Muskies Inc. with a twist.....
Guest Blog by: Will Dykstra 1/21/2013
The Colorado Chapter of Muskies Inc. was once one of the richest chapters in the entire organziation . Colorado was a booming Tiger Muskie fishery that was turning the heads of all muskie anglers across the country. Since then, stocking has been reduced and Tiger's have become some what of a footnote for angling in Colorado. Without a good product, Muskies Inc. has been a struggle to promote as not just anyone can go to a place Quincy, Bear Creek Reservoir, or Stearns Lake and catch a Tiger like they could in the 90's. What Colorado does have in edition to the small pockets of good Tiger fisheries is great Pike fishing. With that said am I hoping that we can generate a good following to advocate not only for an icrease in stocking of Tigers across the state, but educate anglers about our great Pike fishing and the important resource they are to have in our waters as well. Instead of trying to start a "Pike Club", what do all of you think about Muskies Inc. with a Pike emphasis to go along with Muskies?
This would include Tiger Muskie outings as well as Pike outings and seminars.The model will be the same as it always was for Muskies, we will simply add Pike contest divisions. We will also be focusing on youth fishing education and promotion. Just like the walleye, bass , and trout clubs we will have events throughout the year that will make it worth your while.
I would love to hear some of your thoughts on this....
Will Dykstra is a Colorado Native who has a relentless obsession for Muskies and Northern Pike. This obsession has led to him becoming a senior predator guide for Tightline Outdoors. Over the years Will has fished many bodies of water pursuing toothy critters. This pursuit has allowed him to take tactics learned while fishing northern Minnesota and Canada and applying them to lakes and rivers in Colorado. The majority of fishing that Will does in Colorado is spent chasing Tiger Muskies, Northern Pike, Smallmouth , Largemouth, Lake Trout, and all other species of Trout. Will is currently the President of the Colorado Chapter of Muskies Inc. Will is sponsored by Blade Runner Tackle, Red October Baits, Tuf-Line,P Line, EGO nets,and Muskie Bumper.
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pikeNcolorado, CO 1/21/2013 11:34:56 AM
Will Dykstra (Muskiemaniac), CO 1/21/2013 11:37:49 AM
I knew you would be....!
pikeNcolorado, CO 1/21/2013 11:59:24 AM
Will, Please email me via my skipper link when you have a few. I'm not sure where you live but I may be able to help out with the meetings and such.
CACHEM ALL, CO 1/21/2013 12:14:40 PM
lets get it going.
chris, CO 1/21/2013 2:39:22 PM
I agree with you guys that sounds like a great idea if i cab help in any way just let me know my email its also on my skipper link
Will Dykstra (Muskiemaniac), CO 1/21/2013 6:28:35 PM
We will be looking for members as well as club officers. I will put some inormation together and we can move forward from there. Stay tuned and if anyone would rather directly email me feel free. Esox5280@gmail.com
I look forward to working with all of you.
Muskie NM, NM 1/22/2013 9:03:05 AM
That would be cool if you guys could get it dun Iam the VP of the New Mexico chapter 59. It would be cool to fish for some tigers in co in the future years.
reconfisher, CO 1/22/2013 3:17:59 PM
Will, It was great talking to you a few times at the Dynamic Booth. This is a great idea and hopefully it can turn the snobbish overall attitude in the state around regarding our toothy friends! I am more than happy to help you in any way with the club and hosting events! Shoot me an email. Shane@dynamiclures.com
Pimpin Trout, CO 1/22/2013 8:23:47 PM
I am down! I love the idea of the youth fishing education. I am looking forward to seeing more on this
ccr, CO 1/26/2013 10:51:47 AM
This sounds GREAT!!! Like RECON said, "some attitudes need to change in this state concerning toothies" keep RECON in your loop and I will also help.
brookieflyfisher, CO 1/26/2013 4:33:58 PM
Wasn't someone on here trying to start a "pike club" about a year ago? I'm down in any case but still...
grubchucker, CO 1/28/2013 10:53:50 AM
that is the best idea i've heard. people do realy need some education on pike, the magority of people think that thay are a junk fish and that thay eat all of the trout which thay don't . when i lived back in wisconsin i worked at the wild rose fish hatchery which raised pike and muskies picked up some good info from the biolagists. a pike in the winter time can survive for a month on 1 12in trout. when i first moved out here back in 05 i lived 6 miles from skagway res and heard that there was big pike livin thier, thay wern't lieing started using my skills i had picked up while growing up in WI and started hookin 40+in fish quite often and people whanted to linch me when i returned them to the water. on most systems i think thay are a plus and a nice addition to colarado waterways. i'll give it a definte thumbs up!
Will Dykstra (Muskiemaniac), CO 1/28/2013 11:20:56 AM
Okay, with all this feedback, what i would like to do is gt a good email list put together. I will get somethign set up at one of the sporting goods stores and we will have somewhat of a meet and greet. I wanto to get a good idea of the direction we are headed and be sure we have enough interest. If there is already a pike club out there, then lets team up. please email me so i can keep everyone in the loop and be sure that no one misses this. if you have buddies bring them too!
tracks, CO 1/28/2013 11:21:09 AM
I'm in for learning. I fish with long sticks mostly but all learning is good and much of it will apply to an 8 wt.
grubchucker, CO 1/28/2013 12:05:19 PM
my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
tracks, CO 1/28/2013 2:17:31 PM
pikeNcolorado, CO 1/28/2013 3:05:05 PM
Will, you have mine.
ccr, CO 1/28/2013 5:01:27 PM
My email is email@example.com. Collin
OCwalleye, CO 2/20/2013 3:55:22 PM
Love anything with teeth, still looking for my first Muskie! firstname.lastname@example.org
Raskal, CO 2/20/2013 5:34:04 PM
Add me to your list - email@example.com