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Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 07-28-2015, 11:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 176
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: South Dakota Trip Report....

That's awesome. I was there once about 20 years ago and saw a lot of trout in one of the spring creeks. Didn't have a rod with me (duh, I've since learned never to go anywhere like that) but the...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 07-28-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 83
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Passing On A Love for the Outdoors!!

That's really awesome. Keep it going, it just keeps getting better.

Here's one of mine. (
Forum: Forum Polls 07-19-2015, 05:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 711
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: How do you get to the fish?

Wow, nearly all of the above! No dominant method. I shore fish and wade frequently, canoe & kayak, motor in my 9 foot inflatable, fish out of my buddy's duck boat (Jon boat), and fish from my 80...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 07-19-2015, 10:59 AM
Replies: 515
Views: 69,540
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Small stream Stories and Pictures;

I've owed my daughter a paddle trip down one of the larger rivers in our area for two years, but every time we have a window of opportunity the weather craps out and/or the levels get scary. Today...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 07-08-2015, 10:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 446
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Bass of a lifetime

Yeah, that's a real toad. Congratulations! Great when one like that does a jump -- like watching a doormat go airborne, then a splash like somebody dropped a donkey out of a tree branch.
Forum: News & articles for discussion 07-07-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 251
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: you only get so many opportunites

"Nothing about fishing sucks; it's all pretty great."

^^ best line from this feature. Good stuff! Thanks for posting it.
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 07-06-2015, 10:28 PM
Replies: 1,098
Views: 92,576
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: warmwater pics

I got to fish this evening with my old buddy Kent, whom I've known since 6th grade band in 1983, LOL.

The mission, beyond having a few beers and catching up on things, was to try out some of these...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 07-05-2015, 08:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 530
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: First time luck with pike

Wow! While it's something to play and land a > 3 ft pike on a 5wt, I'm even more impressed that you were able to cast the requisite flies and terminal tackle on that rig. We tend to fish big bulky...
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2015, 09:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 986
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: What was your first fly rod? and why fly fishing?

My first fly rod -- and my only, until four or five years ago -- was a Cortland fiberglass 6/7 that I bought in 1984 when I was twelve years old. I used a Pfleuger reel that I bought at a garage...
Forum: General Discussion 06-16-2015, 09:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 230
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Join fly line to leader

Definitely ditto what's been said about adding tippet.

I'll add to that -- unless you're going to be doing a lot of dry fly fishing, you don't need a wide selection of tippet material either. I...
Forum: General Discussion 06-15-2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 637
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: My buddy wants to spin fish against the grain.

Do you enjoy the time you spend with him?

My oldest and best fishing buddy almost always uses a spinning outfit. He and I learned to fly fish together 30+ years ago, and we've both gone back...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-11-2015, 08:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 796
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: A Newbie's First Fly Fishing Attempt

Yes! I don't think I did that, but I did save the first one I caught a fish on that I'd tied myself. These things matter!

But anyway -- congratulations! It's a wonderful sport, hobby, way of...
Forum: General Discussion 06-08-2015, 09:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 953
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: For the men who have small children

A fair question!

I'm blessed to live pretty close to good water. Still, when my kids were really little I didn't get out very much. We were living in a place where a five minute walk through the...
Forum: General Discussion 06-06-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,203
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: I cannot put into words the awesomeness...

Listen to the river sing sweet songs ...

That's really nice.
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-06-2015, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 286
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Tough Day, But New Personal Best

Cool! Always fun when you hook a real beast, and completely astonishing when you manage to land one. That's one thing that never gets old.
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 05-02-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,252
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: This day will be hard to top

Those are some fat chunky bass. Looks like lots of fun. We'll be getting after that soon enough here, but we're still dealing with cold snowmelt, so ...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 01-06-2015, 07:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,813
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Wormy trout! Yuck!

This just in from the state fisheries biologist:

Matt - just took a look at the rainbow trout that you got from the Passumpsic River. Indeed a very heavy infection of yellow grub and I have...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 11-15-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 665
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Fall 2014 Landlocked Salmon thread

Those are beauties, Plecain!

I had an unusual and unexpected shot at some salmon last Sunday -- went out on Champlain with a buddy to try for some lake trout off one of the breakwaters. It was...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 11-08-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 665
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Fall 2014 Landlocked Salmon thread

So, how'd everyone do? As it turned out I never got back out after them again this fall. Hit my local trout streams plenty more, but one salmon trip was all I clocked this year.

Anyone else...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 11-05-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,865
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Best Bass Flies

BigJim, that's a great collection.

There's not that much that bass won't eat if you find them in the mood.

Here are some of the sinking patterns I like.
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 10-24-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 967
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: nice brook trout

Nice fish! That's a beauty.
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 10-23-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,813
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Wormy trout! Yuck!

Nothing yet ...
Forum: General Discussion 10-18-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Autumn and Atlantics

Sweet, man. The surroundings alone look worth the trip -- and those are some fine fish, too.
Forum: General Discussion 10-16-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 571
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Nymphing for big trout?

Yeah, put a nymph right in front of a big trout that's eating nymphs. What makes streamers "easier" is that a big fish will move for a big meal. It's not economical for a four pound trout to travel...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 10-08-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,526
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Streamer junkies!

^^ adding to the above -- where the fishing is visual, keep your nerves steady. This time of year in VT I seem to get a lot of long follows, where the trout might hang just inches behind the...
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