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Precious Metals

Precious Metals

Silver, gold, copper… Three precious metals that have been sought after as valuable resources by man throughout history, but their importance does not stop at the foundation of monetary value.

Mother Russia Ice Fishing

Mother Russia Ice Fishing

If there is one thing that I love it’s innovation from other parts of the world integrated in the fishing industry here in the states. Some of these products come from arguably the most skilled ice fishing country in the world Russia.

Size Matters!

Size Matters!

One style of fishing I find interesting and love to utilize when it is called for is ‘long rodding’. This ice fishing technique is extremely popular in the southern parts here in Wisconsin.

When Pros Give Back

When Pros Give Back

When Ray and I started the Hard Water Maniacs and jumped into the world of professional angling, we didn’t know what to expect or how we would be accepted into this highly competitive world. Now, after only three years running, we have grown to a level we never thought we would be in a very […]

Drop It Like It's Hot!

Drop It Like It’s Hot!

I would like to share with you a technique that is no secret to pro anglers anywhere. This set up works on all types of fish in all types of scenarios and I would be lying if I didn’t admit to having a rod rigged with one at all times. I’m talking about the dropper! […]

Flasher versus Camera

Flasher versus Camera

The times have changed and technology has made itself a must have ally in our chase to put fish on the ice. Fish no longer have a place to run and hide without fisherman hot on their trail. But, as the samurai say, “the sword is only as good as its master.” I am often […]

Reels, Reels, Reels…

Reels, Reels, Reels…

There are many different styles of fishing reels in the industry today. All of which have their place or function in one way or another. I would like to discuss a certain type of reel that faded throughout the years and has been making a strong come back, especially in the circuit ice fishing ranks. […]

K&E Stopper pro staff member Ray Tiffany takes 5th place in Wisconsin ice fishing to qualify for the 2012 USA Ice Team

K&E Stopper Pro Staff Ray Tiffany Makes USA Ice Team Cut

Thirty-two ice anglers, some the best in the nation, some the best in the world, met up the weekend of March 10th, 2012 in northwestern Wisconsin for a serious face off. The goal, to make it to the end of the 3 day trials and be part of the final 10 ice anglers and qualify […]

The other half of team Hard Water Maniacs, Mandy MacHaffie shows off a big bull bluegill caught through the ice

Tungsten Tactics for Ice Fishing Success

Tungsten jigs are definitely becoming the hot item to have in your ice fishing arsenal these days. Their popularity is only growing. Being three times heavier than lead, tungsten can be molded with a small profile yet maintain a heavy weight when you have to get back down to fish quickly. Tungsten jigs easily drop […]

Late season scouting for early ice panfish produced these slab crappie for Ray Tiffany and Mandolyn MacHaffie

Late Summer Scouting For Early Ice Fishing Success!

Late August into October can produce some of the best panfish success of the season for many anglers. The weather is beginning to cool. The dog days of a body of water should be at an end or nearly there, and water clarity should be returning to a mere green hew instead of pea soup. […]

Ray Tiffany and Mandolyn MacHaffie, the HARD WATER MANIACS team up with K&E Stopper Lures

HARD WATER MANIACS Ray and Mandolyn Join K&E Stopper Lures

K&E Stopper Lures has two new members on their team with the addition of Raymond Tiffany and Mandolyn MacHaffie who are otherwise known as the professional ice fishing circuit duo HARD WATER MANIACS. When Ray received a pair of Whip’r Rods from his fiancé and team partner Mandolyn as a Christmas gift in 2010, he […]

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