June 29, 2015

At first I did not believe my ears. Afterall, why would bullfrogs be croaking along the main rail tracks east of town.


But there was no mistaking it as Lady and I rambled back from the wilds of the town pond and back to the edge of town. We have so much water puddled a...

June 26, 2015

The water roiled so fast and thick, so thick and muddy, that the Kankakee dam was obscured, indicated only by the roiling and rolling.


Twenty years of marriage. There's your symbol.

A couple guys had rods hanging out over for catfish and walleye, but I noticed they did...

June 25, 2015

One of Stray Casts' faithful, Lee Sczepanski, dropped a note (actually he has reached out several times to me) on Facebook about a petition protesting the draining of popular fishing areas at LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area, by the Kankakee River just east of the Illino...

June 25, 2015

STRAY CAST: Gov. Bruce Rauner is like the guy who thinks pulling yourself up by the bootstraps means upgrading Silver Sonic Waders; and Charlie Potter is like his fawning Orvis salesperson.


(This site and our outdoors media company are named for the Stray Cast, which h...

June 24, 2015

Heavy equipment was at the ballfield on the edge of town. The dirt had been stripped down and piled between second base and the pitcher's mound.

I was surprised to see the pitcher's mound--BTW, the pitcher's mound is not ``the bump,'' avoid cliches in general, but espec...

June 23, 2015

Coming out of a place where the sun don't shine, I found the sun was wonderfully bright this morning.


It was like something strange or like meeting an old girlfriend.


After a moment of ackwardness, there comes a rememberance of history shared.


Then it was joy. It was t...

June 20, 2015

A turkey vulture--those slow-flapping, utterly ugle birds of carrion--of all things flapped  off low overhead this morning as Lady and I came down the east side of the south old clay pit.


There aren't many firsts left on my morning rambles around the town pond. Bu...

June 18, 2015

STRAY CAST: The fake arty trees fit 31st Street Harbor about as well as gobies do the Great Lakes; and are nearly insulting as the Picasso downtown.

(This site and our outdoors media company are named for the Stray Cast, which has snapped off the end of my outdoors colu...

June 17, 2015

Skamania Mania is another impact of the flooding and high water.


The 25th one was scheduled for this weekend, but because of the flooding and high water, it was been postponed.


Check for updates at nwisteelheaders.org or call (219) 221-1340 or 771-2201....

June 16, 2015

Here are some updates on flooding impacts at public sites in Indiana, especially some of note for fishermen. The photo below is a file photo from Willow Slough, not of current conditions.

Here is the word from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:


Kankakee, Willo...

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