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  • March 2011
    from www.CustomCabins.com
    14663 Vosburgh Rd. Ely, Minnesota 55731
    email: info@customcabins.com


    Spring has finally begun to show itself in the north land. Though the lakes still bear their icy coat and the flood of snow has not yet shrunk entirely from the woods, the days continue to lengthen and bring the welcome doses of vitamin D we've all been longing for. Occasional patches of green grass and even a solitary Canadian goose making its way north begin to remind us of the coming summer season and the fun and relaxation it brings with it. Though it may seem too far off to weigh heavily on your mind, the fishing season in Minnesota opens this year on May 15th. You may not be part of the die-hard May crowd that has seen the occasional snow on the fishing opener, but it is never too early to start making preparations for a successful fishing season.


              A foggy spring morning.                                        A fine spring-time stringer on Splash Lake.

    Setting aside a short bit of time before your trip, take stock of your fishing and outdoor equipment to save you valuable time on the water and ensure that your time spent in the cabin is reserved for important tasks like relaxing and spinning elaborate fishing yarns. To help you cover the bases while there is still ice on the lakes, here are a few suggestions to help you squeeze every last bit of fishing time out of your trip.

    Poles and Reels: Though the Coast Guard may argue that life preservers are of greater value, most fisherman will agree that a well maintained pole, regardless of price, is worth more than the most expensive set up that has suffered neglect and lost you the "biggun."

    Starting with the pole:

    • Are all the eyelets intact?
    • When flexed, does the pole show any signs of stress or splintering?
    • Does the mechanism that binds the reel to the pole operate correctly?

    On to the reel:

    • What condition is the line in? If you can't remember the last time you re-spooled it won't hurt to replace the line. Though opinions vary on the frequency at which you should re-spool, you can't go wrong with changing the line once a year.
    • Are all the moving parts lubricated well?
    • Do any of these moving parts show signs of stress?

    The Tackle Box: As varied as the people that carry them, tackle boxes hold all the necessaries and incidentals that one may encounter in a day of fishing. Whether or not you organize your tackle by species targeted, size of tackle, top water or diving, jigging or casting, taking a brief catalogue of your tackle box can help you avoid running out of that special something when you need it most. Plenty of ink has been spilled on this topic before, so here is a very basic break down that will help you streamline the process:

    Do you have everything you need to manage above the water?

    • Have you brought extra line in the event of a break off?
    • Do you have a spare reel and/or rod?
    • Will you need an eyelet repair kit?
    • Do you have a sharp filet knife for shore lunches?
    • A spare pocket stringer never hurts and beats using your partner's shoe laces.

    Next, lets move down the line to take care of business under the water...

    • Do you have an adequate supply of sinkers and weights to get your line where it needs to be?
    • Will your catch require the use of steel leaders to prevent breaks?
    • Finally the business end—have you brought along enough hooks, jigs, Rapalas, Red-Eyed Wigglers, spoons, Hula Poppers, Chucky Ducks, etc., to manage for a day?

    Even the best prepared fisherman can have that day on the water to inspire stories of "the one that got away," though for some curious reason these tales of infamy often outlive those of success. These lists are by no means exhaustive and are offered as a basic starting point at which you can begin to assess the state of your gear and begin preparing for the season—hopefully a season less fraught with curses, oaths, and requests to a higher power. That said, should any complications arise during your stay we are ready and willing to help you in any way we can.


    Custom Cabin Rentals
    14663 Vosburgh Rd.
    Ely, Minnesota 55731
    218-365-6947 or 1-800-235-6947