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    Default Late in the Fall

    The last few weeks have involved everything that fall generally involves when it comes to life. Getting things prepared for the coming winter and generally getting the last of things out the way before it all freezes up. I have managed to get out a couple times this fall, but it came time to really get excited about one last trip before it all freeezes over.

    So one of the guys from my club had been raving about this one lake, and when I saw some of the pics I was motivated... so early Saturday morning I packed things in the car and headed out. I don't know exactly what the temp was when I got there, but I know it was colder than -6C and that several items including my wading boots had frozen solid while I was setting up...

    I got onto the water shortly after sunrise and headed out to a recommended spot... The reason I was so excited? well this was my first attempt at luring some splake. I had tried once before in the season, sorta, but not really, and it was one of the species I had really wanted to catch... so this was it!


    The first few hours were slow for me, although there was another boat on the water bait fishing and they were just hammerring them. I worked and worked and could barely get a knock. I was being joined by the guy from my club who had made me aware of this lake, and I was afraid that I would still be on the skunk by the time he arrived around noon. I saw him hit the water, and shortly after that I figured things out and netted my first ever splake!


    Within minutes of releasing my first I had my second and I knew I had unlocked a pretty awesome piece of the puzzle...


    The rest of the day proved to be the highlight of my season... enjoy the pics!



    A 21" female



    The highlight of my season! a 23" 4lb female

    I knew a picture would be necessary


    And I was right... a beautiful male in full spawn colours...


    The smallest fish I have ever caught on fly, and technically my 10th species?

    What an awesome way to wrap up this season!!

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    Default Re: Late in the Fall

    Wow,

    Some nice fish there, a Splake? Cross bred right? never ran into that, lake Trout & Brookie? Some of them look like Dollies but not really........... Nice fish,

    So what secret did you unlock that turned on the action?

    Ard

    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

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    Default Re: Late in the Fall

    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
    Wow,

    Some nice fish there, a Splake? Cross bred right? never ran into that, lake Trout & Brookie? Some of them look like Dollies but not really........... Nice fish,

    So what secret did you unlock that turned on the action?

    Ard
    Yeah... it's a brookie-laker cross... The secret... rip a streamer across them as quickly as you can... I started off with a rather slow presentation and no interest... I sped up (eventually) and only got hits with super quick strips... what was also really awesome was that we had visibility down to about 10ft and we were watching fish all day... saw some real pigs there, but just look for the white on the fins... managed to get a couple takes where we intercepted the cruising fish, ripped the streamer and they just attacked...

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    Default Re: Late in the Fall

    Cool it is good to figure things out like that huh?

    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

    Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard
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    Default Re: Late in the Fall

    twfitw: Wow, those are beautiful fish! Congrats!

    Larry

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    That's awesome, Congratulation's! I caught my first lake trout ever a couple weeks ago and the really slow long strip worked there. Go figure.

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    Default Re: Late in the Fall

    Congrats on your First, and Second.... Beautiful fish...

    Dan

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    Default Re: Late in the Fall

    Great Pics of really nice fish! That retrieve (6-8" as fast as you can do them), is one I aways try before leaving a saltwater spot I fhink should be holding fish (like in a mud), and it very often works when nothing else will. But it's very tiring.

    Cheers,
    Jim

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    Default Re: Late in the Fall

    WOW! Great fish and scenery! Thanks for sharing that!

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    Thumbs up Re: Late in the Fall

    Love these types of Threads; beautiful places to see ... and that I'd (otherwise) never set eyes upon.
    When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. - Billy Graham"

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