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Congratulations to two Fmers. I saw the article by Sam Cook today and had to say congrats. to Kent and Brian. Sounds like you guys had a good trip. Maybe even got Sam to get into FM.

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Quickstrike

yeah, it was a fun trip although the fishing was a little slow. sam is a great guy and it was great to get to know him and brian graff a little better. i tell you, those guys have some great stories to tell around a campfire. Me and Porter will also be on Minnesota bound at the beginning of June, we shot a steelhead show this spring and it should be a good one, we got a lot of fish on tape.

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Surface Tension

Way to go! I'll have to read the paper.

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Quickstrike

actually it was yesterdays paper, but i think you can still read it online.

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Tom Linderholm

Nice work guys, I read the article this morning. Suprised there was no chest fro hanging out in any of the pictures. I guess I would say I am a little dissapointed Porter.

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Casaloma

Great Story, likley one you will tell for ever. grin.gif

You guys deserve it, the way you've been hitting it since I met you, congrats! Looking forword to the MN Bound, please post when that show will air. Many of us will watch.

And to think only a couple short years ago IllTakeWhatICanGet was a bottle of Old #7.

Once again, you guys deserve it ( still how did QS get a 1" x 1" photo & Porter get center stage??? grin.gif )

Later- CLoma

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Quickstrike

because he actually caught some nice fish! tongue.gif

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Nate McVey

Great article guys......sounds like quite a trip!

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chaffmj

Can somebody post a link to the story if it is on line?

Thanks!

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Steve Foss

Excellent work from Sam, as always. Also doesn't hurt to have two relentless young fishermen to write about. grin.gif

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Wellesy

What a great read...I would never think about fly fishing for lake trout. cool.gif

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RodNGun

Way to go guys. Looks like a fun trip. It was a good read especially the part that made you guys hero's. I have had to make the same frantic paddle toward someone else's rig. Keeps you on your toes.

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I'llTakeWhatiCanGet

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Nice work guys, I read the article this morning. Suprised there was no chest fro hanging out in any of the pictures. I guess I would say I am a little dissapointed Porter.


I was tryin, but they must have photoshopped it out. I'm surprised you recognized me without the chest hair, it seems like lately you've been pretty fixated on my chest blush.gif

It was a great trip, even though the weather didn't totally cooperate. Gotta take what mother nature gives ya though, and we had a lot of fun despite the wind. The Minnesota Bound episode kent mentioned should be airing on June 2 at 8:30 am on channel 9- as far as they can tell me at this point. If anything changes we'll keep you posted. They got a lot of good footage, so it'll be cool to see what they did with it. Bill, the producer we filmed with, said it came together really well so it should be fun to watch...

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chaffmj

Man, if I had only known you guys were going to be newspaper and tv stars I would have got your autographs at the Paddle Inn in Janurary. wink.gif Seriously, it was a good article and I am looking forward to seeing you on MN Bound. cool.gif

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