Neighbors and Community

(Note this is from Jan 30, 2013 from another blog I am combining with The Diaries.)

Last week Mother Nature decided to turn the house around the ranch into a Winter Wonderland. Nothing new for SW Michigan. Let the jet stream align with a warm Lake Michigan and hold onto your mittens! The mediocre-olgists called for 6-10 inches of snow. Not much for some, other it may grind things to a halt. Around here its the former. No biggie. Its Michigan y’all!

 

Last week everything aligned and we go snow. And more snow. After three days of lake effect snow we have about 20 inches in the backyard. Again not a big deal just more than I was expecting. Went from a single time snow blowing the driveway to do it 3 times in 3 days. Just wasn’t expecting it. But was ready and dealt with it.

 

Anyway I am getting distracted. While blowing snow on the 2nd day I saw the neighbor the east get on his little UTV. He plowed his drive in no time. Cools beans. Then I see him go to the neighbors to the west. Cool.
The neighbor to the west has had a variety of medical issues over the last year and isn’t in a condition to handle clearing out 15 inches of snow. Granted his son usually comes out and plows his drive but knowing the East Neighbor is thinking of him and taking care of him is good to know.

 

Note on the East Neighbor. He and his wife are good people. We only talk to them once or twice a year. We each keep to ourselves. A couple years back during a similar lake effect storm I was out with a horrid illness and lost my voice (bad since I have to talk on the phone just to work). Our drive was getting pretty bad. One day East Neighbor plowed it, with out being asked. It was amazing to know he was there to help. I told K and the kids to make some ‘Nanner bread. Didn’t have money to pay him but a couple warm loaves of fresh ‘Nanner bread got my point across.

 

I keep getting distracted. While blowing snow, East Neighbor drove back from West Neighbor’s. He pulled into our drive and up to me. We talk for about 20 minutes about hunting, fishing, weather, life, etc.
The point I am trying to make is you don’t have to eat dinner every night with your neighbors to be a community. One of the main tenants of survival I have learned from the Survival Podcast is community. This is a great example of how it works. My neighbors and I stay out of each others business until one needs help. Then we step up and act like neighbors. Doesn’t seem hard eh?

 

 

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DIY Soil Block press (w/ video)

Trying to press forward with our skills challenge has been tough. Illness, heavy snowfall and life want to get in the way. I (J) have been dealing with laryngitis for nearly two weeks. Never fun and unfortunately nothing new for me. While I normally shy away from prescription meds for most things I have learned the best way to heal my vocal chords is a dose of steroids. Or this year it is two doses. Would let nature take its course but can’t afford to miss a month of work.

Enough complaining at least I am breathing and my family is healthy.  This post is about more on our Gardening skill improvement. I decided to try my hand at making a soil block press. Found a few ideas online and went at it.

I had an extra piece of PVC left over from some project I don’t recall. The ID of the tube was ½ inch. Figured it would be perfect for smaller seeds. I went to the local small town True Value and found some washers that fit the ID well. Also grabbed a 12 inch piece of 5/16th all thread. A few nuts and a fender style washer and I was ready to rock and roll. Total out of pocket cost was $3.30 ($3.50 with sales tax). I later went and bought a small bottle of blue locktite, well it was Super Glue thread locker, for $2.59. That makes my total about $6 but the all thread and thread locker will be used for other projects like more soil block presses.

Here is the video of me building the press. The end is me playing in dirt with my kids. Always a fun time when there is still a foot of snow on the ground and more falling from the sky!

I cut the PVC tube to 1 ½ inches. I cut the all thread to 2 ½ inches. I originally hand cut a piece from a butter dish lid. Thought was it would work as a “wiper” in the tube. In practice it was a pain and the press I made without the plastic worked much better.  Skip the plastic. Can prolly just use one washer also…  saving ya 11 cents.  I would also suggest looking at a smaller diameter all thread.  The 5/16th worked ok but I didn’t need that big of a hole to place the small seeds.

As for the Miracle-Gro Seed Starting Mix it will prolly work great in pots or 4 packs. There were a lot of sticks and such in it. No biggie it will compost but not the best for forming soil blocks. I went this route hoping to save time. Also saving my throat from mixing soil/compost/peat or whatever in the cold. I will be checking for better mixes online and try again later. Any tips please let me know.

Overall it was a fun little project. Broke my cabin fever and frustration from not being able to get out ice fishing. Gotta love getting too much snow for the lakes to freeze safely. The kids had a fun time playing with dirt IN THE HOUSE! Wifey wasn’t overly thrilled with my idea but we didn’t make to big a mess! Plus I cleaned up after our play time.

Both our kids love playing outside, getting dirty and helping in the garden. They like playing in the snow but its not the same as dirt. Check out this video of my daughter. I had left the camera recording while I was getting ready to plant the seeds. She had … well just watch and you will see.  “SUPER DIRTY!!” gosh I love that girl!

As I put in the video let your kids play. Let them get dirty. While you’re at it join them. Dirt won’t hurt ya I promise. You may find yourself having more fun than the kids. Getting dirty with dirt is good for your soul. Try it!

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Welcoming the birds back for Spring

Saw my first bluebird of the year the other day. Beautiful male sitting on a mail box on my way to work. I told Yoop about it and she reminded me we needed to clean out the bird houses after last year. Easy enough, back out the screw, open the side and take everything out. Spray with some disinfectant. Close and screw the screw back in. Your done.
Here is a picture of one of our houses that the tufted tiitmice used last year.

Even had a piece of egg shell left in it. I of coursed save the shell to show the kids!

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Tying Rubber Spiders (Video)

Hey folks! Today I am going to show you a video on how I tie rubber spiders. These are my go to fly when I am chasing panfish and even bass with my flyrod. This was my first video of tying flies and a big teacher of what and what not to do.

Very simple fly that works very well for panfish. I often use a small soft hackle fly under a rubber spider if I am not sure what the fish want. I will show how to tie my soft hackle fly in a different video and one on how I set up the dropper set up. I mention technical difficulties in the video. That means Murph sneaker up and shut off the camera while I was concentrating on tying the spider. Why doesn’t anyone take me up on my offer to drop Murph off at their house?

Rubber Spiders

Here is how I tie rubber spiders to slay the ‘gills!

Here is a picture of the bass I mentioned in the video. It smacked a green rubber spider like a freight train. Both kids were enamored with the bucket mouth.

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Until next time get outdoors and bring the kids with you. They will thank you for it.

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Growing Food in a Green Desert

I heard an analogy a while back, I don’t recall where, but it talked about a man who used the majority of his land to grow food for his family. He had beds of herbs and flowers, beds of carrots, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, etc, etc. He collects his “waste” from his produce and returns them to the beds or a separate pile to compost. The area around his home, his yard if you will, supports itself and nothing is wasted, placed in bags for pickup by the local government.

After years of his “yard” supporting itself and providing his family, friends and neighbors with bounties of food a man comes by. The man, a salesmen approaches out guy and tries to sell our guy the benefits of grass. The salesman gives his best line about how the grass will improve the looks of our mans yard and how all the cool guys are doing it. All you have to do is water it every day and need to cut it once a week.

Our man asks the salesman if he can eat it. No he replies.

“So let me make sure I understand you. I have to water it, I have to cut it and it doesn’t give me anything in return?”

“Yes sir” replied the salesman.

“Why should I plant grass when I can plant vegetables and trees, water and maintain them and get food at the same time?”

The salesman gives our guy an odd look and states “Because it looks pretty.”

Our guy rolls his eyes in disgust and walks back to his house.

Weird when you step back and take a look at it from a different angle, eh?

Reversing the norm reveals the flawed idea of a widespread grass lawn. The yard consumes water, consumes time to mow and maintain. All the while not returning any measurable value to the owner.

Why would we exert the energy to maintain something that gives us nothing to us? Why not take the energy and create a garden or garden beds? Heck, even flower beds will give something in return. Grass just takes, takes, takes and comes back for more.

To spin it back the other way what is stopping you from turning part of your pretty grass yard into a space that will give back and not just take from you? For me, the look of a wild prairie is more appealing than a manicured lawn.

We are not far removed from a time when every family grew a garden. Why did we get away from it? Does raising some tomatoes, squash and beans really take that much of our time? After planting they will take less of your time than your glorified “green desert” does now. Some water as needed. Maybe some weeding every few weeks.

Adding a garden will get you and your family outside, away from the tv, video games, etc. Once you get your hands dirty digging in the dirt, once your kids get their hands in the dirt it will all be worth it. Sounds funny but its therapeutic. Try it.

Many kids today don’t know where their food comes from. When he was young Monkey Boy was a very picky eater.  One of the things that helped him was helping us plant the veggies and harvest the garden.  When a kids grows the food he is much more willing to try new things.

There is something about growing your own food even kids realize is cool and normal.

If you do not know a lot about gardening don’t be scared. Ask around, ask me, go to the library and check out a few books. Or just get the ground worked up, buy some seeds which can be relatively cheap or buy plants from the store and put them in the ground.   Mother Nature pretty much does the rest.  Its been going on for eons so don’t over think it!

Neither option is overly expensive. Have fun and learn. Get with your grandma, grandpa or older relatives. Ask them your questions. Learn the way they did it, learn what works for you and create your own way.  Be sure to include your kids in the process as well.  They love to get dirty and learn new things.   Just don’t be too harsh if they step on your plants as you go!

To be honest I have had a working knowledge of gardening for awhile but not a lot of hands on experience. That’s changing. I would suggest if you are just starting to learn to garden organically.

Chemicals will keep the kids from helping and make us use gloves for awhile not letting us get our hands in the dirt.

Here at the Ranch we are going to expand our garden next spring. We, well at least I am. Have a few idea to experiment with to see what can be done. I will share those when the time comes.

As always we would love to hear from you about your garden, your experience and your plans. Together we can learn more than on our own. Also please share with any friend you have who would enjoy this post or anything we do.

A small side, the idea for this came to me after listening to Episode 1002 of The Survival Podcast. I recommend listening and checking out their forum. Great resource to learn about gardening and pretty much everything to get you and your family ready to deal with anything that happens.

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Nimrod Diaries Hunting Calendar

Don’t have all the Michigan hunting seasons memorized?   Thats ok.

Nimrod did some work with google calendar and created the Nimrod Diaries Hunting Calendar.
Book mark the Hunting Calendar page for future reference.   If you see a season we missed let us know.

Best of luck in the woods and on the water this Fall!

 

Nimrod

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Yes, You Can Make Butter at Home!

“We can’t make butter in a jar!!” Monkey Boy proclaimed when I told him and his sister sidekick we were going to make butter.

“Trust me buddy we can do it,” I replied.  My assurance fell on deaf ears as he looked at this like one of the many crazy ideas Nimrod comes up with.

The idea of making butter with the kids has been in my mind for awhile. I don’t recall where I first read of this way of making butter but let me state this is NOT my idea. Butter has been made at home, in jars, in churns, etc for a very long time.

I love teaching kids and others how to make things at home as I always find myself learning along the way. The idea of not relying on a store and its supply chain to eat well has intrigued me for quite awhile. Granted to make butter like this you need a supply of heavy whipping cream. If you live in a semi rural area you should be able to find alternative and local sources. Thus keeping your money in your local economy, helping a local farmer and giving you peace of mind knowing what is in the food your feed your family.

Will we come to a time when our local stores have trouble or can not get food in? Hope not. Even if it never happens there are many ways for your family to eat well with local food and as I said your money stays in your local economy… not lost into a chain store. If the time comes where in coming food supplies are short knowing how to feed your family on locally available sources will be very handy. If you just want to have some fun with your family and watch your kids faces when they actually make their own butter… whatever works for you and your family. Don’t over complicate it.

Another benefit is keeping these ways alive. We may never need to make our own butter. Maybe we will. Either way keeping the ways of our ancestors alive hurts no one and can provide low cost and fun entertainment for your family. Then if the time comes where we need to rely on ourselves to provide for our families the learning curve will be way shorter.

These directions are how we made our butter based on my memory. It works and makes some great butter. These are guidelines for you but be sure to research things like shelf life, caloric value, etc if you or a family member is sensitive to those things.

(My apologies for the mediocre pictures. My camera battery was charging. These were taken with the camera in my phone. They get the point across but are not very good.)

We started with 2 things. One half pint of heavy whipping cream and one quart mason jar with lid. That’s it. No other additives or equipment needed. Well I guess you need someone to shake the jar but if you talk up the kids enough they will provide most all the energy needed.

Pour the heavy whipping cream into the jar, put the lid on it and shake. Keep shaking!

About 3 minutes in the liquid will start to thicken as it changes into whipped cream. Keep shaking!

About 3 more minutes before you get a thick whipped cream.

At this point Monkey Boy and Munda had trouble shaking the whipped cream so Yoop took over.

After about 3 minutes the whipped cream goes back to a semi liquid. Keep shaking!

You will start to notice a ball of solid in the middle. That’s the butta baby! Keep shaking!

I timed it at about 6 minutes after the heavy whipped cream stage to where the butter is done. Times will vary but it gives you a rough time frame.

Once you see the butter ball… or is it a ball of butter? Anyway once it looks like butter and you aren’t getting any more liquid out your done. You can stop shaking now!

Congrats!! You have made your own butter. Took about 15 minutes and is a tad bit of work. But its cheaper and more fun than buying real butter in the store.

Find a suitable container and put the butter into it. Now enjoy the fruits of your labor! When I asked Monkey Boy if it was good he said it was “DELICIOUS!” (no emphasis added)

I asked Munda if it was good and with a mouth full she replied “Yummmmm!” That is about the best stamp of approval you will get from my kids.

Munda and I delivered some of the butter to our neighbors. Turns out they were just sitting down for a dinner of pork roasted with taters and veggies and some rolls that were fresh out of the oven. I called later and asked how the butter was. Grandma B replied “Excellent.” She also asked for us to show her how we made it. Another stamp of approval.

Whoa… wait a minute… I got ahead of myself. You didn’t dump out the liquid when you put the butter in the container did you? DON’T! That my friends is called butter milk. Yea the stuff used in cooking. You can use it where you would use store bought buttermilk. We haven’t decided what we are going to use ours for but I will post the update on Facebook and Twitter once we do.

Here is the break down of what we used and what we ended up with. I made a second batch before writing this to get a better idea of the times of each stage.

1 pint of heavy whipping cream for $3.78 (2 half pints @ $1.89 each)

We had the mason jar and lid on hand. If you don’t a similar container would work fine. Just make sure the lid fits tight. Would hate to have the lid come off and the contents to fly across your house!

We ended up filling an 8 ounce butter container, with a tad extra. Lets say about 10 ounces as an estimate.

We put the buttermilk in a pint mason jar. The graduated markings on the side read just under 1 cup of buttermilk.

Not as cheap as margarine in the store. Doesn’t need to be. You can say you know whats in the butter, you and your family had some fun making it, etc. Those two alone make up for the price variance.

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We would love to hear about your adventures making butter at home.  The future is you, pass it on!

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The Winds of Change are Blowing

To our new friends and to those who have been with us awhile… Welcome back!

In the past the Nimrod Diaries has been a place for me to exercise my creative ideas, no matter how limited, and create (hopefully) humorous stories about my life, specifically my outdoor adventures.   It went well for awhile. However my well of humor seems to have dried up.   Or I have writers block.   Either way it is not working right now.

While I really enjoy writing the humorous side of things and those stories will not disappear.   I just can not sit and watch the blog doing nothing while I work on filling the humor well or breaking the writing block.   I truly believe we have something special working here at the Nimrod Diaries.  What that is I don’t know but plan to work hard to find out.

I read a quote the other day that was the motivating idea behind some changes:

“You have to stir the pot every then and again or else a scum will start to form.”

I have yet to figure out who to attribute the quote to but whomever said it is a genius.

So where is Nimrod Diaries heading? Great question.  As mentioned above the humor style of the writing will continue and the strictly humor stories will continue to appear.  To answer the question Nimrod Diaries is expanding.  We are moving to a traditional blog styling covering day to day items from Nimrod’s World.  This will include the new Nimrod Diaries podcast, the Nimrod beer reviews and several other items that are on the menu for the future.  As well as continued content on Facebook and Twitter.

The goal is not only interact more with you but to pass on what we are doing in the Nimrod world, in hopes it will get you involved in your own life, closer to your family and loving life more than ever.

How will we do this?   Sit back and watch.   Like us over on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check back here at the Diaries.

The future is you.   Walk along with us and make it a better place for everyone.

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Open Letter to Momma Nature: Substandard Michigan Winter

Momma Nature:

I am contacting you on behalf of Ice Fishermen and winter Sportsmen across southern Michigan. Although this correspondence is coming after you have decided to finally turn the water into ice; the concerns laid out herein are still true and valid.

Michigan is well known as a state that incurs four seasons. The seasons being Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Each season has weather conditions that are expected as the calendar turns. Winter, as this is what is in contention, is expected to be cold and snowy. With the cold, the inland lakes, as well as bays of the Great Lakes and some tributary rivers, freeze solid enough to support a human with fishing gear. Sportsmen have an expectation for you to make this happen. However you have failed them.

Many towns and business rely on you to freeze the above mentioned bodies of water. This long standing reliance allows them to prepare for the upcoming freeze by stocking their business to accommodate the humans who need to supply themselves for fishing excursions on the above mentioned FROZEN bodies of water. It is not debatable, this year you have also failed them.

This winter you have taken it upon yourself to delay the freezing of the lakes and the amount of snowfall has been sub-par. No matter what reason you have for the delay it is inexcusable. You have a duty to the Sportsmen of this fine State to follow through on past practices. Waiting until the middle of January to freeze bodies of water to a safe level is not within those expectations.

As referenced above, this correspondence comes after you have the lakes frozen to a safe thickness. On behalf of the Sportsmen of Michigan, thank you for doing your part. However the delay in this process can not be ignored.

Prior to the recent freeze many Sportsmen had resorted to mock fishing on puddles in their driveways, shopping with their loved ones, spending too much money on new ice fishing gear, pacing in circles among, holding meaningful conversations with their spouses and other abominable things. These were done to satisfy or overcome the primordial instinct to fish during winter as a direct result of your failing to provide Winter.  Rumor is some Sportsmen have even taken up needle point and crocheting. The bizarre actions are a direct result of you failing in your longstanding expectations.

Michigan has long been know as “The Winter Wonderland.” This slogan has even adorned license plates issued by the State. This year southern Michigan has been anything but a Winter Wonderland. Your attempt to live up to the standard expectation has been mediocre at best. As one of countless Michiganaders who enjoy ALL four seasons I implore you to rectify these wrongs.

This correspondence is to indicate to you that the wrongs you have done to the winter Sportsmen of Michigan have not gone unnoticed. These wrongs need to be corrected immediately. Further the Sportsmen of Michigan stand ready to pursue this matter to whatever extent is needed to remedy the wrongs.

Truly yours;

Nimrod

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Review: Ice Fishing: The Ultimate Guide by Tim Allard

At last.  The long awaited and much talked about book review is here.

Awhile back Nimrod came into possession of a book. Not any old book  Ice Fishing: The Ultimate Guide by Tim Allard.  The book was won during a birthday celebration at the Outdoor Blogger Network. To start off I want to give a special Thanks to the Outdoor Blogger Network for hosting the giveaway and to Fox Chapel Publishing for donating the book to be given away. Be sure to check them out

Doing a book review is a bit out of the norm for us here at the Nimrod Diaries. Sitting down to work on it Nimrod started getting flashbacks to times long ago forgotten. Times when book reports were common place and working to fool the teacher was the main game. After the cold sweats and nightmares subsided I realized this review would be different than those old book reports. This time I actually read the whole book and with that I actually enjoyed the book.

The first part of the book I checked out were the pictures.  Being a novice (i.e. wannabe) photographer I noticed right away these are not your run of the mill ice fishing pictures. Mr Allard has assembled a wonderful collection of various fish species brought out of small holes by ice anglers. It would be a disservice to the photography if you skipped over it to get to the print. Lets be realistic who doesn’t like shiny all color photos of scaly beasts over black print on white paper?

After dreaming of fighting the scaly beasts in the pictures I decided I should put on the cheaters and get to it. The first part of the book went slow. Not because of the writing or the topic because every time I sat down to read something else came up. It was not until the Nimrod clan landed in the Great not so White North before I had time to sit, relax and jump in.

The most important part of ice fishing is not the perfect jig, the latest and greatest rod. Its not even knowing how to cook your catch. The most important part is safety on the ice.  This includes reading the ice; making sure there is enough to hold you and gear; as well as dressing for the conditions. Mr. Allard covers all of this.

The book includes several chapters on gear used for ice fishing. Rods, reels, tip ups, line, lures/tackle, live bait, tools and “other” are covered. I will include the chapter on “Ice Breakers” ( I love that term and will be sure to use it on the lake) with gear.  Ice Breakers covers ways to create a hole in the froze water to get at the scaly critters. A section on ice saws would have been a nice addition.  Granted they are almost solely used for cutting larger holes for spearing but a few paragraphs on them would inform the reader of another option.

The chapters on electronics and shelters were eye openers for Nimrod.  We were raised going out on the ice, sitting on a bucket and moving if no fish were biting. Turns out they make things now days that keep you out of the wind and also can show you what is below the ice before you drop your line. You could even add a small heater to keep from freezing body parts off.  Man the sky is the limit when you use your head and think of ways to make life better.

The venison and potatoes of the book were the species specific chapters of the book.  Mr. Allard does a wonderful job explaining the species, how to find them and have I mentioned the pictures?  There is a chapter on each walleye, perch, crappie, sunfish (Nimrods favorite), pike, trout (rainbow, brook and brown), lake trout, whitefish, eel pout and bass (the last three are one chapter).

Each species specific chapter is broken down into 4 segments:

Species Summary gives you an overview of the species. Do the school? Actively feed day or night? What depth are they general found in? Plus more. Won’t go as far as saying everything you need to know on each species is listed but you won’t find much left out.

Finding (insert species) Under the ice gives tips and advice on where to start looking for the fish. Structure ques, depth ranges, movements as season moves on.

The last segments are Jigging Tactics and Setline Tactics (dead sticking or tip-ups) for each species. If the species chapters are the venison and taters, these sections are the tenderloin of the book. The best of the best. Mr. Allard describes techniques to entice fish to strike. Many are applicable for all species. Without these methods Nimrod would be a more informed ice fisherman but with no (new) knowledge on how to effectively catch fish.

Mother Nature has been abusing those in southern Michigan. Winter has been warm. Too warm.  Not until the last few days, maybe week, has there been safe ice to get out fishing.  Mid January???? Come on Momma Nature. That was cruel. You will be hearing from me soon. These conditions made it hard, no it has made it impossible to get on the water and try out Mr. Allards techniques. Luckily this has changed.

Life at the Nimrod Ranch has been busy. Work, family, school, Scouts, etc, etc. So when word started to spread that the ice was safe to get out fishing it took Nimrod a few days to get out. There were too many “lines in water” I needed to take care of before heading out. Nonetheless it happened.

First ice trip of the year was a welcome relief. Adding Mr. Allard’s teaching to my tackle box worked. Here is a picture of the biggest bluegill of the night.

He hit while I was using one of the jigging methods from the book. Not a monster but respectably beautiful fish. The tale of the tape was 8 ¾ inches long with a sweet bright orange breast. I tried to squish out a full 9 inches but it just wasn’t happening.

Would I have caught this and the other ‘gills without using the methods from this book? No one will ever know. What I do know is I did and I plan on doing so again and again and again.

To be honest as I started to read the book I was taken back by the name dropping.  It was like reading the script of a NASCAR driver who just won a race. I have to thank Chevy, Coke, Go Daddy, DuPont, Home Depot, Menards, Sally Mae, Freddy Mac, blah, blah, blah for winning the race. One day I made a comment to Yoop about this and she promptly put me in my place.

Turns out Mr. Allard wasn’t dropping names for his own benefit. He is giving us a starting point for finding products to keep us safe, warm, dry, on the fish, etc.  After Yoop slapped me with the Obvious stick I liked Mr Allard even more.  Whether your looking for electronics, safety items, cold weather gear, lures/jigs, rods, etc Mr. Allard has provided a great starting list for your search.

The title,  Ice Fishing: The Ultimate Guide, says it all.  This is THE guide for the beginner or experience ice fisherman. Never been a professional or expert so I would only be guessing on its usefulness to those anglers.  Just remember you can learn something from everyone.

This books gets the Nimrod seal of approval. If you didn’t win one be sure to buy one. I have no doubt it will make you a better ice angler.

Next step? Nimrod was invited to ice fish northern Michigan for perch and walleye. Stay tuned to see how it turns out.  Be sure to “like” the Nimrod Diaries Facebook page for quick updates.

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