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Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,535
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: How long does it take from your home to the water?

Not far. I've got wild brookies to 10" in a stream a five-minute walk straight into the woods off the end of my driveway. It's so tangled in there I often don't bother, though. More consistent...
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 404
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Old/New Fly Ride

That's really nice. I'm interested in this sort of thing -- after thirty years fishing either from the bank or from a 9' inflatable with floorboards and a trolling motor, I took the plunge for a...
Forum: General Discussion 07-08-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 751
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: My fishing buddy is a snake!

Wow. That's a pretty badass snake.
Forum: General Discussion 07-07-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 176
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: what is a safe catch & release water temp for trout?

Among the guides around here, anything 70F or above and they'll change their plans -- I trust they know what they're doing, so I follow the same rule.
Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 171
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Practice Fly Line

^^ All good suggestions.

Also, if you have a fly shop around that handles rental gear, you can ask them for used lines too. My place often has lines they've changed out from their rental...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-29-2014, 10:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 659
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Streamer junkies!

I fish an LL Bean 8'6" 5 wt and a Leichi Qingdao 10' 7. The big rod excels at slinging a heavy sink tip and a big fly, although once I have a fish on, it's a little too much rod for anything under...
Forum: General Discussion 06-27-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 280
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: I'm so tired of flooding

OMG that is so demented. I love it and totally disapprove, all at once.
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-27-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 172
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Lots of fish

Short answer, it depends. If they're all in one place because of some kind of obvious pressure, i.e. cool water relief area, water levels that leave insufficient shelter elsewhere, etc., I leave...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 06-25-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 3,741
Views: 172,905
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: What have you been tying today?

In anticipation of this weekend's Ditch Pickle Classic fly-only bass tournament on Lake Champlain I've been building a lot of big ugly stuff in multiples -- three or more of each thing shown here. A...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-24-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,265
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: how often do you keep your catch?

I keep any fish I mortally wound, for starters. It doesn't happen that often, but figure 3-5 trout a year (I probably fish 50+ days) usually when they take a streamer in the gills.

I try very...
Forum: General Discussion 06-19-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 538
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Trips for casting heavy streamers

"like casting a tractor." <-- that's great.

Aside from what they said -- and it's good advice, especially heavier rod/heavier line -- I find it's almost like a combination of spincasting or...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-17-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 883
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Ever set yourself oddball artificial challenges & limitations?

Mission Accomplished.

Actually, had to interrupt for a while when the streams got low and tough, but we picked up some water over the weekend & levels & temps are a little more hospitable again. ...
Forum: Northeast 06-14-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 421
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: West Canada Creek

Just messin', seeing the overwhelming response to the OP. I've never fished the place. Glad you had a good outing.
Forum: Northeast 06-13-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 421
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: West Canada Creek

Loose lips sink ships ...
Forum: General Discussion 06-13-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 454
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Fishing around Yosemite

Nice! That's such a cool area. A little later in the year when more of the snow melts off, Mt. Conness and North Peak -- which feature prominently in your last three pics -- are both fantastic...
Forum: General Discussion 06-12-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 278
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Backpacking and Fishing Lassen/Lake Almanor Area

The Lassen backcountry is an interesting area to fish. Within the park itself, it has been many, many years since most lakes were stocked. With a little bit of poking around, you can find out which...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-09-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 883
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Ever set yourself oddball artificial challenges & limitations?

LOL. I just try not to get skunked.

It's getting tougher here fast -- hasn't rained to speak of in weeks; the water is low and gin-clear, and the fish are spooky. I put the uglies aside today as...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-08-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 883
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Ever set yourself oddball artificial challenges & limitations?

Well, I finished out the week fishing nothing but the Ugly Box, and in most cases switching out each fly as soon as I caught a fish on it.

I'm at 10 out of 12.

Surprisingly, all but one or two...
Forum: General Discussion 06-07-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 547
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Surprise !

33" king salmon on trout rig w/ 6 pound tippet, tributary of Middle Fork of the Salmon, Idaho. Took a while.
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-05-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 883
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Ever set yourself oddball artificial challenges & limitations?

Rangerrich, very cool ideas there. Thanks.

I did manage to catch a 10" wild rainbow on the nasty orange bugger today, so that takes care of that. I lost a good one on the baby rainbow trout.
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Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-04-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 883
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Ever set yourself oddball artificial challenges & limitations?

Well, I assembled my first Box of Twelve. Eight buggers in oddball colors and sizes (some quite awkwardly tied), two synth hair & eyeball perch flies, a little rainbow trout fry streamer, and a...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-04-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 883
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Ever set yourself oddball artificial challenges & limitations?

Oh, I hear you. I've been doing this thirty years and only lately, once in a while, it feels like I can get my hands on the keys to the kingdom, but never for long.
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-04-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 883
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: Ever set yourself oddball artificial challenges & limitations?

^^ nice.

I bounced this idea off the pal I was there with, and he suggested a few other constraints as well. I was nailing them with a fast-stripped bugger on a long cast quartered upstream; his...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-03-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 883
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Ever set yourself oddball artificial challenges & limitations?

A friend and I were out yesterday on a nearby urban river and in the space of three hours or so we caught and released around 40 trout between 9" and 14". Most were stocked browns, with a handful of...
Forum: Northeast 06-01-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 463
Posted By mirabelasunshine
Re: I know they're stocked. Still...

Pretty cool. VT stocks 2-year-olds in a number of rivers & ponds too, usually right in and around population centers. They tend to be between 13 and 17 inches and 1.5-2.5 pounds when they go in. ...
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