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Old 04-08-2012, 07:47 PM
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Default First browns of the year

I don't fish much during the off season aka the winter but the conditions have just been to good this spring here in the Northeast to not take advantage. I got out for a few hours on one of the rivers that is open year round to C&R trout here in Vermont. I ran a tandem nymph rig through a few runs with no luck so I went back to the car and strung together my 6wt to chuck some streamers.

I tied on this guy, fresh off the vise from this winter:
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I was using a sinking leader to help get the fly down and on the 5th or 6th cast, I had a nice brown flash at the fly but missed it. I threw the fly back in and he hammered it.
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I was pretty pumped as this was my first brown of the year and I caught it on a fly I tied hoping it was going to work well.

I ended up getting back in the car and driving a mile or so down stream and fished another deep run. I worked it over fairly well with no results. I had been dead drifting it with small strip to give it a little movement and then letting it swing. I figured that would be the best bet with the water temps being the way they were. On my last cast I decided to just rip it across. And this guy came up and nailed the streamer...

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There were a ton of small brown stones crawling around but it turned out I didn't need to match the hatch

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Old 04-08-2012, 07:51 PM
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Default Re: First browns of the year

Nice fish, glad to hear you are making use of the good weather!! Thanks for sharing the photos and the experience!!
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:56 PM
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Nice Trout! I always think small meals when trout fishing, but those guys seem to have been hungry.

I don't know about Vermont, but we didn't have winter in PA this year...
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Those are great fish & a testament to why I stuck to my streamers all those years. Good you you!

PS. You're doing pretty good for a young guy
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I just saw this, I think you should post a sbs for that fly, or atleast a materials list, that thing is wonderful
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The fly looks like Mike's Mufasa?
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Nice looking fish, I have that same line with my 5wt TCX
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Default Re: First browns of the year

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Nice Trout! I always think small meals when trout fishing, but those guys seem to have been hungry.

I don't know about Vermont, but we didn't have winter in PA this year...
Yeah, same in Vermont. We didn't have much for a winter. Most of our "winter" occurred at the end of October. I think that snow storm produced the most amount of snow for the year.

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The fly looks like Mike's Mufasa?
The streamer pictured, is in fact Mike Schmidt's Mufasa. You guys can easily find a step by step for it. Just do a quick google search. It is a really easy streamer to tie and as you can see it produces. The only thing I did differently from what Mike did was use a 35mm Articulated Shank from Flymen Fishing Co. instead of another hook up front.
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