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Old 12-14-2012, 12:57 AM
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Default Never to old to get over excited!

Usually around this time of year through mid February I try to make as many trips as possible to several rivers on LI that run into the salt to fish for sea runs( brown trout) in the brackish parts of these rivers. These fish run between 5 and 12 lbs are beautifully colored and fight like the saltwater fish that they've been hanging with. Even though January is the best month I can usually find a few fish in December. And these trout like big baits saltwater streamers and shrimp patterns basically the same things we throw for stripers.
Well I fished all day Wednesday in my favorite river with not so much as a touch. Not even a white perch! But it was a nice day and there were several schools of spearing working in and out from the railroad bridge so I knew the sea runs couldn't be far behind .
Well Thursday was a carbon copy of Wednesday nice day plenty of bait but no fish not even a touch. About two hours before sunset I decided enough is enough time for a move! Theres another section of river about hundred yards down the road that you can drive up on and be fishing couple of steps from


the car. Made the move got in to a spot I knew well and started casting. Nothing! Alright I'm done! Wade back up find a seat on the bank and relax. What the heck I can't relax got daylight left! Ok I'm gonna check out the pool before the dam that goes under the hwy and separates the fresh from the brackish part of the river. This is a small pool that feeds under a bridge on one side and under the hwy on the other . Maybe 25 feet long by 15 feet wide and surrounded by cattails.
And there they are three logs facing into the road culvert sucking in everything that comes out from under the road . Three big ones not a care in the world just eating and getting fatter!
One look at these pigs and I am pumped! One quick false cast and bam! I drop the streamer right on the lead fishes head! And in one big splash and mean SPLASH all three head under the hwy and as far away from me as they can get! Rookie move I mutter to myself , measure and plan your cast ! Oh well tomorrow's another day!
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Default Re: Never to old to get over excited!

Hi John,

I know a place here where a lake outflow goes under a road through a big culvert pipe. The pipe is not big enough for me to go through (I know some like that and have used them to reach impossible fish) and it is very perplexing. There is a very large rainbow / steelhead that comes right up into the surge but I can't get a fly to swing that short without being seen. I don't think I could haul him under the road (at least 60 - 70 feet of tunnel) so I'm gonna go sit and watch him one day to figure out how I just might get a hook in the jaw. Sneaking up and sitting real close may be the ticket. let them go about business without any movements from you and try to find the chink in the armor.

The other side of this is that some fish are just not to be caught
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:42 AM
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AWESOME!!!!! There's a place in NJ with salters but they're tough to get to and even tougher to fool.
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Reminds me of the entrance to Dry Creek (which it never is) flowing into the Russian River in Nor-Kal. Upper end of this is a huge lake ... and the Steelhead Hatchery. Only 'problem' is the Creek is closed to fishing, and the buggers will pull out of the river and 'camp' at the mouth of the two culverts.

Always tempted to toss rocks at them and chase them back into the river .. never did.

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Reminds me of the entrance to Dry Creek (which it never is) flowing into the Russian River in Nor-Kal. Upper end of this is a huge lake ... and the Steelhead Hatchery. Only 'problem' is the Creek is closed to fishing, and the buggers will pull out of the river and 'camp' at the mouth of the two culverts.

Always tempted to toss rocks at them and chase them back into the river .. never did.

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Fred my streamer might as well have been a rock ! Only problem is they went the wrong way!
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