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Old 03-22-2012, 09:33 PM
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Default Lockport, MB - March 22

Well I got out today for the first time this year! Was absolutely amazing, getting out and loosing up the rusty ole casting arm!

I took out the St.Croix Bank Robber 5wt and rigged it up with an Airflo Polyleader. Was my first time using both and I was very impressed! The Bank Robber casts very nicely with a lot of reserved power in the back end! It bombs out casts quite nicely but is still super light weight and sensitive. The Polyleader was great! Easy to attach and worked perfectly to get my fly down to where I needed it!

I started out on one of my favorite stretches. My third cast I landed a goldeye! What a way to start the year!

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I continued working the stretch and picked up a couple sauger and a decent little walleye. They were hitting hard although few and far between. The fly I chose was a streamer with a fish skull to add weight. The hot colour for me was brown/tan/white. Talking to the other guys the consensus was that streamers seemed to be the hot ticket, although Joel managed to catch 3 small pike on backswimmer patterns. Pretty funny.

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A few other fly fishers showed up and it was great to fish with some good friends! We had the stretch all to ourselves and everyone was able to get into fish. Stephen was able to catch two nice catfish as well! Bonus! Channel Cats in March…how sweeeet!

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As the sun waned, the breeze started to die out and I decided to cast a wee bit longer after taking a break to chat and take some pictures. I ended the day with two great walleye! Both had very bright iridescent green backs…hence their nickname “greenbacks”. The last fish of the night was a beauty 24″ walleye!

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I still can’t believe how nice it was out there especially for it being only March 22! I didn’t even care if I caught anything, just being out, casting a fly rod; that’s what it’s all about. Catching a few fish was just a bonus in my opinion. Sharing the water and sharing the experience with fellow fly fishers was equally rewarding.

A last photo to remember the day. Some goose tracks that I thought would make a great photo

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Default Re: Lockport, MB - March 22

Nice set of photos Nick and by all indications you guys had a wonderful day of it.

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Default Re: Lockport, MB - March 22

Looks like a great day Nick, a good number of fish (any more than a donut is a good number to me) and time spent with friends sounds awesome. Plus the goose tracks photo reminds me of turkey season
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Default Re: Lockport, MB - March 22

Thanks guys!

Was one of those perfect days and for it to be my first outing of the season just makes it that much more sweet!

I actually got a sunburn today...IN MARCH! lol. Global warming rocks!

This is my favorite picture from today. This is what its all about right here! My buddy had a big ole kitty on and was struggling to keep it out of the main current. Me and another buddy waded across the spillway and came to give him a hand. I jumped in the water to net it without hesitation. My buddy snapped this perfect picture!

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Default Re: Lockport, MB - March 22

It looks like you had a great time! Those walleye look great! I might have to dig out some clousers and catch the run here soon!
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Default Re: Lockport, MB - March 22

Headed out again yesterday afternoon. Was a weird day, weather-wise. You could feel warm and cold air currents colliding and the barometric pressure nose-dived! Was very thick cloud cover and kind of misting out.

I managed to get 12 sauger and 2 pike. Not bad.

Really nicely marked sauger
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Small pike, testing the macro on my new Nikon AW100
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Fellow fly fisher with a nice walleye
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Default Re: Lockport, MB - March 22

Nick: Looks like your putting that new Bank Robber to good use, congrats!
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Default Re: Lockport, MB - March 22

It's pretty fantastic man. The more I use it the more I like it! I was shooting line out to 60-70ft yesterday with it. I found that if I stick to a fly that 1.5-2" it balances well with my casting.

I'm sure the 6wt and 7wt models you'd be able to toss much larger flies but the 5wt is better suited for smaller streamers, which is why I bought it.

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