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steellee

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steellee last won the day on November 15 2018

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    St Thomas, Niagara Falls
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    River and stream fishing

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  1. Be nice for some of the smaller stores to stick around but I just dont see it. Only the larger already established ones with 6 figure+ inventory seem to thrive. They're not keeping the doors open selling hooks, sinkers and a dozen worms to somebody. They make they're profits on volume of mid-high end rods, reels, electronics, etc. Someone just starting would need to have a spare million there willing to gamble if they're looking to compete... personally I do my research and know what I want or need before stepping in the store and don't see a tackle shop employee swaying my purchase. Although if I do see a good sale on something unexpected I have a bad habit of leaving with it even though I never knew I needed it
  2. Nowadays seems only the biggest shops thrive. Niagara Falls had many small tackle shops try back in the day and none survived as Peter's sort of had the monopoly on the area. Now trying to compete with online retailers its even tougher. Live in London area now and we have a few big stores in the area like Angling Sports and Angling outfitters. Few small shops known for their service are well established and aren't going anywhere either. Sail is supposed to be setting up shop shortly so we will see how that will effect the local buisness. Days of the 5am local shop are gone. Best to stay stocked and ready to go at a moments notice. Or its also a great opportunity to switch up techniques. If its terminal tackle you need (pencil lead, hooks, etc) try tossing hardware for a few hours, sometimes I've stumbled upon very succesful patterns just like that...
  3. Kwikfish/ flatfish. Proven trout and salmon killer but everything that swims in rivers and creeks loves them. Runner up are cleo's, #3 vibrax and a 3" dropshot minnow or a plain old white bass tube. Same idea everything smashes them. Just a small sample of variety from this fall showing different plugs. Find these more effective than spinners as I can slow the retrieve and just let current do the work around fallen trees, boulders etc.. even neutral fish will only let it sit in there face for so long before taking a swipe.
  4. Trail off from top parking lot at Queenston will take you all the way to Powerhouse. Lots of access points down. Lots of slower deeper drifts better for lures and jigs. Huge stretch that sees little pressure...
  5. Any out of W or SW over 25kmph steady and its trouble.
  6. Nasty boy with the 3 holes down the middle? Was a good salmon spoon in its day...
  7. First as in your stripper guide? Or your tiptop?. Hot glue will work on your tiptop like was said. If its your stripper guide and you need a rewrap don't mess around trying hardware store epoxies. It'll yellow and crack in no time. Its not made to flex. It should be done with flex coat and cured rolling on a motor or finish will sag. I could do it easy enough for ya but am in London area. For any rod building supplies (guides, etc)use Johns flymaterial in London. Best walk-in store I know for rodbuilding supplies. Most big tackle stores have a piss poor selection if anything.
  8. With all the snags down there I'd be scared of losing the camera!
  9. Yup. I like the smaller jr. ones. Also the popping frog from them. Some of my biggest bass came from the Lunkerfrog jr. Something different as they have legs instead of skirts. Even the dollarama MAKO frog has been a good producer. Just takes on a lot of water to be squeezed out more often. I have 1 or 2 of most brands I try
  10. I'm surprised Niagara Parks hasn't monetized the Queenston and Upper river launches it has yet like its done to just about everything else! Just a matter of time. Pay some kid minimum wage to sit and collect ramp fees in season.
  11. Ya missed hits is the name of the game for frogs. I found the first night starting around midnight I only really have my ears to hear the hits and react. Terrible hookup ratio... Full moon is my favourite for topwater as you get that extra reflection to see the boils in. Next night went an hour before dark as I wanted to see where some of the open pockets were and my hookup ratio was fine. Think like 4/5 in that hour... Also helps to trim the skirts on your frogs and give the hooks a slight bend away from the body. I do much prefer a hard topwater bait like rapala skitterpop but in this dense of a spot weedless frogs are your only option. Should be even better this week now the nights have cooled slightly. Still waiting for a true hog out of here this year. Most years I get some well over 5#.
  12. Managed to get out 2x the past week for some night largie topwater action. Bass forum seems pretty slow so figured I'd add something to get it going. Fishing some super thick wetlands where you need to be fast or your hung up in 50 pounds of pads and slop. Probably about 20% blowup to land ratio but the violent strikes are the funnest part and its still one of my favourite ways to catch mid summer bass. SPRO frog in black seemed to get the most bites, best ratio and best cast distance for me. All brands and colors seem to get bit though
  13. steellee

    Full moon

    When bass open I often fish topwater frogs on the full moons. Seems to be the best action of the month. Also the only time I can somewhat make out my bait and its action in the reflection of the moon light.
  14. steellee

    kid fish'n

    Firemans park is right in the Falls. Always had your regular panfish/ course fish and about as safe as it gets. Lots of room to explore if they get bored
  15. Was excited for today with a full gameplan until yesterdays big rain. Now just have to keep my eyes on the charts and watch as a few of the smaller systems are on the drop. My 2 prefered creeks are on the smaller side and drop quickly. Just got to hope for minimal rain for a few days
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