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Forum: General Discussion 01-06-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 296
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: 296
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: 76
Views: 1,784
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: 1,701
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: 800
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: 289
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: 167
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: 1,590
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: 1,193
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: 23
Views: 693
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: 584
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: 273
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: 388
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: 887
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: 298
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: 298
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: 3,644
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: 874
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: 331
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: 512
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.
...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 03-30-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 1,008
Views: 79,261
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, 06:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,374
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, 09:22 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,461
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, 11:08 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,374
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, 10:56 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,461
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...
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