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Forum: Member Introductions 01-07-2011, 11:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 712
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: Novice from STL

Casey- I'm so sorry :D

Kev- If there were one bit of advise I could impart to you, it'd be to take a stroll down Manchester to T. Hargrove's shop in Rock Hill. It's a real cool, mom-and-pop...
Forum: General Discussion 12-29-2010, 03:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,348
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: Fish I Would Never Eat!

I wouldn't eat the local sturgeon, not so much because of their palatability but because an organism which has spent 30-60 years sucking PCB's and heavy metals from the bottom of a river can't be...
Forum: General Discussion 12-23-2010, 06:18 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,545
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: Trout in an aquarium.

It's doable, but difficult.

You're going to need a chiller to keep the water temperature low enough to support trout.

Some species are more adaptable than others (brook trout would probably...
Forum: General Discussion 12-15-2010, 07:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 820
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: August Fishing Conditions??

August can be an excellent time to fish the Rocky Mountain west- grasshoppers, ants, beetles, and other terrestrials are the big ticket items, but their are plenty of hatches of Pale Morning Duns,...
Forum: Lower Mid-U.S. 12-09-2010, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 995
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: Fly Pattern

Wooly buggers and mohair leeches are both simple and effective patterns for that area. As far as nymphs- pheasant tail, hare's ear, copper johns, zebra midges, scuds and sowbugs would all work. ...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 12-08-2010, 09:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 664
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: Broken guide

It's a pretty painless fix, check out Rod Building (Powered by Invision Power Board) ( or pick up Bill Stinson's "Do it Yourself Rod Building," for instructions. Your...
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2010, 03:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,002
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: So You Think You Know Trout

Perfect score, although I guessed on the Bristol Bay salmon run and whether charrs have black spots :D
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2010, 03:26 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,397
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: What Was Your Best Experience This Season?

Fishing with friends is always one of my favorite experiences, and I was able to do that this year in three states. First western driftboat trip, first golden trout at 10,500 feet, hiking in the...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 12-08-2010, 03:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,833
Posted By merkin_muffley
Alaska in early July

Hey folks,

I have a friend who's trying to persuade me to go with him on a trip to Alaska next summer. Beyond that, there's really no plans as of now.

I think most of it would be a...
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2010, 09:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,157
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: My First Sculpin, What do you think?

Pectorals or not, that'll catch fish.

To me, a good sculpin pattern gets to the bottom quickly and stays there, and has an action and shape which approximates the natural. I wouldn't be shy...
Forum: General Discussion 12-02-2010, 04:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,262
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: where to go? suggestions, please!

I'd recommend looking into Missoula, Montana for that time of year. It's a university town with a little over 100,000 people, plus within a half hour or less you can be fishing some of the highest...
Forum: Lower Mid-U.S. 12-02-2010, 10:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,346
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: At Fort LeonardWood

The Big Piney River runs right through the Fort and offers some excellent warmwater fishing for smallmouth, largemouth, rock bass (goggle-eye), and a number of panfish species. The middle Gasconade...
Forum: General Discussion 12-02-2010, 09:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 11,008
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: White River fly rods

I've owned and used a handful of the Cabela's and BP lower-end flyrods- they cast fine, but the workmanship which goes into individual rods can vary greatly. I've owned four, and on two of them have...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 09-04-2010, 08:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 939
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: Another new guy!

To me, there's nothing better than being out on the stream on a ridiculously cold day : )

Cool fish, thanks.
Forum: Pacific Southwest 09-04-2010, 08:08 PM
Replies: 227
Views: 19,381
Posted By merkin_muffley
re: Truckee river (CA not NV)

Not to derail the thread, but I have to ask....

Is fishing the Truckee in say, early to mid November-ish, out of the question?
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 09-04-2010, 08:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 723
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: WY and CO recommendations

PM sent, if there's anything else I can help you with, let me know.
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 08-30-2010, 09:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 766
Posted By merkin_muffley
Forum: General Discussion 08-29-2010, 12:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,270
Posted By merkin_muffley
Re: The river why?

No question I would use Amber Heard over 'boo. She looked alright in Pineapple Express ;)
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