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Tom S

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    Tom S got a reaction from perkins in Opinion: One Sentence To Improve   
    My two cents. Take it for what you will, I'm certainly no social media expert.
    Reduce the number of subforums. Keep the major ones (Fishing, Hunting & Conservation, Non-Fishing, and Classifieds) and maybe a couple specific interest forums, but roll the rest into one general discussion area. Right now we're like a restaurant, where each group is sitting at it's own table having their own conversation. Bring all the conversations together, so it's more like a bar and you can float from group to group and participate in many discussions. It's just to fragmented right now.
    Think about setting up some more contests. Great start with the fishing and hunting stories, think of how to do more. Prizes don't have to be as big as those contests, maybe work with the sponsors? Run photo of the month or fish of the month contest. Organize a yearly tournament. Give people a reason to participate.
    Do whatever you can to provide good information to new members about techniques and general locations, but don't get into hotspotting. Hotspotting may bring in an increase in overall membership, but the majority of these members are just trolling for locations and will not participate. It will drive away dedicated members who have worked hard to locate spots and develop techniques only to have them given away.
    That's it for now
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    Tom S got a reaction from pudge in Opinion: One Sentence To Improve   
    My two cents. Take it for what you will, I'm certainly no social media expert.
    Reduce the number of subforums. Keep the major ones (Fishing, Hunting & Conservation, Non-Fishing, and Classifieds) and maybe a couple specific interest forums, but roll the rest into one general discussion area. Right now we're like a restaurant, where each group is sitting at it's own table having their own conversation. Bring all the conversations together, so it's more like a bar and you can float from group to group and participate in many discussions. It's just to fragmented right now.
    Think about setting up some more contests. Great start with the fishing and hunting stories, think of how to do more. Prizes don't have to be as big as those contests, maybe work with the sponsors? Run photo of the month or fish of the month contest. Organize a yearly tournament. Give people a reason to participate.
    Do whatever you can to provide good information to new members about techniques and general locations, but don't get into hotspotting. Hotspotting may bring in an increase in overall membership, but the majority of these members are just trolling for locations and will not participate. It will drive away dedicated members who have worked hard to locate spots and develop techniques only to have them given away.
    That's it for now
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    Tom S got a reaction from kgm in Need a job ?   
    This. The entitlement mentality.
    My experience in the engineering/design/manufacturing side of things is that schools (both high school and higher education) do not teach critical thinking or technical problem solving. Pump the kids full of software knowledge, they don't need actual design knowledge - the computer will figure it out for them. What you end up with is things like Smerch's brick-laying robot. Maybe a good concept, but looking at the video it's pretty obvious that the people who are needed to make concept a reality were not consulted. I look at some of the 'new' and 'exciting' things that companies like Autodesk promote (Titans of CNC? Really? Show is garbage manufacturing) and it makes me sad and upset. Exciting engineering is things like the Hoover Dam, Merlin Engines, Space travel, and the like. Not pushing buttons and letting the computer do the 'thinking'. Bring back the engineering programs that were more like an apprenticeship where they learned about tools and machines and the real world.
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    Tom S got a reaction from smerchly in Need a job ?   
    This. The entitlement mentality.
    My experience in the engineering/design/manufacturing side of things is that schools (both high school and higher education) do not teach critical thinking or technical problem solving. Pump the kids full of software knowledge, they don't need actual design knowledge - the computer will figure it out for them. What you end up with is things like Smerch's brick-laying robot. Maybe a good concept, but looking at the video it's pretty obvious that the people who are needed to make concept a reality were not consulted. I look at some of the 'new' and 'exciting' things that companies like Autodesk promote (Titans of CNC? Really? Show is garbage manufacturing) and it makes me sad and upset. Exciting engineering is things like the Hoover Dam, Merlin Engines, Space travel, and the like. Not pushing buttons and letting the computer do the 'thinking'. Bring back the engineering programs that were more like an apprenticeship where they learned about tools and machines and the real world.
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    Tom S reacted to schnipster in New to Fly Fishing - Looking to Learn   
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    Tom S reacted to schnipster in New to Fly Fishing - Looking to Learn   
    the help is always solid in this forum and freely given...ask us where we catch our fish and you may be on the wrong side of an internet war....lol
     
    we ask that you adhere to a few rules please. and this goes for anyone that needs a refresher.
     
    1. no asking anyone here about rivers, lakes, ponds, drainage ponds, koi ponds or any other productive body of water.
    2. absolutely no center pinning or spin fishing will be undertaken or discussed as an active memeber of ths fly only forum
    3. downrigging makes you a bad person
    4.wooly buggers and san juan worms are not flies...they are not.
    5.when you see a centerpinner on the river..cast on the downstream side of them no more that 12 ft away in order to not allow an      otherwise perfect 400ft drift.
    6. when fishing with schnipster dont ever ever...bring hard boiled eggs as a shore lunch.
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    Tom S got a reaction from troutmedic in New to Fly Fishing - Looking to Learn   
    I'm going to recommend you get in touch with Peter Charles from Hooked4Life Fly Fishing School. Peter is based out of Haldimand, has reasonable rates, and is a great instructor. He works around your schedule and location, and offers courses for both learning fly casting and for learning fly fishing, from total beginner casting to advanced spey casting. 
    Whatever you do, get some lessons before investing in equipment. A good instructor will be willing to show you different rods based on what you want to fish for and can make recommendations on equipment based on how you cast. They should have a number of rods and lines you can try out to see what fits. 
    And beware - after you get into fly fishing you will want more than two outfits. You're going to want a 3wt for panfish, 4/5wt for trout, 5/6wt for general bass use, 7/8wt for larger streamers and poppers, 9wt for steelhead, maybe a switch rod, then a spey. Get some awesome vintage fiberglass in there to. 
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    Tom S got a reaction from PRO - P1KE 101 in taxidermy! !!   
    Totally within their rights to keep. What bothers me is that they do such a poor job of handling the fish that even though they released they might as well have kept them. There is more to catch and release than just tossing the fish back in the water.
    Like this fellow (from a totally unrelated forum) who claimed to have released this 10lb walleye. Never mind the blood pouring from the gills and internal organ damage from hanging a large fish from it's mouth. Probably became crayfish food shortly after this photo, but he practiced 'catch and release'.

     
    Rant over. Let's get this back on topic, we could probably beat this dead horse all day if we wanted to.
     
     
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    Tom S got a reaction from AwolRJ in taxidermy! !!   
    Totally within their rights to keep. What bothers me is that they do such a poor job of handling the fish that even though they released they might as well have kept them. There is more to catch and release than just tossing the fish back in the water.
    Like this fellow (from a totally unrelated forum) who claimed to have released this 10lb walleye. Never mind the blood pouring from the gills and internal organ damage from hanging a large fish from it's mouth. Probably became crayfish food shortly after this photo, but he practiced 'catch and release'.

     
    Rant over. Let's get this back on topic, we could probably beat this dead horse all day if we wanted to.
     
     
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    Tom S got a reaction from gunner-2 in taxidermy! !!   
    Totally within their rights to keep. What bothers me is that they do such a poor job of handling the fish that even though they released they might as well have kept them. There is more to catch and release than just tossing the fish back in the water.
    Like this fellow (from a totally unrelated forum) who claimed to have released this 10lb walleye. Never mind the blood pouring from the gills and internal organ damage from hanging a large fish from it's mouth. Probably became crayfish food shortly after this photo, but he practiced 'catch and release'.

     
    Rant over. Let's get this back on topic, we could probably beat this dead horse all day if we wanted to.
     
     
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    Tom S got a reaction from PRO - P1KE 101 in taxidermy! !!   
    Sorry to go off topic here, but it bothers me to see a site like this, showing all these record catches being gill raped and labeled as 'catch and release'. 
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    Tom S got a reaction from norestnorust in New to Fly Fishing - Looking to Learn   
    Farm & Greenhouse ponds. 
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    Tom S got a reaction from DaveC in New to Fly Fishing - Looking to Learn   
    I'm going to recommend you get in touch with Peter Charles from Hooked4Life Fly Fishing School. Peter is based out of Haldimand, has reasonable rates, and is a great instructor. He works around your schedule and location, and offers courses for both learning fly casting and for learning fly fishing, from total beginner casting to advanced spey casting. 
    Whatever you do, get some lessons before investing in equipment. A good instructor will be willing to show you different rods based on what you want to fish for and can make recommendations on equipment based on how you cast. They should have a number of rods and lines you can try out to see what fits. 
    And beware - after you get into fly fishing you will want more than two outfits. You're going to want a 3wt for panfish, 4/5wt for trout, 5/6wt for general bass use, 7/8wt for larger streamers and poppers, 9wt for steelhead, maybe a switch rod, then a spey. Get some awesome vintage fiberglass in there to. 
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    Tom S got a reaction from norestnorust in New to Fly Fishing - Looking to Learn   
    I'm going to recommend you get in touch with Peter Charles from Hooked4Life Fly Fishing School. Peter is based out of Haldimand, has reasonable rates, and is a great instructor. He works around your schedule and location, and offers courses for both learning fly casting and for learning fly fishing, from total beginner casting to advanced spey casting. 
    Whatever you do, get some lessons before investing in equipment. A good instructor will be willing to show you different rods based on what you want to fish for and can make recommendations on equipment based on how you cast. They should have a number of rods and lines you can try out to see what fits. 
    And beware - after you get into fly fishing you will want more than two outfits. You're going to want a 3wt for panfish, 4/5wt for trout, 5/6wt for general bass use, 7/8wt for larger streamers and poppers, 9wt for steelhead, maybe a switch rod, then a spey. Get some awesome vintage fiberglass in there to. 
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    Tom S reacted to Old Outdoorsman in Reminder- deer license isn't a license to tresspass   
    I know most here are responsible hunters who properly acquired hunting permission months if not years ago to hunt the fields they will be using during deer season.   However there may be the odd "newbie" or lurker who just goes out wherever he wants .  
    The old saying "if you don't own it, it's not yours" applies.   
    Please be respectful of property owners whether the land is posted or not.   Just because you may not see a sign doesn't mean it's public land.  
    Be safe and good hunting. 
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    Tom S got a reaction from Spiel in Credit Shinanigans   
    I tell myself that all the chemicals those people ingest while eating those boots helps to cleanse the gene pool....
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    Tom S got a reaction from PRO - P1KE 101 in First Wraps   
    Good way to break in a rod?
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    Tom S got a reaction from gunner-2 in Big changes possible for turkey hunting!   
    I think that it's a sign of success that turkey are being brought back into the regular hunting courses. Ontario has gone from having no turkey before reintroduction in the early 80's to an estimated population of 70,000. I know of at least 3 large flocks within a 20km radius of my house. Sure, the population will go through ups and downs, we've had some harsh winters and the coyote population is on the rise. But with continued management I see no reason to keep it a separate course.
    If anything I would like to see tighter regulations on deer in my area. To much stupidity going on during shotgun season.
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    Tom S got a reaction from Brian_b in First Wraps   
    Finally got me a rod dryer

    Much nicer than turning by hand.
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    Tom S reacted to kevin in Should we be concerned?   
    A lot of alarmist responses to this on here.  Lake Erie is a gigantic lake.  Some years the fish use certain areas of it, and a lot of times those areas are the same year in and year out.  But once in a while, you have different conditions, which this year IS.  The regular June pattern for walleye was completely off.  Fish were still hanging on or near spawning shoals when they should have been 10 miles offshore. Next to no rain all spring, no runoff, no quick surface warming from that runoff. Now, a heat wave and drought that has the surface temp down below 80ft.  The traditional summer locations are bath water.
    Back to the 100 boats comment.  Just take a look on Lake Erie and you'll see those 100 boats all smack right in the same spot trying to create fish when there are none there.  Many guys are reluctant to pick up and leave to find fish because they've been in that spot other years.  I heard boat after boat complain of no perch off Abino this year, yet they all tied up in a giant raft right there again anyway. 
    The overall harvest of Lake Erie is calculated by both the US and Canadian side (TAC aka...Total Allowable Catch).  They take into consideration the total catch of commercial fishing, and the estimated angler effort.  Even though almost all sports fishermen hate the commercial fishing and total harvest amounts (including me), it's actually a contributing factor to why this lake is as good as it is.  Without it, there would be a population explosion and a bait crash.  After that, the fish go down.  That lake is all one big machine, and the guys who are paid the big bucks watch it closely to try to keep that balance.
    If you google "Erie walleye population decline" this exact topic has come up every year.  Just look at the posts, articles, responses, etc.  It all depends on what part of the lake you're on.  The east end is a very small portion of the overall lake.  There's still lots of fish being caught by those who work for them.  The only change I've noticed this year is the fish are on the move much quicker and aren't hanging out in one area very long.  It's frustrating when other years you can just sit on them all summer.
    A hefty limit with no slot is not an indication of a population problem.  When the professionals feel there is an issue, that would be the first change and first indication. 
     
     
     
     
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    Tom S got a reaction from Jmo1685 in Should we be concerned?   
    Seriously? You have a bad year and you want to start pointing fingers at the people who make their living fishing those waters? There's no reason that a lake the size of Erie can't support a commercial fishery. 
    The lakes have been far from stable the last number of years. Water level was down, water level is back up, winter so cold the entire lake freezes, then a winter so warm that we don't really get ice. Fish are going to move and change habits when things like that happen. 
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    Tom S reacted to schnipster in More comp fishing   
    spey method is alot of work...i still have a switch rod for those days when its cold out and the boys wanna hit the steel. with that said stillwater and brookies are the only tweo places where you are not assaulted with crowds and idiots.  in my canoe i am a peace---in the rivers i am also at peace, when i think about the credit with 20000 guys swinging dumbell size roe sacks past my rod tip i get a feeling like that time we ate chinese food in a town with no chinese folks...lol
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    Tom S reacted to DaveC in Little Taste Of Competetive Fly Fishing   
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    Tom S reacted to Snags in Dunville Today   
    ... dunnville ...
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    Tom S got a reaction from ron4blues in First Wraps   
    Fired up some trim bands last night


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