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Off Topic / Dogs in our lives
« on: June 24, 2013, 07:45:35 AM »
What a great message and picture.

Trout/Salmon / Garmin Echo 550c vs Hummingbird 596c HD DI
« on: June 10, 2013, 08:24:53 AM »
I have a Garmin GPSMAP chart plotter on the boat and prefer a smaller separate fish finder. I'm looking to replace my fishfinder and this Garmin and HB both look impressive from the ads and reviews. But always good to get comments from someone who has used them for salmon.

Any experience with these units?

Show rigger balls beneath the boat?

Track bottom well?

Show fish while at speed?

Or spend twice as much and get the Furuno FCV627?



Gun Talk / Jobs Fleeing Colorado
« on: May 04, 2013, 08:19:53 AM »

The implications of the push for stringent gun laws forces liberals into the light of reality from time to time. Here is a good example.

Read & share. Remember, the news is up to us...it won't come from the national media!

From: Michael Bane
Date: Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM
Subject: OUTDOOR CHANNEL Pulls Productions from Colorado
To: Steve King

Dear Senator King;

I met you yesterday after the so-called "public hearings" on the anti-gun bills; as I mentioned, I am an Executive Producer for OUTDOOR CHANNEL. I currently have four series in production, including GUN STORIES, the top show on OC, with several additional series in development. My series focus on guns, hunting, shooting and the outdoors.

This morning I met with my three Producers, and we made the decision that if these anti-gun bills become law, we will be moving all of our production OUT of Colorado . We have already canceled a scheduled filming session for late this month. Obviously, part of this is due to our own commitment to the right to keep and bear arms, but it also reflects 3 lawyers' opinions that these laws are so poorly drafted and so designed to trap otherwise legal citizens into a crime (one of our attorneys referred to them as "flypaper laws") that it is simply too dangerous for us to film here.

I can give you chapter and verse on the legal implications if you need, but suffice to say that the first legal opinion was so scary we went out and got two others. All three attorneys agreed.

We are relatively small potatoes in television, but our relocation of production will cost Colorado a little less than a million dollars in 2013.

Secondly, we have proudly promoted Colorado in our productions (and have been moving more and more production into the state); now we will do exactly the opposite. What does this mean for Colorado ? The community of television producers is a small one. Last week I had lunch with a major network producer who was looking to locate his new reality series in Colorado . That producer is also a shooter, and the new reality series will now be based out of Phoenix . That lunch cost Colorado over a million in economic impact.

Thirdly, according to numbers I received from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (for whom I used to work) yesterday, hunting had an almost $800,000,000 impact on Colorado in 2012, driving as many as 8330 jobs. Next month I will be in Texas meeting with most of the top outdoor/hunting producers, and the Number One agenda item will be Colorado . Already, hunting organizations and statewide hunting clubs around the country are pulling out of Colorado , and we expect this trend to accelerate rapidly.

The message we will take to our viewers and listeners is that these proposed laws are so dangerous to hunters and any other person, be she a fisherman or a skier who brings a handgun into the state for self-defense, that we cannot recommend hunting, fishing or visiting Colorado. We reach millions of people, and, quite frankly, we have a credibility that Colorado government officials can no longer match. Colorado Division of Wildlife is already running ads trying to bring more out-of-state hunters to Colorado...in light of the flood of negative publicity about these proposed laws, I can assure you those ads will fail.

We estimate that as many as one-quarter to one-third of out-of-state hunters will desert Colorado in the next 18-24 months, which will quite frankly be a disaster for the hunting industry in Colorado and have a devastating effect on our western and northern communities (certainly cities like Grand Junction).

This is not a "boycott" in the traditional sense of a centralized, organized operation; rather, it is more of a grassroots decision on where shooters, hunters and other sportsmen are willing to spend their money. Look at the collapse of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in February. That venerable multimillion dollar trade show chose to ban modern sporting rifles and standard capacity magazines, and within three weeks it collapsed as all vendors and sponsors pulled out.

Colorado is going to pay a huge price for laws that will do nothing. Thank you, sir, for your support.
Michael Bane

OUTDOOR CHANNEL mbane@outdoorchannel.com


Product Reviews / Website Rebuild - Mike's Eyeflies
« on: April 22, 2013, 11:56:33 AM »
Many, many thanks to KillitandGrillit on UPA, Damian Sleger, for his enthusiasm and expertise in rebuilding my website www.eyeflies.com  Check it out when you get a chance.

Damian, you are a class act  :thmb:


Gun Talk / Sniper
« on: April 13, 2013, 09:50:52 AM »
Spent the day at Ft Bliss yesterday as part of a "tankers" reunion.  Almost feel guilty enjoying the 80 degrees and sunshine knowing what the last few days have been at home.  This is Judy aiming an M107 50 cal sniper rifle......all 37 pounds of it ;D  Holy crap!

Today's soldiers and the equipment they have are just amazing.  It is so heartwarming to spend some time with these great Americans, all of them so young and most of them wearing a CIB(Combat Infantry Badge) or a CAB(Combat Action Badge), meaning they have "been there".  We are indeed fortunate.

Boat and Tackle Setups / Daiwa 47LC for wire?
« on: April 03, 2013, 11:20:58 PM »
I have a few Daiwa 47LC's to which I added large power handles when I got them, and which I sent to Tuna Tom this winter to have worked over.  They look and feel great.  They are rated as Hi-Speed with 5.1:1 gear ratio.

My present wire line dipsies are set up on Okuma Catalina's that work great.  However, I want to set up another as a pump rod or maybe a backup dipsie setup.

My question is, does anyone have any experience using this reel for wire and have any feedback in that regard?  Thanks.

Product Reviews / Mike's Eyeflies - MORE New Products for 2013
« on: March 25, 2013, 06:03:55 PM »
Pardon me for doing this, but the post the other day was not quite complete.  Everything that follows was in that post, but I didn't have the pictures available yet.

Marquette Power Sports and Dale's Great Lakes Tackle Room has been a great supporter of Eyeflies.  In preparation for the Sports Show in Marquette this weekend, where MPS will have a booth, I made 4 more of these “Specials” which will be on display there.  We’ll see what the demand is for these before deciding to add them to the line and the website.  If nothing else, MPS will carry them this year and if successful, I can add them to the website for next year.

MPS Silver Special –     pairs the #30 Silver Oil Slick Eye with a White Double Trouble S&G (UV and GLOW), and looks awesome!

MPS Go Deep Special    is a new fly for this year which I am sending as a prototype bonus with web orders.  It has silver, extreme UV, and Mother of Pearl, all great components when the fish are deeper.  The “special” is paired with a Luminous Pink S&G and it looks great.

Green Eye Special –      pairs the #12 Green Eye with a Luminous Green S&G

Green Dolphin Special – pairs the #14 Green Eye Dolphin with a Luminous Green S&G

Product Reviews / Mike's Eyeflies - New Products for 2013
« on: March 23, 2013, 10:44:36 PM »
I have received great support and encouragement from UPA members since I started Mike's Eyeflies.  That is most appreciated  :thmb: 

In preparation for 2013, here's a look at the NEW PRODUCTS for 2013

#40 Whoop Eye -            
I was tempted to name it Whoop Ass as I think that is what it is going to be ;D  With Slate Blue Flash, Aqua, and UV Extreme this is going to be a hot ticket.  I still like the “crude” name but then thought better of it.

#35 Laker Special Eye -  
No, this is not new, but I have to tell you about the experience with it in 2012, before the rest of the new products.  I developed this one in in 2011 fishing Lake Trout here in Marquette.  Paired with a compatible colored Dodger, it worked great for Lakers. (It's also reported to work great behind a Greasy Chicken Spin Doctor). The huge surprise for me was that some guys started using it for Kings at both Manistique and Fairport, very, very successfully.  Some ran it as is, others made a “sushi” fly of it, with a herring or sucker strip tied in….and began reporting some excellent results, especially on larger fish.

So that led to some testing with variations!

#41 White Eye Special -    
This is the #9 White Glo Eye Ghost with the addition of a White Double Trouble Spin-N-Glow (which is both glow and UV), and of course glow beads.

#42 Black Eye Special -  
After the success last summer of The Laker Special, this was the first “Special” I made and tried on an outing in Fairport in August.  Carbon 14 and it’s variations have always been very good for me, so a black and white glow was a natural.  It’s black with glow white and a touch of Mother of Pearl, paired with a Blue Glo Black Tiger S&G, and the usual glow beads.  In late afternoon, I paired it with a Michael Jackson SD and ran it off a corner rigger, where it took 5 fish in a row, with no hits on the rest of the spread during that same time period.  The 5th fish was a dandy and we had a line break, losing the whole rig.  I knew I was on to something with this experience and had to expand the line with “Special” flies.

#43 Blue Eye Special -  
Rounding out the official “Special” offerings for right now, there had to be an aqua addition, and this is it.  Baby Blue Cracked Ice with blue glow, blue glow beads, and a matching Teal Pearl S&G.  Yakima doesn’t offer a glow S&G that matches this color, but the non-glow color match is perfect, and at least the extended glow beads are blue.

#44 Tiger Eye -             
A Prostaff in Algoma asked me last spring for something in Orange, so I made several variations for him to try.  Guy reported excellent results with this one, which he described as “hot” in late afternoons, fished 30-50 deep, long lined off a rigger.

Marquette Power Sports and Dale's Great Lakes Tackle Room has been a great supporter of Eyeflies.  In preparation for the Sports Show in Marquette this weekend, where MPS will have a booth, I made 4 more of these “Specials” which will be on display there.  We’ll see what the demand is for these before deciding to add them to the line and the website.

MPS Silver Special – pairs the #30 Silver Oil Slick Eye with a White Double Trouble S&G, and looks awesome!

MPS Go Deep Special is a new fly for this year which I am sending as a prototype bonus with web orders.  It has silver, extreme UV, and Mother of Pearl, all great components when the fish are deeper.  The “special” is paired with a Luminous Pink S&G and it looks great.

Green Eye Special – pairs the #12 Green Eye with a Luminous Green S&G

Green Dolphin Special – pairs the #14 Green Eye Dolphin with a Luminous Green S&G

Off Topic / New Tax - Obamacare
« on: February 27, 2013, 08:01:28 PM »
It's nice to learn that we all, through our outdoor activities, will be supporting Obamacare.

The following discussion of manufacturers taxes applies to the tax on:

Sport fishing equipment;
Fishing rods and fishing poles;
Electric outboard motors;
Fishing tackle boxes;
Bows, quivers, broadheads, and points;
Arrow shafts;
Taxable tires;
Gas guzzler automobiles; and


Off Topic / Holy WAH!
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:23:40 PM »
 Want to go  for a boat ride??   
 A couple of Trawlers returning from Salmon fishing.... they are  entering the  mouth of the Columbia River.
 Does  this make you want to go fishing?

Boat and Tackle Setups / Power Kicker Bracket
« on: December 05, 2012, 08:16:57 AM »
Looking for a suggestion.

The family wants to get me something for the boat, and I would like to get a power bracket for the kicker, which is a 10 hp Yamaha 4 stroke.  Specific suggestions would be appreciated.  Guess I'm getting too old to keep standing on my head to raise and lower the current setup  ;D



Gun Talk / NRA Appeal
« on: October 04, 2012, 12:10:49 AM »
Just received this NRA-ILA email this evening.  Thought it might be of interest to some of you.


Help Repeal Handgun Registration in Michigan
Contact Your State Senator Today
House Bill 5225, legislation that would eliminate the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements, is currently stalled in the Michigan Senate. The reason for this delay stems from opposition by the Michigan State Police, as well as Governor Rick Snyder’s office, asking Senate leadership to "hold" HB 5225. The Michigan State Police, never friendly to pro-gun reforms, including the current state Right-to-Carry law, has even proposed a number of crippling amendments to HB 5225 that would perpetuate Michigan’s antiquated registration system in the event that they are unable to stop its passage.
The Michigan State Police (MSP) has made its position clear.  The MSP wants to maintain records of law-abiding citizens that legally purchased handguns in Michigan.  In essence, MSP wants to have easy access to a list of guns owned by law-abiding citizens, like YOU.  The MSP continually ignores the fact that criminals do not buy guns at retail stores and criminals do not register firearms.  This gun control scheme has failed to prevent the violence in Detroit and Flint, two of top five most violent cities in America.  Guns misused in a crime can and are traced in the forty states without such a permit-to-purchase/registration requirement.  In fact, last year alone over 5,000 firearms recovered in Michigan were run through the federal trace system.
The next legislative session is scheduled to be on October 17, for only one day. Please contact your state Senator and Governor Rick Snyder TODAY and again before that date!  Respectfully urge them to reject any hostile amendments to HB 5225, and to end Michigan's costly and unnecessary gun registration scheme as well as the onerous handgun purchase permit process.
HB 5225, introduced by state Representative Paul Opsommer (R-93), would abolish the bureaucratic “permit-to-purchase” for handguns.  This system became obsolete when the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) took effect in 1998.  Under the current state system, gun buyers must apply with their local law enforcement agency before being authorized to buy a handgun.  This “permit” is valid for only one gun and it expires after ten days.  Since 1998, federal law has required a national criminal records check for the purchase of any firearm from any licensed gun dealer in every state.   Accordingly, the state-required "permit" is duplicative, wasteful and antiquated.  This legislative package includes two companion bills House Bill 5498, sponsored by state Representative Richard LeBlanc (D-18), and House Bill 5499, sponsored by state Representative Ray Franz (R-101).
In June, this package of bills passed in the Michigan House of Representatives by an overwhelming 74 to 36 vote.  It has also passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and now awaits consideration by the state Senate.  All indications are that HB 5225 enjoys supermajority support in the Senate.  There is no doubt that the state Senate will pass HB 5225 by a wide margin when they vote on it.  However, Michigan's first-term Governor has asked leaders in the Senate to hold this bill, thus delaying and preventing critical and final action on this important Second Amendment legislation.  Because the Michigan Legislature has few remaining working days before the election, this stall tactic will almost guarantee the bill's demise.
It is extremely urgent that you contact your state Senator and especially Governor Rick Snyder today and respectfully urge them to reject any hostile amendments and end Michigan's costly and unnecessary gun registration scheme as well as the onerous handgun purchase permit process.  This is an historic opportunity to repeal longstanding gun control that only the most restrictive, anti-gun states currently have.  Please act TODAY to ensure that Governor Snyder does not ignore Michigan gun owners.
In 2010, gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder did not answer NRA's state candidate questionnaire, so his position on this vital legislation is unknown.
Governor Rick Snyder
(517) 373-3400 or (517) 335-7858
To e-mail Governor Snyder, please click here. https://somgovweb.state.mi.us/GovRelations/ShareOpinion.aspx

To find your state Senator please click here. http://www.capwiz.com/nra/state/main/?state=MI&view=myofficials

Lake Michigan / Fairport - Tuesday 8/28
« on: August 28, 2012, 02:27:58 PM »
Fished Fairport this morning with friend Mike Herman on his boat.  Out at 7 and back at noon.  They wanted flasher/flies this morning as 6 of the 7 came on dipsies with #11 Blue Green Eye Alewife and #17 Green Eye Ghost.  The only hit on a spoon was this 8# steelie on a Moonshine Bloody Nose that grandson Luke brought in.  All hits were in 120 feet and 80 down from the gap to north of Poverty.  A great morning on the water. 

Luke is back to school Monday, so had to get him out this week.

Gun Talk / The 45 Returns
« on: August 27, 2012, 11:13:02 AM »
Thought some of you might find this interesting.  From http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htweap/articles/20120824.aspx

The .45 Returns Yet Again
August 24, 2012: The U.S. Marine Corps has ordered 12,000 .45 (11.4mm) caliber pistols (for $1,900 each), mainly for use by its SOCOM (Special Operations Command) and recon troops. These MARSOC (Marine Special Operations Command) troops have, like the army, navy, and air force components of SOCOM, quietly replaced most of their 9mm pistols with .45s. For the last few years the marines have been supplying their special operations troops with older M1911 model .45s, refurbished (or built from scrounged up parts) in a marine-run facility. The M1911 .45 caliber ACP is a 1.2 kg (2.45 pound) 210mm (8.25 inch) long weapon with a 127mm (5 inch) barrel and a 7 round magazine. Compared to the current American M9 9mm pistol the .45s have more hitting power, while the M9 is a bit more accurate at up to about 50 meters.
The new marine .45s are not the old M1911A1 model but the more modern Colt CQBP (Close Quarter Battle Pistol), which uses the same ammo as the M1911A1 but has a number of improvements that make the weapon more reliable, flexible, and accurate. The CQBP holds eight rounds, is built to resist salt water corrosion, accept rail mounted accessories, and so on.

There are several improved .45s available because of demand from police departments and government agencies (like the FBI). In the 1990s SOCOM adopted the Heckler and Koch Mk 23 SOCOM model. This is a 1.47 kg (3.2 pound) .45 pistol with a 12-round magazine and the ability to carry a silencer. It is expensive, at $2400 each. Loaded with a silencer and laser aiming device the Mk23 weighs 2.29 kg (5 pounds). The Mk23 is a precision weapon, capable of accurate fire at 50 meters (51mm/two inch shot groups). The Mk 23 is for offensive operations while the lighter and cheaper USP Tactical model was later introduced for personal protection and other duties not requiring the heavier Mk 23.

Over the last decade American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan discovered, through combat experience, what types of weapons worked best at close range to take down the enemy. It was the same with SWAT teams and commandos all over the world. When conducting a raid and finding yourself up close and personal with someone trying to kill you, there is a need for a heavy caliber pistol or a shotgun (firing 00 shot or slugs). The premier pistol for ensuring you take down someone is still the .45 caliber (11.4mm) or .40 caliber (10mm, but only with a heavy bullet) pistols. These weapons are light and handy, compared to assault rifles or shotguns, and have a long history of quickly taking down an armed and determined foe.

As the U.S. Army Special Forces discovered, if you are well trained and know what you are doing, you should carry a pistol, in addition to your rifle. But not the official issue (since 1985) M9 9mm pistol but something with a bit more stopping power. The Special Forces prefer new model .45 caliber pistols, although 10mm weapons are also popular. The reason for this is that you are most likely to be using the pistol indoors, where your target is going to be really close. You want to knock him down quickly, before he can get at you with a knife or even his hands. Many troops are getting their own pistols and most commanders have been lenient on this issue. The same applies to shotguns. Although the army and marines have bought a lot of them (the Benelli M4 Combat Shotgun is a particular favorite), there never seem to be enough of them for some units (that spend a lot of time raiding buildings in hostile neighborhoods).

The troops also appreciate getting the most realistic urban combat training possible. This included the use of modified (to fire slower bullets that sting but don't break the skin) pistols and rifles in "kill houses." Here, training can be carried out with live ammo. Kill houses are also equipped with vidcams and the troops particularly like to watch the vids of their performances. Seeing your mistakes apparently makes it easier to correct them. For close combat, a weapon with stopping power is no good unless you know how to use it.

All of this stuff is old news to the Special Forces, which have been doing all of this for years. But the army and marine grunts are smarter, better trained, and better led than at any time in the past. That's always been the description of the Special Forces, so it's not surprising that the better quality "regular infantry" are starting to adopt Special Forces techniques. SWAT teams everywhere pay attention to this military experience, as they often get involved in the same kind of close combat. SWAT operators are a large market and driving the development of new equipment, which is often later picked up by military personnel.

The U.S. military adopted the 9mm pistol in 1985, largely to standardize ammunition. All other NATO states used 9mm for pistols. The U.S. also noted that most 9mm pistols were carried by officers and support personnel, who rarely used them in combat. SOCOM came into being a few years later and immediately began planning to bring back .45 pistols. Actually, many Special Forces and SEAL operators never gave up using the .45, as it was the ideal pistol for many commando operations.

Lake Michigan / Friday Travel to Fairport
« on: August 09, 2012, 09:31:22 PM »
I'm looking for someone from Marquette who is going to Fairport tomorrow for this weekend's tournament.

I can't go down until sometime Saturday  :mad: but need a door prize, a box of Eyeflies, delivered to Shelly.  I'll be around all day Friday and can bring them to you, or meet you somewhere.



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