Oh Canada

What an amazing Memorial Day weekend. Usually when I think of Memorial Day weekend I think of camping in wet soggy sleeping bags watching it rain/snow/sleet every day. This year wasn’t the case, we did have some decent storms, but they rolled through only at night, leaving the days just gorgeous. I headed to Canada
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Memorial Weekend

We will be adventuring to Lake of The Woods for memorial day weekend. The shop will be open 8am-3pm Saturday the 24th of May and closed Monday the 26th. As always we are closed on Sundays.
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4.29.14 Back to the backwater.

The Wisconsin muskie opener is coming up for the southern half of the state this coming weekend and finding good water is going to be tough. Its not that there is not enough water, it that there is TOO much water. Russ and I fished the southern opener two years ago and ran into the
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Taking my dad fishing.

I have been threatening to go and visit my dad for quite a while now. He moved from Denver down to Phoenix about 3 years ago and I had not seen him in 4 or 5 years. About a month ago I opened my inbox and saw a receipt for a round trip ticket. I
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Long Winters

I don’t know about you, but I am getting pretty tired of THIS winter. I spent the last 38 years of my life in Montana, which is known as a damn cold state, but I do not remember any winters that rival this one for the amount of below zero days. At least all of
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Whitewater Winter Wonderland

I made it down to the Whitewater River yesterday near Rochester MN, the temps were great and so was the fishing. There was a layer of fresh snow on the ground and everything looked fresh and new. We made it to the river around noon and started fishing a shadowed section of the river. We
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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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