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Default Fall Walleye, lousy weather

This has been the worst Fall for weather we have had up here in a long time. If it isn't raining, it's blowing 30 MPH and snowing. What's really amazing is that it went from summer into this like hitting a switch. The weather guys keep saying it is going to be nice a few days out, but it has not come to pass. I can take fishing in the cold. I can even put up with some rain. But wind on top of it and I start wanting to watch a movie instead. This also has been another case in the Walleyes don't do the same thing two years in a row. The only good big fish bite when I have gone has been that right at dark bite. Nothing real late and just a ton of Pike before. They have also been on the bottom again. This is likely due to a lousy shiner run this year.

I did break my personal record however, for the farthest out Pike I have ever caught fly fishing. It was a mid thirty inch type fish, nice but not huge. I hooked it way out at the end of a cast right on the bottom an easy 130' out. Here is a typical Fall Walleye from up here.
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Nice 'eye Dan! And a Pike at 130', that fight had to be interesting, see the splashing before you feel the tugging!
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Nice 'eye Dan! And a Pike at 130', that fight had to be interesting, see the splashing before you feel the tugging!
It was down on the bottom. I was using clousers and counting them down. It hit all the way out and all the way down. It's easy to tell how far you cast where I was fishing. The Railroad bridge has 30' sections with a crossed set of beams in the middle. It's a pretty good set of markers every 15'. I just look up and see where I'm standing under the section and you can count from there.
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I put the cast right up against the piling, but I figure that by the time it sank I lost at good 10'. I don't think I stripped 2' back when it nailed it. I was sure I had a big Walleye for a bit. It did a fairly good imitation of one at first. Then it did a good run and I knew, "nope, Pike." One of these days I am going to get a Mooneye behind the piling in the slack water. Tiny dry fly and a cast of at least 145'. I had the chance once and these two boats saw the fish raising, and me casting to them. They pulled anchor and dropped right in the middle of them.
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You are so lucky to be close to a place like that Dan. Big fish not dependant on a 'return' and you can get after them at ice out right up till the freeze. As you know the season here was not the best for 2012 and I'm looking at that Walleye and thinking ............ Oh well maybe 2013 will turn things around here and I can get all slimy all the time.

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Awesome long distance hookup Dan! Great fish! Think with those long distance casts time to go somewhere warm and salty! Just a thought!
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Awesome long distance hookup Dan! Great fish! Think with those long distance casts time to go somewhere warm and salty! Just a thought!
I'd settle for just the Warm part of it right now.
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I'm thinking about a road trip to the rainy river, soon...
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Cool... I have never heard of flyfishing for Walleye. I live just minutes from the Lower Columbia River. Perhaps I will try Spey casting for them. Maybe it will start a new trend out here.
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Dan: Congrats on the great looking fish! You're getting the lousy cold wet wx and we are basking in relatively warm wx out here in Wyoming. I'm trying to get out and enjoy it while it lasts as I know the hammer is about to come crashing down any day now.

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Cool... I have never heard of flyfishing for Walleye. .... Perhaps I will try Spey casting for them. Maybe it will start a new trend out here.
I know, it's a bit odd that more people don't do it. Especially with two hand rods. It seemed like a logical choice for targeting Walleye. I've been doing it for I think 5 years now with a two hander. I have posted about it all over the place, and yet last I checked if you googled spey rod and walleye together, I am all you get. I am kinda surprised because it's not like I keep it a secret.

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I'm thinking about a road trip to the rainy river, soon...
Soon might be to late. The weather here has gone into deep freeze wind tunnel test. It may be Spring before it would be a fishable thing. On the bright side, the Spring Fishing here is world famous. No Joke.
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