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Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 602
Posted By smarty140
Re: American Journey

Andy -
Depending on which "significant birthday" you are celebrating, and your fitness level, one option you might consider is a trip to fish the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains. Most of my...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 09-09-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 356
Posted By smarty140
Re: Belize is out, Driftless is in - any local advice?

If you're interested in the Brule, also check with the Superior Fly Angler in Superior. That time if Sept could be early for Steel (and maybe late for browns?) and the Brule can get filthy brown and...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 08-29-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 234
Posted By smarty140
Re: Wind below Boysen

This is a river for tossing big articulated streamers. My best success in the Wind River Canyon has been with a S Dungeon or similar in the fall, after the flows have been dropped down. It is not a...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-09-2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 278
Posted By smarty140
Re: question on an old st croix rod

Does it have a serial number on it? I think all the older Legends do, right?
I've also had good experience with getting quick response from emailing St. Croix directly from their website. They...
Forum: General Discussion 07-08-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 819
Posted By smarty140
Re: My fishing buddy is a snake!

...and unfortunately in the Upper Midwest, we get to enjoy both.

Snakes have always creeped me out. A couple years ago a rattler rattled at me while walking along the Popo Agie in Wyoming......
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 07-08-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 250
Posted By smarty140
Re: Suggestions near I-90 MT/ID

Thanks Fred.

I'll be driving my F150 4x4 pulling a 10' enclosed trailer, so nothing major but I don't want to stray too far off my route. I've read a lot about huge snowpack and runoff this...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 07-07-2014, 12:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 250
Posted By smarty140
Suggestions near I-90 MT/ID

Sorry if this is similar to a bunch of other current threads... but looking for some advice based on current water conditions. I am going to be driving from NE Minnesota to Tri-Cities WA next week...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-29-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,243
Posted By smarty140
Re: Places that are world known... but lame?

I probably would have agreed with the Bighorn after my first couple visits, but have hit it again the last couple years and love it. Maybe the fish aren't all monsters, but they sure are strong and...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 04-17-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 799
Posted By smarty140
Re: When and where for small mouth?

+1 for the Mississippi in MN, especially between St. Cloud down to the Twin Cities. The Menominee River on the WI border with the UP of MI is also very good.
Ryan
Forum: Upper Mid-U.S. 04-07-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By smarty140
Re: Pretty Good Brown

That sure is a beautiful brown and a great start to spring.

I was down in the Red Wing and Wabasha area this weekend doing some preseason scouting for turkey hunting and a bit of fishing - from...
Forum: General Discussion 04-07-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By smarty140
Re: Remember your first time casting?

1999, in the Plover River in Iverson Park, Stevens Point, WI... I think we cut the hooks off of a flies to practice with since there wasn't any season open, and there aren't any fish there anyway.
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Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 03-30-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 978
Views: 72,010
Posted By smarty140
Re: warmwater pics

Here is one from last year (May)... since it doesn't look like we'll have any warmwater fishing up here until June this year.
One of my fishing buddies and I spent a day on Chequamegon Bay out of...
Forum: General Discussion 03-24-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,176
Posted By smarty140
Re: Headlamps?

Like a previous replay said, "lumens" is a measure of light output from the light. Of course, it's not always apples to apples since the color of the light, whether it is focused or flood, etc can...
Forum: General Discussion 03-23-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,094
Posted By smarty140
Re: Your State Fly Pattern

I think the Muddler is a household name in flyfishing households pretty much anywhere in the country, isn't it? Maybe I only think it is because I like the fly.

I've had pretty good success...
Forum: General Discussion 03-23-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,176
Posted By smarty140
Re: Headlamps?

+1 for the Princeton Tec headlamps. The make a variety of models, some really bright models that are a bit heavier and larger, some smaller, lighter ones that are great for backpacking but aren't...
Forum: General Discussion 03-23-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,094
Posted By smarty140
Re: Your State Fly Pattern

How about the Muddler Minnow for Minnesota? My understanding is that it was developed by a Minnesotan, and can be used across the state for a variety of species just by varying the size and...
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 485
Posted By smarty140
Re: Seriously, Where is Spring?

I think spring must have gotten lost somewhere in Montana and headed back towards the Pacific instead of coming to the Midwest... forecast is -8 deg here tonight and we got another dump of snow last...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 03-17-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 563
Posted By smarty140
Re: How do you buy your deer hair?

It really is neat making flies from fur, feathers, etc that you harvested yourself.

I had to chuckle at myself last spring at how quickly I went from the thrill of fooling a Tom turkey into...
Forum: Western U.S. 03-16-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 795
Posted By smarty140
Re: New Mexico / AZ Trip - Feb 2014

I got back from my trip a couple weeks ago and am finally getting around to posting a report. My plans ended up changing some, going a couple weeks later (Feb 22-Mar 3) and flying to and from Denver...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 02-08-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 978
Posted By smarty140
Re: San Juan River - Turnover Problems

What if you're travelling 1000+ miles with the San Jaun expected to be one of the highlights of the trip? I'm flying to Denver in 2 weeks, then heading south to the Rio Grande and San Juan, plus...
Forum: General Discussion 12-27-2013, 10:43 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,568
Posted By smarty140
Re: Boys Santa was good!!!!

I received the new version of the "TU Guide to America's Best 100 Trout Streams", updating the 1999 version I've had for several years. It's interesting to see how many of the 100 are different than...
Forum: Western U.S. 12-18-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 795
Posted By smarty140
Re: New Mexico / AZ Trip - Feb 2014

Thanks for the great info guys. I've been trying a bunch of various midge pupa/larvae patterns in size 18-24 for the trip... never tied so many that small, so it a bit of a challenge. I'll be sure...
Forum: Member Introductions 12-18-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 281
Posted By smarty140
Re: please allow myself to introduce myself

Patrick -
Welcome from a fellow Minnesotan, there are several members on here from MN. You've certainly got great muskie and smallie fishing right near home. Do you normally fish Lake Michigan or...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-17-2013, 11:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 646
Posted By smarty140
Re: Starter Streamer Patterns?

I've had some luck in SE MN with standard streamer patterns like Muddlers and of course buggers, but also with smaller Galloup Sx Dungeons - just use size 6 or 8 hooks instead of the standard 2 or 4....
Forum: The Lodge Den 12-17-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,906
Posted By smarty140
Re: Fish beautiful locations

A few of my favorites from various trips over the past 5-10 years... also makes me realize that I need to take some photos of my favorite spots around home, not just those 1000 miles away! (after...
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