Vices and Vises, by Russ Gontarek

Definition of Vise: a : any of various tools with two jaws for holding work that close usually by a screw, lever, or cam Definition of Vice: a : moral depravity or corruption : wickedness b : a moral fault or failing c : a habitual and usually trivial defect Homophones are a type of
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My favorite fly

You can call it what you want, and there are all sorts of variations out there. But in Montana we called it the JJ-Special. This fly brings back so many good memories for me. It was always the first fly my dad would tie on his line at the boat ramp on the banks of
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Geekin’ out with trout.

Yesterday my friend Adam, who is visiting from LA, and I decided to go film some trout in the Kinnickinnic River, even though temps were barely above zero. I had no idea what we would find in the depths of the Kinni in the middle of winter. It turns out that we found a TON
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Below Zero

Last year around this time I wandered over to the Kinnickinnic River in Wisconsin to do a little exploring. It was -10 below zero when I left Saint Paul that morning, and I was really just curious what the Kinni looked like when the temps were so cold out. When I arrived at the Kinni,
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Winter, my fishing season.

Having been a guide in Montana, cranking out 100 days straight on the water was the norm, and I didn’t get too many personal days on the water. Every great once and a while I would have a day off in the summer, and of course I went fishing, but it was not enough to
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Turning 40 isn’t so bad!

As some of you may know, my amazing wife, Rhea, surprised me with a trip back to Montana for my 40th birthday. It was an amazing trip, and it was great to see family and friends. I ended up fishing the Gallatin River almost every day I was there, and the weather could not have
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9.23.13 Chasing Ghosts

A good day of muskie fishing is just seeing a fish, usually in the form of a follow. An epic day of muskie fishing is actually being able to hook one and bring it to hand. My good friend Rich Hohne from Simms Fishing, Joe Cermele of Field and Stream, Gabe Schubert, Russ Gontarek and
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Judge Not, by Jake Keeler

It was Labor Day, so I needed to get in some fishing before a 4 day work week and it’s pent-up emails crushed me. I needed a quick and dirty excursion… something simple. I headed to my home lake, a scant 1.5 miles from my house. I live in St. Paul, like in St.Paul. The
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Big Ol’ Carp

Joey Paxman, a customer of Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop, hooked up on this huge carp this summer in the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis. The Grain Belt sign in the background brings out the orange hues in the carp very nicely. Nice work Joey!
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