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Forum: General Discussion Today, 05:06 PM
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Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Walleye & Northern on Spey/Switch rod

I'll start by qualifying my advice. Thousands of pike/walleye caught on big hardware (baitcasting reels/casting rods). Only have a few dozen pike on the fly as I just started.

Pike almost...
Forum: News & articles for discussion Today, 04:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 172
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Here you go Ard, Alaska used to be very warm ...

Yes, and they could see Russia from their igloos. :)
Forum: General Discussion Today, 04:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 107
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Time for new boot ?

I have Korkers with changeable soles. I don't know which model as they were given to me by forum member Craigthor when I started fly fishing last year. I have noticed no problems with the...
Forum: News & articles for discussion Today, 04:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 172
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Here you go Ard, Alaska used to be very warm ...

Now there's a blast from my past. You sound like an old Cannon Cocker? I couldn't do it today, but I remember having to demonstrate my ability to lay an artillery battery using the Polaris-Kochab...
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 520
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Watercraft Advice Needed

I've owned a few Minnkotas in the 50# thrust range and had one on a 14ft canoe. It really moved and would go all day on a charge Last I knew, there were only about four manufacturers of the many...
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 787
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Alaska Trip Report July 2014

The snow covered mountain is MT McKinley. I believe it's the highest point in North America. As huge as it looks, the window of opportunity to get a pic is literally about five seconds when the...
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 599
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: What fly did you catch your first trout on?

Whole kernel corn if I remember correctly. :) These days a fly is sure more fun. Woolies, Copper Johns and ants are my most productive local flies.
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 520
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Watercraft Advice Needed

TJ

I'll start by saying I like canoes. They are fun, and I am 51 with a soft back so I understand the ease of loading importance. All that said, 3 in a canoe is just a lot of people. Too many...
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 787
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Alaska Trip Report July 2014

No sightings, but I was beginning to smell like ol Sas. Ard took me to the hotel in Anchorage to check in and I was a little embarassed.

Ard

You head 10 miles back up that creek when it's...
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2014, 12:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 787
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Alaska Trip Report July 2014

I guess it was once I got it saturated with enough bug dope to kill a moose. Speaking of moose. We saw two huge specimens. Thankfully I wasn't quick enough with the camera or you'd all have to...
Forum: General Discussion 07-11-2014, 12:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 231
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Anchor rope?

I've used several different types on various boats. Good idea to inspect the rope and especially the knots at least a few times a year. Or more often until you can be sure it is somewhat UV...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 787
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Alaska Trip Report July 2014

Yes, only one handers. I told him I really wanted to try the big rods, and he brought them, but I just wasn't ready yet.
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 787
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Alaska Trip Report July 2014

As I stated earlier, catching a King Salmon was very high on my trip wish list. I knew the King run was basically over, but did not realize they were still not all that difficult to locate for a...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 787
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Alaska Trip Report July 2014

In the interest of fair reporting, I’ll not make every minute of this trip sound like Disneyland. The Alaskan bush is not Disneyland. It's tough sledding at times and we safely traveled well over...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 787
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Alaska Trip Report July 2014

Ard's salmon net of course. This PIC does make it look huge though. The small net in the other pics is Ard's bazillion dollar trout net. I left it on the bank once and we had to backtrack the boat...
Forum: News & articles for discussion 07-09-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 172
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Here you go Ard, Alaska used to be very warm ...

So now Boss has to watch out for dinos? Not a problem, he's got this too. :)
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 787
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Alaska Trip Report July 2014

The canyon was just a few miles to the entrance of the Sasquatch River. A landmark I could actually remember meant we were close to big bows.
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Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 787
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Alaska Trip Report July 2014

Yup, Ard has frequent premonitions of what's about to happen next.

-Dewayne is about to get his azz wet and freeze half to death, that'll learn him
-Dewayne is going to put our last sculpin...
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 787
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Alaska Trip Report July 2014

Fishing Day 1 was pike day. Not much happening on Hewitt Lake proper. The DNR team was present and gillnetting the more likely spots we wanted to fish. We proceeded to Hewitt creek and it’s...
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 787
Posted By ia_trouter
Alaska Trip Report July 2014

I hope this Alaskan Trip Report might be of some value to those considering a fishing trip to Alaska. I had absolutely no interest in traveling 3000 miles to engage in combat fishing on the popular...
Forum: General Discussion 07-08-2014, 02:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 772
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: What happened over the 4th of July weekend

That looks painful, hope the recovery is quick.
Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 421
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Ard's Site

I feel very fortunate. Last year I make real money before I retire so I thought I better get this done. Here's hoping the family doesn't sell my walleye boat and book a flight while I am out of...
Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,337
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Fly fishing tattoo

They certainly can be. It took me about 30 years to settle on the design for mine. I don't regret it.
Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 421
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Ard's Site

It's a very good nice site with a lot of informative content. Needs a few more photos. I am heading up there Tuesday and I'll try to help provide some content.

Perhaps he will add a new...
Forum: General Discussion 06-05-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 758
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Father's Day Gifts

I'm dropping hints I need a new rain gauge for the garden as winter took out my old one. But I'd settle for another night like tonight catching some small bluegills. She just graduated high school...
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