Saturday, April 23, 2011

Frito Pie

This is a response to a writing prompt from OBN - My favorite Outdoor Food.

This one's a simple 4 ingredient tummy warmer - best for early or late season camping when the nighttime temps are low. No pictures available, use your imagination!

Bag of Fritos (the small ones, not the Scoops)
Can of Vegetarian Chili
Diced raw onions
Shredded Cheddar

Open can of chili - warm can on campfire or campstove
Divide bag of Fritos into two bowls.
Divide the Chili over the two bowls
Add onions and/or cheese as you see fit

Enjoy. Good late dinner snack for early or late season camping when the nightime temperatures dropping and still nippy.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ricky Nelson got it

"I will follow you" - was Ricky Nelson a blogger?


To celebrate his life and foresight (as his May 8th birthday approaches), I intend to go forth and follow a bunch of OBN bloggers.

Leave a comment in this post if you agree Ricky knew something about blogging and I'll stop by.

Then look for the beads and blades moniker on your site, starting today!


If your're so inclined, feel free to do the same,(this blog included!).

It's a hoot to promote that OBN blog love!



Here's another favorite in my let's Celebrate Ricky Blogger fest. This one got a bump in Pulp Fiction - Lonesome town.



Then I'll read about milestones in my journey in the Reader.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Extremely Toasted Oats

Here's a quick easy snack to try. 8 minutes to make, tastes great. It's kind of like chex mix, but less precise, 4 easy to come by ingredients = easier, IMO.


The beauty of this one is if you want more or less of any ingredient, its real easy to get to your outcome.

Involves just four ingredients; Butter, Worcestershire Sauce, Cheerio's and Salt of your choice.

This is an electric stove scenario - you gas rangers may need to make a few test runs.

Melt 1/2 a stick of butter in a high rimmed fry pan, then turn up up to medium high.

Add about 1/2 cup Worchstershire sauce to the melting butter and heat them up about a minute. The sauce will bubble and smell pungently aromatic (real good).

Then dump a bunch of cheerio's on top the simmering butter sauce, enough cherrio's to cover the bottom and sides of pan to about one and a half inches deep. If things are getting too fast, turn the heat down to medium.

Quickly stir and flip to blend the soaked cheerios into the batch, as the sauce is sucked up and absorbed. Each cherrio seems to have its own limit on how much sauce it will tolerate, so forget about a consistency, try to see how many different sized cheerios you can get!

Turn up the heat to medium high and stir and flip frequently for awhile to continue to get the mix blended.

After around 3-5 minutes, about 1/4 the cheerios's should have shrank and turned dark brown, some to the point of looking burnt which makes it tricky. They might be burnt, if so, turn down the heat. They taste pretty good in either state, btw.

Turn off the burner, let it cool a bit, add a salt of your choice and check it out.

Extremely Toasted Oats improve with age. If you leave any around til morning, that is.

Cherrio's are a good thing to keep in the cupboard.

Extreme Cheerios's - you heard it here!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Black Lugworms for Sea Trout

Black Lugworm - about 10 inches in length. Fishermen harvest them in low tide with sand pumps.


Sea Trout - 2-3 feet in length. Fishermen harvest them in surf and sounds.


Fish Creek Lugworm imitation - 6 inches long. Three propellers - black nickel beads - black zonker trailer - zonker strung on long shank offset bait hook, then anchored to spinner with a small lip hook. Offset bait hook will twist causing fluid zonker to behave and act wormlike. Will it work?


First imitation, that is! An acquaintance in Denmark asked for this version. Second version will be heavier, using black bullets around the propellers rather then the beads and an inch or two longer.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dream Destination - Sea Trout fishing in Denmark AND


There's lots of places I'd like to go fishing. More I don't even know about.

One destination would be to go to Denmark and go Sea Trout fishing. An online customer from Denmark (Lars) sends me pictures of sea trout he's caught on our Fire Ant spinner.

Based on Lars testimonials and my web searches, Denmark looks like it'sTrout and Salmon fishing is remarkable.

Night Sea Trout Fishing in Denmark. That sounds like fun.

Well, wait a minute! Closer to where I grew up.

Lake Superior is amazingly beautiful. Another dream destination would be going back to the Wisconsin shore of Lake Superior.


No wait, Thousand Islands New York sound intriguing


Have another customer on Finger Lake in Castlegar, British Columbia, Another dream destination.


So many dreams, so little time. Marie and I need a road trip,, soon.

Can we reset the clock and be 18 again?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

1/8oz Armadillo's seeking adventure

Fish Creek Spinners April drawing

This is an old post - click to go to the home page for latest activity or

Here's the current drawing post Active until 2/10/12 or

Stop by Fish Creek Spinners Web Store and checkout it's new format!

Here's the April Armadillo pair winners, Congratulations! I'll be in touch in next couple days, we're busy packing orders this week.



Two 1/8oz Glass Armadillos - Five winners


Enjoy fresh air, time in the water and pictures with fish. Looking for adventurous outdoor wanderers. Attracted to Boat launches, shorelines, and Swivels. Light tackle a plus.

There you have it, the Fish Creek Spinners April Armadillo giveaway announcement.

Five winners, Two 1/8oz Glass Armadillo's of your color and hook choice. Check the prior Armadillo post to review and compare color variations. That was my Irish pick, got a favorite team?

To enter, just comment this blog entry. Become a follower if you want and or a reader to get blog post announcements sent to you.

To comment, click on the title to launch the post. Scroll down to view and enter comments.

I'm seeing a couple anonymous comments and this will be a problem if more show up. I cant contact those parties to notify a winner. and keeping track of them and alternate IDs will be a pain.

If you use anonymous, you need to put an ID in the post, like ANON1 or XYZ. If two parties dispute an Anonymous position, they'll all get removed before the draw.

So if an anonymous comment wins a pair of spinners or a drawing win, I'll need to have received an email providing contact information and the anonymous position assigned using the ID in the comment, BEFORE the drawing occurs.

If I get a dispute on a position, I'll have to pull them all. If no contact info was sent, I'll remove those positions from the list and redraw that pair, leaving other identified winners intact.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pack of Glass Armadillos

This model Armadillo spinner uses alot of faceted glass.

Glass is made from sand, highly reflective and available in an almost endless variety of colors.

The glass is well protected by metal discs. The discs contact the spinners blade during rotation, not only making vibration, but also acting as mini friction brakes against the glass beads. As the blade rotates and contacts the discs, the discs begin to rotate as well, in turn, causing the glass to rotate and reflect light penetrating the water.

That's a pretty interesting multi-media intruder getting a fish's attention. Even most big fish haven't seen one of these before.

Love this spinner model; F102,F110,F113,F114,F117,F118,F119,F125 are a few of my many favorites to fish. Armadillo MVP goes to F102 or F118.

Here's a few pictures of the glass colors we have available. The spinners rest on top of a chunk of marble we collected during a visit to Marble, Colorado. Same marble used on the Washington D.C. monuments.

A visit to the mine is a pretty amazing adventure by itself, just ignore the several thousand breath taking views to get there!

Click on the small images to swap them into the larger image or

Stop by Fish Creek Spinners Web Store and checkout it's new format!

See some you like, clicking on the large picture takes you into the webstore to the 1/8oz Glass Armadillo's page.



Large Picture View

Glass Armadillo

Spinner Selection grid
F100 F101 F102 F103 F104 F105
F106 F107 F108 F109 F110 F111
F112 F113 F114 F115 F116 F117
F118 F119 F120 F121 F122 F123
F124 F125 F126

Sweet Zonkers

These zonker tied spinnerbaits are working on bass, pike, muskie and trout.

They're hand wrapped by Ben. I do the blade work and packaging. The main blades are ball bearing swivel attached with a dual lock clasp to enable blade changes.

Click on a smaller picture and it will swap into top image space (onclick event) or

Stop by Fish Creek Spinners Web Store and checkout it's new format!

Click on the large image, you fly over to the webstore, please be careful, lol.

Nine color choices are available in 1/2oz and 1oz models.


Large Picture View

Zonker Spinnerbait

Spinner Selection grid - Click to expand
F425 F426 F427
F428 F429 F430
F431 F432 F433