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    The 2012 Bear Encounter;

    Great story. I guess Alaska is a "carry 3 cans of bear spray" place! Mike and I kick ourselves when we think of time we wasted being bear afraid here in sw MT and not fishing certain "beary" places. We were in one such place yesterday and laughed at how much our heads were on swivels our first time there (one of the places the Park Service recommends groups of 4). Not that we aren't staying vigilant, but not the hyper vigilant, heart in your throat kind!
    Posted 07-22-2015 at 10:04 AM by h2ofishfloatski h2ofishfloatski is offline
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    A Guy Fishes Streamers & Get Skunked;

    Just venturing into the blog part of the forum after a few years on the site and my very first read has me doing some deep thinking! From the time I began using streamers in CO and for many of the years here in MT, I went with prevailing attitude that if you are going to fish streamers you 1) will likely catch fewer but larger fish, and 2) you need to cover lots of water. Initially I did lots of walking, chucking and swinging and did just that, caught fewer but larger fish. I eventually got a bit smarter about it and figured out that prey doesn't swim into the mouth of the predator, it flees, that I could add mends to gain depth, etc. But it has been the past few years of four fishing related orthopedic surgeries that slowed me down and created some limitations that has forced me to be much more thoughtful in my approach to fly fishing overall. If I can only cover a certain amt of water, I better make best use of it! I fish more soft hackles (time wise) than streamers, but early and late season they are a staple. One of my favorite times of the year is hunting the fall run browns on the Madison in October-November. Periodically there is a new "it" streamer. Every guide and fly shop is carrying it. It is along the lines of your thought that something new entices the bite, but pretty quickly that is what the fish are seeing all day long! I like going to "oldie but goodies" the light and dark Spruce Flies that I used in the 70's on the upper Colorado river. Not too many people used them here in sw Mt, at least not until Yellowstoner began featuring them in his blog!
    Posted 07-22-2015 at 09:45 AM by h2ofishfloatski h2ofishfloatski is offline
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    Hitman Society

    To be clear, It is an story I read on another forum. It is written by Jane_winter. She may likes fishing and writing stories both. Here goes her story.
    Posted 07-21-2015 at 04:26 AM by jonwilliams jonwilliams is offline

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