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I was walking up the boat ramp to get my truck and met Ned Kahde standing in his boat.

I had seen him on the lake several times but, our paths never crossed.

he had just finished for the day and struck a conservation on fishing that day.

Not surprisingly, he caught twice as many fish as I did.

what did surprise me is how modest he is. He is a wealth of knowledge and is willing to share everything.

One thing I did learn from him. Is the midwest finesse system is more than just a mushroom head with a TRD or Zinkerz.

they use several different baits on the mushroom head. 

He also does not call it the ned rig.

 

As we parted ways he gave me a Z man prototype bait called the TRD Crawz. it goes on the mushroom head just like a standard TRD

(it should be on the market in late summer)

Looks Like it has a lot of potential. 

Here is the TRD Crawz next to a standard TRD.

 

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40 minutes ago, Weedwhacker said:

I was walking up the boat ramp to get my truck and met Ned Kahde standing in his boat.

I had seen him on the lake several times but, our paths never crossed.

he had just finished for the day and struck a conservation on fishing that day.

Not surprisingly, he caught twice as many fish as I did.

what did surprise me is how modest he is. He is a wealth of knowledge and is willing to share everything.

One thing I did learn from him. Is the midwest finesse system is more than just a mushroom head with a TRD or Zinkerz.

they use several different baits on the mushroom head. 

He also does not call it the ned rig.

 

As we parted ways he gave me a Z man prototype bait called the TRD Crawz. it goes on the mushroom head just like a standard TRD

(it should be on the market in late summer)

Looks Like it has a lot of potential. 

Very cool 😎 The two comments go hand in hand. Marketing and popularity has killed the understanding of the original system by using the term "Ned rig," a term Ned initially despised and refused to use himself. I believe even he has relented somewhat in this regard as there is no getting away from it anymore.

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That's awesome, would love to fish with Ned for a day.

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That was cool story thanks for sharing that. I seen him on a you tube video. Pretty trippy that ppl will be using a rig named after him for many generations to come.

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That Craw is going to be stupid on river Smallies.

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Pretty cool!

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Glaucus, I agree with you. I can't wait to take that craw to the Holston or French Broad Rivers! Smallies beware.

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Meeting and speaking with the movers and shakers in the  bass fishing industry makes the sport more personal and friendly. Other than NASCAR, it is difficult to meet and speak with any other industry's inventors and research people on a regular basis.

 

Actually meeting people like Ned, Gary, Big-O, Bobby, Glenn, Keith Jones, and so many others who have given the sport their blood, sweat and tears to make a good product is something that we can be thankful for and embrace. We enjoy a sport that expects and wants this to happen.

 

Couple that to the pros who will stop and speak with you and take a photo or give you an autograph and you have one great sport where everyone shares information and helps each other.

 

Great story. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Yep, he's very down to earth. Since I fish during the week and on the same lakes, we cross paths frequently. I've managed to make his Midwest Finesee report a time or two even. He's always willing to volunteer information and has lots of it to give. You're right that the pursuit of money has completely clouded what MWF fishing is all about.

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What impressed me most about Ned is he is 78 years old and still pursuing those 100 bass days.

The day I met him, They only caught 48. A slow day I guess 😉.

hope I can do that when I  reach that age.

 

 

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I am impressed by those midwest finesse guys.  They have a system and don't wonder, "what should I try today?"  

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On 7/18/2018 at 4:31 PM, Weedwhacker said:

I was walking up 

One thing I did learn from him. Is the midwest finesse system is more than just a mushroom head with a TRD or Zinkerz.

they use several different baits on the mushroom head. 

He also does not call it the ned rig.

 

 

 

Sounds like a cool experience, but geez, I've been preaching this for years along with t-9 and a few others lol;)

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1 hour ago, IndianaFinesse said:

Sounds like a cool experience, but geez, I've been preaching this for years along with t-9 and a few others lol;)

I know there are several variations to the ned rig, but I thought that all came about with the recent popularity.

I did not realize, the original Midwest finesse guys, used so many different baits. 

I always thought they kept the bait selections to a bare minimum and just varied the retrieve.

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1 minute ago, Weedwhacker said:

I know there are several variations to the Ned rig, but I thought that all came about with the recent popularity.

I did not realize, the original Midwest finesse guys, used so many different baits. 

I always thought they kept the bait selections to a bare minimum and just varied the retrieve.

The true original midwest finesse guys (started by Chuck woods) started out just as guys trying to catch a bunch of fish on the cheap, using things like Beatle spins and marrabu jigs.  This ran somewhat parallel to early slider fishing btw. This progressed through a few phases where certain techniques were popular until they started using small plastics on a small, light wire and small sized mushroom heads fished in shallow water.  A few years later the popularity of the technique exploded, resulting in zman marketing and labeling "Ned rig" components and have been riding that train introducing new plastics to capitalize on it since then, unfortunately muddying the waters as to it's definition. The new upsized components are trying to force fit it into something it isn't.

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