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Guest Blog by: Nate Zelinsky 1/22/2013
First off, it was nice to see everyone at the ISE show this past week and weekend. The show went great and it's always nice to catch up with friends in the industry. There were some new presenters at the show and everyone had great presentations, it's great to learn from other pro's and hear other opinions. I also have to give thumbs up to The Blue Quill Angler. The Blue Quill is a highly recognized fly shop in Evergreen who just got into the Ice Fishing industry this year. There shop is in Evergreen but they had a great selection of ice fishing gear down at the show including some unbelievable pricing. I was there on Sunday and they were having a sale on Vexilars. They were selling FL-20's for $409 which is almost $100 off. I have never seen a deal like anywhere before. He also had crazy deals on a Vex FL-8, Jiffy Propane Auger, and shelters (Clam Pro-TC, Yukon TC). I have done a few seminars up there and it is has been been great to work with that shop.
They have also stepped up to help bring a one of a kind Ice Fishing Tournament to Evergreen Lake. I teamed up with The Blue Quill to help build a 3 hour power Ice Derby. The event is 3 hours long on February 9th at 8AM. How the event is run.... We will mark off a certain section of the lake and on the morning of the event we will drill all the holes for the day. Registration starts at 7AM and at 7:50AM anglers can go onto the marked off area and find there hole. The event starts at 8AM. You are only allowed 1 rod and no augers or shelters are allowed. Just show up with what you can carry. Each angler can weigh in 3 Trout and at 11AM who ever catches the largest Trout by weight wins! On a field of 100 anglers the first prize will be $750. The entry fee is $35 per angler. This event is one of many for the day at the Evergreen Winter Festival. You can go to to register. We have a limit on numbers of entrees so we highly suggest you pre-register. I can't wait to see everyone there.
If you have questions you can email me at or call The Blue Quill Angler at 303.674.4700,
Nathan Zelinsky
Nathan Zelinsky is a full time professional walleye angler. He has fished the MWC along with many other tournaments. Besides tournament fishing Nathan is owner/operator of Tightline Outdoors guide service which is an all species guide service, fishing for Walleye, Smallmouth Bass,Northern Pike, Trout, Catfish, Carp, Perch, Tiger Muskie, Kokanee Salmon and Wiper. Nathan spends around 300 days a year on the water or ice. Nathan also runs a Ice Fishing School in the winter months. He is a frequent guest on ESPN Outdoots with Terry Wickstrom and also appears frequently on Angling Adventures, Fishful Thinker and Lip'em & Rip'em. Nathan is also a member of ICE TEAM. Nathan is sponsored by Lund Boats, Mercury Marine, JRs Tackle, Interstate Batteries, JIffy Augers, Berkley, Fenwick, Phlueger, White Caps, Crowly Marine, Replicas INC, The Sign Guys and Gal, Ice Armor, Clam, Vexilar, Mr. Heater, Ice Team, Blue Quill Angler, Todays Tackle and Line-X.
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Member comments
takeakidfishing, CO   1/22/2013 12:37:50 PM
This sounds like a blast.A neat twist to a normal fishing derby..I am signed up and ready to go.Also folks check out the link..There is fishing later in the day for the kids.Well done Nate on a coold idea. Erik
reconfisher, CO   1/22/2013 2:02:07 PM
I will be there with a few other CWA members to help run the event! should be fun!
Muskiemaniac, CO   1/22/2013 4:21:36 PM
Can't wait for it!
sportfisher, CO   1/22/2013 6:25:31 PM
Should be fun to see how this ends up. Im going to try and make this happen. Different for sure, and would a nice Muskie count if caught?
Muskiemaniac, CO   1/22/2013 9:06:14 PM
From what I understand it is the largest trout by weight.
getrdone, CO   1/24/2013 2:19:56 PM
I'll be there, looking forward to it!
Nate Zelinsky
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