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dossphoto 02-11-2012 03:21 PM

Smith River
 
We decided to try our luck this morning before the winds picked up. We had a little luck swinging streamers. It's still a little slow, but we manages to bring a few to the net.

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http://www.dossphoto.com/fishpix/brfff-2.jpg

http://www.dossphoto.com/fishpix/brfff-3.jpg

http://www.dossphoto.com/fishpix/brfff-4.jpg

http://www.dossphoto.com/fishpix/brfff-6.jpg

mcnerney 02-11-2012 04:00 PM

Re: Smith River
 
Looks like you had a great day on the water congrats!

Hardyreels 02-11-2012 05:04 PM

Re: Smith River
 
I'll tell you what, you've got some good looking trout there! I would think twice before posting the river by name if I could go get them and not be in a crowd. Just say'en, nice trout bud,

Ard

mikel 02-11-2012 05:06 PM

Re: Smith River
 
Hey doss...did somebody whack that last fish in the back of the neck (if fish had necks :))?

Beautiful stream...and a nice report.

-Mike

50fish 02-11-2012 08:04 PM

Re: Smith River
 
Nice fish, I haven't fished the Smith in several years, its a 3+ hour drive for me.

dhaynes 02-12-2012 06:45 AM

Re: Smith River
 
I grew up fishing the Smith, mostly between the dam and confluence with Town Creek. But this was a while ago and the main fish were stocked rainbows.Once upon a time, Town Creek held a lot of fish but access may be a problem.

Great to see pictures and great that TU is taken an active role in preserving the Smith...

dossphoto 02-12-2012 08:02 AM

Re: Smith River
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hardyreels (Post 395053)
I'll tell you what, you've got some good looking trout there! I would think twice before posting the river by name if I could go get them and not be in a crowd. Just say'en, nice trout bud,

Ard

Thanks for all the comments.

Putting the name out there is actually a calculated risk, that we hope doesn't really backfire on us. The Smith has one of the highest trout-per-mile populations around. We have seen as many as 1000 trout in a 100 meter sampling area. Catching fish usually isn't a problem, I say that will a grain of salt because of all the skunkings I have taken lately. Our problem is neglect to the river, for years the Smith River has been viewed a drainage ditch for the surrounding area. We are trying to get the word out about the potential that the fishery has for the area. So the more people we have lobbying for improvement to the fishery, the bigger our chances to make things happen here and actually see some enforcement. I really don't think it will be possible to get back to the days of 15lb brown trout, I just want to see a few more 20" trout.


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