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Old 12-22-2011, 11:36 AM
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Hey guys,

I made a promise to focus on Trout fishing this year and I intend to keep it. With the beach and 5 lakes 20 minutes from me it's tough to drive 90 minutes to fish Trout. I took a ride up to the Pequest hatchery this Wed to try and catch a few.
The scenery was beautiful, the tippets were small and I lost enough eggs to make breakfast for 5! I managed to get 4 fish on but only one even got close enough for me to see. He rolled over 6" from my net, smiled and spit my hook. The other 3 ran all sorts of zigzag patterns that had me tripping over rocks and running into branches. I had a great time but boy does it hurt to leave your comfort zone and learn something new.
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That water is moving, it looks to be high? And coming from a saltwater and stillwater background, fighting fish in moving water is an entirely new animal, but I'm sure you'll catch on fast! It's all a game of not pulling the fly straight back out of the fish's mouth, which I still do regularly, haha. But compared to surf-fishing, the scenery can't be beat! I love fishing moving water, I'm happy to be in an area where I can do it. But I'm not complaining about getting the holidays to fish saltwater.
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:59 AM
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Keep at it, you will get that hang of it shortly! That stream sure looks like a dream to fish, but the water sure looks high, reminds me of spring run off.
Everything around here is frozen solid except for the tailwaters so consider yourself lucky to be able to fish a stream like that this time of year.

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Four hookups and one almost in the net in that high water? I think you're doing just fine. Hang in there...remember to stay safe in high, cold winter water. Looks like a SJ worm hatch might be on there.

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Four hookups and one almost in the net in that high water? I think you're doing just fine. Hang in there...remember to stay safe in high, cold winter water. Looks like a SJ worm hatch might be on there.

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Mike: Funny you mentioned the SJ worm, that was the first thing I thought when I looked at how high that water was.
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It certainly was moving, 340 cfs on Wed morning. According to local intel egg patterns are a "sure thing" this time of year and the hatchery cuts loose some big rainbows in the fall. I'm pretty sure I have enough knowledge (thanks to you guys) to catch them but putting it into practice was a bit challenging. Luckily it's the only game in town until the spring so I have time to practice.
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Can you use multiple flies? Something heavy like a double bead stone might be useful to keep your egg where you want it, plus it means not having to deal with shot (or much of it at least). Were you using an indicator or no? And what kind of egg pattern? With water that high an Eggi Juan Kenobi might be plain murderous. However my go-to lately when using egg patterns has been a giant ugly estaz-tied sucker spawn. It's taken everything from salmon to steelhead.
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Nice report. What size tippet are you using? Maybe a bigger/stronger tippet is in order. Typically fish aren't tipper shy when throwing roe so put on the steel cable...
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Yeah, Cromney throws out a good question with that one. Was the tippet popping or were the fish just throwing the hooks?
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Nice report. What size tippet are you using? Maybe a bigger/stronger tippet is in order....
5X I would love to blame the hardware but honestly I was a train wreck. I must have looked like I was blindfolded and had my shoelaces tied together! Navigating structure with a fish on is new to me and belive me there was plenty of structure for them to run to.

This is what they were eating, as fast as I could tie them on. I tied up a fresh batch last night, hopefully I can sneak out on Christmas Eve.

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