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Wisconsin Event: 1 & 2 Handed BOOT CAMP

1 & 2 Handed BOOT CAMP was a Good Little Outing......Check it out BELOW !!



[I][B]Saturday, April 14th

9:00-1 pm

Hubbard Park on the Milwaukee River

Brought to you by: The Illinois Steelheaders and GUIDELINE Pro Staff

Thanks to Stuart Anderson (StuSpey), Doug Taylor (Woodlander) and Dave Pinczkowski (HERON) for stepping up to promote the sport and show us some of the latest innovations in gear suited for Midwest Fisheries.

What I lack in skill --- I make up for with enthusiasm.

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Directions from the Chicago area please or, beter yet, something a GPS will accept.
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huh..why not hold this event in Illinois? Oh thats right, no steelhead in Illinois, what about the root?...a bit closer.. I find your avatar so true.....Kiss and tell websites like "rambling reports" and constant river name dropping clogged my beloved "ol mill" within 2 years back in the early 90's..damn shame.....but thats a whole other thread...wish I could make it to the party!

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Man I'm bummed I can't make it this weekend. Literally the one weekend I'm NOT on this river there is actually something going on!

Have fun!
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millwaukee river boot camp

Well its almost time for another milltown spey event its been a long time coming. I think we had probaly one of the first spey claves ever it was called spey days and it was a great time and set the stage for all the great claves around the world today . I was just thinking about all the great and fisherman and casters we have had on the millwaukee like Ed Ward Dec hogan Hinrik Mortensen Tom Larriamire Jason Kortge and all the millwaukee boys i have learned alot from all of thease cats. So lets make this one a good one to. If you have any questions email me at dpheron @ aol.com or pm me im HERON sorry for the bad spelling im a fisherman . ps there might be a nice surprise on sat we will have to see . hope to see you all there Dave Pinczkowski

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I'll be there.

It'll be good to see the IL and MI crew again. I'll be there. Hopefully not hung over. AND I busted open that bottle of scotch on my avatar. So I might share whats left with a few friends. Cheers!
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really disappointed I couldn't make it to this...seeing as how I live 1 block away! I hope it was great, the weather was perfect for it.

Did anybody manage to hook into any steelhead? Strange spring it has been around these parts.
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Boot Camp

I made it to the Guideline boot camp, it was a great time. There were lots of both single hand and double hand rods to cast and plenty of spey casting instructors for everyone. The brats were fantastic too. The casting and fishing demo put on by Ed Ward was a nice supprise and very well done. Special thanks to the Northern Illinois Fly Tyers, DuPage River Fly Tyers, Illinois Steelheaders, Dave Pinczcowski, Stuart Anderson, Doug Talor and Guideline Rods for making this possible.

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Operation Cheddar Brat is complete.

The 1 & 2 Handed Bootcamp was pretty good; I thought ! We had 19 attendees.

This was a first for the Illinois Steelheaders who continue to expand their repertoire into even more fly fishing and all things spey.
(Any FIPs reading this.....get to our thursday meeting....We're showcasing some tiny rehabbed streams in illinois that are getting migrating salmonids)

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To Kyle, our man who traveled all the way from IOWA.
I've got your TFO rig safe and sound at my house. Except if a good hatch comes off tonight, that is.... PM me to arrange a hand-off.

A big Thank you GUIDELINE for not just a great equipment lineup to use, but also for great representation !

Doug Taylor (WOODLANDER) provided GUIDELINES lineups, literature, amazing equipment (I really took a liking to the LPXe's versatile feel) but more importantly....his instruction and line matching. Doug was wet for 8 hours straight, and really incorporated good skill with good gear.

Dave Pinzckowski (HERON) shot laser beams for the grownups and spent time with some newbies. Like, 3 foot tall newbies!!.
Working with kids showed off his patient style of simplicity-based teaching.

I'd also like to thank Dave for his surprise. Early in the day, A distant figure upstream was spotted stalking the water like a wizard, casting away and creeping closer in. Through the hood, we saw it was none other than Ed Ward (RIVERADDICT) who shared his time with us. It was a great opportunity to hear his thoughts on switch rods, casting nuances, with group instruction from one of the best. Thanks a bunch.

Note to self: There was one glaring ommission with this event. We had no dog! Ya' just gotta have a dog huffing around and making mischief at these things.

There's a quick slideshow online:




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Hey Ken--ari hart.. Tho Ed might not have had one of them w/him

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Sorry I missed it guys, but I was fishing the Battenkill in VT. Gotta love those Catskill hatches!

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