1. Reminder that no ice is considered safe ice.
Need to be especially careful as we start to thaw out for spring – ice conditions can deteriorate FAST.
I’ve seen a couple of recent body recoveries in the news of folks who went in and never made it out: 1 from a rural farm pond south of Cherokee, IA. And 2 bodies were recovered from Pistakee Lake near Johnsburg, IL. 🙏✝️ Prayers to the families.
2. MI: Fish house blown 1 mile across the ice on Saginaw Bay.
With 3 dudes still inside it! They had slept in the shack the night before and woke up to 50-mph winds that took ’em for quite the ride. No one was hurt….
3. MN’s Gregg Thorne is a Hall of Famer!
Gregg Thorne, co-founder of Two Brothers Innovations, has been inducted into the 2022 Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame.
> In 1981, Gregg and brother Paul started OT Custom Rod Works with local rod builder Harley Ogata. In 1983, the brothers moved on under the name of Thorne Brothers Custom Rod Tackle.
> …grew the custom rod business into a full-fledged Midwest fishing specialty store. Eventually this led to opening another specialty store called “The Fly Angler”. A dedicated fly-fishing store with a workshop teaching in-store rod building, lure building and fly-tying classes. Over those 13 yrs of ownership, Gregg built thousands of custom rods of all types and instructed countless individuals in building their own customized fishing rods.
> All this created an innate sense for fishing rods and applications that became a blend of both art and science. Gregg worked with many national brands in assisting with rod design and applications.
> In 1993, Paul and Gregg sold Thorne Brothers and the Fly Angler and went on to pursue individual careers within the outdoor industry. Gregg became a regional manager for the Cortland Line Co. and Diamondback Rods. His job required him to travel overseas to work on rod design and development. In 2008, he joined PRADCO Fishing and in 2013 became the Lindy Brand Manager. His primary responsibilities involved designing lures, packaging, sales management and marketing.
> In 2016, Gregg started Elliott Fishing Rods. Gregg eventually recruited brother Paul to join him in the rod business giving birth to Two Brothers Innovations. Along the way, Gregg developed Syncork, a synthetic material that is 30% lighter and 40% denser than organic cork. This new material improves sensitivity and durability and is one the key features of the Elliott rod brand.
> In 6th grade, Gregg’s teacher asked the class to write a 1-page essay on what they wanted to be when they grew up. Gregg wrote that he wanted to own a sporting goods store and employ people. I guess dreams can come true….
Well-deserved, man! 👊
4. So WTHeck is “Syncork?”
If you’ve never had the chance to hold a rod with a Syncork handle before, you’re missing out! Gregg Thorne actually developed the schtuff in 2005. The term “game changer” gets thrown around far too much in the fishing industry, but this stuff is legit: