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Yes, it was my own fault, but Orvis saved the day

Posted 04-30-2017 at 02:50 PM by spm (Stephen Mattox)

Last week while fishing, I got snagged in a tree on the opposite bank. I grabbed my rod at the ferule to try to pull it free. Yes, I know; don't do that. In fact, while I was reaching for it, my left brain was saying "Don't do that". But my right brain was saying "Just a slight tug ...". So I gave it just a slight tug and, SNAP! Damn that right brain. It was an Orvis Clearwater from the 90s, so I called Orvis and they said it was covered under their 25 year warranty and...
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Guide suggestion for ERMNP

Posted 04-27-2017 at 06:11 PM by iowa driftless

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Thanks, zjory. I am under the impression that Indian Peaks is more rugged and difficult to do day hikes. Is that true? I like "Less crowded", especially given the dates we are going.

I just ordered Steve's book on the Indian Peaks.

In my experience that isn't necessarily the case. It is higher elevation on average so they lakes will ice out later than rmnp will. The eldora area and brainerd lakes area are what I have...
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Hooking Salmon, soon to be tested again.

Posted 04-22-2017 at 04:39 PM by Ard Stetts

I saw the post from Scottish Salmon Fishing Surgery and began to write my own take on hooks and lost fish. Within a short while I realized my comments amounted to a thread hijack and were out of place on someone else's thread so I 'Cut & Pasted' to here and then went on at length. Maybe it can be helpful to others, I should say that I do the same thing with trout and steelhead as the salmon.

I feel compelled to add this thought for you before you would go on to read what I am...
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Rusty Tombone Streamer ?

Posted 04-12-2017 at 02:37 PM by comeonavs

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Some guys pick normal descriptive titles for their favorite streamers, I've only designed a few myself but called them: Big Fat Bunny Fur Sculpin - The Answer and etc. Of course I just tie and use and am not marketing them.

As for the fly in question I agree that it is essentially a wooly bugger. I would make a tube fly for that with a single hook. The 2 hook thing isn't something I've ever needed.
Thank you that's the one I couldn't remember the name but knew they...
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It's not really that Big..............

Posted 04-04-2017 at 07:01 PM by Ard Stetts
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Boss's nose that is........

It's been a week now since Boss and I came back from our last winter stay at Hewitt Lake. Because I have been a life long dog lover I always take pictures of him while we're there, not so many at home but always while fishing or at the cabin. I believe those are his happiest times, his ears perk up at the word 'fishen' but I'm not so sure he enjoys the 3.5 hour freight sled rides to and from the cabin. One thing I am sure of is that he really loves being...
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