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Old 05-02-2009, 11:42 PM
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With all the crazy weather lately, and the trout waters too high to wade, I thought I'd go down to the local park on Old Hickory Lake and try out a couple fly rods and a couple weights of sinking line, to see how they performed with big trout streamers. Unfortunately the fish kept interrupting my "tests".

This is the fly: Kelly Galloup's "Zoo Cougar"

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With the Fairplay full sinking 6 wt line, and an 8 ft 6 wt rod, I caught this aggressive bluegill.

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With the Cortland 444 SL 7 wt Type III sink tip, and the 8 1/2 ft 6 wt rod, I caught this bass. Only problem is the bass hit it so hard he swallowed it way into his gills. I gave it to a family of 6 who was fishing for a meal next to me.

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Then I put on a full floating line and a size 12 wooly bugger and caught about 2 dozen bluegills in two hours. It's nice having this "testing lab" only 5 minutes from my house.
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Sweet fly, looks like a great trip man
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:59 AM
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Great looking fish, way to go! Nice to have a lake near by to test different lines with. I really like the looks of Kelly Galloup's "Zoo Cougar".

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The Zoo Cougar streamer is one of the best patterns around. I use for torut and lake fishing. I tie mine in size 8 and 10.
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Can't see the Mallard feather down the back. I agree however, one of the best flies out there. His sculpin pattern is awesome, too.
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The Zoo Cougar is a great fly. I spend about 80% of my time on the water fishing streamers and the Zoo Cougar is one of my main go to flies. Big trout just love em!!
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Can't see the Mallard feather down the back. I agree however, one of the best flies out there. His sculpin pattern is awesome, too.
Yeah, my cell phone is the pits for close up pics. I was just sitting on the couch telling my son about the "tests" and I pulled the phone out of my pocket and took the shot. I figured anyone here who didn't know what a Zoo Cougar is needed a bit of a visual. They can always look on line or in books for better pictures.

Size 8 or 10? Wow, that would be interesting for big bluegills and crappie. I've got some Marabou Muddlers close to that size, but for some reason the Cougars seem to get more action. They look great in the water.
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Yeah, my cell phone is the pits for close up pics. I was just sitting on the couch telling my son about the "tests" and I pulled the phone out of my pocket and took the shot. I figured anyone here who didn't know what a Zoo Cougar is needed a bit of a visual. They can always look on line or in books for better pictures.

Size 8 or 10? Wow, that would be interesting for big bluegills and crappie. I've got some Marabou Muddlers close to that size, but for some reason the Cougars seem to get more action. They look great in the water.
Jakeway, I do the same with woolly buggers , I tie them in 8 and 10 and maybe tie on a set of legs with a bed head. The grand kids just love them at the lake.
I showed them how to use a slip sinker with there spinning rods. They sure love there grand dad.
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