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Friday  February 22, 2019

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2/22/19  I've got to stop it!  Seeing new terrific holographic lure tape has me dreaming of my 1st trip of 2019.  The new brilliantly awesome A.I. pattern will debut next week and comes with a reel-story that goes back to later 1970s.  Rich Lowenthal, then owner of the Frankfort, MI's Tackle Box gave me a free George Richey's Green Sparkle Fly to try.  Guess Rich knew I was a good customer and would be back to buy more after it swimming.
              My first impression of George's Sparkle Fly clear Mylar creation was less than lackluster.  That changed on a dime once the Kings beat on his fly like a red-headed stepchild.  Man, this fly was hot and became a "go to" mainstay in my arsenal.  And yes, Rich L. was right, I came back and bought a bunch more. be continued.

2/21/20  Most excellent news!  Spring 2019 happens 27 days from now on 3/20/19.  Our long wait for the 2019 big water season is on the downhill side.  Late March could be the first Lk. MI trip hoping for a few good eating Brown Trout.
              Posted a photo from the drone camera in a wide 16 by 9 format that's the same as HD movie video.  The rest of the pics in the left border, "Photo of the Day" column are in 3 by 4 that's a lot more similar to old 35mm film cameras.  Click 16 x 9 drone pic
              The drone photo came out amazingly clear with a first-rate depth of field.  Too good as a matter of fact, shown by where the editing smudges are to protect customer privacy on a tackle shop order.  To have good focus short and far is a good thing that will be used to look straight down in Lk. MI to see bait.

2/20/19  Posted an updated pic to explain some of the features on our new water drone.  There's a lot going on in this piece of technology.  Being a raw newbie, trying to describe all the drone functions is beyond my pay grade. Click update drone pic
               Do know, attempting to learn how to run it could only be accomplished when we're not extra busy kicking tackle orders out the door.
               I've spent about 20 hours of intense hands-on experience getting comfortable with this camera carrying water bird.  Do know, hearing, or saying: "deploy the drone" will have shades of Star Trek and Star Wars dialog overtones.

2/19/19  1st video and camera photos with our new drone was a rousing success.  Photos are crystal clear.  1080i video test footage rivals the newer GoPro 6 Black that I own.
               Feel like this expense was more than justified from the initial test.  Will post a drone camera test photo soon that will be edited slightly to smudge out a shop tackle order for obvious customer privacy reasons.  Click drone cam looking at controller
               Learning to fly this over the water will show us a heretofore never before seen bird's eye view that encompasses all we do.  Piloting skills will be a major challenge.  But one I'm more than up for.  This is a new vista for us to conquer and that's gonna be fun!

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