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Forum: Driftless Region 11-22-2015, 05:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 235
Posted By smarty140
Re: No 2016 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo

This is too bad, the Great Waters Expo was a lot of fun and a chance to see a lot of different speakers and vendors - a nice kickoff to the flyfishing season for those of us north enough that the...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 11-17-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 259
Posted By smarty140
Re: "D" Trip Report

j_jarson - beautiful pics and good trip report. The D sure is a great river, good that you had a successful trip.
I was lucky enough to manage a trip there in early May for the salmonfly hatch -...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 10-31-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 116
Posted By smarty140
Re: Fall trip

I really liked the Wallowa and Grand Ronde in NE Oregon and SE Washington. As someone from the Upper Midwest, the rivers were manageable size and wadable, yet there were opportunities for big...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 09-27-2015, 08:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 308
Posted By smarty140
Re: Wind River Canyon Help

I just fished the canyon this past week. The river is very wadable at current flows, but as others have said there is also some very deep water so be careful. We found plenty of places that were...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 09-14-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 538
Posted By smarty140
Re: Hare's mask - a little too creepy for my wife

One of my funnier shopping experiences was at a new Sportsman's Warehouse store several years ago when I bought some fly tying supplies... the store had just opened pretty recently so the high school...
Forum: Driftless Region 09-14-2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 243
Posted By smarty140
Re: Central Sands?

I fished some of these Central Sands streams early in my fly fishing life when I still lived in Central Wisconsin. I can't say that I ever had much success, but that was probably more related to my...
Forum: The Lodge Den 05-23-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 149
Posted By smarty140
Re: Only in Northern Maine?

Northern Minnesota an get snow this time of year also, and I saw that International Falls had snow this week or last week... But it looks like summer had arrived now with 70+ deg weather.
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 05-19-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 973
Posted By smarty140
Re: The Winds

+1 for bringing bug spray... A trip to the Winds a few years ago in early August (late spring) was probably the worst mosquitos I've ever run into... And I'm from MN where mosquitos are the state...
Forum: Driftless Region 04-20-2015, 08:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 282
Posted By smarty140
Re: Article on Minnesota's Driftless Region

That's a nice article. The fishing easements and habitat improvement are such a great use of the funding, instead of just pumping in more hatchery fish into a few public areas. I love it there,...
Forum: Fly Lines 04-18-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 285
Posted By smarty140
Re: Pike and Muskie line questions

Unfortunately, I can't help too much with the line question - I've always just muddled along with a regular WF floating line for bass or pike. Where are you going to be located in MN? I spent most...
Forum: The Lodge Den 03-26-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By smarty140
Re: Fishing licenses

I think my most in one year is eight states in 2007 - annual in MN and WI like every year that I lived in NE MN, plus short-term licenses in Georgia and NC in March, Mass and New Hampshire in May,...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 02-16-2015, 11:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 946
Posted By smarty140
Re: 19 Days Until Wisconsin Opener

At least you never had to watch that Favre guy play for your favorite team.. it gets tiring spending 2 seasons cheering for your favorite team while at the same time hoping the starting QB blows out...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 02-16-2015, 10:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 946
Posted By smarty140
Re: 19 Days Until Wisconsin Opener

The regulation maps that Wisconsin publishes (or at least did publish up until a few years ago) generally made the regs pretty easy to figure out, even back when only some streams were open for the...
Forum: General Discussion 01-06-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 441
Posted By smarty140
Re: Only been in Chicago once in the winter.

Paper Science

I started fly fishing while going to school there - first ever outing was on the Tomorrow downstream of Amherst during the spring C&R season... never did figure out that river. J...
Forum: General Discussion 01-05-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 441
Posted By smarty140
Re: Only been in Chicago once in the winter.

When I woke up this morning I looked at the weather and was surprised to see that the snow we got yesterday had all melted and it had warmed up to +52 degrees here in SE Washington. Then I flipped...
Forum: General Discussion 01-03-2015, 12:29 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,967
Posted By smarty140
Re: 2015 Fly Fishing Goals

My goals for 2015 mostly revolve around taking advantage of living here in the PNW... never know when something will draw me back to MN and these opportunities will be more rare:
1. Become...
Forum: General Discussion 12-15-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,337
Posted By smarty140
Re: It's That Time Again, What Was Your Best Fishing Experience of 2014?

This year was a big change for me, with moving from northern MN to SE Washington at the end of June. It was also the first year in over a decade that I didn't get to take a weeklong fishing to MT...
Forum: General Discussion 11-26-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,164
Posted By smarty140
Re: Anyone fishing on Turkey Day?

I'm planning to head out tomorrow and try to catch my first WA steelhead after moving here this summer... Fishing during 55 degree weather in late November will probably be a little nicer than...
Forum: General Discussion 11-05-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 381
Posted By smarty140
If you end up in St Cloud, you'll definitely have...

If you end up in St Cloud, you'll definitely have access to good smallmouth fishing on the Mississippi. I grew up on the river just north of town, and fished a lot (hadn't started flyfishing yet,...
Forum: General Discussion 10-31-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 298
Posted By smarty140
Re: Steelhead fishing in Washington State.

As a fisherman new to WA, the regulations here certainly keep you on your feet... Lots if different opening and closing days, "emergency" closures, etc. I release all the fish I catch, not just...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 10-30-2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,944
Posted By smarty140
Re: Great Lakes Salmon and Steelhead

It's not in MN, but the Brule is a good steelhead river in the fall, and isn't any farther from Duluth than a lot of the North Shore streams.
And not to get too snooty... but there aren't any...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 09-29-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,562
Posted By smarty140
Re: My Trip To Yellowstone ***PICS***

Wonderful photos! Yellowstone is such a great place... You really need to make time to fish next time!
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,343
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: 780
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: 379
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...
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