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Mark Knapp

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  1. I have done lots of ice fishing where I would wonder why I like it. I practice No-Suffering Ice Fishing now. We do have a blast.
  2. While they are not flies per se, we are all using my hand tied jigs. I fish a marabou minnow imitation in one hand with no bait and nymph with bait in the other hand. I catch most of my fish and almost all the big ones on the unbaited minnow.
  3. I am sorry for you. You southern folk have it rough.
  4. With my new ceiling fan and heater, our ice fishing doesn't require any suffering. It's about 70 degrees in the house and we don't even have to skim any ice out of the holes.
  5. My notes say we caught a little over 125 fish, the biggest was a 22 1/2 inch rainbow. Kept 11 for eating. Thanks for looking.
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    Cabin build

    I'm pretty sure he means it's because fur and game tends to get warier when humans are pursuing them. Bears in areas where they aren't hunted are less afraid of humans and more dangerous than bears in areas were they are actively pursued. They have learned to have a healthy respect for humans where they are hunted.
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    Cabin build

    He's a lone wolf. ๐Ÿ˜
  8. Probably in 10 days or so, we'll be down there for 5 or six days.
  9. I like all the stuff you tie, and I like these too. Very cool, or maybe I should say "HOT"
  10. Generally, the word Kokanee is used (in the lower 48) to mean land locked red (sockeye) salmon. We don't have any red salmon, our state only stocks Kings (Chinooks) and Silvers (Coho) salmon. In my 37 years fishing Quarts lake I have caught all four species in the lake lots of times, we call that a Quartz Lake slam (Rainbow, Char, Silvers and Kings). This year we have already caught and released about 280 fish through the ice. We haven't caught any char yet this year, they seem to be the most elusive where we fish.
  11. Not a fan of the camo job. (he said in the nicest way he could think of)
  12. Good job James. I'm not going to knit pick you to death about foggy lenses and cameras pointed at nothing. I appreciate the moose shots, that was a nice touch. I also appreciate that you didn't do a lot of hollering on the ice. By now you probably know that the regs allow a total of ten fish per day including all four species in the lake, silvers, kings, char and rainbows. Only one over 18 inches. If you ever see me at my motor home or fish house there, stop and say hi.
  13. You are welcomed to come up and spend a week with me in my house.ย  I know it's a stretch to fly to Alaska just for some ice fishing but if you'd like to you are welcomed.

    PS, Alaska is a pretty much a mask free zone once you get out of the airport. That would be a nice change for you I would think.

  14. Mine is a 30 inch rainbow. I've seen 3 of them come out of my favorite Ice fishing lake. My biggest to day was a 28 1/2 inch one. Expand my list of Alaskan sport fish caught on an original fly pattern of my own. I'm at 29 now. My only other one is to try and fish more ๐Ÿ˜.
  15. Good one, I wish you luck.
  16. Going fishing for a week, talk to you guys later.
  17. That is funny, I would have thought the the big bears would be in there too. They can weight 1200 pounds. We weighed one that was 1,185 pounds.
  18. Yes you can tie with grizzly. They have regular hunting seasons and we have plenty in Alaska.
  19. You might need to move north some.
  20. The main reason to hunt these bears is for population control. They live on an island and have no predators themselves. If some are not taken there would soon be too many and they would eat everything else on the island, deer, reindeer, elk, foxes, beavers etc. then there would be nothing for them to eat and they too would soon be gone. We take 5% each year to hold the population at a stable level. It's been working like that for about a hundred years so it seems to be a good system. Also, as in the OP, the big bears we kill are past the breeding age and kill and eat a lot of other bears. We have tried eating them but they are not very good to eat. In the spring, when they are in the rut, they taste very bad. In the fall, after they eat fish all summer they taste fishy. They are also very tough to chew, we pressure cooked the tender loins from one for 45 minutes one time and it was still tougher than a raw hide chew bone. Grizzly bears are the only big game animals that we don't have wanton waist laws on (where you have to save all the meat). Some people eat grizzlies from the interior (Not coastal bears) where they eat more berries than fish. Black bears are good to eat.
  21. Thanks everybody, and you are welcomed.
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