This past winter (2001-2002) the weather here in Michigan did not cooperate with the local ice fishermen. As a result I focused my energies else where and built my very own fly rod. I used a St. Croix
IV 8 ft. 4 wt blank, with titanium single foot guides, made my own burl cork handle, and placed a maple reel seat on it. This thing is a dream to cast. It has already paid for itself. It helped me land this Master Angler size Blue Gill
(11.25 inches long) along with this Bass
This particular fish (the 11.25 inch blue gill) )turned out to be the FIFTH LARGEST CAUGHT IN THE STATE
for 2002 and got me 2 minutes of fame on the outrageously popular local PBS show "The Practical Sportsman"
. Follow this link to view behind the scenes footage
(7.02 MB in window media format) of my famous TV interview.