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Further North

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  • Birthday 06/19/1962

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    NW WI
  • My PB
    Between 6-7 lbs
  • Favorite Bass
    Smallmouth
  • Favorite Lake or River
    Chippewa River
  • Other Interests
    Fish with teeth and an attitude

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  2. No your eyes are not deceiving you. You want AAA Magnum Bucktail, huh? Ya, us too. Glorious, long, jet black bucktail is one of the most coveted fly tying materials on the planet and nearly impossible to obtain. For every 1,000 tails, it is rare to find 1 true AAA. And even if you find the long fiber, once you dye it jet black, you begin to compromise the length. It’s a problem we have wrestled with here at Musky Fool since our founding. We considered all possible options. How does one make such a unicorn material? Could we develop an identical synthetic? Could we grow it in a lab? After much trial and error, we had an aha moment when we remembered feather production. What if we had a hackle farm…but for deer hair… Launching this Fall 2024, Musky Fool is the proud owner and operator of AAA Magnum Farms, the first ever deer farm to have genetically optimized deer tails. With a breakthrough scientific discovery, we have been able to identify parts of the deer genome that can be genetically altered to control both the color of the deer and length of tail fibers. That’s right, no more dyeing and no more hoping for long tail that never comes. We have already perfected our family of Jet Black and early genetic results are looking very positive for the highly coveted Wisco MF Flame. Check out muskyfool.com to place your PRE-ORDERS TODAY and submit requests for colors that we can trial in our genetic modifications. Here’s to revolutionizing the fly tying industry! **Please note that while this is truly a modern marvel, there are many major restrictions within the colored deer farming industry. To maintain our legal license, we cannot disclose the location. . . . #muskyfool #muskyfoolflyfishingco #musky #muskie #muskyfishing #muskyfly #muskyflyfishing #muckfusky #muskyonthefly #trout #troutfishing #bass #bassfishing #fish #flies #fishinggear #flytying #flyfishing #fishing #shopsmall #shoplocal #smallbusiness #flyshop #wisconsin #bucktail #fool #aprilfools
  3. Introducing the New MegaTÜL™, The Only Fly-Fishing Tool You’ll Ever Need! Author Phil Monahan - Posted on April 1, 2024 Categories Fly Fishing, Uncategorized Phil Monahan uses the precise jaws of the MegaTÜL™ to help debarb Tom Rosenbauer’s Game Changer. We’ve all been there: You’re waist-deep in a river and in need of a specific tool—nippers or forceps or a hook release—but you just can’t find it. You rummage through all the pockets of your vest or sling pack, locating every other angling gewgaw but the one you require. So you trudge back to the bank, wasting valuable fishing time, to rifle through every possible hiding place. Invariably, you find it somewhere where you’re sure you already looked. It’s maddening. The vast array of angling gadgetry required for a successful day on the water can seem daunting to the uninitiated. Zingers, nippers, pliers, line straighteners, . . . the list goes on. The fly-fishing industry has created a tool for virtually every purpose on the water, and they are all important in specific situations. Sure, in a pinch you may be able to get by with a hemostat and some sharp incisors, but if you don’t have that release tool or, more important, a sturdy wading staff handy, things could get complicated or downright dangerous in a hurry. No Bad Ideas Last spring, Orvis’s own Mr. Gadget, Will Helmetag, found himself unable to retrieve his hemostat while trying to unhook a fine Battenkill brown trout that had taken a Perdigon nymph deeply. Will finally gave up looking and managed to release the fish unharmed, but his inability to immediately put his hands on the right tool when he needed it really stuck in his craw. As he was describing the experience to his colleague Julia Zema back at the office, Facilities Manager Bruce Woodruff walked by. Overhearing the conversation, Bruce quipped, “Shoulda had your Leatherman,” and tapped the leather holster attached to his belt. Will laughed, but Julia sat pensively for a moment before turning to Will. “No, seriously, why don’t you just combine all your fly-fishing tools into one, like a Leatherman? Then you’d never have to search for the tool you need.” The integrated long-handle net makes landing fish easy. The proverbial lightbulb went on in Will’s head, and he immediately began sketching specifications for what an angling multitool might include. As the list grew and grew, he became convinced that he’d need some assistance if he was going to revolutionize the world of fly-fishing tools, so he went to the source: the design team at Leatherman at the company’s Portland, Oregon, headquarters. A quick call for advice led to a larger meeting, which led to a creative brief, an obligatory PowerPoint presentation, and finally, a product brief showcasing a new product that we believe will change the game of fly fishing forever. Everything You Need: : Introducing Orvis MegaTÜL™ Introducing Orvis MegaTÜL™. A collaboration between Leatherman and Orvis, it’s the only tool you’ll ever need out on the water. Never again will you need to search for those nippers or make an awkward, backhanded reach for a dangling net to land your catch. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, 3D printing, and in-depth anatomical studies of how the human body moves in flowing water, each tool is easy to access, perfectly balanced, and effortless to use, to the degree that retrieving any individual tool becomes instinctual. If there’s a tool you need on the water, then MegaTÜL™ has got it. Whether you need the tiniest implement, such as a needle to clear the head cement out of a hook eye, or something as sturdy as a wading staff, you’ll find it in the same place. And the list of tools available—22 of them!—will blow your mind, including things you never even knew you needed for a day on the water: Mirage Pliers Mitten Clamp Nippers Stream Thermometer Hook Sharpener Release Tool Scissors Wide-mouth Guide Net Wading Staff Camp chair Umbrella Cup holder (beverage not included) Foldable Solar Panel Can opener Bottle opener Large flathead screwdriver Small Phillips screwdriver 3-inch standard-edge blade Spork Corkscrew Reamer Flask Weighing in at just under 10 pounds (4.5 kg) and 28 inches long, MegaTÜL™ comes in its proprietary MegaSLING™, which offers easy access to everything you need, and you’ll barely even know it’s there. Utilizing Leatherman’s groundbreaking FREE Technology—a revolutionary magnetic architecture that reduces friction when opening and closing tools, which greatly reduces the wear and tear on parts—MegaTÜL™ is easy to operate, and the 420HC stainless-steel is weather and saltwater resistant. Guide-Tested Southeast Alaska guide Natlie Vaz of NatVenture Tours, one of our field testers, raved about the system. “When I head out to fish for steelhead on Chichagof Island, I simply strap my MegaTÜL™ on my back and my Glock 20 on my chest, and I’m ready for anything the wilderness can throw at me.” Throw the rest of your tools away! “It’s almost as if you think of the device you need, and there it is,” said Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides in Texas. “Whether I’m chasing bass on the Colorado or redfish down on the coast, I only need to carry one thing—my MegaTÜL™.” But even though all the field testers offered definitive proof of concept, there was still one person who needed to sign off on the product: Orvis President Simon Perkins. An avid angler and former Montana guide, he thought he had seen it all, until the moment Will plunked MegaTÜL™ on Simon’s desk. As he marveled at the variety of tools available, Simon remarked that, despite its mass, MegaTÜL™ wasn’t heavy at all. After adjusting the MegaSLING™ to fit over his wading jacket and inserting the TÜL, Simon took his dogs out for a long walk. When he returned, he claimed that he didn’t even realize he was wearing MegaTÜL™ at all. That’s when we knew that we had a true winner. So get ready to throw all your fishing tools in a drawer because you won’t need them anymore. MegaTÜL™ is here! Click here to learn more and to buy!
  4. I Must have missed the latter. 😉
  5. This one is just shy of a foot long,I have some that get to around 15". ...obviously not small stream flies. The bottom one here is about 5 1/2". ...and they'd be almost impossible to cast more than a rod length on BFS gear (I've tried) because there's almost nothing to them. Here's one with the light behind it... We start running into issues with being able to handle any fish big enough to eat them, even if we. Ours cast them with conventional tackle. ...but I'm off on a tangent...ignore me...😉
  6. It's off topic...but the best way to cast truly light/small things is with a fly rod. It's one of the reasons I learned to do it years ago.
  7. We shift a lot of our esox chasing to shallow rivers (a deep hole is six feet) after the water warms up. This means mostly muskies where I live, but muskies don't suck... Lots of smallies in the rivers doesn't hurt either.
  8. Esox chasers are well of that... Those of us who don't like to fish deep find something else to do until the big girls come back into shallow water int he fall.
  9. We're a heck of a lot closer to Canada than we are to Idaho.
  10. Amazing fish...and it illustrated the problem well: If a 51" pike is 29 lbs., how much bigger does a 32# fish have to be?
  11. I have two UL/l spinning rods made on long, slim St. Croix blanks...one is 7' 6", the other is longer. I bought them when I thought I wanted to fish for crappies. Neither has been out of the garage I years. They'd be perfect for trout spinning rigs.
  12. We catch pike...just not many bigger ones. A lot of the lakes I fish have both pike and musky...which put the musky on the prime spots. The rivers - which I've spent a lot of time on in the last few years have a definite bias towards muskies...muskies being more of a fish for places with current. When we go to Canada, we catch buckets-o-pike, and I'm sure if I spent more time on lakes looking for them, I'd find them...but rivers call stronger than lakes these days. If you leave 'em in the water, or in the net, you don't have to deal with that. Barbless hooks...reach over the side, grab the hook with the needle-nose, rotate, and pike-be-gone.
  13. I'd rather catch pike than muskies, given a choice. A couple of reasons: They're just more fun, and Truly big pike are rarer than big muskies. I see bunches of big muskies every year, but few big pike.
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