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St. Croix Report

Downsizers Cater to Trends in Musky Fishing

Park Falls, WI - A bucktail spinner was the prototypical lure employed throughout the early decades of musky fishing. In the years since, however, musky terminal tackle has become increasingly diverse and highly specialized. As lure manufacturers cranked out the big, bigger and gigantic baits demanded by musky anglers, St. Croix Rods eagerly owned the mission of designing and selling the equally specialized rods engineered and built to effectively fish every one of them.

Musky enthusiast and St. Croix pro, Chas Martin, has witnessed the evolution of musky fishing. "We're seeing the trend now that anglers are scoring on waters with down-sized presentations. In response, St. Croix has a whole series of rods that cater to these smaller presentations and the design of these rods allows anglers to effectively throw smaller baits ñ cast farther as well as work these lures in the accurate way that's required," Martin says.

The St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers will offer a one-day fly fishing workshop designed for women on Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop will be a hands-on class featuring the basics of fly fishing including gear and tackle, casting, knots, entomology, and safety. The workshop will be taught on a small pond and students will have the opportunity to hook and land a fish.

All equipment will be provided for the class, although students are welcome to bring their own equipment if desired. Students will need to bring their own water bottle, hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, pen or pencil for note-taking, and a one-day Indiana fly fishing license.

The St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers (SJRVFF) will host a “Beginner Fly Tying Course” beginning Thursday, Feb 14.

The course includes seven classes for tying proven fly patterns for the local area and beyond. Instructors Dustin New and Jeff Stanifer will cover fly tying tools and materials and how to use them to create a wide range of patterns.

Classes will be held each week at the South Bend Kroc Center Bend from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

The class cost for nonmembers of the SJRVFF is $30.00 but includes a club membership fee. SJRVFF will supply all the tools and materials to tie during the class. Interested students can sign up the night of the class or contact New for more information by calling him at 574-299-4914.