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Mark Knapp

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  1. Hatching up a devious plan to fix the little red wagons of the trout that have been short-biting my marabou skirts all winter under the ice. At least one of those rainbows is a thirty incher and my time is getting short. Only two months left of this ice fishing season, "No holds barred" You know what this means don't you? If you've ever accused me of being an elitist fly fishing snob, you have to take it back.😁
  2. These were all taken down to bare lead, air brushed and the Mylar tubing was slipped around it. Now I'm doing the coats of clear casting resin. I don't have a heavy duty lure spinner for drying the resin so I have to do it one side at a time. I'll clean up the eyelets after.
  3. If it's too cold for me to fish, it's too cold.
  4. Thanks guys, we had to abort a day early. It got so cold the heater wouldn't fire in the motor home. 28 below.
  5. My buddy Dave with a 22 incher. Some old guy showing the technique. Elisabeth, one of my favorite fishing buddies with a silver. My great nephew Noah with his biggest fish ever, a 23 inch rainbow. That's his Mom photo bombing. My cousin Dianna and her boy friend Erik with a 24 inch char. Of course you gotta kiss your first fish of the season if you don't want your luck to go bad. My nephew and his crew with our keepers. We kept these 5 and the char out of a total of 127 fish caught. It was a great time, can't wait to go again.
  6. We sometimes have a musk rat come up in a spear fishing hole. That'll scare ya.
  7. Just kidding, I watched it. That was good.
  8. Oh man, spoiler alert, now I don't have to watch it.
  9. I had to come home early from this fishing trip due to weather. I ran out of propane in the motor home (for heat) nobody fills propane below -20 F here. It was 28 below. First time ever I had to call a fishing trip due to weather.
  10. That's too funny. I bet someone could photo-shop that.
  11. Ours is four feet down.
  12. Did they close down all the schools and government offices? Are the iguanas falling from the trees?
  13. Dang winter anyway. It's only good for a couple of things, ice fishing and it keeps the riff raff in Florida.
  14. I'm trying really hard not to "cold shame" you guys. I changed out the frozen battery in my wife's car yesterday, 23 below zero.
  15. The guy that wrote the stuff about "Mark's Vessel" misspelled "vessel". I had to correct it. There are Char, Rainbows, Silvers and King salmon. All are stocked. If we fish deeper water and on the bottom we could catch more char. If we fish higher in the water column we would catch more silvers. We're fishing in 10 to 12 feet (the house is on a drop off) and I usually fish about four feet off the bottom. That's where I get the most bights and where I catch a high percentage of rainbows. Rainbows get the biggest of all four species in this lake and I'm trying for a 30 incher so I concentrate on rainbows. We actually do catch a fare number of silvers and kings but they are generally smaller and don't get many pictures taken of them. About once or twice a year I'll catch a Quartz lake slam, all four species in one day. By the end of the winter, the ice will be between 34 and 40 inches thick, and I'll have two extensions on the auger.
  16. Mark Knapp

    Arkie trip

    We are only allowed to use single egg rigs.
  17. When I was a kid, we'd catch one and tie a thread to his legs. Then we'd fly him around like a kite till he got tired.
  18. We're going to need some pictures.😁
  19. Can't really tell. Need to pull a feather and wrap it around a shank. There is a technique for using long hackles for shorter collars in which case you can use them all.
  20. That's the ugliest kayak I've ever seen.
  21. Nice job, da bode a ya's. I love the smile too.
  22. Sheesh, Tough crowd. It still took just as much effort. I'd think a guy should get extra credit if he did something for someone else that he wouldn't have done for himself. Like leaving your own house fire to go help a neighbor put out his.😁
  23. Guilty as charged. Do I still get credit for cleaning it?
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