Thursday, June 5, 2014

Discount Fishing - a must visit for any Angler!

Mike decided to restock the Fish Creek Spinners, so I loaded up a bunch of bins of 3 packs and headed down to Discount Fishing - Santa Fe Drive, Denver CO.

Discount Fishing Storefront

I always get excited making the trip. I gotta say that it's a must visit for any fisherman. Talk about Angling sensory overload. There's something very special about the place, cultivated over years and years of Colorado fishing.

Here's Mike pricing some trolling cowbells (older picture - I missed running into Mike this trip)

Mike Pricing FCS trolling cowbells (in front of the Fish Creek Spinner rack)

Here's the FCS Real Estate today.

Fish Creek Spinners at Discount Fishing - Santa Fe Drive - Denver, Colorado

I've got to hand it to Mike, he knows how to build a good team. His staff's outstanding and always helpful. You have questions they'll take the time to get answers. Need to find something, they know where it is, including fish and fishing locations.

Where to catch what, and what to use to catch them.

Wander around and enjoy the tradition, bring a friend or younger fishing partner. Take my word for it, it's rewarding time you'll not find in very many places.

What can beat a bag full of new fishing tackle?

Well.. maybe a couple Fish Creek Spinners in it, would be worth a try - Get'em Wet!

The guys I met today, are a great asset to the business. They're anxious to help and you'll usually find them paired with a customer answering questions and communicating about fishing.

Caught a break and took a couple quick pictures.

Austin Parr and Brad Douglass - two of the Discount Fishing staff
Take that time, when they're busy, to wander around and check out the place.

Sure is a feast your eyes; all the products, techniques, tackle and fishing tradition. Lots of tackle!

Don Guaydacan finished ringing up a customer order

In my opinion, Discount Fishing is a must stop for any fisherman that needs to charge his batteries and maybe part with a Ben Franklin or two!

Unlike the plastic outdoors mega marts, this place has 'true' character. Years and years of angling history hanging around to be figured out and enjoyed.

The business occupies a pretty good sized space and it's filled with tackle and gear wall to wall and top to bottom. It's on the floor, it's on the ceiling, it's on the walls. And guess what? The walls seat a near endless array of pegboard displays that pivot and swing from side to side, each side covered with tackle and gear.

Did I mention the pegboards hang from walls, also covered from floor to ceiling with fishing tackle and gear?

If you want some reel fun, Discount Fishing offers Guided trips

  • Chatfield Reservoir Walleye Guided Trip
  • Private water Trout Fishing Trips 
    • All on the Rocky Mountain Angling Club waters

Austin Parr was nice enough to send me a few pictures, the walleyes fresh off the water this morning.

Austin Parr and a couple Chatfield Reservoir Walleye beauties - lots more caught, btw
The ride!
Nice Brown Trout 

Awesome! Just Sayin!


Don't be in a hurry when you stop, there's just 'too' much take in!

Wander around, get in the zone.

I usually walk out with a tackle buzz - Just sayin! 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Honor and Duty

He died young at 55.

My kids never knew him.

I think of him often, especially today.

Four Brothers, all from Illinois, went to war overseas. Honor and Duty.

Dad didn't talk or tell war stories, so much of this is fragmented reconstruction.

Dad the youngest, he left high school to enlist. He lied about his age to join at seventeen. He saw the end of the war in Europe.

John, the oldest brother and my namesake,  came back damaged by shell shock - PTSD. I can only imagine the horrors he dealt with, mission after mission in the thick of it. He made it back but disappeared, Rumored to have committed suicide. He was never found, leaving a wife and son without a dad.

Delmar, the second son,  joined early in the war and was an Army ranger, a paratrooper. He parachuted out of silent gliders, special ops behind enemy lines, and was killed on one of his missions.
Walt and Dad, made it back. Steel in their hearts, fearless and cocky. Both self-medicating with alcohol their entire lives. Both raised families, Walt in Illinois, Dad in Wisconsin. Dad met mom in Peru,IL while she visited her half sisters in Illinois, Doris and Beulah. They lived in Peru and La Salle. Both married to other vets. Doris and Leo, Beulah and Lou. Dad had two sisters Millie and Dee, they also lived in Illinois. All had kids and families.

Because he was youngest, Dad saw the end of the war. He was a tail gunner on a mobile unit jeep and I can only imagine the destruction he witnessed, sitting on top that jeep, a target as they crossed all those borders. He got some medals and was wounded by his own bullet. When ordered to disable some German vehicles, shooting out tires and generally messing them up, a bullet ricocheted and hit him in the leg. He got a purple heart for the wound.

He brought back war memorabilia. A nazi flag, some German medals, spent shells, and a whole lot of hard ass.

I recall reading an article where his unit transported recently freed Jewish prisoners from an Austrian concentration camp. The living dead. Guessing that was not a fun job.

IMO, we grew up, protected from the outside, but with a whole lot of latent fear on the inside. 

Scar tissue. Living with that fear, makes us strong.

He rolled with the Tanks, miss you Dad.

Friday, May 23, 2014

That thing about bears ...

It's true !

and that other thing about bears

Running faster then the bear

You don't have to run faster then the bear...just faster then the other guy!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Early season Brown Trout - Northern Wisconsin run off

High water and cold temps - Rambo fishing!

 This nice brown caught on a 1/5oz Metal Armadillo, proves once again, to catch fish, you got to go fishing!

 Thanks for the picture Bryan, and keep getting the FCS wet!

Northern Wisconsin early season Brown Trout caught on FCS 1/5oz Metal Armadillo

1/5oz Metal Armadillo's

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Got those 'Need your feet wet' blues?

Time to cattle prod those "get your feet wet" nerves!

First, some Dashboard views! Getting there is half the fun - Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton

Gopro videos from Zirkel Wilderness - Beaver Pond fishing with Fish Creek Spinners

South Platte Gill Trail- Nice flow and gravel bottom - Canyon chutes and rushing narrows

Rocky Mountain National Park - Windy Fall Day in the Park

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spinner of the Weekend Drawing - 2+oz Musky Skirted Armadillo - Perch pattern

Large 2+oz Musky Spinner - Skirted Armadillo about 9 inches in length.

Heavy .051 in gauge wire - .040 gauge Fluted Indiana blade

Double silicon skirts and zonker banded #3/0 treble hook.

Comment the blog post to enter - if using Anonymous, you need to list an email so I can contact you should you win. Drawing is running on the blog, Facebook and Google Plus

Good luck!

Fish Creek Spinners Weekend drawing - comment the blog post to enter

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spinner of the Week 4-2-14 - 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

This unique Spinner model has been our flagship design from the beginning.

Faceted Glass and noisy Friction Discs, make this spinner a unique alternative and great addition to your tackle collection.

My favorites are the Swing blade spinners in the upper number ranges. The Fluted Indiana's all work great, just a thing about that Swing blades behavior I guess. Here's a few pictures and a link to the web store.

Glass Armadillos in three sizes (1/8oz,1/5oz, and 1/4oz), just happen to have special pricing ($1 off) for the next couple weeks, until 4-14-14 - Great time to pick some up or restock for this fishing season!

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo in Store

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

All Glass Armadillo's $1 off - Great time to get some!

Had some great 3/$5 deals on the Ultralites in March, but all good things must end.

Springs here! Close the door and open a window!

All Glass Armadillo's are $1 off for the next two weeks. Prices reduced until 4-14-14.

Here's a few pictures and links

1/8oz Glass Armadillo's

1/8oz Glass Armadillo's $2.25 until 4-14/14

1/5oz Glass Armadillo's

1/5oz Glass Armadillo's $2.50 until 4-14-14
1/4oz Glass Armadillo's

1/4oz Glass Armadillo's $2.75 until 4-14-14

Glass Armadillo's are in the Medium Category

It's a great time to get a few on your lines! Also plenty of other models - have fun exploring The Store

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Fish Creek Spinners Weekly Spinner Drawing - 3/22/14

Here's the third giveaway this year. (North American only due to cost of International Postage)

Cody Elkinton (Facebook) won last weeks drawing.

The first drawing's winner was also a Facebook comment.

This weeks drawing is another 6 spinner assortment. Comment the blog post to enter. Anonymous entries need to add an email address to the comment. Else I cant track you down, should you win.

Using spreadsheet to track entries and assign numbers. Then to pick the winners number.

Fish Creek Spinners Weekly spinner Drawing Three Assortment
Looks like

Top Row left to right: 1/4oz Inline Aqua Silver Angle Iron, 1/5oz Red and Silver Metal Armadillo, 1/4oz Red Glass Propeller bait rig

Bottom Row left to right: 1/8oz Brown Glass Armadillo, 1/12oz Salt White Gold NitroMite, 1/5oz Transparent Yellow Metal Armadillo

Feel free to share the post, the more the merrier

Still about a week on the Ultralite special pricing ($2.22 each on around 200 spinners in 8 models)

and using the ThinkFish 25% discount, the small ones end up 3 for 5 bucks - a Great deal

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Weekly Spinner Giveaways - 3 in a row

Here's the second giveaway this year. (North American only due to cost of International Postage)

The first drawings winner was a Facebook comment.

This weeks drawing is a 6 spinner assortment. Looks like

(left to right, top then bottom)
1/10oz Lime and Gold Small Armadillo, 1/4oz Red and Black Angle Iron, 1/8oz Red and Orange Swing blade Glass Armadillo
1/8oz White-Green-Silver Glass Armadillo, 1/10oz Crystal Hot Rod, 1/10oz Fluor Orange and Silver Small Armadillo

Feel free to share - the more entries, the more prizes.

Fish Creek Spinners March 2014 weekly drawing 1

As usual, Comment the blog post to enter - or Like the drawing post on Google+ or Facebook to enter. If you use Anonymous on the Blog post, leave an email so I can contact you.

I'll use messaging on Facebook and Google+. 

FYI, Facebook Fish Creek Spinners page doesn't let me Friend users, so I use my John Delaney id. which sends messages to the Other folder, where ever that is. 

I'm going to shorten the entry/turnaround period on these giveaways to a week vs a month and also shorten the interval to claim your spinners, should you win.

I'll do the drawing next Saturday and post the winner. The winner has 1 week to send me their mailing information,  else spinners go into a future drawing.

BTW, all Ultralite spinner prices have been chopped in March to $2.22 each.

There's also a Promo - ThinkFish - for 25% off all store items. Small spinners end up 3 for $5 - Flea Market prices!

Noise on the Line!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Reduced prices on all Ultralite Spinners through March

We need to thin out some of the smaller models, so now is a good time to buy some - Just Sayin!

$2.22 each - use the ThinkFish 25% discount and get them for 3 for $5 - Flea Market prices!

Each model's price has been reduced from around 3.25-3.50 to $2.22

Use the ThinkFish promo code at checkout and take another 25% off to get them for about 3 for $5

ThinkFish 25% discount is good for all products through March as well.

Need small spinners - March over to the webstore and pick some out!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March 2014 Promo code - ThinkFish - 25% discount

Use the March 2014 promotion code for 25% storewide discount - valid until 3/31/14.

Fish Creek Spinners Colorado Bass

Stop by and check out the new Hoochie colors on accessorized 1/4oz Angle Irons!

Fish Creek Spinners 1/4oz Angle Iron w/hoochie

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Spinner of the Week - 1/12oz Nitro Mite

The Nitro Mite is a very nice ultralite fishing spinner with years of performance.

Did I mention I need to change that name?

Lots of color variations.

Small #1 Indiana blades (gold, nickel, and black). Glass and Plastic Bead accents. Silver or Gold plated brass Heishi beads. #10 treble hooks in the pictures, but hook choices available, including barbless.

Here's a some pictures and a couple links.

Nitromite Store Detail - check the Hydrophone Recordings

Nitro Mite Web Description page

Fish Creek Spinners Nitro Mite - Nice Ultralite fishing Spinner with years of performance

Fish Creek Spinners Ultralite Nitro Mites