Kish 2015 Recap

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Kish 2015 Recap

Postby RamblingBen » Dec Thu 10, 2015 10:44 am

Another year on the Kish, that makes 8. I wanted to post a quick recap of my year seeing as I rarely put up individual reports any more. Having two boys under three years old has, not surprisingly, taken a toll on my fishing time resulting in only a handful of outings. I managed,

1 Spring group float with the ISA, had about 6 members total and floated 10 or so miles of river. My best smallie day boating 6 of them with three being 16-18 inches.

2 Summer float and wades, The first with my friend Anthony. We caught a bunch of small to medium pike and a couple smallmouth. We each missed a quality fish with Anthony being manhandled by a monster pike and me losing a bronze bass that hit so hard and ran so fast I barely had time to react. I tried a follow up float solo next weekend but the river was blown out with rain the night before, skunked.

3 Fall wades. November was a great time for Pike. I had three wading outings within a two weeks, all solo. Went 0-3 on the first one missing two nice fish, skunked on the second, and 2-3 on the last finally landing a solid pike on the fly.

Looks pretty abysmal written down. The lack of time on the water, along with the growing pains of learning to fly fish took their toll. With that said, it was the most fun I've had in a long time. It was great to be challenged and even on days I got skunked, I went home knowing I improved upon my casting and technique. I think this video edit I have is a much better representation of my year.

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Some takeaways:
-Holy hell fly fishing is fun, learning curve be damned, once you hook into a quality fish and feel how "connected" the fight is it's hard to go back.
-Fly tying is also a great time, there's an investment but once you have the tools and materials and techniques to let your imagination go wild it's hard to stop.
-This river still holds a special place with me, there's lots of variety between the north, south, and main branches. It may not have the most numbers or the largest fish, but it feels wild in many sections. Always an adventure with something new around the bend.
-With my oldest son almost three. I'll be comfortable taking him out more next year. that means more fishing time, I can't wait to expose him to one of my favorite activities.

If you love Smallmouth and want to help protect the rivers they live in check out joining the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance, it's a great group of people with tons of knowledge on our rivers. http://www.illinoissmallmouthalliance.com
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby polishfly » Dec Thu 10, 2015 11:48 am

That is a bad ass video!
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby Zenfish » Dec Thu 10, 2015 9:39 pm

Great video. I need to get me so Kish.
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby RonG » Dec Thu 10, 2015 9:50 pm

Zenfish wrote: I need to get me so Kish.


Oops! Just like the last 5 seasons, I just realized I forgot to try the Kish.

Nice job!
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby Skifish1 » Dec Thu 10, 2015 11:32 pm

Nice video Ben, we never got around to sharing the water maybe next year I know you have your hands full, I got new spots I discovered on all branches this year.... :wink:
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby jim bohman » Dec Sat 12, 2015 10:14 am

Nice post Ben, my sister lives on the Kish, been talking about getting out there but havent given it a shot yet. looks like its time to give it a shot.
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby jmdog2003 » Dec Sat 12, 2015 11:36 am

Nice vid bud! Very arsty ;) I've been chomping at the bit to fish that river for some time now. Can't believe I lived a 5 minute walk away and never fished it :(
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby catchafew » Dec Sat 12, 2015 11:55 am

Cool video.
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby ohoffm » Dec Sat 12, 2015 12:09 pm

catchafew wrote:Cool video.
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby RamblingBen » Dec Sat 12, 2015 8:39 pm

Appreciate the feedback everyone, If you liked that video check out my channel for more like it. I'm looking to branch out into some more informative kind of stuff, fly tying, gear reviews, techniques etc but I'm trying to find my way of doing it. I think a Nucanoe Frontier review is overdue. Tight lines!
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby FISHdank » Dec Sun 13, 2015 12:55 am

What a cool video, great year and some good fish. Thanks for sharing
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby JustinCarf » Dec Mon 14, 2015 12:03 pm

Great video! I really enjoy all of yours. What camera are you using?
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby DasGoby » Dec Mon 14, 2015 2:23 pm

Great video!
I think a Nucanoe Frontier review is overdue


How do you like the Frontier? Any thoughts to share? It's on my short list.
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby RamblingBen » Dec Mon 14, 2015 2:29 pm

Thanks, I'm using a GoPro Hero 2 and a Nikon D3100 with it's kit lens. My friend has a GoPro and a nice camcorder we use as well. I love how the DSLR shoots in 24 fps, it creates a cinematic dreamy feel. Ever since last years steelhead adventures my lens has been gummed up and I've had to manually focus everything, pretty tough to do on a little 2 inch display screen so I've been lucky/happy with how stuff has turned out.
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby Rambler » Dec Mon 14, 2015 2:42 pm

Absolutely great video! Can't wait to hit the Kish again in the Spring.
Keep calm and fish on...

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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby RamblingBen » Dec Mon 14, 2015 2:46 pm

DasGoby wrote:Great video!
I think a Nucanoe Frontier review is overdue


How do you like the Frontier? Any thoughts to share? It's on my short list.


I love it overall, I think it's the most versatile kayak on the market, of course there could be improvements

+ INCREDIBLE stability and room to move
+ It's a 1 or 2 person boat, the track system lets you choose whatever seat and position you want
+ Drafts shallow and tracks well, has the ability to add a trolling motor or a 3hp motor

- The floor design doesn't let the boat drain water without lifting the front, looks like the new pursuit has a much improved floor
- Not very "grabby" the handles are cheapo bolt on style's and since this boat is wide and somewhat heavy it's hard to get leverage when moving it around. I still cartop it with minimal issues.
- I don't want to say slow, but it's not the fastest. I think they found a great balance of speed/stability. The shallow draft helps.

other thoughts.
If your mounting any style of swivel or larger seat you NEED the rigid bases.
The wheels that mount to it are almost necessary for moving and loading onto cars.

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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby joetrain » Dec Mon 14, 2015 2:52 pm

That was a great video. I am definitely going to start using my fly rod more. The nucanoe is an awesome boat. If it was lighter there would be one in my garage right now. ~JOE~
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby billebob5 » Dec Mon 14, 2015 3:44 pm

The soundtrack should have been Suck my Kish by the Chili Peppers... hello? hello? This thing on? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby roleplayaj1324 » Dec Mon 14, 2015 8:47 pm

Awesome video. The south branch is nearly in my backyard, maybe next season lol
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Re: Kish 2015 Recap

Postby JustinCarf » Dec Mon 14, 2015 9:20 pm

RamblingBen wrote:Thanks, I'm using a GoPro Hero 2 and a Nikon D3100 with it's kit lens. My friend has a GoPro and a nice camcorder we use as well. I love how the DSLR shoots in 24 fps, it creates a cinematic dreamy feel. Ever since last years steelhead adventures my lens has been gummed up and I've had to manually focus everything, pretty tough to do on a little 2 inch display screen so I've been lucky/happy with how stuff has turned out.
It's working for you, I'm happy with how your stuff comes out, too! haha. Keep it up, man. Looking forward to more of your productions.
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