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Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - May 15, 2011 - 12:05pm PT
It's on.

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 15, 2011 - 12:07pm PT
Nice. Nymph?
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 15, 2011 - 12:19pm PT
That's good eatin', man.

(Fly-rods are kinda girly though...I was gonna drop an f-bomb, but I'm sooo enlightened now)
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 15, 2011 - 12:30pm PT
Yeah, I'm just giving ya sh#t. I never got into the whole fly-fishing thing.

Kinda like golf.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 15, 2011 - 12:32pm PT
Get some!!!


(no, that's not a trout)
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 15, 2011 - 12:36pm PT
Nice fish.

So do you catch and release?

Been fishing all my life. My Grandpa would spring me from 1st grade and we would go to Crowley for opening day..... good times.

Last year Jan got me hooked on flys, and catch and release... a whole new ballgame to be sure.

And Bluey... fly fishing ain't girly at all..... try it if you dare.

Tomcat

Trad climber
Chatham N.H.
May 15, 2011 - 12:36pm PT
Fly fishing is more fun when you are catching fish,and more fun when you are not.Around here all the best water is fly only.Plus you can make yer own flies.Eventually tying your own variations for specific water.
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 15, 2011 - 12:40pm PT
Tom, hi. I like figuring out what is hatching and using it. But its more fun when the fish are hitting.

Chief... good morning!! hows the fishing?
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 15, 2011 - 12:44pm PT
Nice fish, ladies.

(I'm jesting!!!!)
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 15, 2011 - 12:47pm PT
"The gods do not deduct from the span of a man's life, those hours spent fishing." some smart dude from 3000 years ago.


Holy shit! You just blew my mind...
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 15, 2011 - 12:52pm PT
Chief.... thats what I figured. LOTS of runoff starting right now, Jan and I will get up north pretty soon. Right now the cragging is pretty good down here with the low temps.... going right now for the 10 am meet up.


Bluey.... lets meet up at Hot Creek, you will change your mind.


bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 15, 2011 - 01:00pm PT
Mackinaw, Daddy! Lake trout.


They weren't released, and were delicious.

Ever eaten Kokanee??? Holy sh#t, they are tasty!
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
May 15, 2011 - 01:03pm PT
I prefer to let large birds of prey kill my trout for me--this feller landed too soon...on the powerline
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 15, 2011 - 01:04pm PT
Don't know what it was other than big and really tasty.
Chilko Lk, B.C.

ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
May 15, 2011 - 01:10pm PT
Peace
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
May 15, 2011 - 01:15pm PT
Even Safeway wouldn't have helped me that day Locker! He actually gave me the fly he was catching these monsters on and I still couldn't hook up. I shoulda punted him in the water! Was happy for him because this was his special place he wanted to take me to, so at least he knew how to fish it and I was a complete NooB GooB!
Peace
mctwisted

Social climber
superslacker city
May 15, 2011 - 01:28pm PT
on the way back from city of rocks a couple years ago we had driven all day and went way out a dirt road to bivi and pulled into a spot in the middle of nowhere. turned the truck off and cracked a cold one and went walking over to these small ponds that just to be crawling with little fish. they may have been placed there for mosquito control, not sure, but in any case they were hitting off the top like crazy, so a threw on the super small mosquito fly (which almost seemed like a joke when i bought it, it was so small) and every cast was a tiny fish (which we threw back of coarse).
it was an excellent opportunity to introduce makayla into the wonderful world of fishing. she was ecstatic!
p.s. caught a couple rainbows at cherry lake last week
this just in

climber
north fork
May 15, 2011 - 01:38pm PT
New Zealand ruined trout fishing for me for a few years. My biggest trout ever and the kiwi says, "just a baby, but still a good one."

NigelSSI

Trad climber
B.C.
May 15, 2011 - 01:46pm PT
There's a little lake a few hundred yards off my porch where the rainbows have just about stomped out the cutthroats. Anyways, the only public access is for the desperate who bushwhack their way up a creek. In the last 6 years or so I've been the only one to fish it.

I don't get much in the way of size, but the fish are plentiful, quick to bite, and they sure taste great when smoked!
NigelSSI

Trad climber
B.C.
May 15, 2011 - 01:49pm PT
My recipe is blueberry flavoured papers, and tobacco. That pic comes close.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 15, 2011 - 02:05pm PT
Looks like a Smallie, Ron. Where in the Sierra do you catch them? Where is that pic from?
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 15, 2011 - 02:15pm PT
I have used just about every method for fresh water fishing but my favorite method is ultra-light spin fishing. I like to catch big trout on small tackle. No more than 5 lb. test and homemade spinners, and I have caught plenty of steelhead and salmon with this gear. I get some strange looks from other gear fishermen until I start locking into some big ones. Hooking them is no problem, it's landing them that takes some skill. I had an 18 pound silver on this rig in Alaska that took me 40 minutes to land. What fun! Sometimes I fish with a buddy that uses only fly-fishing gear and 9 out of 10 times I will catch more and bigger fish, and this guy is no rookie. For me, the real skill is how to read the water and the conditions as trout can be real finicky.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 15, 2011 - 02:24pm PT
Dude, that is some great looking trout water. What are the regs like?
divad

Trad climber
wmass
May 15, 2011 - 02:25pm PT
some day when I get old, I'm gonna take up fly-fishing. looks cool!
divad

Trad climber
wmass
May 15, 2011 - 02:31pm PT
I know Pate, Teddy Ballgame used to fish out my way.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 15, 2011 - 02:33pm PT
I don't mind catch and release. I was wondering about "fly fishing only." Up here there are a few spots that have this reg. I almost always use barbless single hooks unless I am going to eat it that day.

Tail waters in the West offer some of the best trout fishing going. Fish on brethren.
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
May 15, 2011 - 02:38pm PT
Nice pictures! Keep them coming.....
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 15, 2011 - 03:01pm PT
I was trolling a big Rapala in a lake looking for monsters when a 6" rainbow nailed it. The lure was as big as the fish.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 15, 2011 - 03:14pm PT
Light brine and low smoking temps worked well for me.
KP Ariza

climber
SCC
May 15, 2011 - 03:27pm PT
No good trout fishing down here but we still get it on......






KP Ariza

climber
SCC
May 15, 2011 - 03:54pm PT
Whoa!! Now there's fat bastard!! Nice work Ron.
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
May 15, 2011 - 04:55pm PT
I'd post some stuff Bob Gaines(Vertical Adventures) has caught, but I'll leave the honors to him. He's prolly off fishing in Florida for tarpon right now....or some other exotic location trying for a new record. the guy can climb 5.12 and fish 5.14!
Peace
Q- Ball

Mountain climber
where the wind always blows
May 15, 2011 - 06:20pm PT

Nothing like 38 inch Wyoming beauties!
Q- Ball

Mountain climber
where the wind always blows
May 15, 2011 - 06:24pm PT

Some decent TN Stripers.
Tomcat

Trad climber
Chatham N.H.
May 15, 2011 - 07:06pm PT
Here's my fishing buddy...the Commander...he's my neighbor,retired sub captain,taught sub warfare,captained one of two subs fitted out for SEAL work.Been a place or two...
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
May 15, 2011 - 07:33pm PT
Westslope Cutty, Oldman River AB
Pet em on the head and let em go!

Q- Ball

Mountain climber
where the wind always blows
May 15, 2011 - 07:43pm PT

Catching the fish can be easy but trying to take a nice underwater shot gives me the thrill these days. First off you catch it, then it needs to be a pretty fish, third you have to get a damn picture that captures the beauty!

Tight lines for all! Keep posting.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
May 15, 2011 - 07:47pm PT
Wow! Some great fish pix on here, eh?

I live on the shores of Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes, and we have a pretty good run of steelhead = lake rainbow that go upstream in the spring and the fall. Typically in the streams, you fish with a big long noodle rod in the order of 13' or so, with a small float, tiny hook, very light line and a roe bag homemade from the eggs of other fish you have caught. You use a free spooling centre-pin reel. I'm not so good at it, but there are some real pros. It's a real science, for sure, pretty much invented here in Ontario.

I once caught this 13- or 14-pound steelhead [rainbow] in the estuary of the stream flowing into Cobourg, Ontario. Live released.







My dad still holds the Family Record brook trout [aka speckled trout] at 4 1/4 pounds caught in Algonquin Park a few years ago. It took us five miles of portaging the canoe each way to reach this lake. These are native fish, very sought after and hard to catch. The fishing had been slow, so we ate this guy.

I just returned from a week of canoeing and fishing in Algonquin - the biggest brookie was only two pounds this year, but still a superb fish and a trophy in many fisheries. Here's my dad's four and a quarter pounder:






What's with all the bass in a trout thread???

How about a northern pike? I caught this 31-pounder up in Lake Athabasca in northern Saskatchewan, almost in the NWT, back in 97 or so. He was the Lodge Record for over ten years, til someone finally caught a 32-pounder. He could well be the Fish Of A Lifetime. Someone said that I had been fishing so much, that in this picture I was starting to look like Bob Izumi!


We also caught lake trout up to 30 lb on this same trip to Athabasca.





Here's another great fish my dad caught - a 15 lb 3 oz walleye out of the Bay of Quinte in Lake Ontario.






Back in the day, we would throw away twelve-pound walleyes like these all the time:


Unfortunately, the indians now have gill-netted the hell out of Quinte, and the fishery has really collapsed. Those bastards have no concept of conservation - they spear the fish right on the spawning beds in the spring. Shameful.

But good fishin' up here, eh? If you guys ever come up Toronto way, gimme a shout.

Cheers,
Pete
Mad

Social climber
May 15, 2011 - 08:02pm PT
Wish I could show you the fisherman's hand shake..........
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 15, 2011 - 08:15pm PT
Nice Wally's, Pete.

Kick-ass thread too!


Trout are a beautiful fish as evidenced by some of the pics here. Especially the Goldens and Browns. Beautiful.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 15, 2011 - 08:23pm PT
Idaho doesn't have many big fish.

This rainbow had obviously been drinking radioactive water and mutated.

8 - 10 lbs------and it wanted to be my buddy.


mctwisted

Social climber
superslacker city
May 15, 2011 - 08:42pm PT
pate
you did real good starting up this thread!!!
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
May 15, 2011 - 08:46pm PT
Some funny looking "trout" on this thread. Never seen a fat,stripped trout before, or a walleye trout. I know one of my fishing buddies, we use to refer to him as the bass master because of his love for bass, he also loves to use bait so we renamed him master baiter!
Peace
Tomcat

Trad climber
Chatham N.H.
May 15, 2011 - 08:50pm PT

My friend pcousar dropped me off in the Gifford- Pinchot and told me to kill a few hours on the Lewis River. Oh...all right. I dredged a Wooly Bugger around.Nothing. Once in a while I thought I saw a slashing rise in some fast water,so I tossed a Sofa Pillow ..

The trees were equally fascinating for an Easterner.

Tomcat

Trad climber
Chatham N.H.
May 15, 2011 - 09:00pm PT

Mikey calls...have a scale? Seven and a half pound brown from the lake 1/3 a mile away, on a trolled smelt.
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
May 15, 2011 - 09:16pm PT
I really have done a lot more salt water fly fishing than trout fishing, and when I go I'm usually alone and don't bother taking photos, but here are a few I found on the HD...


Frying Pan River (CO) rainbow

Roaring Fork (CO) bow & brownie, jst like it because my arms look ripped

Tongariro "steelhead", NZ, was travelling around NZ with my mom and not sure how I convinced her to let me hire a guide for a day to fish while she sat around "town" twiddling her thumbs...

This is the average brownie I catch in my "home stream", the Ausable (NY), but there are some monsters in there!!!

And, well, you can't win 'em all. This is just down the street from my house. I can usually pop down there and reliably have a fish big enough for dinner for two within 15 minutes.... but there are a lot of babies in there too!!

Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
May 15, 2011 - 10:21pm PT
nice fish everyone!

but Aya is by far the hottest looking fisherwoman. awesome folks...
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
May 15, 2011 - 11:03pm PT
Yeah New Zealand has to been one of the BEST fly fishing destinations on the planet!! One of my dreams before I die is to fly fish NZ. Nice shots and gorgeous fishergirl!
Peace
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 15, 2011 - 11:47pm PT
R.B.

Trad climber
Land of the Lahar
May 16, 2011 - 12:05am PT

Schwiing!
atchafalaya

Boulder climber
May 16, 2011 - 12:21am PT
Great thread...
Port

Trad climber
San Diego
May 16, 2011 - 12:56am PT
That pic is very disturbing.
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
May 16, 2011 - 01:08am PT
Since they apparently needn't all be trout, here's a pretty false albacore I caught off Montauk. I used to live in Sag Harbor so I could sneak out for stripers every afternoon with the tide, which was pretty awesome.
And my dad just sent me this pic of a striper he caught the other day. I've never caught one that big on a fly rod, and although that one wasn't, he has caught some monsters on a fly rod. He once caught a monster cod on a fly rod, of all things, too!!! YUM! He's got a boat and he goes out for tuna a lot, too. We've never had any luck when I've been out tuna fishing with him, alas.
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
May 16, 2011 - 01:24am PT
My dad has lived in Boston for the past 20 years or so :) Perfect for him, he keeps his boat there and he can go out fishing every morning before heading to work.

Pate, you using a waist belt for all your stuff?
I've got a backpack with chest pouches and I like it better than a vest, but been thinking of switching to a lanyard + waistbelt for the fly boxes. Often I'm just jumping out to cast a few in the strem by the house and don't need to bring the whole kit & caboodle with me so I like the idea of a lanyard...
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
May 16, 2011 - 01:36am PT
Here are some flies I tied. I pretty much suck at dry flies, but my nymphs are okay. I started out tying huge salt water flies all the time so these little trout flies are hard for me to do!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 16, 2011 - 01:57am PT
Pate's in love now.
Guarrans.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 16, 2011 - 02:14am PT
A little fishing story...


I was spending a month at my cabin in Seward, AK a few years ago just hanging out and doing work on the property. The wife was working in town a lot and I had no-one to go fishing with. Normally that wouldn't stop me from fishing alone and I had already been out a couple times to the Kenai and some smaller streams but the recent bear attacks and a mini-epic after falling in a "stream" and almost getting washed into some snags, I didn't want to fish by myself anymore.

I noticed the locals were fishing for salmon right on the beaches at various areas around Resurrection Bay so I did some research and found out that there is a window around the time the tides change that the salmon come to rod readily. Cool. In Seward in July the sun comes up at something like 4am and sets at like 2am, so I had up to three "windows" to fish a day, and I started hitting it. The good spots were where creeks went into the bay, but any kind of structure could be good also. I had a 6'6" spinning rod around and an adequate reel and enough stuff to make as many spinners as I needed and I had some old spoons around also.

The first couple of times out I took the dogs along and they loved it but soon I realized I couldn't fish right if I was watching the dogs get into sh#t every couple of minutes. After that I got it wired. Pinks and Chum were hitting everything I threw at them. Sockeye had already dwindled and Silvers were just starting to show up. Kings were long gone. I released most of them and ate a few.

One day while hitting my favorite spot, my rod broke. It snapped right above the third or fourth eyelet, about 18". Ha! It was a clean break and I still had a bit of action on my now 5 footer so I continued to fish among strange glances and head-shaking from the locals. Casting kinda sucked, but after about the third cast, I locked into a good one. It was a bit tricky but I landed a 13lb. Chum while the locals cheered. The Ultra-medium rod did just fine.
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
May 16, 2011 - 02:23am PT
My catch from today's Northern Region Rockfish opener:
BillO

Trad climber
Yachats, OR
May 16, 2011 - 11:19am PT
My climbing partner Agina Sedlers' first time fishing.
This shot put her on the cover of California Sportsman magazine's Spring Edition.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
May 16, 2011 - 11:49am PT
i usta fly fish on a muddy lake in illinois--tied my own flies, caught mostly carp, but it was fun. those fly casting skills pay off when your climbing rope gets stuck on a horn of rock.
Tattooed 1

Trad climber
Sebastopol, Ca
May 16, 2011 - 12:30pm PT
Here is a couole of Fly Caught fish from this past season
Bubba Ho-Tep

climber
Evergreen, CO
May 16, 2011 - 01:12pm PT

Since this isn't just about trout....

My buddy and I go for Blue Fin every year on the Stellwagon bank outside of Boston - this was two years ago. Using a block and tackle here to get the fish on board.
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
May 16, 2011 - 02:00pm PT
man bubba!

at some point dont you just cut the frickin line!

great thread all.
Bubba Ho-Tep

climber
Evergreen, CO
May 16, 2011 - 02:32pm PT
The scary part is that they grow to 1500 lbs.

This one was like trying to reel in a sports car from the bottom of the ocean.
Bubba Ho-Tep

climber
Evergreen, CO
May 16, 2011 - 02:37pm PT
Pate - good to see you also.

The funny part of the Blue Fin is that they are supposed to be endangered but the ones we catch get bigger every year. Five years ago, the average fish was 100-125. Last year they were running 175-225 and more really large ones were caught than in the last few years.

Bubba Ho-Tep

climber
Evergreen, CO
May 16, 2011 - 02:46pm PT

Flyfishing in Alaska is fun also!
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
May 16, 2011 - 02:49pm PT
Bubba - yeh, my dad goes out there a lot, and it's been so good that the last few years he's actually paid for a commercial bluefin license so he can catch a few more, and sell some too (because otherwise it's pretty ridiculous even just trying to GIVE away all that tuna). Between that, and the lobster pots, oysters, and cod in the winter (the cod have been doing great, past 5-10 years) yowee I almost wish I lived down there rather than up in the mountains!
Bubba Ho-Tep

climber
Evergreen, CO
May 16, 2011 - 03:13pm PT
We didn't do sushi with that bad boy but usually do. We usually get one around 125-150 and give it to everyone we know and eat all the frsh we can for five days or so - by the end of the week, you don't want to eat tuna for a month!

When they are big like that, they get air freighted to Japan and sold in auction - that one weighed 540 dressed/no head brought almost 12k. Last year a guy our boat captain knows csught one that went about 1300 lbs and it sold for almost 100k - that's some expensive sushi!
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 16, 2011 - 11:59pm PT
Good fish stories here.

Any one ever go climbing to get to good fishing???

I caught about 10 tiny trout in the lake below the Angles Wings.
mctwisted

Social climber
superslacker city
May 17, 2011 - 12:10am PT
sue's dad wanted to catch some trout, so we took him to the pool at the top of lower yosemite falls, where usually only climbers can get to, nice pool there. he had one of the most exciting hiking/climbing expeditions ever and could'nt believe the amount of fish that were in there!!!
boulderclimber

Sport climber
boulder
May 17, 2011 - 12:30am PT
Marc, generaly top ropes are not needed for gullys.

When are you coming back to Boulder?
All your friends are waiting for you.




EdBannister

Mountain climber
13,000 feet
May 17, 2011 - 12:51am PT
Still waiting pics of Largo, Phil Warrender, or other very large, trout lovers.
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 17, 2011 - 12:54am PT
Still waiting pics of Largo, Phil Warrender, or other very large, trout lovers.


Jan....
FeelioBabar

Trad climber
One drink ahead of my past.
May 17, 2011 - 11:10am PT
20 inch cuttie from ice-out this weekend!

SamP

Trad climber
Tuolumne Meadows
May 17, 2011 - 11:38am PT
This GUY?
cintune

climber
Midvale School for the Gifted
May 17, 2011 - 11:45am PT
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 17, 2011 - 11:49am PT
'bout time Sam. Although Troutman ain't really a "very large" fella...more beanpole than way-swole. Last I saw him was in Joshua Tree a couple years ago and he'd cut his hair, didn't even recognize him at first.

Lotsa nice fish, makes me miss living in AK and 120 river-day years. I was lucky to start fly fishing for grayling first, because they are easy to catch and aggressive to dry flies (and beautiful fish to boot), then branching out into other species. Yukon river pike on an 8wt and giant gaudy streamers is a blast, and small high stream trout is great fun, but "normal" fly fishing trout is my favorite (i.e. mid sized rivers, wading, 5wt).

But the real question this thread raises isn't where ya'lls secret stretches of water are, it's whether the hot fly-fishing rock-climbing mama with the ripped arms is single (and if so, how is that possible).
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
May 17, 2011 - 01:49pm PT
That's a pretty little brookie.

I've been living part time in Ithaca for the past 3 years now and it just occurred to me that I still haven't gone fishing here... and we're supposed to have some wicked good trout that come up from the lake. Been too busy with school I guess. I'm on clinical rotations for the next year though so I probably won't be logging too much time in the Ausable... have to give it a go when the water goes down (if it ever goes down).

fishing is always great but I think the weirdest experience was in downtown Banff under a bridge, with a bunch of Japanese tourists lined up and watching and taking pictures and cheering every time I landed a fish. That's a lot of pressure, especially for someone like me who is constantly tangling their line!!!!

Sorry I don't have really very large trout but here's a relatively not so large tuna... if you ever get a chance to go to Tsukiji fish market, it's awesome. Plus there's something cool about waiting in line for an hour to have amazing sushi at 6AM.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 17, 2011 - 03:29pm PT
hey there say, pate.... great fish! say, happy fishing and thanks for the share.... neat topic...

we loved fishing, when we were kids...

didn't much more chances to fish lately, though...
i really miss it...


did fish in south texas gulf, though, off the port isabel breakwall...
and off the south padre island coast...


miss fishing, though... from streams, etc...

happy good cheer for the ol' fishing season, to one and all...
:)
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 17, 2011 - 06:30pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 17, 2011 - 06:35pm PT
FeelioBabar

Trad climber
One drink ahead of my past.
May 18, 2011 - 12:20pm PT
Hey Aya K...I grew up in Ithaca...make sure you go fish for the fall browns that run up out of Cayuga! they are HUGE!!!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 18, 2011 - 12:41pm PT
great looking fish, y'all!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 18, 2011 - 02:27pm PT
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
May 19, 2011 - 07:46pm PT
BG,
What kind of monster is that? Where was it caught?
Erik
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 19, 2011 - 08:13pm PT
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 19, 2011 - 08:18pm PT
Red Drum and Trout

Both are excellent eating fish! And they are fun to catch too.

The red drum is also known as a 'redfish', the Trout as a 'Speckled (sea) Trout.

Good eatin', yo!
Tattooed 1

Trad climber
Sebastopol, Ca
May 19, 2011 - 11:49pm PT
Great pics everyone! It's cool that we have so many like minded individuals on this site outside of climbing. I look forward to fall salmon and steelhead fishing as much as climbing in the spring.
Tim
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
May 19, 2011 - 11:52pm PT
one of the best threads ever....
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 20, 2011 - 03:58pm PT
May 19, 2011 - 04:46pm PT
BG,
What kind of monster is that? Where was it caught?
Erik

Labrat:

That's a male silver salmon caught at the confluence of the Russian River and Upper Kenai River, Alaska

-Bob Gaines
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
May 20, 2011 - 05:39pm PT
I told ya Bob Gaines had some gems to post! Sweet fish Bob....how'd yer last trip go, I think ya said you were heading to tarpon waters???
Peace
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 21, 2011 - 03:51pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 21, 2011 - 03:53pm PT
May 20, 2011 - 02:39pm PT
....how'd yer last trip go, I think ya said you were heading to tarpon waters???

Hi Ron:

Just got back from the florida keys...great weather and great fishing. Landed a 70 lb. tarpon on the fly!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 21, 2011 - 03:55pm PT
A little bitin', a little tenderizin', then down ya go!!!!

(Capt. Quint from Jaws, the movie...)

Keep 'em coming, Greg. I hooked up on 2 tarpon under the Skyway Bridge. I almost got one into the boat. A 5-footer. Bent the hook on me.

Fish on!!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 21, 2011 - 04:18pm PT
Hilton Lakes Stahl Bros group catch.


My best one 16"-18".

Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 21, 2011 - 05:13pm PT

BG - nice shots! Did you get that big barracuda in the Keys?

Cool fish Ron (the golden bass).
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 23, 2011 - 01:04pm PT
That was a 4 foot long cuda I saw some guy catch off one of the bridges in the keys, and he was proud to hold it up for a picture.

Where you goin for the bonefish?
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 23, 2011 - 01:48pm PT
Nice Bob - seems you had a good trip to the Keys.

We are going to a little island off Honduras called Guanaja. Supposed to be like the Bahamas were 100 years ago. Bones, permit, tarpon, snook and big barracuda. Miles of flats, few people.
axlgrease

Mountain climber
Santa Cruz, CA
May 23, 2011 - 02:25pm PT
Wow! Great thread.

Those Sunnies and the Northern Pike reminded me of my youth, learning to fish with Grandpa in Minnesota. Here are a couple of pics of my brother and me with one of our catches way back them:


Here's a Montana Brown I caught on a more recent fishing trip with my brother:
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 23, 2011 - 10:29pm PT
We are going to a little island off Honduras called Guanaja. Supposed to be like the Bahamas were 100 years ago. Bones, permit, tarpon, snook and big barracuda. Miles of flats, few people.

Sounds like a grand slam may be in your future. Have a great trip!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 23, 2011 - 10:33pm PT
Bones, permit, tarpon, snook and big barracuda. Miles of flats, few people.

Yeah, if you add tropical drinks to that equation at night, you have prolly found paradise.

Snook is a real cool gamefish. Good eatin' too!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 23, 2011 - 10:45pm PT
I forgot to add "miles of flats, few people and one bartender"
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 24, 2011 - 03:24pm PT
I've had success in Hawaii blind casting for bones. As you move down the chain to the Big Island where I usual am, the islands get younger and younger and the "flats" deeper and deeper so sight-fishing is tough.

Put on something with weighted eyes, use that wind at your back to roll out a 100' cast, then strip it in sooooooo slow. Little nudge, let it sit, repeat. If you feel any resistance, do a quick hard strip set. Sometimes you'll just hook up a rock or coral, every now and then you'll be on one of those little racehorses.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
May 24, 2011 - 03:57pm PT
NICE FISH!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 24, 2011 - 04:20pm PT
OK since it is just us talking I'll tell you about my first Hawaii bonefish. I was walking the beach down at A-Bay on the Kona side of the Big Island. There was a guy out at the end of the little jetty-like thing that feeds water into and out of the ancient fishpond. He had a bag of wonderbread and a bow and arrow with a spool of fishline attached to the arrow. Said that there had been a big ulua (trevally that grow to 100lbs) cruising the shore the last few days. He'd throw the wonderbread out, the reef fish would be all over it and it would hopefully attract the attention of the ulua. When it came slashing through, he'd nail it.

I'm watching the fish chomping down on the bread and realize that some are nice 7 - 10lb bonefish in the mix! I drag a few Charlies through but there is zero interest. The guys says "why don't you cut all those feathers off that hook and use some bread". OK! I do it. Make a wonderbread doughball, mush it on the hook, drop it down and immediately a big bonefish grabs it and heads for Japan. Three sizzling runs later I have that bad bone on the beach. The picture looking down at a bonefish and my foot a page or so back is the very fish I got in this story.

For the climbers reading this, that is about the moral equivalent of using an extension ladder to get up the Stigma.

By the way, it turns out Oahu has some great flats with bonefish so big they look like sharks. Send me a note if you are ever heading over there and I'll tell you my favorite spots and tides.
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
May 24, 2011 - 05:59pm PT
More trout please! Pictures?
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 24, 2011 - 06:38pm PT
nice fish ron - out of pyramid?
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 25, 2011 - 01:13pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 25, 2011 - 01:16pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 25, 2011 - 01:19pm PT
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
May 27, 2011 - 08:06pm PT
Here is a nice 20" Koke I picked up out at Berryessa a few weekends back.

I managed to talk my daughter into drifting at the Alameda Rock wall in Bay on a tandem kayak last weekend. We ended up with a baby halibut.

I have been digging the kayak fishing just as much as climbing as of late. I know, a sin :)
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 31, 2011 - 12:44pm PT
Hey Ron:

When did you catch all those brookies at Carmen (Kirman) Lake?

The 5 1/2 is shaped like a football!

What year was that?

Nice catch!

Thinking of going up there in a few weeks
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
May 31, 2011 - 02:16pm PT
edit: why did these pics post so small?

because some of yoru fish were so big earlier!

nice thread guys. those goldens are huge Ron!
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 31, 2011 - 02:30pm PT
I posted these on Sheridan's thread, but since he wrote a book on fly fishing, here is one of him and another of one of his drawings.


Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 31, 2011 - 11:31pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 1, 2011 - 12:01am PT
Hey Ron;

Awesome brookie from Kirman! I heard those fish eventually die of heart attacks from high cholesterol as the result of eating too many scuds.

That's the biggest golden I've ever seen from the eastern sierra!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 8, 2011 - 02:28pm PT

caught this beauty at lake perris yesterday

photo by bob gaines
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Jun 8, 2011 - 02:50pm PT
Bob,

did you catch that guy on a fly? thats a hell of a lot of fun!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 9, 2011 - 12:48pm PT
Yep, got it on a tiny nymph. A 15 lb carp will put up a dam good fight!
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Jun 15, 2011 - 05:18pm PT
a bass-perch! baerch? pass? weird.
Bread

Trad climber
Craggy Mountains, NC
Jun 15, 2011 - 06:06pm PT
That looks like a warmouth, Ron. Here's a link to a photo: http://www.tnfish.org/FishIdentificationID_TWRA/TWRA_Sunfish_Identification_Key.htm
FeelioBabar

Trad climber
One drink ahead of my past.
Jun 15, 2011 - 06:11pm PT
+1 for carp on the fly.


some of the grassies around here have a serious attitude.


ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Jun 15, 2011 - 06:30pm PT
Hey Bob, going for another record?
Might be heading up the east side for a little fly on the rod...very Upper Owens, next weekend. You interested?
Peace
Ron
aspendougy

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 15, 2011 - 07:05pm PT
There is a famous photo of a Japanese fisherman who snuck in and out of the East Side Internment Camp in WW II.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2009/mar/21/1s21outdoors222557-internment-camp-detainees-riske/?zIndex=70527

http://home.earthlink.net/~fearnotrout/manzanarquotbarbedwiretobarbedhooksquot/id5.html

Modern computer enhancements of the photo indicate that the man went high enough into the Sierra to catch golden trout. Great story about the triumph of the human spirit. Fish aren't big, but amazingly gutsy guy.

Camps were not heavily guarded at night.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jun 15, 2011 - 07:19pm PT
White bass, Ron? Lake Nacimiento is loaded with them.

nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jun 15, 2011 - 09:22pm PT
aspendougy, Wow, thanks for the story and the url ..... I have long been intrigued by.. Japanese internment camps stories and it's history......
golsen

Social climber
kennewick, wa
Jun 15, 2011 - 09:42pm PT
Man! Cool thread. What weight fly rod do you guys use with those carp?

Those Grassy guys must have an attitude because they are missing such a pretty mouth???

I have been a very marginal recreational fisherman for years and just getting back into it more, lots of fun to be had. Thanks to all for all the cool photos.
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Jun 15, 2011 - 10:23pm PT
beginners luck. my first time fly fishing a few years ago. 5.5 lbs
shady

Trad climber
Jun 15, 2011 - 11:44pm PT
I think your right Ron. At first I thought it could have been some genetic variant.
I've caught rainbows out at Lees Ferry, that have no spots.
But...I also caught a fire mouth Cichlid out at lake Wohlford, in So.Cal. I wonder if someone did some aquarium cleaning.
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Jun 16, 2011 - 12:27am PT
Smith River, MT--1982



...it must have been "tube sock" luck:-)
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jun 16, 2011 - 12:42am PT
Smith River! Woohoo!


I see the can of "bug repellent."

Where's the beer?

Were you too young?

mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Jun 16, 2011 - 01:17pm PT
Fritz, I was 17 and at that time jus' barely too young (19 in MT--although, I left the heavy beerin' up to my old man, as he more than made up for me:-)



note: We did this float in a fibreglas drifter--not done too much any more due to lower waters (this big snow/rain year it might go)





edit: Possibly the "best" deep water-soloing in Montana? Virgin limestone awaits.....
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jun 19, 2011 - 02:28am PT
Manjusri

climber
Jun 19, 2011 - 02:12pm PT

A venerable german brown I pulled out of the Merced in the Yosemite backcountry, late 80's. It measured 21 inches tail to beak.
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
Jun 19, 2011 - 04:17pm PT
Here's my dad with a nice one at Pleasant Valley Res..
http://jerrydodrill.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/My-Father/G0000qe_y91aopP0/I0000kn.jn1h2pDs
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Jun 20, 2011 - 11:48am PT
As I said earlier, NICE FISH!
One of my more memorable fishing experiences was casting a dry fly upstream of the Merced Bridge with Coz spotting from the bridge. I'd given up on the cast and was stripping a drowned Stimulator back when I hooked into a nice three pound brown. I'll never forget standing in the river below El Cap, Mother Middle in the background and playing that fish. Cozzy couldn't believe I'd caught it and was even more flummoxed when I pet it on the head and gently released it.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 25, 2011 - 05:09pm PT
Just got back from a trip to the eastern sierra, caught this nice (30 inch!) rainbow

photo by yvonne gaines
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 25, 2011 - 05:11pm PT
and this 25 inch brown!
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Jun 25, 2011 - 05:49pm PT
Headin up next Friday Bob!
Peace
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jun 25, 2011 - 10:57pm PT
whoa Bob - this is quite a weekend!!
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jun 25, 2011 - 11:18pm PT
Nice Fish everyone! TFPU!

Christos! Those last two trout are huge hogs!


Sunnybeaches!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 26, 2011 - 12:12pm PT
One of my more memorable fishing experiences was casting a dry fly upstream of the Merced Bridge with Coz spotting from the bridge. I'd given up on the cast and was stripping a drowned Stimulator back when I hooked into a nice three pound brown. I'll never forget standing in the river below El Cap, Mother Middle in the background and playing that fish. Cozzy couldn't believe I'd caught it and was even more flummoxed when I pet it on the head and gently released it.

Nice Perry!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jun 26, 2011 - 02:20pm PT
Good lord, Bob!!!!

Nice fish.
golsen

Social climber
kennewick, wa
Jun 27, 2011 - 04:27pm PT
Man,
those last two fish were huge! Keep this thread alive...I will now jinx myself. Headed for the first two weeks in July to BC. First stop, the Chilcotin. Fly into some remote lakes and streams for 5 days of trout fishing. Then its up to Prince Rupert for Salmon and Halibut. Wish a beginner luck!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jul 2, 2011 - 07:32pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jul 2, 2011 - 11:33pm PT
apogee

climber
Jul 2, 2011 - 11:39pm PT
Bob, you're a tease.
perswig

climber
Jul 4, 2011 - 07:20am PT
While I love the lunker pics, and love playing 4" brookies in little feeder streams, this thread kept reminding me of a Pata catalogue story that I just managed to find.
Enjoy.

The Little Things

Dylan Tomine
Kids' Fall 2007



Steelhead season is going down the tubes. Six weeks into what will become the wettest winter in memory, the rivers are over their banks and gouging new channels with explosive fury. I have just cancelled yet another fishing trip. Like last week’s much-anticipated trip to the Olympic Peninsula, and countless other days on my local rivers, this one is toast.

My three-year-old daughter and I had planned to go steelhead fishing together for the first time today. But instead, we sit by the woodstove reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar for the thousandth time and listen to the rain lashing against our house.

I am going insane.

A slight break in the weather. Not enough to bring the rivers into shape, but enough to send us out of the house and into a light but steady drizzle. We’ll put on our rain gear and venture into the woods. It’s not a fishing trip, but at least Skyla and I are going outside together.


Skyla dashes up the trail, splashing mud and sliding through a carpet of downed foliage. She kneels to examine the difference between maple and alder leaves. She throws fir cones into dripping ferns. She clambers up onto a fallen cedar log and careens down its length yelling, “It’s a big tree slide!”

At the edge of a steep ravine, we can see that the normally dry bottom now contains a tiny creek brought to temporary life by weeks of torrential rain.

“Daddy,” she says, “let’s go down there.”

“Nah,” I say with visions of us sliding down the precipitous hillside and the grueling slog back up. “It’s too steep, and besides, what do you want to go down there for?”

“To go fishing in the stream!” she says.

I tell her we don’t have fishing rods and there aren’t any fish in there anyway. I tell her it’s starting to rain harder and we should head home. I tell her we’ll get muddy and wet.


Predictably, we scramble and skid down anyway. At stream level, we discover a perfect little river winding through a gravelly bed of miniature riffles, runs and pools. Skyla hands me a bent willow stick and finds one for herself. “Here’s your fly rod, Dad, and here’s mine.”

She crouches at water’s edge, and with intense concentration, swishes the stick through the small pool. At last, a current-born maple leaf folds itself around her stick, and she lifts it triumphantly for my inspection, shouting, “Fish on! I got one!”

We measure it. We admire it. We discuss it. Ultimately, we decide to release it.

“Daddy,” she says, “now it’s your turn to fish.” We alternate for nearly an hour, landing dozens of leaves, deciding where the best spots are, naming the pools. We laugh and high-five. We forget to eat the lunch in our pack.

“Dad?” she says, folding her icy fingers into my hand, “I’m having a lot of fun fishing with you.”

And suddenly, it occurs to me this may be one of the best fishing trips of my life.



Dale
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jul 4, 2011 - 12:12pm PT
thanks perswig! i love that story
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 4, 2011 - 01:53pm PT
Dale, my friend, that is what fishing is all about. Having a good time. Ever better when shared with a kid.
Q- Ball

Mountain climber
where the wind always blows
Jul 4, 2011 - 10:31pm PT
Anyone know of a pure strain not in California? I think they are worth saving. Even the pure strains outside of CA, are being polluted by cross rainbow/golden.

Photo of male spawner in WY (pure golden)

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 5, 2011 - 12:56am PT

Golden from Lake Virginia
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 5, 2011 - 01:10am PT
Nice shots, boyz!!!
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Jul 5, 2011 - 01:49am PT
Here's two shots from yesterday @ Berryessa:



These were the best two of a 10+ fish day. The bass was 20"+ and easily in the 3-5 lbs range. I didn't have a tape or a scale with me. The Cat was 28" measured against my pole and remeasured once I got home in a beast.

Both caught on 6# test.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 5, 2011 - 02:55pm PT
Roughster, well done!

What did the cat hit? A lure?
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Jul 5, 2011 - 03:23pm PT
The bass were killing 7" PowerWorm Pumpkin Flecks with a curly tail. The cat was an accident. I was actually pitching for crappie/bluegill with a #12 bait hook with a single redworm. Needless to say I was surprised when my pole went completely bendo once he realized he was hooked.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jul 6, 2011 - 01:40pm PT
lunker largemouth from lake perris caught on a fly!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 6, 2011 - 02:11pm PT
Nice bucketmouths.

Those Pumpkin Powerworms work great. Zoom makes a soft bait call a Baby Brushhog that is awesome too. I usually toss the Junebug color.
shady

Trad climber
Jul 7, 2011 - 11:53pm PT
Hey Dale....Great story. Ever heard the song,"She thinks we're just fish'n."?

Don't be discouraged my fellow flyfishers. I just got back from two weeks in Montana.
Rock creek, Blackfoot, Big hole and all the rest are all running high, high, high! Since the bugs aren't popping the streamer action is superb, and you'll have the place to yourself.
As an added bonus to those of you who like to float. Guides are hurting for clients. Since the dry-babies aren't up for the high water action, the guides are willing to cut some real deals.
For those of you who want to throw dry's, look for tailwater streams. The Beaverhead was going off with, great golden stonefly and large Caddis.

P.S. Bob...Nice look'n fishes! But That Bow looks more Steely than the average Bow.
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Jul 8, 2011 - 10:05am PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jul 24, 2011 - 04:25pm PT
Bump for Tom Gilge....
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 24, 2011 - 09:12pm PT
I think a better title for this thread would be "a trout fishing lovers thread." If you truly loved trout you wouldn't subject them to the pain and sometimes death that fisherman do. I'll be in the Winds in a week feasting on trout and climbing alpine granite. I don't love trout but I enjoy catching and sometimes eating them.
golsen

Social climber
kennewick, wa
Jul 25, 2011 - 08:40pm PT

Back from 2 weeks in BC. Went out from Prince Rupert and caught our limit of Salmon and Halibut in about 4 hours. Crazy! A Sea Lion grabbed one of my wife's Salmon and ate it! Great fun.


OR

Trad climber
Jul 25, 2011 - 09:03pm PT
Hi Gang. I'm loving this thread. I just bought this and i'm chasing trout for 2 months in Co, Wy and Montana. Leaving Vt in 2 weeks. Can't wait.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 25, 2011 - 09:07pm PT
I think a better title for this thread would be "a trout fishing lovers thread." If you truly loved trout you wouldn't subject them to the pain and sometimes death that fisherman do. I'll be in the Winds in a week feasting on trout and climbing alpine granite. I don't love trout but I enjoy catching and sometimes eating them.


Isn't that hypocritical???
tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Jul 25, 2011 - 09:10pm PT
I guess salmon count. Didn't take the camera with us, but the wekeend before last we put some meat in the freezer. Friday was a trip out of Seward, slow day but managed 8 silvers, 6 cod and 2 small halibut. Sunday night was a gonzo night trip to the Kenai for dipnetting, finished up at 11pm with 26 sockeye, got home at 3:30am (I'm getting too old for that crap and getting up later that morning to go to work)

Playing on the beach while shrimp pots do their thing has it's own appeal.


Still have a gallon of tails in the freezer, must have eaten at least 4 gallons during the two trips where we caught them. Need to get out a few more times!
Abend

Social climber
Jul 25, 2011 - 10:27pm PT
Golsen,
Nice salmon! What size halibut did you catch?
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 25, 2011 - 10:31pm PT
Yeah, nice show Golsen.

Paul, wow! Fish on!!!!
golsen

Social climber
kennewick, wa
Jul 25, 2011 - 10:59pm PT
Hi Abend,

German for Evening?

Our Halibut averaged only about 15-20 lbs. We were unable to head out to more open oceans due to some wind action going on. My first time out in the Ocean, it was a blast. We had also dropped a crab trap in the morning and had 20 crabs on our return. Only 9 were keepers. (Males over a certain size). Hell of a lot of fun!

I can't seem to post photos from Firefox, will try and do some tomorrow.

edit:
Thanks guys, beginners luck! That and when you charter a guide I felt guilty, like not even baiting the hook. That was a first for me, but then so was catching a Salmon.

Roughster, do you jiggle those plastic worms for bass on the bottom? I have just recently tried to catch bass, always have been going for trout. Feels like learning a new climbing maneuver, like OW's. (Not that bad of course)
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jul 27, 2011 - 10:15pm PT
Bob Gaines at the Middle Kenai River, Alaska, 2010.

This fish set a new IGFA flyfishing world record for pink salmon.

Goin back to Alaska next month...can't wait!
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jul 27, 2011 - 10:51pm PT
Daddy and his daughter spent a lot of time fishing. She was always very proud of doing everything herself. I often found surprises in my bathtub.

Occasionally a fish that wasn't dead and damaged would be brought home and tossed into the water feature. Then Daddy and Daughter could catch that fish over and over again. I think it was animal cruelty. You judge.

Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Jul 28, 2011 - 01:07am PT
kewl
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Jul 28, 2011 - 09:42pm PT
First fish

Not the size of the fish but the size of of the smile.

Brook or Cutthroat?

Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Jul 29, 2011 - 07:35am PT
Headed to NYC tonight... planning to stop in Roscoe to fish the Beaverkill on my way back to Ithaca tomorrow so fingers crossed!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jul 29, 2011 - 03:11pm PT
FACT: Colorado State Fish is the Western Greenback Cutthroat Trout

(And I never thought I'd have a chance to share that) :)


edit: Ron - I don't that is a fish. It looks a bit like a dolphin. Egads it's huge!
Abend

Social climber
Jul 29, 2011 - 11:02pm PT
German for Evening?

An abend is an abnormal termination of software or a program crash. This term is more common in older mainframe systems than in PC systems. I did find a link between the english and german definitions as the abends that are most difficult to resolve do tend to occur in the evening.

We were unable to head out to more open oceans due to some wind action going on.

I was curious about this as the water looks so calm in your photo. I have not yet caught a halibut but it is on my bucket list.

Great photos of the kids!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jul 29, 2011 - 11:06pm PT
Halibut,

My brother landed a 90+ pounder a few years ago on a Kenai peninsula trip.

Bring your club or a gun.

You don't want a live one in the boat!
golsen

Social climber
kennewick, wa
Jul 29, 2011 - 11:27pm PT

Nice Rainbow on a Maribou Muddler Minnow fly (yes I prolly got that wrong).




Crabs!


This silver was snatched from the jows of a sea lion....The Sea Lion then stared at us for about 5 minutes probably wondering WTF?

Worlds Largest Fly rod in Houston, BC.
golsen

Social climber
kennewick, wa
Jul 29, 2011 - 11:32pm PT
We were unable to head out to more open oceans due to some wind action going on.

I was curious about this as the water looks so calm in your photo. I have not yet caught a halibut but it is on my bucket list.


Yes, perhaps the esteemed guides did not want to drive further when they knew of a place that we can catch lots of little ones...

Our guide was one of those people who absolutely knew how to catch fish. It was a pleasure to watch someone who knew their craft.
golsen

Social climber
kennewick, wa
Jul 30, 2011 - 12:20am PT
pate,

you can tell your grandkids about the itchy crabs!

i am still waiting for these crabs to shipped down from BC...
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jul 30, 2011 - 01:36am PT
Throw us a bone and tell us what flies you like most.

Hi Pate:

I'd say for pink salmon a greenish flash fly is number one. My wife yvonne is a master fly tyer, and I get my flys from her!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jul 31, 2011 - 02:56pm PT
New world record rainbow from Idaho,,,,34.74 lbs!!!!!!!!!

That's a whopper, but not a world record. It's the new Idaho state record.

The official International Game Fish Association (IGFA) all-tackle world record for rainbow trout is 48 lbs., caught at Lake Diefenbaker, Canada, in 2009.

This record is controversial, however, in that it was a triploid (genetically altered with three sets of chromosomes, rendering them sterile) that escaped from a nearby fish farm and got into the lake when they were small. These fish channel all their energy toward eating- not waisting any energy on reproduction!

In fact, all the line class records have been from this lake. Although these records have been accepted by the IGFA, many in the IGFA believe that triploids are unnatural, and accepting these records is like allowing Barry Bonds' home run record to stand against Hank Aaron's.




shady

Trad climber
Aug 4, 2011 - 11:03pm PT
Prolly one of those flavorless, genetically modified McFish they're selling at the grocery store as Steelhead.
They should sell them, and the McSalmon, as fertilizer. X^P

Speaking of fertilizer, the comparison of "*" and Hank Aaron is right on.
shady

Trad climber
Aug 4, 2011 - 11:30pm PT
They should have a class for those GM things like they have for Tiger trout.
Is there a way of distinguishing those GM fish from naturals, by eye?
Avajane

Trad climber
Seattle
Aug 5, 2011 - 02:17am PT
tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Aug 5, 2011 - 12:49pm PT
Maybe not very large trout, but last time out on this lake with the boys, we did catch a few decent rainbows in the 12-14" range


The cool thing about the area is there is a beaver damn between the first and 2nd lake, and a long meandering water passage between lake 2 and 3. So it's about 1 1/2 hours of paddling to last lake, and you typically have the lake to yourself as most fishermen and are elbows to a-holes on the Kenai chasing bigger fish. Me, I'd rather be on a lake full of wild rainbows, tossing spoons, castmasters and spinners in amongst the lilly pads and having a feisty rainbow put a healthy bend on your ultralight rod.

Not to mention some of the best sunsets and hearing the loons on the lake.



TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 5, 2011 - 01:22pm PT
The smaller trout taste better anyway.

12"-14" is about perfect.
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
-A community of hairless apes
Aug 5, 2011 - 01:26pm PT
I obviously lapsed into the wrong culture and lifestyle at some point and missed the boat.

Great stuff here.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Aug 5, 2011 - 09:44pm PT
shady

Trad climber
Aug 7, 2011 - 06:58pm PT
Damm Paul, fine pics. The essence of fishing, purdy fish and beautiful sceinery.
Nice pic BG, that's about as peppery a bow as I've seen.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 7, 2011 - 09:27pm PT
Caught several nice brown and rainbows last week,,,here is a nice brown,

Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Aug 11, 2011 - 04:01pm PT
The one that didn't get away!
Climber's don't say you weren't warned (I posted this before);^) all in fun!

Avoid “The Way of the Rod” and becoming a “Non”

We can all appreciate that much of our continued activity as mountaineers is partner based. Keeping yourself fit certainly contributes to a long active mountain life but it’s also important to have motivated partners to get us off our cans. Having enjoyed the company of many enthusiastic mountain adventure seekers over the years I have witnessed the making of more than one Non (Non-climber/skier/alpinist/mountaineer).

It is a slow, subtle and irreversible process that like a frog being thrown into a pot of cold water on a lite burner its’ defining spirit departs before much notice. Perhaps the most covert making of a Non is by what has been described by my good friend and Ghoulwe Dave J. as going “The Way of the Rod”. This path of course refers to the activity of fishermen/women. Like the poor frogs demise it can go unnoticed because much of the activity occurs in the mountain ranges of the arid west that we share where alpine snow melt provides habitat for the fish they manically seek. Let me describe some of the symptoms I’ve observed that in retrospect by intervention could have prevented the making of a Non-partner.

While packing gear for an adventure watch for a fishing pole being thrown into a pack particularly if you get a negative reaction questioning why in the hell they’d need a pole on an alpine rock climb. If you’re lectured it’s not a pole but a rod it may be too late. If your base camp ends up in some mosquito infested low land within the sound of running water as opposed to a sparse frozen bivouac high on a moraine I can guarantee you you’ll be hearing about threatening weather first thing in the morning.

Watch for attention symptoms while discussing gear or scoping a route. If their eyes are cast down into the water while you’re debating what pro you should take or wondering where the route starts and they suddenly get agitated over an insect swarm you might as well think about soloing the route or picking an easy scrabble. If they pull out their favorite bud the last time you experienced with a Bill Clinton hit which sent you into thinking OMG a cardiac arrest and they coat it with hash oil you can rest assure they’re more interested in thinking like a trout then having the mind set to reach a summit.

Next time you’re at your local crag which they haven’t visited in years observe their shoes, harness and protection. If a shoe of fossilized rubber is pulled from an uncomfortable outdated pack along with a harness that barely fits and cams that are made of ridged aluminum stems you’ll be learning more about insects and how a trout thinks that day then you’d ever what to know. A new looking rope of 165 feet in length is another indication that you might as well forget about a second route that would compete with the late afternoon insect hatch you’ve just heard about on level with a Ph.D thesis.

The gear represents a reallocation of financial resources, going The Way of the Rod is costly. Showing up at a ski resort wearing a Patagonia fishing jacket is a dead giveaway, at that acute stage you might as well accept your friend as a Non. An intervention where you covertly snap the damn pole in your car door could result in violence. Grabbing one of their many fly reels and throwing it into the talus or burning their fake insects in frustration could result in a prison sentence for your once great adventure companion and you may never climb again.

Exhibited symptoms are not limited to alpinism; a family camping trip can reveal the making of a Non. If their children have expensive fly rods, waiters and there are no plans about hiking to summits or doing any bouldering the infection has spread and you best get your own kids safely away or your family reunions in the coming years won’t include climbing or skiing. Missing power bait or salmon eggs from your kids’ grandfathers’ tackle box or smashed barbs are also symptomatic of an infection as well.

Watch for symptoms as the seasons change. Again gear is an indicator of financial reallocation. Hopelessly fused climbing skins and skis that would be better used for deer proof fence posts that make your short ones look obscenely obese are yet another give away. Perhaps the most telling is on powder days when the banter over the coming Pacific cold front doesn’t include your buddy and later you hear they’re headed to some boggy tidal flat for a steel head run in the rain. If any of their emails include this symbol o:{{{{{{{{< or the farewell saying “tight lines” it’s not about being born again or keeping ropes tight on alpine terrain to avoid rock fall; at that point you best move onto the next stage of loss.

I must admit there are far more sinister ways to Non-hood such as The Way of the Club (golf). That foolish activity of attempting to put a white ball into small holes of a comparatively infinite large outdoor environment will build you socially and ruin you physically as opposed to mountaineering which does the opposite. Regardless, The Way of the Rod in my experience has claimed more than most as many perhaps of choosing a Non as your significant other. A true lover can learn to appreciate your need to “feed the rat”. So take this sage advice if your intention is to continue to move over mountainous terrain until the end of your days, avoid The Way of the Rod. Keep your buddies from doing the same, being a Non is no path to the enlightenment we enjoy as mountaineers.

Berg Heil,

Charlie D.
the_don

Trad climber
Somerville, MA
Aug 11, 2011 - 04:10pm PT
Yeah, we call those guppies... the girth was far more than length.

I believe that is referred to as a cheswick.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Aug 11, 2011 - 09:55pm PT
The one that didn't get away!

taimen? mongolia?
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Aug 11, 2011 - 10:07pm PT
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Aug 11, 2011 - 10:20pm PT
Damn, Charlie!!!!

Nice fish!
Danholio

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Aug 11, 2011 - 10:49pm PT
In stark contrast to the proud list of fly caught natives on this thread, I hope it's ok that I post a photo of a big 'ol stockie that I caught in Oakland. 17 pounds on a jointed Rapala.

The net we had (you can see it in the background) was too small so I passed the rod off to my friend (also a climber/fisher) and yanked him into the boat by the gills. Love telling that part of the story!

Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Aug 11, 2011 - 10:50pm PT
BG is correct.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Aug 12, 2011 - 07:26pm PT
Pat Ament fishing along the Colorado River, near Parshall
Nice fish Pat! Is that a cutthroat??
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Aug 12, 2011 - 07:28pm PT
big 'ol stockie that I caught in Oakland. 17 pounds on a jointed Rapala.

Danholio- stocker or not, that is a true lunker!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Aug 13, 2011 - 03:17pm PT
NA_Kid

Big Wall climber
The Bear State
Aug 13, 2011 - 03:44pm PT









Cheers
-J
golsen

Social climber
kennewick, wa
Aug 13, 2011 - 05:58pm PT
mike m - Baptiste Lake? Below Hooker? Nice fish!

NA - was that Pend Orielle or Priest Lake?

Nice pics guys, thanks!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 20, 2011 - 01:56pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 21, 2011 - 01:29am PT
sockeye salmon
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 5, 2011 - 08:55pm PT
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Oct 5, 2011 - 08:59pm PT
Beautiful Dolly Varden!

Where?
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 6, 2011 - 01:06pm PT
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Oct 7, 2011 - 03:29am PT
bentelbow

climber
spud state
Oct 7, 2011 - 10:30am PT
Brian More

climber
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Oct 7, 2011 - 11:22am PT
BG,

How did you get the sockeye to eat your fly (and what fly was it)? Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't they disinclined to feed at that stage in their life? By the way, saw the shot on IGFA site too, nice job!

Brian
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 7, 2011 - 12:12pm PT





Hi Brian:
All Pacific Salmon, when they enter fresnwater, cease feeding as they begin their spawning phase, although they still bite flies and lures out of aggression, especially if it's right in front of them. I'd say they rank this way in terms of attitude in biting a fly, from most agressive, to least aggressive: Pinks, Silvers, Chums, Kings, and Sockeyes.

The key for Sockeyes is to use a sparsely tied and relatively small fly, like a comet or polar shrimp in size 6 or 8, dead drifted right at their eye level. You want to be able to see them, so you can sight fish them, in moderately fast current. They rarely bite, but with thousands of fish swimming by in a day you have lots of chances. On my last trip I actually had a Sockeye charge from 10 feet away to bite a pink fly when I was fishing for silvers.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 7, 2011 - 12:15pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 7, 2011 - 02:41pm PT
Hey silver....check out this silver!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 7, 2011 - 02:44pm PT
johnkelley, that's a NICE rainbow. Where'd you get that one?
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 7, 2011 - 03:28pm PT

Silver-
20 pounds is HUGE for a silver. Here's a little one from Alaska. Haven't done any spey rod fishing, but I'm stricly a fly fisherman. Would love to go after some of those BC steelhead on spey!
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Oct 7, 2011 - 03:28pm PT
Middle Kenai last winter. I'll post some photos of some big ones when I get home. That one was 28" x 19". Trophy size is 32" and up in AK.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 7, 2011 - 03:30pm PT
thought so...that's a real hog
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 7, 2011 - 03:39pm PT
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Oct 7, 2011 - 04:36pm PT
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Oct 7, 2011 - 04:41pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 7, 2011 - 04:45pm PT
Now that's what I'm talking about....those are some world class rainbows John!
bentelbow

climber
spud state
Oct 7, 2011 - 05:25pm PT

A few more from the last couple years
bentelbow

climber
spud state
Oct 7, 2011 - 05:28pm PT
bentelbow

climber
spud state
Oct 7, 2011 - 05:29pm PT
Spufi

Trad climber
DeLusion, Ca
Oct 7, 2011 - 08:13pm PT
Bentelbow,
That is a great underwater shot! What kind of camera set up did you use?
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 7, 2011 - 08:14pm PT
Nice Lake Trout. 15 lb?

Love the underwater shot.
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Oct 12, 2011 - 01:51pm PT
Some recent action from the new boat
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 12, 2011 - 09:12pm PT
That's a real monster rainbow!

Middle Kenai below Skilack Lake?

Looks like it's getting cold up there.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 16, 2011 - 09:47pm PT

It has been a long while since a Large Trout post.

Here's a "little-trout."

16" Native Cutthroat from Idaho's Frank Church Wilderness.

It is all "catch & release" in there-----and well patrolled by Fish & Game, due to these streams also being salmon spawning habitat.

When I was age 17, a large Chinook chose to take my Mepps spinner on this stream. It played me for about 15 minutes, but couldn't quite get me into the water, before it tired of the game, and "broke-off."
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Nov 16, 2011 - 10:04pm PT

Small Fly/Large Trout
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Nov 16, 2011 - 11:43pm PT
Looks like some of the small flies I used in northern New Mexico!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Nov 17, 2011 - 01:23pm PT

Just got the news from the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) that this sockeye salmon I caught in Alaska has been awarded the new world record! (all-tackle length) The fish was released alive to spawn after measurements were taken.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Nov 17, 2011 - 01:54pm PT
Excellent Bob!
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 17, 2011 - 04:14pm PT
Kudos B.G. on your accomplishment.

Dang, guys. I was plannin' on gettin' in shape to do the Nose next year, but now I just wanna go fishin.
Some beautiful fish posted here, would make Roland Martin proud.
I gotta few pics to post myself, if I can just find them...

jahil

Social climber
London, Paris, WV & CA
Nov 17, 2011 - 07:54pm PT
That thing is a monster ! Congratulations

steve
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 17, 2011 - 08:01pm PT
Woohoo!

I was so inspired by the latest fish posts, that I went to the "Glory Hole" on Choss Creek tonight.

The "Glory Hole" is on a small spring creek that dumps into Choss Creek and runs through a commercial fish hatchery on the way.

The fall spawning Brown Trout & our local “hatchery strain” of fall spawning Rainbow run up Choss Creek, then end up in the “Glory Hole” for spawning, since they can’t access the jump into the hatchery.

Best fishing is just at dark, or shortly after dark.

Biggest trout I’ve ever caught, including several that were around 10 lbs: have come out of the “Glory Hole”

Of course I had it to myself tonight------and usually.

After all, who the hell wants to go fish Choss Creek in Idaho?

Especially on a 35 degree F. evening, with rain overdue?

Luckily, the wolves weren’t around.

Froze my ass, and only caught about 30 “little fish” in 2 hours.





You think I would be able to find better fishing, by driving 10 miles from home.

Sigh, he, he, he.
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Nov 17, 2011 - 08:02pm PT
Worthy !
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Nov 17, 2011 - 08:12pm PT
Wow and I was impressed with my 5 fish limit at Berryessa last weekend:


Awesome job Bob that thing is a true beauty! I normally catch them silvery and 18-20", and think they are monster lol!

NOTE: I am normally a Catch and Release guy, but the Mrs asked me to keep for a family dinner fish fry.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 18, 2011 - 04:01pm PT
Pate

Not a Very Large Trout, but I had fun releasing her. Secret stream in Oregon.


Note: I eat alot of fish too, so I partake in both venues of the sport, as appropriate.
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Nov 18, 2011 - 05:03pm PT


more rainbows
FeelioBabar

Trad climber
One drink ahead of my past.
Nov 18, 2011 - 05:14pm PT

Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 18, 2011 - 05:17pm PT
Holy smokes, johnkelly. Puts my minnow to shame.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 18, 2011 - 05:41pm PT
Feelio:
Don't recognize the awesome jack! Crevalle? I covet the fly caught rooster also. Nice trip to Baja, I take!!
FeelioBabar

Trad climber
One drink ahead of my past.
Nov 18, 2011 - 05:44pm PT
Yup! Crevalle indeed! good times in the sea of cortez....many heart stopping chases then refusals by roosters....ssuper curious, but tough to get them to eat. Damn cool fish.

Landed 3 in a week...no teasers or chum...and I was stoked on that! Lost a big one that was on for 20 minutes, then my leader popped (nick in it from needlefish I think).

gotta love the salt!

Cheers!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Nov 18, 2011 - 07:37pm PT



feelio, nice jack on the fly!


johnkelly, those are some real toutzillas!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Nov 18, 2011 - 07:57pm PT
FeelioBar! those are some serious fish!

Johnkelly and others: They grow big in alaska it seems.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 18, 2011 - 08:08pm PT
Sheridan Anderson art... coming soon to shirts near you!

'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Nov 18, 2011 - 10:54pm PT

A nice eight- or ten-pound laker caught in Algonquin Park in Ontario, about two or three days' paddle and portage from the nearest road. Caught him just after ice-out in May. Live released.

Note to self: find/scan photo of 29-lb laker from Lake Athabasca, northern Saskatchewan
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 19, 2011 - 07:34am PT
Sweet laker, Pete - They feed near the surface up North.


First steelie on a fly. Worked hard for that one.
sandstone conglomerate

climber
sharon conglomerate central
Nov 19, 2011 - 08:54am PT
Cool thread. Anyone here ever fish Guanaja? I think I'd go and never come back, based on what I've read.. Feelio, what wt. rod were you using on those jacks and roosters?
Sierra Ledge Rat

Social climber
Retired to Appalachia
Nov 19, 2011 - 10:53am PT
Yes, cool thread. Nice to see there are so many "large trout" lovers here.

I tuck my trout down the left pant leg, you?
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 19, 2011 - 10:56am PT
I'll be leaving for two months at my house in Patagonia on 12/5. Should have some photos to add to this thread when I return.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 19, 2011 - 01:22pm PT
From the East Walker... a 'bow that wasn't starving.

Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 19, 2011 - 04:28pm PT
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 20, 2011 - 09:14am PT
Awesome, guys!



Here's one for the grill. Not a trout this time.

Oregon coastal stream. Fresh in from the sea, full of Omega 3 fatty acids.




sandstone conglomerate

climber
sharon conglomerate central
Nov 20, 2011 - 09:26am PT
Good eating. The porpoises will make a fine feast.
Rattlesnake, please keep posting those huge trout pics. My casting arm involuntarily twitches when clicking on them.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 20, 2011 - 01:04pm PT
Tryin' to keep this thread alive.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 20, 2011 - 01:09pm PT
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 20, 2011 - 01:10pm PT
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 20, 2011 - 01:13pm PT
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Nov 20, 2011 - 01:16pm PT
Sandstone C: Guanaja is a little paradise for sure
Great shots stimbo!

Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 20, 2011 - 01:22pm PT
Bonefish..... they're high on my bucket list. Great job.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 20, 2011 - 04:04pm PT
Stimbo,

That 10 lb class hen you're teasing us with - that's not a typical Klamath-system steelie. No marks - a native? Wait, adipose is missing.

Sweet fish - wet fly or nymphing??

I haven't been to the Trinity for years...we used to pull plugs, BITD.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 20, 2011 - 07:07pm PT
@Rattlesnake -- you found the marker, the adipose fin. As you know, the clipped fin means a hatchery fish. Here's another image, a wild steelhead from a couple of weeks ago, my first non-hatchery fish. Stoker! I'm usually showing up on the Trinity after the water cools and gets higher so I'm usually nymphing. So far no success swinging flies. I think it merits a trip up there in September or early October when they are more willing to shred a fly on the swing. Anyway... the Trinity is an awesome place to fish.

ruppell

climber
Nov 20, 2011 - 07:35pm PT
Nice guys. No photos here but 2 23" rainbows out of a lake on the east side today. Now here is the interesting thing. They where what I thought to be just fat females. I was wrong they both were carrying mature eggs. In November. Anyone else ever see this? My only guess is that there some cross breed. Either cutts or steelhead because both of those have multiple breeding seasons. Aplers are supposedly crossed with steelies. Could it be that after years of stocking the dna is getting mixed? Any thoughts?
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 20, 2011 - 07:45pm PT
ruppell: Re your question about fall-spawning rainbows-----yup.

We have them in Idaho too. A little-bit of genetic doctoring, apparently does it. Keeps hatchery-strain bows from mating with the native spring-spawning stock.

Here's my mention of it in this thread: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1499667&msg=1668622#msg1668622
ruppell

climber
Nov 20, 2011 - 07:55pm PT
Fritz thanks for that. Guess if I would of read only 3 pages back I could of caught it. These fish were not hatchery fish though. All fins intact with slight abrasions on the tail fin. From scraping rock prior to laying eggs. Not from cement cages. Just makes you wonder if the dna has been crossed even with DFG attempt to keep it from not being so. Or like I said maybe a cross with steelhead which supposedly alpers are.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Nov 20, 2011 - 09:09pm PT
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 21, 2011 - 06:04am PT
This is the experience I'm always seeking...


Perfect place (Maligne Lake, Canadian Rockies)!


Companionable fishing guide who works for chocolate!


Fly caught 'bow (trolling counts here).

FeelioBabar

Trad climber
One drink ahead of my past.
Nov 21, 2011 - 04:17pm PT
Great fish everyone! And thanks Pate....that little gallo was hard won from the surf. I'm hooked.

All those fish came in on a Beulah Surf 9/10 weight.

Yo Pate...drop me a line before your next Rooster hunt....I'll float a few flies that seemed to work pretty well on them and the Jacks
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 21, 2011 - 04:40pm PT
I still can't believe BG's trout. Look at the girth on that football!! What do they eat in that Eastern Sierra Lake!!
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 22, 2011 - 06:12am PT
hard won from the surf...

Yeah...cruisin' down the Baja beach lookin for tail (avoiding the bikini-clad babes). Daquiri's at the palapa hut afterwards, while folks up north are drillin' holes thru the ice..

Jus kiddin!
FeelioBabar

Trad climber
One drink ahead of my past.
Nov 23, 2011 - 12:52pm PT
more like.....wind in your face, dodging a 3/0 hook, jellyfish, and puffers.....and battling a nasty hangover in the hot hot sun......f*#king brutal I tell ya.

but someone has to do it :)
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 26, 2011 - 03:44pm PT
Some Yellowstone River color:
Not very large, but nice variety from one system.

BTW I'm not in favor of purging the non-native rainbows and browns. They got more between the ears than the cuts, IMO.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 29, 2011 - 11:59am PT
It's hard not to like browns and 'bows.

Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 29, 2011 - 12:25pm PT
Beeautiful, Stimbo!
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 29, 2011 - 12:30pm PT
Thanks, back at you. Good job on the Yellowstone. All I pinned were a couple of whitefish, "Rocky Mountain Bonefish." I would love to go back and explore. I did have a good day on the Shields (a tributary to the Yellowstone). Anyways, fun post.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Nov 29, 2011 - 04:45pm PT
Genetically engineered "designer trout" from Laguna Niguel lake, Orange County, CA
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Nov 29, 2011 - 07:07pm PT
That designer trout is a bit scary! Do they live in higher temps?
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Nov 29, 2011 - 07:36pm PT
"designer trout"....i wish they would engineer them to bite my hook...

edit:
nice pics everyone. BG, you seem to be a master fisherman. thanks for sharing.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Nov 30, 2011 - 05:57am PT
BG seems to be "The Man" when it comes to fly fishing. Makes me wonder about the photos he hasn't shown us (yet).



Confession: I sometimes think fishing is more fun than climbing...but I never let on.
mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
Nov 30, 2011 - 12:08pm PT
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mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
Nov 30, 2011 - 12:10pm PT
corniss chopper

climber
breaking the speed of gravity
Nov 30, 2011 - 11:51pm PT
this guy has good minimalist technique and he does share
some 'shorelunch' with his dog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRKDkWyIgA0&feature=fvwp&NR=1

superboy

Trad climber
SF Bay Area
Dec 9, 2011 - 03:35pm PT
Here are some excited kids and their first catch in August 2011 from Tioga Lake.

Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Dec 9, 2011 - 04:48pm PT
Fishing is really for kids (of all ages)...




Awesome color, mountain dog!!!



Grampa

Trad climber
Orange County
Dec 10, 2011 - 09:41am PT

Not a trout, but a trophy. We fished Lac Des Isle in Saskatchewan this summer.


Son's Fish



My Fish:



Apparently, the park rangers were expecting us. This was inside the camp:

Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Dec 10, 2011 - 11:48pm PT
It was 10 degrees this morning, so I waited until things warmed up before heading out. I was expecting an afternoon of dinks, but to my surprise I landed two nice 'bows. Enjoy.


ruppell

climber
Dec 11, 2011 - 12:27am PT
Nice. Is Crowley still open? Owens? PVR? Inquiring minds wanna (never mind forgot about hot creek) know.

Nice either way
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Dec 11, 2011 - 12:07pm PT
Crowley is closed for the season however Hot Creek, PVR, Upper and Lower Owens are open year 'round. Upper O is the answer you are looking for.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Dec 18, 2011 - 10:46am PT
(Note: Not a Trout. Apologize for the thread drift)


Here's a little Red from Texas Coast. Plenty of winter sunshine here...



bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 18, 2011 - 11:01am PT
Nice Drum, RA!!!

I keep trying to get one when I visit my parents in Florida. I caught a little one last year, undersized.

Nice Northern upthread too!

(I don't think people mind non-trout posts...)
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Dec 18, 2011 - 02:28pm PT

Caught and released this 45 lb. king salmon while fly fishing on the Smith River in northern California on Thursday. The battle was epic- lasted 40 minutes!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 18, 2011 - 02:35pm PT
Good Lord, Bob!!!!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 18, 2011 - 02:55pm PT
Bob has another lucky catch!

EDIT: Rattlesnake, I know a master fisherman when I see one. Bob is one of the very best.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Dec 18, 2011 - 04:04pm PT
Very impressive, BG. Upriver kings don't eat flies without some coaxing.

Bob has another lucky catch

I suspect its not just luck..

Had any luck throwin' flies at the native steelies in the Smith? Some of them have shoulders...

BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Dec 19, 2011 - 12:14am PT
Had any luck throwin' flies at the native steelies in the Smith? Some of them have shoulders...

Never fished for steelhead, but I'm thinking of giving it a try on the Smith River this winter. They're already in on the Chetco River just to the north, and the next big rain should have them shooting up the Smith. The California state record steelhead (27 pounds) was caught on the Smith, and the run of big, wild steelhead remains strong there, although they are known to be elusive and not easy to catch.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Dec 21, 2011 - 02:57pm PT

tag+ bob gaines
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Dec 21, 2011 - 03:14pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Dec 21, 2011 - 06:22pm PT
LOL.....Lucky for Mondo I'm a catch and release kind of fisherman.....
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 21, 2011 - 06:42pm PT
nice tami

Bob - I've got the same Bauer SL reel and sage Xi2!

I'm in awe.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Dec 23, 2011 - 11:17pm PT

mondo's grandpa, who weighed 50 pounds at the time of his death, now hangs on the wall of the ship ashore cafe in the tiny town of smith river, california, in a state of perpetual humiliation, having let his guard down just that one time....
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Dec 25, 2011 - 06:14pm PT
AlpiniPete

Social climber
and a social drinker...
Dec 26, 2011 - 12:35am PT
I'll play!


Hot Creek area, 2011 season opener. Small fish, big fun!

Merry Christmas ST

Pete
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Dec 26, 2011 - 04:24pm PT
Bring it on

"Even a fish wouldn't get in trouble if he kept his mouth shut", said Biggy's wife to Mondo.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Dec 26, 2011 - 05:28pm PT

Trout on the cover of today's Rantburg
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Dec 26, 2011 - 09:37pm PT

OK, back to more fish porn...
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Dec 26, 2011 - 09:45pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Dec 26, 2011 - 09:54pm PT
nice hip waders
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 26, 2011 - 10:06pm PT
TGT: I've got friends at Dan Bailey's in Livingston. What's that rod and reel? I can't quite tell from the photo?
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Dec 26, 2011 - 10:10pm PT
"What's the rod and Reel????????" Jeeeezz.....who's the fly fisher???
Peace
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Dec 27, 2011 - 06:28am PT
more fish porn

Mondo finds a willing partner...one of many I'm afraid. But this one was special. He could tell by the look on her face she was enjoying it as much as he...

BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jan 3, 2012 - 09:09pm PT
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Jan 3, 2012 - 09:31pm PT
Cool shot Bob.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Jan 14, 2012 - 07:24am PT
Another Florida Keys bonefish. Handle with care...


BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jan 14, 2012 - 01:35pm PT
Nice bonefish rattlesnake....NOTHIN like a bonefish for that first, reel screamin run!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jan 14, 2012 - 02:49pm PT
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jan 14, 2012 - 02:56pm PT
Now we are getting into my usual kind of fishing experience.

BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jan 14, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
Ounce for ounce, I'd say the bluegill is the hardest fighting freshwater fish!
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jan 14, 2012 - 05:30pm PT
I'm thinking fondly of 70 degree summer days & friendly Cutthroat on the S. Fork Snake R.

Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Jan 15, 2012 - 07:32am PT
Now we are getting into my usual kind of fishing experience.

Looks like microlizards are suckers for a properly tied crab.

Were you throwin' at permit, Mike?
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jan 15, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
I think I caught that monster lizard fish while casting for bones in the flats by Diamondhead.
BLD

climber
Jan 15, 2012 - 01:11pm PT
American River Steel head.......Oh man we need some rain.
Crag Q

Trad climber
Louisville, Colorado
Jan 24, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
I wrote a little article based on lessons learned my first season. I would love any feedback.

How To Catch Trout - Ten Tips for the Fly Fishing Beginner

P.S. I love this thread.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Jan 26, 2012 - 07:31am PT
Good beginners article, craigQ.

I'm having a little trouble getting my mind around this, though

Casting up stream enables you to present your fly without drag - drag on your line makes your fly look funny to a fish. Casting gently up stream into slower moving water will give you a drag free drift.

If you cast a tight line upstream into slower moving water you will get drag right away.

You have to introduce slack in the sections of line moving the fastest by mending the line (or other techniques). Beginners need to start working on mending from day one if they want to catch trout in streams.

Just my $0.02 worth.

Crag Q

Trad climber
Louisville, Colorado
Jan 27, 2012 - 07:34pm PT
Rattlesnake,

Thanks for taking the time read it and provide some feedback. I was thinking about the situation when you are situated directly down stream of a seam. But, I see what you mean. It's so hard to describe what water is doing especially when you throw your line on it. I'll see if I can edit that and make it better. This is the first thing I have ever written about fly fishing and the first thing I have written in quite a while.

Cheers!
BLD

climber
Jan 27, 2012 - 09:38pm PT
The rain sure helped the fishing here!

grover

climber
Dabville. Gnarlandia
Jan 27, 2012 - 09:47pm PT
Whatever Blair I've sharted out bigger hunks of corn.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Jan 27, 2012 - 09:53pm PT
Very nice!
BLD

climber
Jan 27, 2012 - 10:48pm PT
Silver,

I agree this hen and others like it should be released. I always put them back with care. The adipose fin or lump you see is grow back from the clipped area. She was a hatchery fish. The reason this fish ended up on a stringer is that the hook ripped into the gills from the inside. She put up quite a fight in the current and then ran out of blood. I then reeled her into shore nearly bled out.

Even if a fish was born in a hatchery when they go to the ocean for 3 years or so I believe they are same as wild and should be put back so they are able to spawn.

Love this thread..

B


BLD

climber
Jan 27, 2012 - 11:21pm PT
Bruce Kay,

Interesting read.

No wonder they grow back!

If we are to help the runs of any of these fish we need to provide passage to their original spawning grounds. I know we need the dams but when we built them we missed something.

Its not just about us humans and the Canadians.



Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Jan 28, 2012 - 01:36am PT
Random fishing scenics, enjoy



BLD

climber
Jan 28, 2012 - 01:41am PT
Awesome!
Abend

Social climber
Jan 28, 2012 - 12:00pm PT
Nice photos Stimbo! Thanks for sharing
BLD

climber
Jan 28, 2012 - 10:20pm PT


So, my daughter asked if she could get one of her fishing pictures on the Fish Taco thread.....here it is.

Also a cropped photo of my friends (recent) catch.

26 lbs in Canada.

That fish gives me chills!

Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jan 29, 2012 - 01:34am PT
wow - that is a monster steelhead. The Dean River?

Have been fishing the San Lorenzo for 21 seasons. Biggest steelhead was a 31" (maybe 14lbs) and it was a monster. Had to imagine that 26lb beast.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 6, 2012 - 03:50pm PT
[Click to View YouTube Video]
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Feb 7, 2012 - 06:49am PT
A Texas trout of a different color. Very tasty!


Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Feb 7, 2012 - 11:02am PT
from a totally rehabiitated fisherman, some other kinds of trout love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd8_fLqz3gk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=W57JAfeiKFk&feature=endscreen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUvTYTIeIGU&NR=1&feature=endscreen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziZYzZgwV9I&NR=1&feature=endscreen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNZENADxGCY&NR=1&feature=endscreen


do listen when you have time for all five movements. it'll take about 40 minutes. the 4th movement is the crux--at 3:13 comes a piano break that, in the right hands, develops a ragtime syncopation.

i love to play the trout this time of year--we're finally getting some winter storms, the snow will fly, it'll melt next spring, and the trout will be out!

(notice the geezer at the piano--those hands will never become arthritic--"old guys rule!")

----


and one more off kilter tidbit here, hard to post given my atheist streak, but it's great poetry:


Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

-- g.m. hopkins

BLD

climber
Feb 7, 2012 - 11:15am PT
"wow - that is a monster steelhead. The Dean River?"


Mike Bolt,

That was on some private stretch of the Kispiox. They stayed at the Bear Claw Lodge.

B
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 11, 2012 - 11:20am PT

BLD

climber
Feb 14, 2012 - 06:54pm PT
Nice fish Stimbo!

Here is a link to JD Ritchey's online mag. It's a great place for a random fishing fix. He also has up to date fishing reports for Nor Cal and So Oregon.

The Salmon fishing in the middle east movie he posted looks interesting too.

http://www.fishwithjd.com/
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Feb 15, 2012 - 07:18pm PT
Nice one stimbo.

Can't tell by the picture....where is that? Above Pleasant Valley res?
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 16, 2012 - 03:33am PT
Bob, that was the East Walker.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Feb 16, 2012 - 11:34am PT
Beautiful.....low flows, big browns, and sunshine! Love that East Walker.

Here's a winter brown from the Lower O



Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 16, 2012 - 12:01pm PT
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Feb 16, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
beautiful shot stimbo, beautiful brown BG!
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 16, 2012 - 02:43pm PT
Wow Bob, very nice brown from the lower O.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Feb 16, 2012 - 03:35pm PT
Everyone loves the Lower Owens. Mt. Humphreys behind, a Sierra classic.

Always wanted to float it, but never seem to bring my raft to Bishop. The good floats are downstream from here, I understand.

Beats bouldering, IMHO.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 16, 2012 - 05:11pm PT
@ Silver -- Yeah, we heard about the Phantom. That guy was a classic east side character. Too bad.....

As for drifting the Lower O, it is done all the time (by a few guides). Some of the put ins and take outs are tricky, depending on the flows. It is a good idea to do some scouting before hand to figure out the lay of the land. The put ins are below 5 Bridges. Essentially you are drifting the section of water below Laws and opposite the airport.

Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Feb 20, 2012 - 04:23pm PT
Bob has a good photographer...for whom he provides excellent specimens.

#18 beadhead midge of some kind??
splitter

Trad climber
Hodad surfing the galactic plane
Feb 20, 2012 - 05:04pm PT
BG,

DAHUM! Nice Brown!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Feb 20, 2012 - 10:18pm PT
Bob has a good photographer...for whom he provides excellent specimens.

#18 beadhead midge of some kind??


Yep, thats a size 18 zebra midge.

My wife Yvonne is not only a great photographer, but a great fly tyer and fly fisherwoman too!
corniss chopper

climber
breaking the speed of gravity
Feb 24, 2012 - 08:17pm PT
lake shore frying with a forced air wood stove :)yum!

Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 24, 2012 - 10:29pm PT
Silver: Re your photo of your fine drift boat in the tiny stream and your comment.

I have a 16 foot Clakacraft ready to go.


Have you renamed it the "Clattercraft" for the noise it makes dragging over rocks?

Sorry;)

Couldn't resist.

I'm just jealous, since our quiver of boats does not include a drift-boat or a bass-boat.

Our Aire Puma ain't a bad alternative, since I don't have to trailer it and we've run class IV rapids in it.


Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 24, 2012 - 11:56pm PT
Silver: I had a local guide/friend take me down the "long-float" part of the S. Fork Snake back in the mid 80's.

He likely didn't show me every "hot-spot" but he showed me some side channels.

I floated it almost yearly after that.

I still have dreams/nightmares about the Huge-Cut, that was the size of a fat Black-Lab puppy, in a side-steam hole . I had been fishing for Rainbows, and I was a little too fast on my hook-set for the Cut. Ripped the fly right out of his mouth.

If I had actually hooked it??

Would not have mattered in the contest. That 20 lb. + fish would have played me, and discarded me like I was a fat ugly girl.


Way too many boats on the S. Fork these days. Seems like everyone in E. Idaho has a drift boat.

Memories are usually better than reality.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Mar 1, 2012 - 07:49am PT
Discount fishing "guide" on the Bighorn...same one that works all day for red wine and chocolate..



She puts me on fish, too...

mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
Mar 3, 2012 - 10:48pm PT
Fished the Metolius today. Nothing large, but caught and released 6 mountain whitefish, 1 redside rainbow, and 1 young bull trout. All native fish. [photo[photoid=239602]id=239601]
mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
Mar 3, 2012 - 10:50pm PT
mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
Mar 3, 2012 - 10:51pm PT
mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
Mar 3, 2012 - 10:52pm PT
mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
Mar 3, 2012 - 10:52pm PT
mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
Mar 3, 2012 - 10:54pm PT
stonefly

Social climber
Alameda, California
Mar 4, 2012 - 04:36pm PT
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Mar 4, 2012 - 07:23pm PT
Cosmic!



WOW!


I'll be sharing that photo!

Thanks!

DOODE!
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Mar 5, 2012 - 06:29am PT
Nice, Silver!!

Fun stuff mooching for fat silvers and chinooks

More than just fun...some good eatin' there. Catch-n-fillet for sure..

Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Mar 11, 2012 - 05:07pm PT
splitter

Trad climber
Hodad surfing the galactic plane
Mar 11, 2012 - 07:45pm PT
"...off to being fertilizer."

Silver, looks like off to being a couple dozen 1lb. salmon steaks(unless their gettin mushy).

Stimbo--That's a big lunker fer the eastside!

Great shots everyone!!
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Mar 28, 2012 - 04:13pm PT
More Florida fun.

Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Mar 28, 2012 - 05:50pm PT
Whoa! A crevalle that size is a monster to get to hand. Is that a crab fly?
Send

Trad climber
Central Sierra
Mar 29, 2012 - 01:43am PT

This guy was kinda large-ish. ~3lb. 14" Lower Kings River Rainbow, caught on a cream colored midge. deep-nymph-in-it.
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Mar 29, 2012 - 06:12am PT
My favorite online fishing mag...
cool vids check 'em out when you get the chance.

Start here:
http://www.drakemag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=459&Itemid=45

killer!
Been tying up and getting ready for my return-lucky you'all that get it done all year long!

cheers
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Mar 29, 2012 - 11:36am PT
Although these aren't trout photos, they are fun fly fishing pix from Baja. Sight casting to rooster fish in the Sea of Cortez.


Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Mar 29, 2012 - 12:00pm PT
Jack was caught off a mudding stingray on a crab fly (Merkin). Took 30 min to land on my 10 wt.

Jacks and other gamefish often follow stingrays that are digging, hoping they kick up a tasty delicacy like a crab or shrimp. The trails of mud are easy to spot on the flats and always worth investigating.

Note the Jack in this video. He will EAT your crab fly. You have to use care not to hook the ray.

[Click to View YouTube Video]
bajaandy

climber
Escondido, CA
Mar 29, 2012 - 11:12pm PT
Not what it appears. Or is it?
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Mar 30, 2012 - 03:52pm PT
You been to Xmas island?

In my dreams...
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Apr 10, 2012 - 01:01am PT
It was a killer weekend of fishing. The Nevada side of the Truckee, then a river just up road from home.




Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Apr 19, 2012 - 03:41pm PT
Some really pretty color there, stimbo!!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 28, 2012 - 12:08am PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 28, 2012 - 01:42am PT
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Apr 28, 2012 - 01:53am PT
Bream. Nice.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Apr 28, 2012 - 02:08am PT
Nobody knows the Merced River tail race area below the Merced Falls DAMN I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT! I figure you trout-ists tend to safeguard your glory holes, but this is "Wyoming in my back yard" (my brother's phrase). If you get fed up up in Briceburg, drive to Snelling, then find the A-1 bait shop and ask for help.
OR CALL TIM:

http://www.anglerweb.com/companies/tim-bermingham-s-drift-boat-guide-service

Catch and release!
Tattooed 1

Trad climber
Sebastopol, Ca
Apr 30, 2012 - 06:50pm PT
A couple of pics from last salmon / steelhead season
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 30, 2012 - 09:10pm PT
Nice chinook from the Smith!
Crag Q

Trad climber
Louisville, Colorado
May 15, 2012 - 10:27pm PT
A few from around the front range.



Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
May 17, 2012 - 06:05am PT
A couple of pics from last salmon / steelhead season

...with sunshine and blue skies.....it doesn't get any better!!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
May 20, 2012 - 12:35pm PT
No photos today.

But this is a post from my brother a couple days ago on FB:

Fished below Merced Falls today. Did one drift, about a mile. I just wanted to see how the fishing is. I hooked 10 and boated and released 7 rainbows, fly fishing a nymph set-up. Saw lots of tiny grasshoppers, @ 1/4".
That should get going soon about the first week of June. Looks to be right on track.

Tim Bermingham's a pro fishing guide from Jamestown, does the Stan and Merced regularly with his drift-boat. There's a link posted on the April 27th page.

mfm
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 20, 2012 - 01:09pm PT
Just got news from the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) that this chinook salmon I caught and released while fly fishing at the Smith River in Northern California has been awarded the new world record! (all-tackle length)


tag + bob gaines
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 20, 2012 - 02:31pm PT

The all-tackle length record is for catch and release, and the record is based only on length, not weight, so the fish does not have to be weighed.

The fish must be measured and photographed properly on an official "IGFA measuring device" and the fish must be released alive, along with a bunch of other rules and documentation.

This record category has become more and more accepted by IGFA anglers and is a new direction for the IGFA (conservation), as trophy fish are not killed in the weigh-in process, as is the case for most really big fish in line-class and tippet-class records.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
May 23, 2012 - 03:36pm PT
Great job, Bob! It takes not only angling prowess, but also preparedness, to set IGFA records. And of course some good luck...

BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 23, 2012 - 09:11pm PT
Thanks Rattlesnake. I got lucky with that one. It was my first king salmon on the fly.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
May 29, 2012 - 12:24pm PT

http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=5073
corniss chopper

climber
breaking the speed of gravity
Jun 8, 2012 - 02:33pm PT
Sweden
Outdoor travel outfit called Vildmark offers self-guided river rafting trips
along the Klarälven during the summer months. This is a very hands-on trip,
and the 5-8 day journey begins with the construction of your raft. Under
the guidance of an Vildmark instructor you will lash together a raft from
readily available timber, complete with free standing tent. After a brief
overview of the river’s course you’ll be sent out to explore. You can also
rent mountain bikes, fishing supplies, and a canoe to bring along with you.


The raft drifts along at about normal walking speed, so there is plenty of
time for fishing, swimming, and conversing as you enjoy the scenic
riverside. At night you can put ashore to camp or anchor in one of the many
protected coves. After a few days, the ebbs and flow of life on the river
will become a steady rhythm. At the end the rafts are broken down and
you’re obliged to put your shoes back on and return to civilization. A sad
day to be sure.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 8, 2012 - 05:47pm PT
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Jun 8, 2012 - 06:27pm PT
I’m jonesing for some river time;not being able to except your offer is torture.
I hope you have a great trip.

rain check
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 9, 2012 - 01:37am PT
caught this carp today in my local polluted suburban creek....wishing I was fishing the salmon fly hatch on the south fork of the snake river with silver....
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 9, 2012 - 04:51pm PT
A shot from the Frost family scrapbook.


Zane Grey's son Romer with a then record 15 1/4 lb trout presumably a steelhead. Tom's father Jack worked for the Grey family on several fishing and boating expeditions on western rivers prior to marrying and settling into family life.
mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
Jun 10, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
YES!
ruppell

climber
Jun 16, 2012 - 01:30pm PT
South Lake outside Bishop. Memorial Day. 9lbs 6oz on a minijig.

BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 27, 2012 - 06:25pm PT
Just got back from a quick trip to the eastern sierra, fly fishing around the bridgeport area. Caught and released this monster rainbow (possibly with a bit of cutthroat in it's lineage) 11 lbs! on a size 12 fly.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jun 27, 2012 - 06:29pm PT
Look at that fatty! Whoo-hoo.

Type of fly? (unless it is a trade secret ;-)
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 27, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
Got it on a size 12 callibaetis nymph (a denny rickard pattern)
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Jun 27, 2012 - 06:42pm PT
Very nice;steroids?

edit: "steroids?" I wasn’t referring to the fish. I was asking if you had any help landing that marano.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jun 27, 2012 - 06:59pm PT
Perfect. Thanks BG. Headed to the West side tomorrow.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 28, 2012 - 12:49pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 29, 2012 - 11:36am PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jul 1, 2012 - 05:34pm PT
The Guy

Trad climber
Portland, OR
Aug 9, 2012 - 01:41pm PT
Help me out guys.

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1899544/OT-Patagonia-or-Simms-fishing-waders
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 10, 2012 - 12:40pm PT
I couldn't find the "Very Small Trout Lover's Thread."

From Baboon Lake last weekend. You should have seen the ones we let go!



Grampa

climber
from SoCal
Aug 10, 2012 - 02:59pm PT
Nice Dee! Are those red/orange fish Goldens?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 10, 2012 - 05:42pm PT
Good eye Ron!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Aug 10, 2012 - 06:34pm PT
Nice brookies!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 12, 2012 - 02:49am PT

just got back from alaska...
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 12, 2012 - 02:52am PT

caught some nice salmon...
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 12, 2012 - 02:54am PT
The Dude

climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 12, 2012 - 03:38am PT
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Sep 12, 2012 - 04:36am PT
hey there big boy, wanna see my big trout?
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Sep 12, 2012 - 10:45am PT
Sierra brookies, they generally don't get that big, but they sure are a feast for the eyes.
ruppell

climber
Sep 12, 2012 - 10:57am PT
Stimbo

Wanna go for some big brookies sometime? I just got back from a trip up near big brookie land but went climbing instead of fishing. Did catch a couple of 14" Lahontan Cutties on the way to the cliff though. I'm down in Bishop so if you wanna get out let me know.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Sep 12, 2012 - 11:03am PT
Ruppell -- I'm in. If you PM me, I can send you a phone number. Thanks.
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Sep 12, 2012 - 11:14am PT
Well....Supposed to be headin' for Humphreys but got flaked on so I guess I'll be goin' fishin'.BG-Carp in Bridgeport Res???Wow,I never knew.Caught a massive one down here on the lower O a couple years ago.24" actually.Good fighters but thats about it.Brookies rule!Ya know that's not even trout,right?Alright,headin out.Awesome day.Have a great one folks!!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 12, 2012 - 01:10pm PT
Ya know that's not even trout,right

yer right...it's a char

here's the alskan version, called a dolly varden
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 12, 2012 - 01:19pm PT
BG-Carp in Bridgeport Res???Wow,I never knew.


Tons of carp in bridgeport res.

Only time you can effectively target and catch them (fly fishing) is in the spring (June is probably best) when they come into the shallows, as you need to sight fish for 'em.

Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Sep 12, 2012 - 01:33pm PT
we were in alaska about a month ago. here's me and my italian cousin, stefano, who met with us for fishing. stefano's a commercial fisherman in the mediterranean, so it was a busman's holiday for him.


stefano holding some of the resurrection bay catch. that nice silver is his, but the yellow-eyed rockfish was caught by my wife, mariko, and, man, did it ever live up to its reputation on the table.

Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Sep 13, 2012 - 09:51am PT
... Back at the ranch house, after we displayed our trophies, we began wondering what we were going to do with so many fish. This started a series of typical cowboy tall tales on "how to cook a carp". The best of these yarns was told by a grizzled old vaquero, who claimed he had made his great discovery when he ran out of food while camping on a tributary of the Rio Grande. He said that he had found the finest way to cook a carp was to plaster the whole fish with a thick coating of fresh cow manure and bury it in the hot ashes of the campfire. In an hour or two, he said, the casing of cow manure had become black and very hard. He then related how he had removed the fish from the fire, broken the hard shell with the butt of his Winchester and peeled it off. He said that as the manure came off, the scales and skin adhered to it, leaving the baked fish, white and clean. He then ended by saying, "Of course, the carp wasn't fit to eat, but the manure tasted pretty good" ...

It was my brother who finally devised a method of cooking carp that not only made it fit for human consumption, but delicious. First, instead of merely scaling the fish, he skinned them. Then, taking a large pinch, where the meat was thickest, he worked his fingers and thumb into the flesh until he struck the median bones, then he worked his thumb and fingers together and tore off a handful of meat. Using this tearing method, he could get two or three good-sized chunks of flesh from each side of the fish. He then heated a pot of bland vegetable shortening, rubbed the pieces of fish with salt and dropped them into the hot fat. He used no flour, meal, crumbs or seasoning other than the salt. They cooked to a golden brown within a few minutes, and everyone pronounced them "mighty fine eating". The muddy flavor seemed to have been eliminated by removing the skin and large bones. The forked bones were still there, but they had not been multiplied by cutting across them, and one only had to remove several bones still intact with the fork from each piece of fish ...

A good forager will take advantage of the lax regulations on carp fishing while they last. When all fishermen realize that the carp is really a good fish when prepared the right way, maybe this outsized denizen of our rivers and lakes will no longer be considered a pest and will take his rightful place among our valued food and game fishes.

--from "How to Cook a Carp" in "Stalking the Wild Asparagus" by Euell Gibbons
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 13, 2012 - 01:49pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 20, 2012 - 09:37pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 23, 2012 - 02:42pm PT
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Sep 24, 2012 - 11:02am PT
From this weekend, wooohooo! So stoked!


Posted to a different forum:
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OK so I am slacker. I started this year off hot and heavy, signed up for AOTY and had every intention of laying waste to the local fisheries. The only thing left in my mind was uploading all the pictures to AOTY. Unfortunately, life gets in the way of even the best laid plans, and this year turned out to be a work year of epic proportions! Not too mention, many other things seemed to be taking off: Access work with a Rock Climbing Non-Profit, getting into archery, staring to run again and then ending up with a torn medial meniscus leading to surgery scheduled Oct 25th!

Now the above is not why I call myself a slacker. No, that stuff is relatively mild compared to my greatest sin...fishing and not making a Members Report. "Bless me Father, for I have sinned!" (Think Tammy and Jim Baker, mascara running and all!) I have fished Berryessa at least 2 times, the Delta at least two times, and my little local ditch without so much as a peep. I have managed a new recruit to kayak fishing who is avidly devouring all that there is about it. Ahh the exuberance of youth, and he has managed to accompany me on these clandestine outings.

He has asked a few times if I was going to make a post, to which of course I replied, "Of course", but of course should've been read as "Off Course" since the closest I got to writing up anything was responding to yet another work email....Except for today...Today is a great word, especially when pair with "Except for". It's a new beginning, a fresh start of hopefully epic consequence. From a fishing perspective, it is a goodbye to the skunk train and hello to the promised land, or at least we hope so, eh?

Today was defined as a 5AM departure from Vacaville, heading to Rio Vista and finding a free place to launch somewhere near the bridge. I have done the carry from the parking lot at the Fishing Pier down the rip rap, not going to do it again. We had done the Brannan Island up to the Ferry a few weekends ago, and while it is doable, it can be tough, especially considering the winds. Instead we elected to scope out some of the pullout to the north of the bridge on the west side via River Road. Previously I had drove up to the ferry and had made a few mental notes to check a couple of the pull outs "out" but never got around to it. Today we would find one. Sure enough the 2nd one we looked at found it to be exactly where we wanted to be and a perfectly flat launch. The only crapper thing is it is kind of "Rubiconesque" for those without 4 wheel drive as it would be very easy to bottom out getting it, and out of it as we discovered. Next time we will take my 4WD which will crush it :) We geared up at dark and soon was on the water!

Previously, my buddy on his 1st attempt at salmon fishing in the Delta had hooked into what appeared to be a nice fish only to have it break off at the boat before he could land it. I saw the splash and reminded all too well my "close call" from the AR last year. I wanted to make sure all would be smooth if I got the chance, so I rerigged both poles with 20 lbs. Turns out my chance came early. Within the 1st hour of trolling, a pole running a yellow Mepps Fly-C just got smacked. I reeled down tight and found my drag was too loose. I made the classic mistake.

I cranked the drag down tighter by a few turns and everything was going as plan until about 20 feet out. The fish had made a few short runs, which I realize now were probably shorter than they should've been due to the tight drag. I felt the start of a strong run, a signle sharp tug and a snap. Sh#t, did I really just blow my home run chance? I told Ronnokk about it when he paddled up and looked at the pure crushing defeat that must've been etched on my face. As I fish more and more, I realize the inedible nature this occurring which fishing for bog gish, breakoffs, but the sting is always so feared and unexpected that nothing can really prepare you for it. LESSON LEARNED: Loosen the drag and give them all the run they want! Oh well, it was still early, time to give it more shots.

Two more passes and I found myself hooking right to avoid a head-on with an incoming boat. I shifted the rudder, made a few quick peddles, and my Silvertron (red beads) pole just got train wrecked. This time I was going to make it stick! Only problem was when I grabbed the pole I pulled the whole rod holder apparatus out of the scotty mount, LOL, I kept the drag loose, I let him run, I managed my yaks position so that I wouldn't tangle with my second line. All in all, I felt I played it pretty cool and even managed to get the rod holder off of my reel about 1/2 way through the fight!

After about a 5-10 minutes of fight I had him next to the yak. When I first saw him, I shouted out, “Its HUGE!!!” I wasn't really expecting something that big too be honest. I immediately was concerned. Why? I had brought a smaller net than I usually do for unknown reason. While in the garage earlier that morning, I looked at my larger net before packing and said “nah” and grabbed a smaller one. Sure enough when I got the salmon next to the yak, I could only get 1/2 of the fish into it! This really pissed him off and him and his hook nose decided to make about 10 consecutive bottom runs every time I brought him up!

I was getting worried as he was really thrashing on the surface and really putting the hammer down on his runs. The odds of a break-off or hook spit seemed to be rising. I weathered each as they came and kept bringing him back up. Finally it all lined up and he dove right as I shoved the net under him. His momentum “scrunched” most of him in the net and I was able to grab his tail with my left hand and the net in the right and hoisted him up into the yak between my legs. I immediately put the Suzanne Summers leg squeeze on him, grabbed my knife and shived him right into the brain. I just didn't want to risk anything silly like a deck flop launch or on the clip and somehow him getting off.

I let out a woot and a holler that was so loud, that talking to people later in the day they thought I had lost it! My friend came over for closer inspection and echoed my thoughts, this thing was a beauty! It was pretty cool having a bud there watching the fight and shouting words of encouragement. Too boot, I was being circled by boats watching me fight it. Kinda felt like a rockstar to be honest. We paddled over to the shore so that I could bleed it and stuff it in my hull as to keep fishing.

Paddled back out and tried some more and as the temps went up, however the bite seemed to die off. We decided to do some bass / sunfish fishing in Steamboat Slough where we each caught a few small ones, which kept the psych high. At slack tide, we cam back out and tried a few more passes to no avail. Conditions were warm but there was absolutely no wind, which as most of you know, is pretty much unheard of in the Delta!

Although we only got one fish, the smile on my face was permanent and from the soul. This fish is my PB of any species. I didn't bring an ice chest so I elected for the two trash bags filled with ice to get it home. My buddy and his family came over tonight where we BBQ'd up one of the 4 family pack size vacuum bags that I made from a fish of this size. What a day!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 24, 2012 - 11:12am PT
Righteous catch brother!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 24, 2012 - 08:58pm PT
Nice chinook there roughster!
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Sep 26, 2012 - 07:00pm PT
Great story! How large was this trout?


Human finger found in Idaho trout is traced to wakeboarder who lost digits in June accident
By The Associated Press | Associated Press – 20 hrs ago

SPOKANE, Wash. - A human finger found inside a fish at Idaho's Priest Lake has been traced to a wakeboarder who lost four fingers in an accident more than two months earlier.
Fisherman Nolan Calvin found the finger while he was cleaning the trout he caught Sept. 11. He put it on ice and called the Bonner County, Idaho, sheriff's office, the Spokesman-Review newspaper reported.
Detectives were able to get a fingerprint off the severed digit. They matched it to a fingerprint card for Haans Galassi, 31, of Colbert, Washington, and called him Tuesday morning.
Investigators learned that Galassi lost four fingers from his left hand in a June 21 accident on the same lake where the fish was caught.
"The sheriff called me and told me he had a strange story to tell me," Galassi said Tuesday. "He said that a fisherman was out on Priest Lake, and I pretty much knew exactly what he was going to say at that point.
"I was like: Let me guess, they found my fingers in a fish."
The fish was caught about eight miles (13 kilometres) from where Galassi had lost his fingers, the sheriff's office said.
Galassi had been on a camping trip at the scenic lake when he decided to go wakeboarding. He told the newspaper his hand got caught in a loop in the towline, and he couldn't pull it out before the line tightened behind the boat that was going to pull him.
When he finally broke free, he didn't feel much pain. But then he looked at his hand.
"I pulled my hand out of the water and it had pretty much lopped off all four fingers," he said. "It was a lot of flesh and bone, not a lot of blood."
He was taken by helicopter to a Spokane hospital.
Galassi has been undergoing therapy twice a week for his injured hand. He still has half of his index and pointer fingers on that hand.
"I can still grip things and grab and hold the steering wheel with it," Galassi said.
The sheriff's office offered to return the finger, but Galassi declined.
"I'm like, 'uhhh, I'm good,'" he said.
Detective Sgt. Gary Johnston of the sheriff's office said the agency will keep the digit for a few weeks in case Galassi changes his mind.
"There's still three more, too," Johnston said. "It's hard to say where those are going to end up."
corniss chopper

climber
breaking the speed of gravity
Sep 26, 2012 - 10:39pm PT
Not sure if it was 'Mobey the Trout' or 'Jefe Line Snapper' and/or his relatives but they took several of my lures in this Sierra lake.
Can you name it?







The Dude

climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 27, 2012 - 12:58am PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 28, 2012 - 06:15pm PT
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Sep 28, 2012 - 06:25pm PT
The bigger the rainbow gets, the more beautiful they are, and not just from a fisherman perspective.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 29, 2012 - 02:30pm PT
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Sep 29, 2012 - 02:45pm PT
I can't claim it was big at 14", but it stripped 50' of line off my reel.

I wasn't sure the size 18 dry fly would hold it.

Shore makes a pretty photo!


donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 29, 2012 - 08:14pm PT
Getting line stripped can be a bitch Fritz. My suggestion is get a nice sturdy bait reel, fill it up with 20lb. test and tighten down on the drag reeaall hard.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Sep 29, 2012 - 10:56pm PT
Donini!

Getting line stripped can be a bitch Fritz. My suggestion is get a nice sturdy bait reel, fill it up with 20lb. test and tighten down on the drag reeaall hard.



Fly-fishing is to spin fishing


as--

trad is to


Sport-climbing!


A little teaching and you will be a:

Fly-player --

instead of being--


a--

Master-Baiter!
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Sep 29, 2012 - 11:45pm PT

More chrome from today!!! Tasted delicious!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 30, 2012 - 03:57pm PT
fill it up with 20lb. test and tighten down on the drag reeaall hard.

Donini:
You got that right! 20 lb is very hard to break. As long as the fish isn't surging or on a run, you can pretty much pull as hard as you can and not break 20 lb., even with a giant fish. When I'm fly fishing for the big ones I always go with 20 lb tippet.


BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 30, 2012 - 04:15pm PT
Grampa

climber
from SoCal
Oct 14, 2012 - 11:20pm PT
After a year of waiting, my sons northern pike has come home. Caught in 2011, Lac Des Isles, Saskatchewan. About 42 inches and 22lbs. ( My buddy got so excited after weighting the fish, he dropped the scale overboard! )

The mount cost $750 Canadian, which was a very fair price. I think my taxidermist in Edmonton got a kick out of a California client with family local. Anyways, only $825 US, since our dollar is worth LESS than the Canadian Dollar.

I know a great taxidermist in Edmonton if anyone wants a contact.

dipper

climber
Oct 15, 2012 - 12:52am PT
roughster,

what kind of fish is that chrome beauty up there?
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Oct 15, 2012 - 01:07am PT
1000% chinook :) I switched species this weekend and decided to go for linesides. 21" and 25" made my limit. Not sure what is better, FA's or hanging with Bros scratching up fish:

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Oct 15, 2012 - 02:10am PT
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 15, 2012 - 04:04am PT
^^^^^^^

Yeah. who has some good Pike or Musky shots? Those Sturgeon aren't fish, they're gd dinosaurs.
this just in

climber
north fork
Oct 16, 2012 - 09:46pm PT
All from the North Fork of the San Joaquin. Had a monster break my line as I was pulling him outta the water, but landed these guys.
Not big, but like this pic
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 22, 2012 - 03:07pm PT

"This Just In"

Size ain't everything, not when you can jump.


Who's the fittest fish in the forest, father?
Any fish that'll fit in the pan, son.--the survivalist tales
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 23, 2012 - 09:54pm PT
rurprider

Trad climber
Mt. Rubidoux
Oct 28, 2012 - 10:52pm PT
Bob.....My vote is you'd jump too, probably multiple times, if someone slammed a 3/0 hook into your mouth parts!!
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 1, 2012 - 11:13am PT
Some steelhead from the Trinity River last weekend. Enjoy.




BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Nov 1, 2012 - 01:54pm PT
nice fish stimbo!
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 3, 2012 - 10:39pm PT
Thanks Bob. Here's one more.....

tallguy

Trad climber
eastside
Nov 3, 2012 - 11:46pm PT
Nice fish! what part of the trinity had fish?
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Nov 3, 2012 - 11:54pm PT
Nice fish!Gorgeous.I love the Trinity.The Alps are awesome.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 3, 2012 - 11:56pm PT
We fished Junction City down towards Del Loma. It was all good.
Timmc

climber
BC
Nov 4, 2012 - 12:19am PT

My son was pretty stoked.
From a small lake in the Rocky Mountian Trench.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 4, 2012 - 12:45am PT
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 14, 2012 - 04:04pm PT
The second trip to the Trinity....


BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Nov 14, 2012 - 08:57pm PT
Nice ones Stimbo....what'd ya catch 'em on?
Abend

Social climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:08pm PT
Timmc,
Were you fishing from a canoe or is that a float tube? You son should be very proud of that monster!
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 14, 2012 - 11:28pm PT
They were mostly hatchery fish, out of 9 steelhead (two trips), 3 were wild, the remainder were hatchery. This recent trip, they were taking red copper johns, though I did get one on the swing with a silver hilton. Two weeks ago, the 2 wild fish I stuck were taken on a posse bugger, essentially a suped up hairs ear. The others took golden stones. It has been a great season so far.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Nov 15, 2012 - 11:20am PT
excellent beta!
Timmc

climber
BC
Nov 15, 2012 - 11:33am PT
Abend:

We were trolling with flies paddling an old Walden plastic kayak. Never been a canoe person.

Yes, my son was very proud and in fact went back looking for that same lake this year- Landed nothing like this one.
Thanks
bentelbow

climber
spud state
Nov 15, 2012 - 12:48pm PT
Last week in eastern Oregon
FeelioBabar

Trad climber
One drink ahead of my past.
Dec 22, 2012 - 12:26pm PT
My first Permit on my own fly...guess I will retire from permit fishing now.

Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Dec 22, 2012 - 10:29pm PT
Permit are so cool looking, great job! As it has been puking snow all day long, tropical fishing is looking mighty nice and inviting.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Dec 22, 2012 - 11:19pm PT
I've got a picture of a big brown someplace - either 16 1/2 or 15 1/2 pounds, can't remember. Off the Pickering Nuclear Station - Whitby, Ontario east of Toronto on Lake Ontario - in January or February back in the 80's probably.

Man, it was so easy to catch those things at night. Troll along a body bait under the lights.

No viable launch ramp - car toppers only portaged in across the beach. Fishin' in the tin can at temps of minus 15 or 20 C in the dark. Ice coating the boat and rod guides.

Lakers in the day time, fish the thermal plume, where the warm water - 10C or so - from the reactors met the cold Lake Ontario water. Killer lure was a dark green/silver AC Shiner.

Anyone here know what the AC stands for?? Free beer on the bridge for the correct answer.

Man, gotta find that photo...

Browns in Lake Ontario - dumbest ass trout ever. But native browns in the stream - smartest bastards you ever tried to catch. [never caught one, actually]
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Dec 23, 2012 - 12:48am PT
Nice permit felio, and nice fly. Looks like a merkin style crab pattern? What did you use to tie the body?

From the Yucatan?
ruppell

climber
Dec 23, 2012 - 12:59am PT
Anyone here know what the AC stands for?? Free beer on the bridge for the correct answer.

All Hail Google

The joys of the information age.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 23, 2012 - 01:06am PT
Feelio - where did you get that permit? Had a bunch of good shots off Honduras last March but no takers.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Dec 24, 2012 - 02:23pm PT
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 3, 2013 - 01:51pm PT
Cool looking salmon Bob. Congratulations!

shady

Trad climber
Mar 4, 2013 - 12:15am PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Mar 4, 2013 - 10:49am PT
Stimbo,

Nice Trinity steelhead!

The Smith is tough...but isn't that a beautiful river?

Goin to Pyramid Lake, NV in a couple weeks.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Mar 4, 2013 - 11:06am PT
I'm off to Andros Island for a week at the end of March - anybody been there and have beta?
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Mar 4, 2013 - 11:08am PT
Holy frig! Here it is - the IGFA all-tackle length record for pink salmon!

http://wrec.igfa.org/WRecordsList.aspx?lc=AllTackleLength&cn=Salmon,%20pink

Congrats to our own Bob Gaines!


This is a really significant record - all-length! Not some line class record on some obscure species. This is a highly sought-after fish and a huge accomplishment!
Crag Q

Trad climber
Louisville, Colorado
Mar 13, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
Front Range Brown Brown Trout
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Mar 25, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 3, 2013 - 09:58pm PT
A twofer

[Click to View YouTube Video]
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 10, 2013 - 09:06pm PT

Just got back from Pyramid Lake, Nevada.

Caught this monster cutthroat trout on a size 12 midge!


labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Apr 10, 2013 - 10:34pm PT
Wow! Nice fish ;-)
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Apr 10, 2013 - 10:45pm PT
I started young, and like all it just gets bigger.

Fogarty

climber
BITD
Apr 10, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
BG you sure get it done!
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Apr 10, 2013 - 10:49pm PT
Where are the gold ones taken in this photo I was 16 years young?
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:26pm PT
Looks like they may be extinct.....
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 11, 2013 - 11:44am PT
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
Apr 11, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
Agree Ron. Seen some BEASTS come out of there as I am sure BG has as well. Still a fish I would be proud of!

My last few trips have all been focused Stripers. Nothing too big to report ~10 lbs being the biggest, but the bite is on for the spring Striper run in the Delta!
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Apr 11, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
Bob.... Nice Fish ya caught there.
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Apr 11, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
Ron. You are talking pounds not inches I believe..... ;-)
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 11, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
[Click to View YouTube Video]
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 11, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
I lost one we all thought to be close to thirty bitd. It was HUGE- and the lake was somewhat clear- could see her ten feet down or more. i wept...

The all-tackle record for cutthroat is 41 pounds (39 inches long), caught at Pyramid Lake in 1925.

Any trout over 30 inches is a big one to me!

The really big ones usually find a way...to get away.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 11, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
Hi Ron,

You got any pictures of some of your big ones from Pyramid?

This was my first time there, and I fell in love with the place.

The whole fishing from a ladder thing was great fun.

From what I've read they found the original pyramid lake lahontan strain

(that was extinct in the lake) from a stream near Pilot Peak, NV, that

must have been transplanted back in the old days (confirmed by DNA match

from some of the old fish mounts) and re-introduced the pure strain in

2006. A 24 lb er came out this season. It's called the pilot peak strain

and you can tell the difference because they clipped the adipose fins.

They're talking 30 pounders within a few years!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 11, 2013 - 10:14pm PT

a replica mount of the Pyramid Lake all-tackle world record
Risk

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Apr 11, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
Corny, I recognized it before I read the sign. At the lower of the two, I caught a 15" rainbow on every cast, literally.

This lake is famous, but the best fishing is not in the lake, but in the deep, cold, ponds in the forest behind the beach.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 11, 2013 - 11:16pm PT

the real record replica (41 + lbs) is in the Carson City State Museum,, and it was shaped like a football with fins..That fish although maybe the same weight, doesnt share the dimension of the fish in the carson state museum.. And it was done decades ago..That one above looks like a lake trout blank to be honest..

The 41# was caught in 1925 by Jon Skimmerhorn,, 39" 41 + lbs! It was never entered as the official world record though!

Your'e right Ron, it does look like a laker, or maybe a female chinook salmon! I'd like to see a picture of the real fish, although the mount is probably severly dilapidated by now.

The 1925 Skimmerhorn fish is lised on the IGFA web site as the all-tackle world record for cutthroat trout (41 pounds 0 ounces)
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 11, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 12, 2013 - 10:34pm PT
This is the average size fish you'll catch at pyramid lake, nevada
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Apr 14, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
Size #12.......Midge?

Well...I guess you use a Lahontan midge to catch a Lahontan cutthroat.
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Apr 14, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
BG-Tungsten Bead headed Docs Twin Lake Special???
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 17, 2013 - 07:46pm PT

troutbreath

climber
Kanada
Apr 17, 2013 - 09:07pm PT
kokanee taste great
so do coho
trouts are not bad
but I really like crab
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Apr 17, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
Bitd, we used a black wooly worm with a red bit to the tail, on a slip sinker arrangement of about 30" of leader. Spin gear of course.;-) Moved NO MORE that one stinkin inch at a time. Heinously slow in the cold from waders.,.




ahhh...the good 'ol days!

That blockhouse fish is a real lunker

nice shots Ron!
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
May 9, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
Here is my prize from this weekend:


31" and 20 lbs. Caught trolling a small wiggling hoochie in 90 feet of water actually targetting kokanee. I was trolling on a down rigger at 20'. This beast smacked my ultralight kokanee pole running 6lbs test.

The fight took 30 minutes. It got tangled in my other line from the other pole, cleared it. It got caught up in my downrigger, cleared it. Reeled up both the other pole and the downrigger while I was fighting this thing. One of the best fishing fights I have ever had. If you want to watch it, all 30 mins:

[Click to View YouTube Video]
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
May 12, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
¡El Torito! ¡Ole!

I was sorry to harvest this little beauty.
My fly tore up his gill during the fight.
He was a fine fish, a team player. He teamed up well with my scrambled eggs this morning.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 16, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
May 16, 2013 - 11:42pm PT








johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
May 16, 2013 - 11:50pm PT





BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 17, 2013 - 12:06am PT
Awesome fish JohnKelly

Middle Kenai below Skilak Lake?
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
May 17, 2013 - 12:15am PT
Some of them are. There's big fish in a lot of systems here. I've been more into exploring the Susitna River lately.
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
May 17, 2013 - 12:19am PT
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 17, 2013 - 12:22am PT
AWESOME PHOTOS & THE fish are awesome too.

My fav is the drift-boat and nothing but snow.
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
May 17, 2013 - 12:33am PT
It was about a mile of dragging the boat across the frozen lake to get to the open water
Mr Roy

climber
Seattle
May 17, 2013 - 03:15am PT
Damn !!!! You guys suck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 7, 2013 - 06:33pm PT
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Jun 7, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
Nice BG!
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Jun 8, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
Here's the biggest trout I ever caught.









Naw... I'm just kidding, that's a Green Sunfish I caught on a tube jig and released last month on Lake Powell, AZ.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Jun 15, 2013 - 12:50am PT

"Tropical" fish are living in the high country.
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jun 15, 2013 - 01:00am PT
Quite the looker there Stimbo.
The zemblence between your Golden and my Cut on the previous page could be termed, familial.
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Jun 15, 2013 - 03:45am PT
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jun 15, 2013 - 03:55am PT
Dudes in Alaska get all the fun.

Hopefully I get some Striper pics this weekend. We're hunting!
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Jun 15, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
Here are a couple of other Goldens we caught. They illustrate the variety of trout coloration from yesterday. These were all caught (and released) at the same lake. The color schemes were amazing and very similar to Shady's cutthroat on the previous page. And to top off the amazing day, at the lake's outlet I came upon a perfect set of lion tracks freshly pressed into the sand.



Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jun 15, 2013 - 03:13pm PT
Stimbo - wow!
ruppell

climber
Jun 15, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
Still lots of pure goldens up in the high country. You just have to know where to go. With the early ice out this year I bet it's going off right now. I wish I had some free time this month to get in there but such is life. Maybe a day trip next weekend if I can manage it. It's hard to decide between climbing and fishing when I'm in the alpine. lol