November 28, 2012
Recognize the steelhead hair jigs? Note the snow on the banks. Cold pools. Big rivers. The success of swinging streamers for Great Lakes steelhead led to Gabe Hillebrand's Swamp Donkey and other hair-jig designs.
Rick Hammer has a prior claim. The Swamp Donkey is Rick's wooden drift boat, one we've used to drift rivers for walleyes, bass, and steelhead. Anchoring a drift boat like the Swamp Donkey and swinging jigs like...the Swamp Donkey? Double entendre. Too much fun.
Imagine swimming a jig for world-class river bass from the Swamp Donkey. Enter, Gabe's scoby: