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    Blind Casting

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    You've made a good point. It's a rare occurrence when I can cast my line knowing exactly where there may be a fish based on sight. I guess I'm a water reader and even when using visible current seams to dictate where I send a fly I still have to figure out how to hit that target area.

    Your fishing must be harder than mine because even though there are currents and structure as you describe, there's also a whole ocean for the fish to use. Here it comes down to a few miles of river channel. It can still be hard to find them though.
    I don't know if it's harder. True, the fish can roam, but a lot of the expanse doesn't have much of any good structure to hold them. Tide and water levels have a ton to do with where the fish will be. That's the thing is that our tides change daily and with it the currents and levels. I definitely have identified some structures that tend to hold fish in high water and some that are much better in low water, but it's not written in stone.

    I do like that puzzle of wind, water and tide. I feel like I have a couple of rock solid, sure fire spots if the water gets low, but most of the time I'm making educated guesses and then going out and reading the signs. That's right where I want to be. I'm in the game, but the game feels fair. I might win one day and the fish the next.

    Thanks for your interest. I've enjoyed your reports from Alaska. Take care. David
    Posted 10-16-2017 at 02:08 PM by karstopo karstopo is online now
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    Another Year winding down;

    The river was absent of people again yesterday but the air stayed at 32*, things are changing fast. I got one of about 20" I think, I didn't measure, just took a quick shot and let it go.
    Posted 10-16-2017 at 01:15 PM by Ard Ard is online now
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    Blind Casting

    You've made a good point. It's a rare occurrence when I can cast my line knowing exactly where there may be a fish based on sight. I guess I'm a water reader and even when using visible current seams to dictate where I send a fly I still have to figure out how to hit that target area.

    Your fishing must be harder than mine because even though there are currents and structure as you describe, there's also a whole ocean for the fish to use. Here it comes down to a few miles of river channel. It can still be hard to find them though.
    Posted 10-16-2017 at 12:53 PM by Ard Ard is online now
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    Bennett Spring State Park, MO

    I knew nothing about the park Steve especially that the creeks are all spring creeks.
    Posted 10-15-2017 at 11:00 PM by Ard Ard is online now
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    My father's fly rod

    If ever you have time maybe you can update the pictures Steve, good story about the rod but photo bucket took away your images, bummer.
    Posted 10-15-2017 at 10:56 PM by Ard Ard is online now
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    Another Year winding down;

    Hi Paul,

    I will take a thermometer on Monday just to see what it is, I'll guess now that it may be about 42*.

    The behavior of nipping, bumping and tapping at a fly is nothing new to ne with trout or steelhead. I've read plenty about the ones that hit like a freight train and then bolt like a purse snatcher but the majority of my fish do a lot of playing before they screw up and get the hook stuck in themselves.

    Even last years steelhead were tappers, I was just steady enough to resist budging and therefore didn't prick any of them. About 80% of the tappers turned out to be come back fish and I either hooked and lost or caught them. I had one hit with a vengeance but it was an 18" baby steelhead hen.

    The solitude is what I crave, I always had that on mountain streams in Northern PA. but here it's labor finding somewhere to be alone. We did go up to Talkeetna today for a late lunch at Twister Creek Brewery's restaurant in town. The river up there was clear and only 3 boat trailers at the launch parking lot................... Maybe next Wednesday.
    Posted 10-14-2017 at 09:36 PM by Ard Ard is online now
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    Another Year winding down;

    Hey Ard, I think if I lived in AK and knew a spot or two like that it would be where I spend my time. Sure I would want to hit those famous rivers but when you tell me about the crowds it starts to remind me of down here. This type of spot sounds like experiencing Alaska in it's unmolested form.. the fish too.
    What do you make of that fish behavior anyway ? water temp thing maybe ?
    Posted 10-14-2017 at 06:06 PM by eastfly66 eastfly66 is offline
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    A Man & His Dog in Alaska;

    It's been almost seven years since the events I wrote about occurred and Boss is doing well. We just came home from the cabin Tuesday October 10 at about 5:00 PM. He will be 13 this spring and is still chasing sticks and ran all the way from the boat launch up the hill to where the truck was parked yesterday. That hill is over 100 yards long so he's better than I am.

    While we were at the cabin I cut some small trees and made him a new stick, just the right length and weight for a good throw and chase / retrieve. It's hard to imagine anyone being so appreciative for something as simple as a 16 inch long piece of stick.

    Boss has (as best I can estimate) put on over 14,000 river boat miles - 100 miles riding in a Mokai with me - 300 raft and drift boat miles and a few hundred float plane miles. We have walked and snowshoe-ed many miles taking us through all the seasons and he is sleeping on his bed right now as I write this. Of all the friends who happened to have 4 legs that I've had in life this guy is the single most loyal and steadfast that I've ever known. I love that German Shepherd.
    Posted 10-11-2017 at 11:54 AM by Ard Ard is online now
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    Examining Perspectives

    The Gypsum Hills are out the Glen Highway near Sheep Mountain. I don't know the exact mile post but they are not far after you pass Caribou Creek bridge and the gorge. That area is also a good bet for seeing a good aurora if you're up for a long drive. I've went out there to shoot November's full moon a few years back and the place takes on a really different look by then.
    Posted 09-29-2017 at 12:33 PM by Ard Ard is online now













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