I’ve been at the Madison Fishing Expo all weekend, and it’s a great show. If you have a chance, come on down and check it out on Sunday. The Expo is at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, and it runs from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Great seminars, fun things to do for the kids, bargains on boats and fishing gear and a chance to hobnob with fishing pros, manufacturers’ reps and just plain folks with a passion for fishing.
Judy Nugent’s seminar today on trout fishing Wisconsin’s Coulee Country streams packed the room. One guy I spoke with afterwards said it was “Awesome! Everything she said was right on.” I asked him if he did that kind of fishing (fly fishing for stream trout, and he said “All the time.,” so I know he knew what he was talking about. Judy will do that seminar again on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., followed by Bob Mehsikomer’s muskie seminar on “Calling Out Hawgs.”
Stop by my booth and check out Brad Karstaedt’s Wilderness Scout hydrojet-powered canoe. We are selling raffle tickets for the winner’s choice of the canoe, johnboat or duck skiff, all powered by the hydrojet pump his dad invented, or a row-troller. The package will include a trailer and a custom-made cover from Thill Marine in Sheboygan.
This week, we debuted the latest version of our Dan Small Outdoors Radio E-Newsletter, which was emailed to more than 4,500 subscribers. The slimmed-down newsletter will not clog your inbox with unwanted photos and images. It opens quickly, even on dial-up connections. Once open, click on any link and you will automatically go to the full newsletter on my Web site. There, the newsletter is already open, so there is no waiting for it to render. Click on any link and you will be routed to our Flickr site or the Web site of a sponsor or guest on the show.
The whole purpose of the e-newsletter is to let listeners know what’s coming up on this week’s radio show, which you can catch on the air or as a podcast on Lake-Link or iTunes.
Soon, the show will also be available as a podcast on all outdoorsfirst.com Web sites, which will give us exposure to a huge audience of anglers, hunters and outdoors enthusiasts and – we hope – bring us a few new listeners.
While you’re on the newsletter, check out our new affiliation with myhuntingpage.com. We will co-sponsor their spring turkey photo contest, which will be officially launched at next week’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show.
Gotta grab a few hours of shut-eye before tomorrow’s big Mad Fish Expo finale. Come on down!