Great Lakes Angler Blog

Skarlis wields St. Croix and Rapala arsenal to conquer FLW river event

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

PARK FALLS, WI – Probing the heartbeat of a river requires a fine set of instruments. Some dudes call them “structure-scopes”—ultra-precision fishing rods that ping pebbles, sand and mussel beds, and even transmit what legendary angler Ron Lindner calls “drive-by’s”; those subtle walleye nudges that barely brush the bait. When St. Croix Rods walleye pro Tommy Skarlis visited Red Wing, Minnesota, for the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event in April, he brought with him a virtual golfbag of fishing rods, knowing in advance that success would likely hinge on versatility in the perpetually changing current conditions. “I wield fishing rods like pro golfers use clubs,” said the perennial walleye winner. “Prerequisite to consistent success, you’ve got to have access to a full range of rod lengths, actions and powers. And there’s no doubt that St. Croix gives me the most complete bag of walleye rods I’ve ever used.”  Read Full Story

Recent Posts


Betsy Soul5 Tackle Labs Salmon Unlimited of Illinois Salmon Scott Glorvigen WFN Fish America Foundation Conservation Marathon Milennia MIL-iDock BoatUS Airmar Interlux Keep Kool Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Muscle Squared 65 Bug repellent AmVets Bro Brosdahl Bait Holder Triton Boats TRAC Martin-Flory award InvisaSnap Michigan Blue Collar Outdoors Ethanol Grunden's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Footwear LOTSA Brandon Newby hardbaits AKOYA Black Velvet The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls Baitcast Fishing Pole BBQ Lighter Slide Moor Smart Guide Publications F-Series Storm Gear NAIFC Championship Rippin Lips Scott Martin Whale Safety Invasive species Raritan Oakley Sunglasses Rippin' Lips bimini top Brite Wash LCWCC Uncle Norm's High school bass fishing St. Croix Apps Fuel Alabama Rig Tip-Up Moisture Muncher Gene Larew Up Stream Hydration Back Pack Chaco Scholarship Spencer Yachts Dunkirk, NY Hobie eZSplice South Haven, Michigan Spreads great lakes Shelter OHIO Accessories Accon Marine Shoremaster Gary Giudice Iaconelli Lakemaster Brian Brosdahl Big Bear Products PLB Bass Pro Shops Four-Person Dome Tent with Screen Porch Jeff Gustafson Mag Light Topwater Rushton Gregory Jeff's Tackle Shop exotic species DuraSafe Electronics Lock Green Bay, Wisconsin JVD Boga Mary Snyder Promise Keeper Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs Electronics Lake Superior Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series Oshkosh Macho Minnow toilet Rain suit Sheldon's Traditions Lake Michigan Andrew Semprevivo Plano Synergy Costa Del Mar Church Tackle Dollohan Soo Locks Lights Niagara Falls Coleman Mazurek Foul weather gear Whistler Spoon GPS Speedometer FLW Sunglasses Personal Flotation Device Kill switch Costa Catfish Simrad Gull Lake Marine Rain gear MUSHING New Lures 360 Serious Shine Snow-Shoe Tip-Up Size limits Bad Elf Line Sphaera Marine Speakers Micro-Mobile Pro Viewing Case Orca Fin System Jeff Wenzel Mack's Lure Ice Features Multi-species Owners tournament Grady-White Fishing Costa Sunglasses ATV National Guard Sunstream Boat Lifts Frigibar Izaak Walton League Bait head McMurdo Husky Jerk KVD Speedbag Tyee EZ BoatPort Kevin Van Dam Black Earth Creek USCGA Future Fisherman Foundation ASA Traditions Media mudsnail News Aqua Vu New York Knife sharpening Bass fishing radar clubs Navigation Power Bheestie Bag DuraSafe Wind Power JBL Reese Gunnison, CO Kayak Downriggers treestand injury Holland Gear Angler 175T Absolute Outdoor, Inc. Launch ramp South Haven Swim Whizz EVOLVE FISHING CO Crankbait Net YUMphibian Sun protection Vick Yamaha ATV Skamania Mania Ranger Boats Mark Zona Extreme Baitcast Reel Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plate Legend Extreme Tight Lines Jewelry Fishing Clubs USO BOLT Padlock Ultimate Flannel Shirts Jerky Kayaks blue marlin Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Full Throttle BASSMASTER Green Bay Boats METS Ryan Wilson Plano Tackle Boxes Mystery Tackle Box Custom Jigs & Spins Audio Marine Lighting Extended Warranty Onyx Deep Sea Diver Plano Brown trout DSC Sport Shows Traxstech HELLA Bob Schmidt Aluminum Deep V Series STRATTEC EZ Dock Evinrude Northland Grand Rapids Ultimate Outdoors Show Slender Spoon Legend Gold tackle storage Autotether Earth Day Davis Instruments Nautical trailer tongue Jonathon VanDam Faria BASSMASTER CLASSIC Venice, Louisiana PRADCO Ascend Acme Glorvigen Alaskan Free Fishing Weekend Reef Runner New Zealand Tom Neustrom Rough Weather Soft Jigwobbler PFDs tree stand injury iPilot Link John E. Phillips Angler USSA Frabill Games Tommy Skarlis Catch & Cook Innovative Outdoors marlin Blue Heron Communications News/Social Glacier Glove Streams Weather Buoy Hamlin Tracker Marine ChartSelect Gill NA Grab Rail Swedish FireKnife Matt Straw Corey Schmidt Boat maintenance Ditty bag Tools Radial Torpedo Divers Video Air show Magnum Flow-Troll Beckson Marine Deck Plate Goby Fiberglass boat Youth Kindle book VMC Bibs Marsh Madness iPilot Walleyes cruzin Mercury Marine GPS for Lightning Connector Mark Chmura Lures ODNR PulseTech Lund Boats Coleman cooler Wisconsin Fiberglass tiller Oculus Lead Cliff Pace Z-Man LakeMaster Western States Version RAT FINKEE Ice Fishing Multitools Rig'N Tails Brad's Conservation Headgear Bug bite relief Team Aqua-Vu Batteries Insect repellent KVD Boat Covers Clay Dyer Wildlife Forever Tournament Grade Circle Hooks Tournament Dave Mull Blog Technology spoon Kevin VanDam Knives Fort Wayne, Indiana Speakers Minnesota YUM Dinger WeatherStation Rescue Ultracoat iPad LineSnubber Wedding Ring Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing Boat names Swim bait Patrick Hurst Odd'ball Fin Spin inReach Side Thruster Larson Electronics Kurt Mazurek KVD Speedbag Wormfile theft On board Beckson Marine CMP Global exotic invader Shoes Ned Rig Aqualuma Hevi-Beads Rugged Shark FRIDAY FUNNIES Storage Wake Fishing Thermacell Bass lure Ranger VS1780 Pop-Up LED Bowlights Silver Horde Pharmaceuticals Boat US Cabela's Tournaments Marine Radio 1675 Pro Guide Shurhold Trout Unlimited Boat lifts Records Flat Slider 75 Tim Popfinger Chatterbait Sportsman's rights boat rental CLASSIC La Mar Quantum U.S.S.A. Dan Egan Balog Ditch jigs One-Handle-Does-It-All System fitness Asian carp Todd Sokolow Bethel University Dollahon Jack Links LineGrabber Walleye Lock Masters Walleye Circuit Lake of the Woods Turning Point Props Army Corp of Engineers Port of Indiana Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plates and Kits Rapala sunglass Yamaha Camera mount St. Croix Rods Lund Beckson Okuma Forage Minnow Lake Assault Olcott, NY MWC Coast Guard Clam Bass Pro Shops Dave Genz Chronglobal Bass Pro Shops Gift Card Practical Sailor Insurance B.A.S.S. Chargers Ryan Kleckner ABT X-2 Countdown dock lines Princecraft Marcum Rods Lake Erie BoatUS Angler Boating safety Deck Plate Fish Hawk XD4 thieves trailer tongue Mosquito repellent RedHead Volvo Penta Telescoping JIggler Long Rod Swanson-Russell Gary Dollahon Rovermax LR 100 Mr. Twister Bristol Bay thieves Synergy Outdoors Brian "Bro" Brosdahl Lake Ontario Global Spectrum spreader light Wounded Warriors splice Marine General weather Wild River series Aquatic AV ONIX YUM Whale Pumps Humminbird Michigan DNR NMEA Michigan City, Indiana Gravity Buff Tides Side Imaging Optima Aqua-Vu Pro Polish Hunting IGFA Mack's Lures Personal Flotation Devices TRAC Ecological Bait Rigs SeaEra QC spinning rod Chicago barrier River Fishing MATE USA Water Buddies Barry Brown Marine Boating Lake trout Louie Stout Monel Metal ice fishing, Bro Show, Traditions Media Fishouflage Cannon Rubrail Ravenswood Media Great Lakes Troller Manistee Strike King Radio Berkley Bass Pro WileyX USCG Shock Wave Home Port Marine Marketing Tackle Bag Prosepec Electronics Lowrance ShowSpan Evolve Endura binoculars Lake Huron Delorme Stabenow Sharpeners CUSTOM JIGS 'N' SPINS Trade Shows Dave Mull SOG Bass Shipping Titan Chain Safe boating Homeport Marine Marketing Muskie Lure MULL BLOG The Harry Lure Contaminants Steve Wood Mustad Andrew Dordek Marine NewsWire Ranger University of Buffalo Contest Line Recycle Bin Indiana DNR Matt Serbenski iPhone ABT Honda Bristol Bay Salmon Hobie Pro Angler Lip-Stix Seakeeper gyro SeaLife Cameras Mike Seymour Dogs Smartfind S20 Personal AIS Beacon Skarlis EZ Splice Fasteners Minn Kota Alaska redfish 580P lenses Walleye tournament Lighting Normark