Dog days

The dog days of summer are here to stay. Starting the days early have been key to this week's success. The mid day heat isn't enjoyable for anyone. Finally the long awaited top water bite on the Kankakee has started. I am currently booking for September and October. If you've missed the spring and summer dates don't wait to get a day for the fall bite.

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Staying solid

Being flexible this past week has been important. Dodging storms to find the cleanest water has be key to the past weeks success. Finally the fish are looking up and eating top water on a consistent basis. Deer hair patterns have been best. It’s berry season and the carp have keyed into it. As always in dealing with carp stealth is key.

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Stupid Big

I lied, I’ll be honest. In a email I sent out I said the spawn was over, it isn’t (unfortantly) However it hasn’t mattered we’ve been getting stupid big fish this past week. The Kank is back fishing well. The only negative that I have to report is that the top water bite still hasn’t started.

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The only one on the water

We’ve been the only guide service working the local water ways this week. While other guides are rescheduling for one reason or another we’ve been rewarded for playing in high dirty water. I guess knowing when to fish or not comes with experience. The Dupage has been pumping out some great fish while the Kankakee is coming down and will be back fishable tomorrow. Being flexible in your fly selection has been the key to success.

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Ugh

Ugh, more of the same. We just can’t seem to get out of this weather pattern. With all of this high water this spring I’ve spent a lot of tie at the tying bench. The outcome of the hours spent have been some great new patterns that swim great and catch fish. The world of tying is going big, articulated, and did I say BIG. Why not? When you look at conventional lures, mostly soft plastics they’re 2-4 inches. Which leads me to my current tying mindset, if a river smallmouth can and will eat a 4” plastic craw why not tie big? Choose your materials carefully in order to keep the weight of the fly down for casting purposes and go BIG the fish will eat it.


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Don't be a dick, PSA

Boat ramps aren’t meant to be fished from. Boat ramps aren’t meant to be used as a dumping ground for your landscaping waste. Boat ramps are meant to launch and remove boats from the water. If by chance you’re too lazy to walk away from your car to find a fishing spot and you choose to fish from the ramp, GET OUT OF THE WAY when a boat comes up to it, so said boat can either launch or be put back on the trailer!

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Shut up and fish

Yes, we’ve had a ton of rain. Yes, the rivers have been trashed. Yes, the water is dirty. Yes, you might get rained on. You have rain gear bought on pro deal, so use it. Conditions like this highlight the differences between guides and insta guides. I have news for you the water gets dirty, the water gets high, the fish live in it. They will eat.

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So close

Things on all of the local rivers are almost back to normal. Levels continue to drop daily and should be fishable by this coming weekend. The pictures below are at 36,600 cfs. The blown out river gave me the chance to spend the weekend at the fields watching my daughters team win the 5 game tournament.

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The roller coster continues

Well here we go again. Another week of high water and trips getting rescheduled. Before the deluge both rivers were in good shape and fishing well. The cold nights have slow the spawn progress down so there’s plenty of big females still on the prowl. Fly choices changed daily. Some days it was a streamer bite and others you had to dredge the bottom. With any luck when things drop back to fishable levels things will be right back to normal.

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