Ice out, float tube, fly rod, click-and-pawl...

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I have a thing for small-sized big game reels like the Odyssey I or Mirage I, but I seem to always end up using an old CFO or some other click-and-pawl reel. This lake trout on the 5wt made the CFO III make some noise. :)

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I even had a pickerel take the smelt streamer I was using...

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It was a fun morning, despite having two wet feet in the forty-something degree water. The old Orvis Silver Sonics need some Aquaseal on the booties...
 

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That's quite a pair, can't say I've ever talked to anyone who caught both those species on the same trip, must have been some good fishing.
 

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I was fishing at the mouth of a shallow, weedy bay in a large lake (Lake George, in NY). There is a brook that empties into that bay and the lake's smelt spawn in it. During the smelt run, it's possible to catch a landlocked salmon, lake trout, northern pike and pickerel all in the same spot!
 
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Cold wet feet, brrrrrrrrrrr! The things we go through :D
I'm saving my pennies for a nice new pair of Simms Guide Classics with custom-sized booties to fit my big feet. I think the fact that the stocking feet on my existing waders are two sizes too small is what makes the darn booties leak!
 

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Given that my stocking foot waders are leaking so badly (the UPS man is delivering my Aquaseal today), I crossed the border into VT and fished Lake Bomoseen this morning. I fished the shallow northern end where the water was considerably warmer than Lake George's, putting my tube in at the state launch off the Johnson-Spooner Rd. near Float Bridge.

I hadn't even kicked my way out to where I was going to start fishing when a yellow perch hit the size 8 olive and white Clouser that was dragging along behind the FatCat tube. I had a nice morning, catching yellow perch, largemouth bass, northern pike (one bit the fly off just as I got him to the tube) and black crappie.

A nice older couple in lawn chairs fishing at the launch were impressed with the tube. The also got a good chuckle when I emptied the water out of my waders and wrung out my socks! :rolleyes:

I'll decide whether or not I'll be calling Simms to order new waders after I do my taxes this evening...
 
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