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    Default A day on the water

    Cold, the thermometer reads 14 degrees. It is supposed to get into the mid forties today and there will be no wind. Sounds like an Ozark caddis opportunity to me. The snow from Sunday is a frozen pack of ice at the parking lot. It is around 0900. Nice not to have to get up too early during the winter months.




    Numb fingertips and frozen guides. I am glad to have a few hand warmer packs on me.




    No worries about having the river to myself today. It is just me, myself and I along with a few deer and turkey tracks.



    I really like fishing UL fiberglass these days. The "fish on" feeling is unlike anything I have experienced. Might I need to venture into boo?



    The fish are healthy and have been gorging. Swinging the "Mis-Fit" midge I got from the fly swap on the way down and size 18 elk hair caddis on the way back up.



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    Nice brown! I need to get to that section of river soon. I so lust to touch a brown that size there
    "When you do things right, people wont be sure you've done anything at all."

    Storm Drain Bonefisher

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    What river is this if you don't mind me asking?

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    Nice fish! Just want to remind you that when its that cold and you pull a fish out of the water you have a high chance of killing it.

    Nick

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    Default Re: A day on the water

    Joe: Great trip report, photos and fish, thanks for sharing. I can relate to that cold wx, we have had our share here in Wyoming.......I'm getting all too familiar with frozen guides and reels. Argh!

    Larry
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    Nick, I can appreciate your comments. You can't really see it in the photo but that fish was quite wet when I took the photo. The net was in the water and the back third of the fish was submerged. There was no way to unhook that fish without netting it. I actually had to cut off the fly as my tippet was threaded through some skin on his lower lip. It looked like a good release.

    I was fishing on the Blue Ribbon stretch of the Current River.

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    I'll be in that stretch on Sunday! Glad to see they are eating well.

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    Mike,

    The water should be in great shape. Both the day and night time temps are warming and most of that packed snow should be gone. The water may be up a bit over the weekend and maybe even off colored. Could be a great opportunity to swing and strip meaty streamers! FWIW, the caddis for the past three weeks have been #18 black and #16 tan adults. Size down for emerger patterns. This could all change by the weekend but that was what I saw.

    Make sure you let me know how the water looks on Sunday!

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    Reading an illustrated thread is way cool. Thanks for the report and shareing the pics.

    I shoulda fished today.
    Look out fish, Im learning a new way to catch you.

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    That brown is beautiful....so is that brown...glass rod

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