room to add more flies to the large Orvis box I bought last year. Not really because of the number of flies that I owned. It was more about the size of the flies I have been buying lately.
As most of you are probably aware I spend the majority of my free time chasing muskies around the Madison Chain of Lakes. Musky flies normally have big hooks and large body profiles. Those attributes were eating up a lot of precious space. I needed a box that was made for the big stuff. After shopping around and reading a lot reviews I found the Cliff's Bugger Beast from Cliff Outdoors.
The Bugger Beast is one of the biggest fly boxes I have ever seen. It measures out at 13.5 inches long, 9 inches wide, and stands at almost 3 inches tall. That is so large that I can load up both sides of the box with huge flies and they don't get squished together. The foam inserts are slotted and hold the over sized hooks assoc…

Installing a BooneDox Rudder

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While researching the new kayak the only complaint that came up in reviews was the turning radius.  Seems that while the speed of the Propel pedal drive is a major advantage on the water, it's small rudder was a bit slow when it came to turning the beast around.  Turns out that the stock plastic has inherent issues associated with flex under load.  Since I intend to put this kayak in a lot of different paddling situations I decided that something needed to be done so that I wouldn't have to deal with any of these issues on the water.  After a few Google searches I came across the BooneDox Rudder.
Right out of the box I noticed that it didn't have a lot of parts.  Just a stainless steel bolt, white plastic spacer, and the BooneDox rudder.    It attaches simply to the Native Slayer Propel and Mariner Propel line of kayaks.  It extends the rudder length by about 3 1/2 inches.  This allows the kayak to turn noticeably quicker.  The BooneDox rudder is constructed of steel and ha…

Bobbing for Crappies

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I recently had an article I wrote published on Lake-Link.com.  It's a quick read that explains the use of spring and slip bobbers for late ice/early open water crappie fishing.  Check it out here if you get a chance.
Tight Lines.

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