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Friday  November 17, 2017

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10/25/17 Crossbow
John J's 6 point

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Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

11/17/17  There is no instant gratification in tackle manufacturing.  There's not one project (flashers, meat-heads, & spoons) I've completed that has not taken at least 6 months, or longer.  1000s of dollars are involved, so you have to triple check everything.
                 The colorants we use come from 3 different continents.  Some are known as, rare earths and are very expensive.  Communicating across the world is a slow day, by day process.  Where each question takes a day, maybe 2 for a reply.  There's where I am now, pushing slowly ahead, but making progress.  Click rare earth explanations

11/16/17  Cold wet and windy as we get closer to full blown winter.  Busy with get materials in-house for the 2018 season.  The close of my 2017 season has been anticlimactic.  Not ending as I hoped.  Still a slim chance I'll get one more whack at the fish before I hang it up.  Not having a last/ending trip is frustrating.

11/15/17  Firearms deer season is today.  This opener has lost some of it's glory to bow hunting.  Everyone I know, who owns a crossbow has already got their buck.  Crossbows are deadly accurate out to 40 yards, maybe more.  Click John J's 6pt

11/14/17  Good luck and have a safe hunt for tomorrow's opening day for firearms deer season in MI.  Successive mild winters have helped the deer herds around my place.
                 Was hoping to have all colors of meat heads back in stock by December 1st.  Delays in getting colorants have pushed this back till early next year.  Some of the colorant we use are special order and that takes time.

11/13/17  In about 11 months, I'll be celebrating my 50th anniversary of being a Great Lakes Salmon and Trout fisherman.  Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s seen 1000s of Coho on the surface ...porpoise all over E Platte Bay N of Frankfort, MI. 
               These were the days when the MDNR invested heavily in this new fishery.  Back then, they used to stock/plant the Platte River with a 1,000,000 or more Coho.
               Great Lakes Salmon fishing has provided me with a lifetime rich with memories of the glory days.  Good thing? never know, if these days are going return again!

11/11/17  Veterans Day that carries a special meaning to those of us when family members served on the armed forced like my father did in WWII.  The courage to put your life on the line to serve our country should never be forgotten.  Have a great weekend!

11/10/17  Something happened when I wasn't paying attention.  It turned into hard winter with snow and temps in the high teens.  Click 1st snow of 2017-2018 winter

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