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    Default Pictures of The Fish;

    This first picture, I hope, will explain why I thought the fish were huge.


    The big problem was trying to get the whole fish in the picture.


    Due to the low return numbers on kings many of our rivers are C&R with the stipulation that the fish "must be immediately released and not removed from the water". When you're alone and using a 13' Spey rod this presents some difficulty when you try to get photos.

    They all raised quite a fuss and I tried to get one while it was in the air. That was not easy either.


    This spot is a pool / run combo sort of place. The whole of the water is about 80 feet wide with the current running against the far bank. You cast about 65' or so from a near shore position and guide the fly across the current.

    It is a good place to find a big trout and this is what I was using.


    The fly is my version of a bunny fur sculpin. I tied it on a Senco Shank with a small stinger hook trailing on a bunny strip. The little eyes are hot glued together and are plastic. The flies look pretty fishy when they are swimming along and I've been catching trout on them.

    Here's another one being released. It would have been cool if someone had been along, there could have been better pictures.


    I think this was the second one, you can see the fly in his upper jaw.




    This was perhaps the fattest one because it is a hen. I brought her in fast and let her go with little fanfare.


    I don't know how many were in this run but I did see 2 more roll and flop up stream from me. After the triple, which was achieved in 6 casts I decided to move on. That may sound strange but once you've gotten 3 you may start to feel some guilt. They can do without the stress of being caught. The fact that I dropped the point & shoot in the river helped too. Why bother them when all I wanted was a picture and that was over for the day.

    Someday I will have a video camera and someone along to operate it. You may be amazed at how quickly these fish can be landed. I'm going to guess I got them each to shore around 5 - 6 minutes. I'm sure that for them it seemed an eternity. The trick in this spot is to keep them calm. If they run about 100 feet down stream they will get into the tail out of the pool / run and into the swift water that drops down for about 200 yards. I've had fish get into that and that's how I learned not to have that happen.

    The trout I caught after dunking my camera may have bee 21 or 22 inches. I've ordered one of Nomad's composite Guide nets which has a 27" scale on the handle. That will be helpful
    Last edited by Ard; 07-03-2013 at 09:30 PM.

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    Default Re: Pictures of The Fish;

    great looking kings ard!!
    and i like the looks of that streamer...
    thanks for sharing


    ARFE

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    Default Re: Pictures of The Fish;

    Beautiful fish. Might have to figure out how to get up there and see how they are on my 5 wt.
    "Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." ~Chuck Clark

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    Good grief Ard, those are some nice fish. I think they could eat most of the fish I catch for breakfast Need to get an underwater camera. Takes great pictures and gives piece of mind on the water. Thanks for posting the pictures!
    - William

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    Default Re: Pictures of The Fish;

    Now thanks impressive.....

    Many thanks for the hours of jealousy that will follow....



    Jim

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    Default Re: Pictures of The Fish;

    Thanks fellas,

    William, I'm thinking on a Pentax Optio.

    Ard

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    That looks like a nice one. I got an Olympus Tough TG-820, wanted to shock proof as well as the water proof Don't know enough about cameras to compare them.
    - William

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    Default Re: Pictures of The Fish;

    Sweet looking Kings! About 3-4 years ago I dropped my camera in the river, bought a waterproof Pentax Optio's, liked it so much I bought another one (newer model) for the GF to use while she is trail riding.
    Larry


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    Default Re: Pictures of The Fish;

    Those are some beautiful looking fish Ard! By the looks of things, you had a very successful outing. For handling the rod and camera all at once, I'd say you got some pretty good shots. You've got skills man!
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    Default Re: Pictures of The Fish;

    Holy ****......Now that is what I call fish and I fish warmwater. I am impressed....

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