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Pate

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

nice fast run-off cutthroat.
nice fast run-off cutthroat.
Credit: Pate
StahlBro

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

Gym climber
BC
May 15, 2011 - 12:08pm PT
thumbs up
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 12:08pm PT
Dang if you didnt finally post a GOOD THREAD!;-) NICE cut!
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 12:08pm PT
yup, a green pheasant tail on 5x tippet. took a lot of patience, the water was blowing hard. scary wade too!
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)
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
May 15, 2011 - 12:26pm PT
(Fly-rods are kinda girly though...I was gonna drop an f-bomb, but I'm sooo enlightened now)

Spoken by a true bait slinger.

When I get this cast off I can start casting again.

Damn nice fish. Hopefully will hook up with a Lahontan this season.
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 12:28pm PT
bluey- I've got a sweet arsenal of spinning ear for every situation. sometimes the wind blows and sometimes it's more fun (ie carp, bass and pike). i'm an equal opportunity fisherman.

but the fly rod is the real art. i could change yer mind.

it's trad v sport, and since you're a sport climber I guess spinner is for you!

the river that that slob came out of has about 5000 head of cattle upstream.......not such good eatin', but the fish get huge in that muck.
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.
locker

Social climber
CO
May 15, 2011 - 12:31pm PT


Being an avid DEEP SEA angler(haven't been for a couple of years though)...

I call ALL of you "Waders" and "Man made lake fishermen", WUSSES!!!...

If it ain't 30lbs or more...

It's BAIT!!!...

LOL!!!...

































(Kidding of course...I've done my share of FRESHWATER and deffinatly ENJOY it)...
bluering

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

Bucketmouth~
Bucketmouth~
Credit: bluering

(no, that's not a trout)
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 12:34pm PT
in the morning, after my coffee, i stock the porcelain pond with brown trout. then i go fishing.

dumb little brownie.
dumb little brownie.
Credit: Pate


bluey- the best thing about a trout is that he can't impale your hand with his fins! soft and slimy in every way.
The Chief

Trad climber
from the Land where Free Mongols still roam!
May 15, 2011 - 12:34pm PT
Last month on the Upper "O"...
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 12:35pm PT
^ SLOB!!!!! the definition of the word.
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
Early season Brook Trout.
Early season Brook Trout.
Credit: Tomcat
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.
locker

Social climber
CO
May 15, 2011 - 12:38pm PT


Nice looking fish on this page...

I absolutely LOVE to fish...

ALWAYS (still holds true today) said that when my climbing days are over, that I'd like to get myself a nice day sailer and travel the intercoastal waterways on the east coast and fish my last days away...

The Chief

Trad climber
from the Land where Free Mongols still roam!
May 15, 2011 - 12:40pm PT
Last week at one of my local secret holes..
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?
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
May 15, 2011 - 12:42pm PT

ALWAYS (still holds true today) said that when my climbing days are over, that I'd like to get myself a nice day sailer and travel the intercoastal waterways on the east coast and fish my last days away...

"The gods do not deduct from the span of a man's life, those hours spent fishing." some smart dude from 3000 years ago.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 15, 2011 - 12:43pm PT
Locker, up here we used to fish for ling cod (up to 70 lbs) with live rock cod (4 lbs).

I never landed one. Every time he'd head for the bottom and cut the line
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...
The Chief

Trad climber
from the Land where Free Mongols still roam!
May 15, 2011 - 12:47pm PT
Hey Guy...off and on.

Nothing on the surface yet as the water has been cold due to the constant runoff. Gotta go find the deep holes and work em. Go deep for the Big Dudes. 14-16 Blond/Dark Green Gold Birdnest Nympher that I tie has been working the best the last two weeks.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 12:48pm PT
some omne mention lahatons??
Credit: Ron Anderson
a 15 lber and Dad..

or some "cut-bows"
Credit: Ron Anderson

Dad at block house beach at the Piaute pond..
The Chief

Trad climber
from the Land where Free Mongols still roam!
May 15, 2011 - 12:52pm PT
Gotta admit though, the Big Ones don't do me nothing like hitting on one of these very rare local little beauties. They don't get nothing bigger than 10", but are they ever pretty!!

Glass Creek Redband
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
Credit: mojede
locker

Social climber
CO
May 15, 2011 - 01:03pm PT


"Locker, up here we used to fish for ling cod (up to 70 lbs) with live rock cod (4 lbs).

I never landed one. Every time he'd head for the bottom and cut the line"
...


I can't begin to count the times...

I can TOTALLY relate (as can most that fish regularly) when it comes to having that line SNAP on a beauty...

LOL!!!...

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.

The Chief

Trad climber
from the Land where Free Mongols still roam!
May 15, 2011 - 01:05pm PT
"Hot Creek" is a give me. You can throw a your tiny dick or any piece of cheese with wings on it or anything that looks like one any where in them waters and you'll catch a hatchery dude.

Edit: Added the cheese deal as to not offend any tiny dickers out there.
locker

Social climber
CO
May 15, 2011 - 01:08pm PT

"You can throw your tiny dick any where in them waters and you'll catch a hatchery dude."...



Catching those TAME fish to me ISN'T really fishing...

It's JUST getting DINNER...

Similar to heading to Safeway...

;-)





EDITED:

"You can throw your tiny dick any where in them waters"...

Didn't see that "TINY" part first read through...

Guess that leaves me OUT...

LOL!!!...

ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
May 15, 2011 - 01:10pm PT
Dennis Gomez, my Brochacho with a BIG Arizona trout.
Dennis Gomez, my Brochacho with a BIG Arizona trout.
Credit: ron gomez
Fish count....Brochacho 2....me 0!
Fish count....Brochacho 2....me 0!
Credit: ron gomez
Score...3-0, I'm PISSED OFF!
Score...3-0, I'm PISSED OFF!
Credit: ron gomez
Atrer the 4th BIG fish I threw all by fly fishing gear in the river an...
Atrer the 4th BIG fish I threw all by fly fishing gear in the river and went back to climbing! Was a great day for him, humbling for me. I'm the one that got this guy into fly fishing to begin with!
Credit: ron gomez
Peace
locker

Social climber
CO
May 15, 2011 - 01:14pm PT


"Atrer the 4th BIG fish I threw all by fly fishing gear in the river and went back to climbing!"...

You should have gone to SAFEWAY!!!...

LOL!!!...

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
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 01:21pm PT
cutt-bow
cutt-bow
Credit: Pate

they all go back, except the occasional brookie.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
May 15, 2011 - 01:22pm PT
Delhi Dog playing a big brown on the East Walker last summer.
Delhi Dog playing a big brown on the East Walker last summer.
Credit: Timid TopRope
mctwisted

Social climber
superslacker city
May 15, 2011 - 01:28pm PT
makayla learning to fish
makayla learning to fish
Credit: mctwisted
every cast was a fish
every cast was a fish
Credit: mctwisted
catching her first fish!
catching her first fish!
Credit: mctwisted
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."

eKat

climber
BITD3
May 15, 2011 - 01:40pm PT
Ever eaten Kokanee???

They are FABULOUS!

I live on a huge lake that supposedly has THREE TRILLION of them in it. The daily bag limit here is 35!

WHOA.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 01:41pm PT
give a man a fish and you feed him for the day.



Teach a man to fish, and he scoops your favorite fishing holes till their empty...;-D
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!
locker

Social climber
CO
May 15, 2011 - 01:46pm PT


"No catch and release"...


I guess not...


LOL!!!...

The Chief

Trad climber
from the Land where Free Mongols still roam!
May 15, 2011 - 01:48pm PT
Most of the Winter I have this area to myself. None of the fair weather surface Dry FFers dare come up and play when it's 20-30 degs. But, the Paiute Cut's hit deep and hard. Thing is, if nothing is hitting, I have this view all to myself.

locker

Social climber
CO
May 15, 2011 - 01:48pm PT




"and they sure taste great when "SMOKED"..."...















































...

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 01:49pm PT
LMAO,,,,I KNEW that was coming!
NigelSSI

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

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 01:55pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

I also catch the wee ones- this bad girl tested 4 lb test to the MAX! I can catch about fifty of these in a couple of hours..FUN STUFF!
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.
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 02:16pm PT
skipt, that was a great post, thanks man. is that part of something longer?

my bike-to tailwater:
22-Rs2's and 7x is the name of the game.
22-Rs2's and 7x is the name of the game.
Credit: Pate
the goods.
the goods.
Credit: Pate
upstream of the goods is the real deal.
upstream of the goods is the real deal.
Credit: Pate

and the lake i bike past above the tailwater, some state record pike come out of here.
noyce.
noyce.
Credit: Pate
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 02:24pm PT
a slab of slob
this pig was in such skinny water under a bush that his dorsal fin was...
this pig was in such skinny water under a bush that his dorsal fin was above water, just swishing back and forth hammering big tan caddis.
Credit: Pate

same spot:
a 5 weight afternoon.
a 5 weight afternoon.
Credit: Pate
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!
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 02:28pm PT
it's all catch and release in those spots, its the same river, the brown came out of the section through town, i'm about 45 minutes upstream at the TW's, catch and release too. there's so much lake water that has a bag limit, it satisfies the eaters out there and the river pigs are for the fly anglers.

divad, there's some wicked awesome fly fishing right by you!!



here's a very secret spot (read poach) deep on a ranch on the Wyoming/Colorado border. you can tell it's rarely fished by the blizzard hatch of literally every type of water born insect- a completely undisturbed river bed.
blizzy bliss
blizzy bliss
Credit: Pate
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 02:30pm PT
Hey Blue,, that is indeed a smallie, I catch them abut a half mile from my shop in the carson river. They were initailly planted in 76, at lahaton res, and have made their way upstream all the wy to gardnerville! They are now the climax species in the river.average is 4 to 10" with numerous 10 to 14" and occasional 14" to 4 1/4 lbs! Once the water warms, you can catch them ALL day long...Indian creek res near markleeville, and topaz lake bith have growing pops of smallies also!
divad

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

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 02:33pm PT
he sure did, the splendid splinter preferred the long fiberglass rod to the white ash bat.
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.
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 02:37pm PT
we don't have any of that here, we rub shoulders all the time. in fact the guy i fish with most fishes light spinning gear, home made single hook lures.

there are hand made signs that the DOW has allowed to stay taped to their signs that say "think three times before you throw a treble hook and always crush your barbs."

i think that's totally cool. like a good Access Fund sign.


you still find this crap though:
this thing is almost climbing gear.
this thing is almost climbing gear.
Credit: Pate

labrat

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

Social climber
Paradise, CA
May 15, 2011 - 02:42pm PT
Bluey,

The best small mouth fishing close to you is on the Merced in summer, downstream of Briceburg off the 140 heading towards El Portal.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 02:46pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson
Lake almanor smallie- 5lbs 3 0z.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 02:51pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

3 1/2 lb brookie repro- from a fish cuaght somewhere near bridgeport..;-)
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 02:52pm PT
i like fishing these guys, local July evening hatch.
local mayfly
local mayfly
Credit: Pate
broken tail soon to be spinning.......
broken tail soon to be spinning.......
Credit: Pate
locker

Social climber
CO
May 15, 2011 - 02:53pm PT


like some have already posted...

"lite lining" with 4 pound test is the "Ticket to ride"...

Combined with my sepcial lures I HIT almost everytime I head out...








































Credit: locker
...
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.
locker

Social climber
CO
May 15, 2011 - 03:03pm PT

Though my post above is a JOKE...

The Rapala lures are actually WINNERS IMO...

Used them OFTEN in the past with great success...
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 03:04pm PT
you can catch 200 of these brookies a day if you can cast for that long, right below the continental divide, west side.

fine dining.
a mouthfull of Stimulator
a mouthfull of Stimulator
Credit: Pate
yummy.
yummy.
Credit: Pate

Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
May 15, 2011 - 03:06pm PT
A floating rappalla skimmed over the Merced right smack dab in the over fished, over spooked Valley, right after sunset, will get you a very big brown.
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 03:07pm PT
6x dream.

predator rainbow big time, this one happened during one of half a doze...
predator rainbow big time, this one happened during one of half a dozen mouse hatches.
Credit: Pate
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 03:14pm PT
this is a cool blog skipt, here's a good recipe

http://ultimatefishingblog.blogspot.com/2008/05/smoked-trout-recipe-how-to-smoke-trout.html
Wayno

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

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 03:20pm PT
Its not really about temp Skipt, all that is required the constant smoke in a warm atmosphere' your just "drying" with the smoke. I like a garlic,salt,pepper and onion powder brine, then smoked with a combo of apple and cherry chips..mmmmmmmmm
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 03:24pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

anudder carson river "toad"..small fish,BIG attitudes!
KP Ariza

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

Chris 8 lb. piggy
Chris 8 lb. piggy
Credit: KP Ariza

7.8 lbs. lumper
7.8 lbs. lumper
Credit: KP Ariza

GGB Striper
GGB Striper
Credit: KP Ariza

Dave 7.3 lbs
Dave 7.3 lbs
Credit: KP Ariza

9.10 lbs.hog
9.10 lbs.hog
Credit: KP Ariza

7.7 lbs natural born killa
7.7 lbs natural born killa
Credit: KP Ariza
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 03:28pm PT
TOAD ALERT!!!! NNNICE KP!!!Everyone knows warm water fish are the most kick-azz!;-)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 03:31pm PT
im sensing a warm water hi-jack...Ironic that its Pates thread?? hehe
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 03:32pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

a bit of a toad- from lk amador..
KP Ariza

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

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 03:57pm PT
i fully shat mah-sef when that one went into the net KP! LOL! was all the was into the water with the reel twice! Those are GORGEOUS AZ bass man!!!
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 03:58pm PT
it's all good, I slam big carp with bread balls three hours west of here. nice and warm out on the Utah border.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 04:09pm PT
hehe just giving ya a lil shyt!;-)


Credit: Ron Anderson

a football smallie 2 lbs cc river
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 04:14pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

9 1/2 mason valley wmngt area. This was released shortly after a weighing by a local game warden who was on shore. Then i watched six guys beat the tulies in that area to death for the rest of the day ....
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 04:38pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

a cooling pond bassie in the 6/7 range

Credit: Ron Anderson

a 7 plus from mason valley- thats a big zara spook in those lips..

Credit: Ron Anderson

and n fairness, more salmanoides^^ Ma and Pa at the sacto river king salmon run 32 and 35 lbs..
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
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 04:56pm PT
awwcmon,,NO fisherman would object,,your SECRET is safe with US Ron! Post dem babys!!
Q- Ball

Mountain climber
where the wind always blows
May 15, 2011 - 06:20pm PT
20 pounds of Hate
20 pounds of Hate
Credit: Q- Ball

Nothing like 38 inch Wyoming beauties!
Q- Ball

Mountain climber
where the wind always blows
May 15, 2011 - 06:24pm PT
Combined 85 pounds of Hate!
Combined 85 pounds of Hate!
Credit: Q- Ball

Some decent TN Stripers.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 06:46pm PT
jjeeeezzzzers and rice! Nice fishies Q!
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...
Credit: Tomcat
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!

Credit: Chief
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 07:38pm PT
please note, any non-stringer type pictures you see of mine here, the fish was released. I like eating them plenty, but normally choose the size that needs thinning to eat..Kinda mine own self imposed slot limit if yu will. It works wonders on smallish waters..Big fish to me, are usually to strong in flavor..
locker

Social climber
CO
May 15, 2011 - 07:39pm PT

Some DAMNED NICE catches!!!...

COOL photo's...

Good stories...




Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
May 15, 2011 - 07:43pm PT
This is the most fun thread ever !
Q- Ball

Mountain climber
where the wind always blows
May 15, 2011 - 07:43pm PT
WYO Cutt
WYO Cutt
Credit: Q- Ball
Rainbow in bubbles
Rainbow in bubbles
Credit: Q- Ball
mudsucker creek golden
mudsucker creek golden
Credit: Q- Ball

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.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 07:45pm PT
simply GORGEOUS shots!^^ that spawner goldie!!!
'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
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 15, 2011 - 07:54pm PT
daaang Eh! ya chimend in BIG!! PTPP!!

17.5 lbs...
17.5 lbs...
Credit: Ron Anderson

a 17 lb lahaton cut from pyramid..DIDNT even get third place that week at the local tackle store back in 76..they gave out weekly tackle awards for the three largest, that week was a 19.8, 19.0, 18.10 and me...;-/
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.

Credit: Fritz

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
Credit: Tomcat

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
Credit: Tomcat

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
Credit: Aya K

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

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...
Credit: Aya K

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

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!!
Credit: Aya K

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
Credit: StahlBro
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 11:50pm PT
tank
tank
Credit: Pate


Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 11:54pm PT
fatty boom-boom
fatty boom-boom
Credit: Pate

since there's some shameless grab n' grinning going on.......
since there's some shameless grab n' grinning going on.......
Credit: Pate
R.B.

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

Schwiing!
atchafalaya

Boulder climber
May 16, 2011 - 12:21am PT
Great thread...
Delta
Delta
Credit: atchafalaya
Hand tied clousers at dawn
Hand tied clousers at dawn
Credit: atchafalaya
locker

Social climber
CO
May 16, 2011 - 12:53am PT


This thread just get's better and better...

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.
Credit: Aya K

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.
Credit: Aya K
locker

Social climber
CO
May 16, 2011 - 01:10am PT


Now you're talking!!!...

That's a NICE Striper...

Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2011 - 01:14am PT
Aya, you're from New York, but your old man has his head screwed on right, GO RED SOX!

that's a pig striper. (or that's a wicked huge stripah)
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2011 - 01:19am PT
football
football
Credit: Pate
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!
Credit: Aya K
drljefe

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

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 16, 2011 - 02:02am PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

a bright and getting to be rare, walker lake cut..
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:
Credit: Roughster
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.
Credit: BillO
locker

Social climber
CO
May 16, 2011 - 11:25am PT


To be honest...

Aya is KILLING me over here...

I CAN'T take it anymore...

She's PERFECT!!!...

LOL!!!...

Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2011 - 11:46am PT
Aya- when I'm fishing local water I know what I need, so I usually just have one box in my pocket and a tippet spool. I pretty much fish only size 18-22 midge/mayfly emergers (rs-2, TW tiny, barr's emerger, Pablo's Cripple....). I'm a high stick nymph guy. Try tying a 22!

When I'm out and about away from here though I wear a William Joseph chest/back rig.
Rio Blanco, CO
Rio Blanco, CO
Credit: Pate
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.
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2011 - 12:25pm PT
my salmon is HUGE.
full net
full net
Credit: Pate




Tattooed 1

Trad climber
Sebastopol, Ca
May 16, 2011 - 12:30pm PT
Credit: Tattooed 1
Credit: Tattooed 1
Here is a couole of Fly Caught fish from this past season
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 16, 2011 - 12:31pm PT
Only My god can create such beauty...;-D
locker

Social climber
CO
May 16, 2011 - 12:33pm PT


Tattooed 1...

NICE CATCH!!!...

WOW that's a BEAUTY...

Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2011 - 12:35pm PT
tatooed 1 hammers the chromers, sweet!
cutt-bow hybrid
cutt-bow hybrid
Credit: Pate
he's getting tired....
he's getting tired....
Credit: Pate
hammering hoppers that are blowing in off of the grass.
hammering hoppers that are blowing in off of the grass.
Credit: Pate
sipping spinners.
sipping spinners.
Credit: Pate
brownie slob
brownie slob
Credit: Pate











my daughter really tries to muscle the big ones in...................




Bubba Ho-Tep

climber
Evergreen, CO
May 16, 2011 - 01:12pm PT
712lbs of Sushi
712lbs of Sushi
Credit: Bubba Ho-Tep

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.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 16, 2011 - 01:58pm PT
anything that can SWAMP a boat is NOT a fish,,,its a MONSTER!!!
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.
locker

Social climber
CO
May 16, 2011 - 02:07pm PT


WE HAVE A WINNER!!!...

Bubba Ho Tep, hands down!!!...



(that's a HUGE trout!!!)...
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2011 - 02:27pm PT
Bubba- awesome shot man! not too many of those really big bluefin around anymore.


good seeing you the other week man!
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
Coho salmon
Coho salmon
Credit: Bubba Ho-Tep

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!
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2011 - 03:02pm PT
those blue fin are so fun to hunt, I came up from Bahamas 15 years ago with a crew following the migration, we really got into them off of Gloucester. nothing like that monster though- I hope you guys had sushi right there on the boat!!!!!
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2011 - 03:08pm PT
climbing related:

deep in the Black Canyon
deep in the Black Canyon
Credit: Pate
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!
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
May 16, 2011 - 04:36pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#202644
Love Large Trout.
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2011 - 11:37pm PT
nice one silver.
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....
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2011 - 12:55am PT
Marc, generaly top ropes are not needed for gullys.


hard to call that a gully, also I'm not sure what rope you're talking about. that's a fly rod dimwit, or else it's a............hmmmmmmmmmm..........4 mil?

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?
the TROUT MAN
the TROUT MAN
Credit: SamP
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).
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2011 - 12:19pm PT
Credit: Pate
Credit: Pate
Credit: Pate
Credit: Pate
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.
Credit: Aya K
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...
:)
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2011 - 05:07pm PT
brookie
brookie
Credit: Pate
Rio Blanco, CO
Rio Blanco, CO
Credit: Pate
Rio Blanco, CO
Rio Blanco, CO
Credit: Pate
noyce
noyce
Credit: Pate
BG

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

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 17, 2011 - 06:35pm PT
alaskan silver
alaskan silver
Credit: yvonne gaines
locker

Social climber
CO
May 17, 2011 - 07:51pm PT


Bob...

That's a NICE looking fish...







EDITED:

Said it before gonna say it again...

This is a COOL thread!!!...








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
caught and released this big guy
caught and released this big guy
Credit: yvonne gaines
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 19, 2011 - 04:55pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

10 1/2" x 1 lb male bluegill from mason valley
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
omilu
omilu
Credit: Mike Bolte
Big Island o'io
Big Island o'io
Credit: Mike Bolte
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....
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 20, 2011 - 12:32am PT
agreed^^


Credit: Ron Anderson
my first kamloops trout, walker river a lil while back..

Credit: Ron Anderson
carson river smallie
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 20, 2011 - 12:57am PT
Mike, where are you getting into permit and bones from the shore, HI?
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 20, 2011 - 01:42am PT
Credit: Pate
Credit: Pate
Credit: Pate
Credit: Pate
Credit: Pate

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
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 20, 2011 - 11:26pm PT
this one had cool color..
Credit: Ron Anderson
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 21, 2011 - 03:51pm PT
big barracudda
big barracudda
Credit: BG
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
Where am I heading in two weeks? Hint: this is what I've been tying up...
Where am I heading in two weeks? Hint: this is what I've been tying up in preparation.
Credit: Mike Bolte

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?
28 inch florida keys bonefish
28 inch florida keys bonefish
Credit: yvonne gaines
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.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 23, 2011 - 01:57pm PT
^^^^^color me "jealoous"!
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:

Big Sunnies (for such little kids)...
Big Sunnies (for such little kids)...
Credit: axlgrease
Dinner tonight!
Dinner tonight!
Credit: axlgrease

Here's a Montana Brown I caught on a more recent fishing trip with my brother:
Credit: axlgrease
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"
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 23, 2011 - 11:03pm PT
Sounds like a grand slam may be in your future. Have a great trip!

missed one in Bimini a few years ago by a snapped leader on a perm. maybe Guanaja calls.....

killer Guanaja footy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCkqG_BFaeM
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
May 24, 2011 - 03:17pm PT
Im off to bone fish today on Anini and man does it suck. Trade winds are howling the fish are very hard to spot for a guy who doesn't stare into the water all day for a living and the only hope I have is I see one that's not ten feet away when I finally do see it coming in. Hopefully a blue trevaly will come up on the flat today and I see it early I really want to put one in hand.

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 24, 2011 - 03:19pm PT
again,,,"color me jealous"! Catchem up Silv!
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.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
May 24, 2011 - 03:31pm PT
Thanks Mike will do just used to the Bahamas where its all sight in a foot of water. I have put in some twenty days here over the last 3 years and not a single fish. I see em but usually their already at my feet when I do, and they are green backs on a darker reef making seeing them far away real hard. Their is a guide here but its 350 for 4 hours and he is good but man I have a lot of other stuff to spend 350 on like 4 bags of food at the grocery store today. LOL

Thanks and maybe today is the the day I get the Pacific bone.

Sh#t I should fly to Christmas Island only a 5 hour jaunt for a couple of days land a few dozen and fly back. Dreaming again off to tie a few flies and then to the beach to catch the rising tide.

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?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 24, 2011 - 06:08pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson
ask, ye shall recieve..

Credit: Ron Anderson

a lower sierra brookie
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 24, 2011 - 06:19pm PT
Mack at the block house.
Mack at the block house.
Credit: Ron Anderson

an ol buddy with another one of those skanky lahaton pigs.
Mike Bolte

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

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 24, 2011 - 06:43pm PT
yep.;-)
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 25, 2011 - 01:13pm PT
Credit: yvonne gaines
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 25, 2011 - 01:15pm PT
I hope you guys dont mind if i save a few of these shots for reference- as a taxidermist this stuff is valuable..! Rainbows come in about a trillion color phases- cant have enough reference!
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 25, 2011 - 01:16pm PT
28 inch alaskan rainbow
28 inch alaskan rainbow
Credit: yvonne gaines
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
May 25, 2011 - 01:19pm PT
nice paint job on this model
nice paint job on this model
Credit: yvonne gaines
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 25, 2011 - 01:32pm PT
was just checkin out my thirty or so rigs this morn,,,gotts to get em re spooled with fresh stuff! This thread has given me a severe "hankerin"!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 27, 2011 - 07:19pm PT
bassie bump

Credit: Ron Anderson
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a nice 3 1/2 lb spotted bass from collins lake.
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
May 27, 2011 - 08:06pm PT
20" Koke from Berryessa
20" Koke from Berryessa
Credit: Roughster
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.
Credit: Roughster

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

Social climber
Paradise, CA
May 27, 2011 - 08:40pm PT
This morning I watched a bald eagle slapping a two foot Eagle Lake rainbow midair, into an immature baldy and another adult. It was a hefty fish. Eagle lake opener tomorrow morning. It's been blowing snow on the sagebrush and junipers the last couple of days.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 30, 2011 - 03:39pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

a wee trout bump.

Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 30, 2011 - 04:58pm PT
just to put the pleasing largeness of Ron's "brookies" into context, the wee fellow below is considered a fairly stout brook trout for Colorado. the color is a little abnormal, a lot of them in this particular creek are really dark.

NW Colorado Brooky
NW Colorado Brooky
Credit: Pate
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 30, 2011 - 06:11pm PT
about 50 yards upstream of the brookie, in a rainstorm, I nailed this sweet rainbow with a waterlogged x-body mayfly.
NW Colorado wild bow
NW Colorado wild bow
Credit: Pate
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
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
May 31, 2011 - 12:47pm PT
The only reason I want a float tube is for Kirman. Monster Brookies!
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
May 31, 2011 - 12:50pm PT
Yeah Ron that thing is ginormous fatty football fish.

Good looking bunch of fish here.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 31, 2011 - 12:52pm PT
BG,Those were about six years ago..I would reccomend fishing Kirman in the FALL- towards the last weeks of the season for the really big stuff. They planted pesky cuthroats in it about fifteen years or so back to try and produce a better "summer fishery", and they keep things stirred up during the warm months. Ice out can be good though- before those little shrimpies hatch! Ive weighed fish for guys there that were in excess of 7 lbs! Roosevelt is much the same- just doesnt get the hype. Kirman started showing up in the "fish sniffer" magazine, and it took a hard hit!


ps, there was this time, that i got DRAGGED all over that pond by something i could not get in! glimpsed it once, and nearly shat myself! When Timid says "monsters" he hit the nail on the head. I have a slide that is looking over the shoulder of a freind at a hen brookie that is way over 30" long...(insert bugged eyes here)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 31, 2011 - 01:19pm PT
another carmen/kirman
Credit: Ron Anderson

Pate, you take awsome fish pics! YOu should shoot for the trout calendars..
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 31, 2011 - 02:02pm PT
howbout a toad golden! I know where these swim! And they swim in GIN! you begin a stalk a hundred yards away from the water, slithering through broken talus on your belly, then side casting a tiny 1" twist tail grub in smoke sparkle color on a 1/32 oz head.Its a three and a half "puker" to get into this lake.

Credit: Ron Anderson

Credit: Ron Anderson
a freind of mine cuaght this toad...:-0
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 31, 2011 - 02:04pm PT
Thanks Ron, I've always got my camera, despite having dunked 2 Nikons and a Sony video camera in the last 12 years.


^whoa!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 31, 2011 - 02:06pm PT
oiyyyy knowwww!!!!!

when i first laid eyes on those fish, i didnt believe it. Not sure what sub- they be..
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 31, 2011 - 02:10pm PT
big bow NW Colorado
big bow NW Colorado
Credit: Pate
brookies holding
brookies holding
Credit: Pate
East Portal Black Canyon CO
East Portal Black Canyon CO
Credit: Pate

edit: why did these pics post so small?
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.

Sheridan & Trout. Photographer unknown.
Sheridan & Trout. Photographer unknown.
Credit: BooDawg

Reptilian Fishing Expedition...
Reptilian Fishing Expedition...
Credit: BooDawg
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
May 31, 2011 - 02:31pm PT
THAT is a cool pic!!!^^
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 31, 2011 - 11:19pm PT
Sheridan's hair is AWESOME.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 31, 2011 - 11:31pm PT
A beauty.  Monte Dolack
A beauty. Monte Dolack
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
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Credit: BG

caught this beauty at lake perris yesterday

photo by bob gaines
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jun 8, 2011 - 02:44pm PT
that fish got a "purdy mouwfth" !!
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
Credit: BG
Yep, got it on a tiny nymph. A 15 lb carp will put up a dam good fight!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jun 15, 2011 - 04:56pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

this was a wierd one, caught at mason valley WMA while fishing for blugill. At FIRST glance, i thought it to be a sacto perch. Then upon closer inspection, the spiney rays and maxillarys indicated bass.!?? Sowed it to a local biologist for the area and stumped him. Sacto perch werent found in the system there, and it was the only one ive cuaght there after thirty plus years of fishin there. accidental hybrid??

length was about 10" and was hefty!
Hawkeye

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

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jun 15, 2011 - 05:43pm PT
Ron you know you're not supposed to touch the water out there at the MVWMA and Hinkson Slew got some sort of something in it? Sh#t made me itch for a week.

Weird fish and if most knew where that place was they would not be suprised you caught some sort of hybrid there.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jun 15, 2011 - 06:05pm PT
Yup Silv! The "swimmers itch" happens out there all the time! I never wade in it- always in the boat! But that place has had bass fishing like so cal at times!

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
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jun 15, 2011 - 06:09pm PT
warmouth was thought of, but if you look closely at the lower jaw extension, its totally characteristic of large mouth, and the spiny rays matched that conclusion as well..The head of the fish was larger than normal sunfish variety by a noticable amount.


warmouth transition from spiny to soft ray o the dorsal ot #10, while the fish i caught did so at #11, #12
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.


Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jun 15, 2011 - 07:34pm PT
nope Blue, we catch tons of those whites at lahaton- you can troll all day and catch them non stop.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jun 15, 2011 - 07:40pm PT
I think it may have been a LOST rock bass see pic below.

odd due to the fact they range back east!

Credit: Ron Anderson

this is the closet i can muster given the rays and facial details, but occurence of rock bass here in nevada is curious at the least! but if you look at the lower jaw extension on the one i cuaght, its still large mouth like.
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
Credit: the kid
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
Credit: mojede
Credit: mojede



...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.....
Credit: mojede
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jun 19, 2011 - 02:28am PT
Guanaja bonefish
Guanaja bonefish
Credit: Mike Bolte
Guanaja Baracuda
Guanaja Baracuda
Credit: Mike Bolte
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Jun 19, 2011 - 10:33am PT
brownie
brownie
Credit: Timid TopRope
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 19, 2011 - 11:33am PT
hey mike- that's a tease, more pics from your trip please!

(nice Sage btw, swanky!)
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 19, 2011 - 11:43am PT
@aspendougy, that's a great link, thanks man.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jun 19, 2011 - 11:49am PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

A nice five pounder from "WONDER LAKE" illinois
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 19, 2011 - 11:51am PT
that fish is what we call a SLOB!!!! that thing eats ducklings.
Manjusri

climber
Jun 19, 2011 - 02:12pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#206618

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
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jun 20, 2011 - 11:39am PT
tnought this would be of interest, A lake Havasu angler has cuaght a pending world record shell cracker, which is the biggest sunfish of any type ever recorded!! Cuaght in may!!! 5.5 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Credit: Ron Anderson
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.
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2011 - 02:26pm PT
the heavyweights are weighing in.....
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jun 22, 2011 - 01:31pm PT
some nice fishies in this thread-pool!


Credit: Ron Anderson

just another large-louie-bass mouth. from a local power plant cooling pond.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jun 24, 2011 - 02:17pm PT
hey now,,,we need some fresh fish!!!

Credit: Ron Anderson

my first "large trout" age 9 i thnk...
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2011 - 04:10pm PT
I'n headed out w/ my daughter tomorrow, maybe we'll do the thread right.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Jun 25, 2011 - 05:09pm PT
Credit: yvonne gaines
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
Credit: yvonne gaines
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!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jun 26, 2011 - 12:26am PT
Perry,

That is the coolest fishing Yosemite story I've heard.

Jim
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2011 - 02:40am PT
BG, you're slayin' 'em man.
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!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jun 27, 2011 - 08:15pm PT
GOOD LUCK! Your gonna have to perform to beat those big boys of Bobs!!YYEESSHH that guy likes to catch those toads!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jul 1, 2011 - 02:05am PT
large trout bump...

Credit: Ron Anderson
BG

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

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

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

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2011 - 01:40am PT
all brookies here today. nothing impressive, but abut a hundred of them.



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
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 4, 2011 - 12:04pm PT
perfect.


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.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jul 4, 2011 - 02:03pm PT
I defy anyone who reads that NOT to smile! Cool story!


on a side nte, IM JONESING to get after my small mouth, but the stinkin carson river is high, cold and muddy (apr conditions) -maybe arghhhust...
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)
mudsucker creek golden
mudsucker creek golden
Credit: Q- Ball

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 5, 2011 - 12:56am PT
Virginia Lake Golden
Virginia Lake Golden
Credit: StahlBro

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:

Credit: Roughster

Credit: Roughster

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.
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 5, 2011 - 02:53pm PT
hey Ron, it is still so blown out in northern colorado it is amazing. lakes are the only game in around, and they are all stained and high. i've never seen anything like it, the water just keeps on coming.

fall should be killer!!!!!
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
Credit: BG
lunker largemouth from lake perris caught on a fly!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jul 6, 2011 - 02:00pm PT
i hate you!!!!LMAO!!! (JUST KIDDIN!)


NNNICE TOAD BG!!! bet that tested the gear!
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
Credit: PhilG
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jul 11, 2011 - 10:11pm PT
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1550693/An-auction-for-Tom-Gilje-fisherman-look-here

check it out..
BG

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

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
Trout rig
Trout rig
Credit: OR
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
Credit: yvonne gaines
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.

The BIG and UGlY Fish
The BIG and UGlY Fish
Credit: Seamstress
This is what is left after you dragged your fish through the parking l...
This is what is left after you dragged your fish through the parking lot. She doesn't want any help.
Credit: Seamstress
The pretty fish
The pretty fish
Credit: Seamstress
Hawkeye

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

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jul 28, 2011 - 07:22pm PT
http://www.arkive.org/osprey/pandion-haliaetus/video-00.html

This is amazing footage but this fisherman really is commited everyday to the catch.

Enjoy!
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?

Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2011 - 09:48pm PT
Nice brookie^




BG- you're the man.

Throw us a bone and tell us what flies you like most.
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!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Jul 29, 2011 - 02:24pm PT
New world record rainbow from Idaho,,,,34.74 lbs!!!!!!!!!

Credit: Ron Anderson
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 29, 2011 - 03:08pm PT
.....but it's a spinning rod record, not a fly line tippet weight record, and it nailed bait. It's also a hybrid stocked fish.

So it isn't in the FFF books.

But it's a slob!
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
Credit: golsen

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



Credit: golsen

Crabs!


Credit: golsen
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?

Credit: golsen
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.
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 30, 2011 - 12:14am PT
crabs are really itchy.
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!
Credit: BG
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.
Pate

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 4, 2011 - 11:07pm PT
I'm going with BG's.
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
BC Rainbow &#40;14"&#41; East Jane Lake about 5 miles up trail thru be...
BC Rainbow (14") East Jane Lake about 5 miles up trail thru bear country. (Had to de-smell it before the hike out)
Credit: Avajane
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
Credit: BG
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,

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Aug 7, 2011 - 11:15pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

Credit: Ron Anderson

caught a few of these today now that the carson river has calmed down enough to fish..they were smacking the black/chart colors!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Aug 11, 2011 - 12:31am PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

some older cranks,topwaters, jerk baits and twitch minnows- now "decor" in the shop...
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Aug 11, 2011 - 01:17am PT
shyt man!!^^^ that Rainbow is a FOOTBALL WITH FINS!!!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Aug 11, 2011 - 04:01pm PT
The one that didn't get away!
Credit: Unknown
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
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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!

Credit: Danholio
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!
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Aug 13, 2011 - 12:49pm PT
Some awesome stuff here. I have stayed away from this thread as this year I am trying to stay focused on climbing more and fishing less. Over the last ten years climbing took a backseat to fishing for a variety of reasons but mostly injury and climbing partners moving or just not climbing anymore.

Here are some shots from the last few years.
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Just a few of the fun got to get to the hardware store for my honey do list.
mike m

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

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

My younger Bro with a whopper
My younger Bro with a whopper
Credit: NA_Kid

Eagles like fish too. Silver Lake, Eastern Sierra.
Eagles like fish too. Silver Lake, Eastern Sierra.
Credit: NA_Kid

Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra
Credit: NA_Kid

Northern Idaho
Northern Idaho
Credit: NA_Kid

Small boys, large fish
Small boys, large fish
Credit: NA_Kid

What you can do in a day if you know all the tricks. My Uncles boat on...
What you can do in a day if you know all the tricks. My Uncles boat on Lake Pend'orele or however you spell it.
Credit: NA_Kid

I think this one was 100 lbs...
I think this one was 100 lbs...
Credit: NA_Kid

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!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Aug 14, 2011 - 03:26pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson

Credit: Ron Anderson


nothing big but caught a few each of these from this morning on the carson river, -and it felt like a FALL morning!
BG

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

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Sep 21, 2011 - 01:29am PT
Credit: photo by yvonne gaines
sockeye salmon
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 5, 2011 - 08:55pm PT
dolly varden
dolly varden
Credit: yvonne gaines
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
Caught dozens of these nice &#40;averaging 20 - 26 inches&#41; dollies...
Caught dozens of these nice (averaging 20 - 26 inches) dollies up in Alaska last month fly fishing on the Upper Kenai River. At the inlet to Skilak Lake it was a fish on every cast type of action.
Credit: BG
johnkelley

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

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Oct 7, 2011 - 04:55am PT
So landlocked in Workville...

Hey Golsen,

Late to the table, I'm happy your trip to B.C. was a lot of fun. If you are able to go to Haida Gwaii at some point,let me know.

Nice fish and yeah, pulling a sea monster out of the OCEAN, is a pleasure to be savoured.

Jim





















bentelbow

climber
spud state
Oct 7, 2011 - 10:30am PT
The North Platte a week ago
The North Platte a week ago
Credit: bentelbow
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
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Oct 7, 2011 - 11:26am PT
jeeeezzz!!!!!! This is a thread about fish,,, the last few are all HORSES!!!!!!! NNNNIOCE GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BG

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



red comet fly
red comet fly
Credit: BG


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
red and purple comet
red and purple comet
Credit: BG
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Oct 7, 2011 - 12:20pm PT
Bentelbow,

Thats a nice one.

BG

Those are some nice very nice fish yer locking into there.

This is the best OT thread ever on ST.
BG

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

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

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Oct 7, 2011 - 02:44pm PT
Oh man thats a nice one. I have one I will try to scan not on the fly but muccing in BC its over 20 pounds wich is pretty big for a silver.

You Spey???? Man I need a week of chasing steelhead soon. You are really making me jealous with some of those pics BG keep em comming.

Thanks!
BG

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

photo by yvonne gaines
photo by yvonne gaines
Credit: BG
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
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Oct 7, 2011 - 03:33pm PT
awwrighty,, for FLAUNTING those water horses in my face,,,,





Credit: Ron Anderson

;-D
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 7, 2011 - 03:39pm PT
Let's get back to the fish porn. <br/>
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Here's a Middle Kenai 35 x 24 in...
Let's get back to the fish porn.

Here's a Middle Kenai 35 x 24 inch rainbow from June 2011 caught by a client of Fred Teleen's Mystic Waters fly fishing guide service. That's Fred Teleen holding the fish- one of the Kenai's best fly fishing guides.
Credit: BG
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Oct 7, 2011 - 04:36pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#220254
photo not found
Missing photo ID#220256
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Oct 7, 2011 - 04:41pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#220259
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
Credit: bentelbow

A few more from the last couple years
bentelbow

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

climber
spud state
Oct 7, 2011 - 05:29pm PT
Credit: bentelbow
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
photo not found
Missing photo ID#220843
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
Credit: Fritz

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
Credit: pocoloco1

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
photo by yvonne gaines
photo by yvonne gaines

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...

Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Nov 17, 2011 - 04:19pm PT
BG

Sweet that is a pig of a fish and kudos on the record.

Now if i could just get some time to fish. Awesome stuff and lets hope we get some rain on the coast soon so the steelhead come home.
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 "Glory Hole" tonight.  Fish Hatchery at left: has a high fence to ...
The "Glory Hole" tonight. Fish Hatchery at left: has a high fence to keep out wolves and fish-eating birds.
Credit: Fritz

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.

14" or so "Brownie."  The pink comes from the flash & the pink sunset ...
14" or so "Brownie." The pink comes from the flash & the pink sunset clouds.
Credit: Fritz

Rainbow of about 15"
Rainbow of about 15"
Credit: Fritz

Rainbow of about 16."   A trend of larger fish was developing as it go...
Rainbow of about 16." A trend of larger fish was developing as it got darker.
Credit: Fritz

The "biggest little fish" at around 20".   Up against my neoprene wade...
The "biggest little fish" at around 20". Up against my neoprene wader-knees for scale. Not as full-bodied as I'm use to with larger fish there. Again, it is picking up more pink from the flash and sunset clouds.
Credit: Fritz

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:

Credit: Roughster

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.

Credit: Rattlesnake Arch

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
photo not found
Missing photo ID#225539

photo not found
Missing photo ID#225540

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