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Old 04-16-2012, 10:32 PM
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Well sharpened up the chainsaw for tomorrow mornings fishing adventure to my usual river. I went to check the river levels in person this morning but before I could get to the river this tree just happened to fall asleep in the road. I decided to give it 24hrs before I fixed it for the park. It took them 3 weeks to get rid of the last one, the least I can do is help right? The river was still high anyways with huge gusts of wind.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:43 PM
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Yeah, its always fun when we have to take matters into our own hands. Don't they know we have work to do?
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:27 PM
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Indeed it was fun cutting up the tree this morning. When I arrived at the park the entrance gate was open and the tree untouched. I wouldn't be surprised if the city even knew about it. But I wasn't gonna call and miss out on the fun. After I started making the first cut on the trunk, sure enough one of the few times I've seen forest preserve police pull in behind my car. I quickly finished the cut so even if I had to stop I would be able to push it off the road after he left. It ended up being jut fine with the officer. It was actually a police officer I had seen twice last year and he knew me to be kinda crazy then too. I made a few more cuts, then the officer and I cleared the road. I finally made it to the river after being called nuts by the officer.

I was able to fish for 2hrs after the tree down dilema. I forgot my camera as usual, but most of the fish were small. I caught a total of 8 fish: 4 bluegills, 3 crappie and 1 baby smally. The carp eluded me again. It just makes me more addicted. I can't wait for the river to recede back to normal levels and I can get back in her quick. As usual good luck out there.
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Last guy to use a chainsaw to improve his fishing won &100,000 on the FLW tour by cutting his way into to back arms of the lake he was competing in! Could be an omen of big carp to come!
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Was the water pretty muddy? What were you throwing (if you dont mind me asking)?

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That's great that it worked out alright. Sometimes you just never know how the authorities are going to react.
If it were me, I would have done all that work only to be skunked.
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The water was just starting to clear a little but still very muddy. Although thge water was muddy, it was an extremely bright day and I opted to try my luck with a white zonker. I can't seem to get away from that pattern. Since the river was so high and muddy I focused most of my fishing at the mouth of a small creek that flowed much slower. Most of the fish I caught would probably considered bait fish but thats fine by me.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:07 AM
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I hear ya, this time of year when they still seem to be holding deep, I'm happy to be catching anything that wants to bite.
Ive been having some luck with a gray and black WB, but that's just catching smaller panfish. The general visibility in the water here is about a foot to two feet, so I may have to be brave and try the white colors and see how that does.
Yesterday I was doing great with the crappies on spin gear with a green grub with green flakes on a beetle spin, so last night I tied on a damsel pattern in green with red mono eyes to see if I can get the profile to translate.
I'm not sure if that's a wild goose chase or a new found technique. LOL
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I have been doing alot of experimenting with different colors and flys with the ever changing weather and water clarity. Once I get some of the data compiled I might have a little better idea on what to throw at these fish rather than bright fly on a bright day lol.

On a seperate note, is there anyone aware of fly fishing tournaments in the great lakes region or has anyone ever set one up? Just trying to get a few fly fisherman together for a friendly competion but wouldnt know how to organize it properly.[COLOR="Silv
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I design and build mountain bike trails at the same park I fish at, so this is a regular thing for me. all volenteer, either we do it and have trails to play on or not so my crew does a fair amount of the clearing atleast in the backwoods areas.
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On a seperate note, is there anyone aware of fly fishing tournaments in the great lakes region or has anyone ever set one up? Just trying to get a few fly fisherman together for a friendly competion but wouldnt know how to organize it properly.[COLOR="Silv[/QUOTE]

I'm not in the area, so I'm no help, but I would make a separate thread for that so you can get more people involved. Sounds like a good idea to me!
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