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Old 01-30-2012, 03:02 PM
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Many of you know that I am a lost soul when it comes to fly fishing-- as the nearest cold water environs are 3 hours from home. I have been conceded to a life of targeting the warm water gluttons....

Well, that changed for me this weekend. My neighbor and I made a Trip south to one of the 'Blue Ribbon" (not entirely sure what that means... ) trout waters in Missouri.

To sweeten the deal a little, fellow forum member russellb showed up with some local/ insider info. Big thanks to Russell-- if it wasn't for his generosity with the margarita machine and M-80's and Half sticks of dynamite-- I doubt we would have had nearly the fun, nor caught nearly the amount of fish that we did....

(disclaimer: there was no margaritas nor was there explosives to 'persuade' the fish out of their feeding lanes.)

Now for the trophy of the day-- of course caught by me:
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:05 PM
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you must have really BIG HANDS to make that lunker seem so tiny

fun report...thx
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beautiful fish
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:25 PM
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Great news T,

I have been of the impression the Russel is a swell guy and your post lends to my belief that you are both very cool
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Which stream did you fish? Crane creek? Capps?

Blue Ribbon means the trout population is self sustaining and they dont stock it.
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Yes Ard, Russell is a very cool guy. He was a little up in the air about his schedule, and wasn't sure he could make it to meet up with us. He txt'd me about 20 mins before my phone lost reception with a message of 'good luck' and that he had some things come up... He later txt'd that he could be there in about an hour-- I didn't get the txt. So it was a very nice surprise when he did show up.

Being a warm water guy, I had a steep learning curve about drifting a nymph without an indicator-- the first several hours were slow fishing wise (due to my inexperience with the situation)-- but the conversation made up for the slow fishing.

After I figured out that my mend had to be almost immediate after the line landed, and after casting directly up stream and watching how my bug was acting as it came back to me-- I could translate that into casting to the feeding lanes and I did much better. I missed a handful, but the takes at the end of the drift were definite and I ended up with 7 fish plus the lunker from the picture.

you cold water guys sure do tie some tiny flies and really have to be cognizant of what your fly/ line is doing... I normally cast to Bass-- they will take a styrofoam cup from the local quick shop-- presentation be damned!

All in all, it was a very nice time-- I learnt a lot about line control-- and tying smaller patterns-- The fish really liked size 18 zebra midges-- I hope to be able to spend more time chasing these beautiful fish in the fantastic environs that they occupy.
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Hey dog!I had not seen a report of yours for a whileNow I understand you were waiting to show us a record fishAlways good to fish with a friend
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Raindog, you should get out to Colorado sometime, only a state and a half away. Camping is cheap and easy in the summer, especially if you have a truck and find some forest land.
I can think of 8 trout rivers within 1 hour drive of Boulder, add a few hours and you get the Blue, the Colorado, Roaring fork, N. and S. Platte, Frying pan, Taylor, Gunnison... the list goes on. There are the alpine lakes filled with cuttties too, and they seem to eat anything.
If you come out here give me a shout and I can point you in the right direction and give some fly advice or at least where to find good advice.
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I had a great time as well and it was nice to meet some fellow forum members! We need to make the next trip to one of my favorite rivers such as the North Fork, or white bass-a-palooza here in a couple months. Better yet, if the spring rains treat us right we could fish trout on the upper stretch of the North Fork or striper on the lower parts. Bring a 5 weight and a 9 weight.....
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Hey T-Dog, long time no see; glad to see you post something...Nice shot of your trophy... The tiny trout flies are a Big change from your typical Bass patterns...

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