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Oct 9, 2014 - 03:07pm PT


Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 9, 2014 - 03:33pm PT
Credit: BG

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Nov 3, 2014 - 03:42pm PT
If anyone would like to have a Rio- WF4F Rio Grand fly line (fished with 4 days),send me your mailing address.
It was too heavy for my rod and I don't want to see it go to waste.
Free of charge.....No Hook

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 16, 2014 - 04:45pm PT
Yesterday, last day of the season.
Yesterday, last day of the season.
Credit: Stimbo

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Nov 16, 2014 - 05:09pm PT
whoa...nice one stimbo! Upper Owen's?

Perused your Mono Lake photo book at my dentist's office...nice work!

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 16, 2014 - 05:31pm PT
Thanks Bob for the nice compliment. I hope you weren't at the dentist for too long.... ouch!

That guy was from Crowley, from shore. Lots of big browns, rainbows, and the odd cutty thrown in for good measure. It was a nice way to end the season.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 18, 2015 - 08:12am PT
A little meat fishing yesterday at Lago General Carrera, one for carpaccio and one for the smoker.....I know, I'm going to hell.
One brown and one rainbow.
One brown and one rainbow.
Credit: donini
this just in

Justin Ross from North Fork
Jan 18, 2015 - 08:21am PT
Imagine the fish we can catch in the Lake of Fire Donini.
Western Sierra Brown. 8.5 lbs and 29 inches. It was the biggest brown I've seen caught firsthand, my buddy invested in a bigger net after this one.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jan 18, 2015 - 10:18am PT
Nice fish Jim and Justin!!!
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Jan 18, 2015 - 10:50am PT
I hate fishing!
I spend all my time, all day fishing!
I spend all day fishing, all the time!

You should see the one that got away.
that's why I need to get a new camera,
To take the picture of the one that got away!

2015?? what?. . . it is twenty fifteen I have been fishing since '69.
that is a long time with out a nibble.

Jan 18, 2015 - 11:06am PT
Nice fish guys.

Reading that bigger net comment reminded me of a funny story from when I was a kid. So here it is.

When I was 15 or so a buddy and I where small mouth fishing on the Delaware river. We where in his dad's 16 foot bass boat. That boat was older than I was and hadn't been used for quite some time before we managed to get use of it.

So where fishing this back section of flat water about 15' deep. Just drifting along throwing soft plastics at some nice 12-20" smallies. That stretch is about 200 yds long and has some really large boulders that provide great cover for the fish.

I notice one or two really big smallies down there so I decide to throw on a River Runt. It's kinda like a Rapala but a little shorter with a metal lip instead of plastic. With the River Runt and my 6 foot rod with 4# test I could really get some distance.

So I chuck it way out there past this very large submerged boulder. I rip super fast for a bit then stop. Rip, stop. Rip, stop. Just as it comes to the downstream side of the boulder I notice this huge shadow. I mean huge. So I do the tap, tap, tap, jerk routine. Seconds later I get hit hard. I set the line and immediately my drag start screaming.

The fish makes a hard run down stream and pulls off damn near 100 yards of line. Luckily I've got about 150. I set to work fighting this thing and trying to get a look at what it is. The suns at a really bad angle and I can't make it out. I have my buddy Joe get on the trolling motor to try and close some distance. No way in hell am I loosing this fish.

After closing the distance to about 30 yards I finally get a good look. It's a musky. A little one as far as musky go but it's big as far as ultra light tackle goes. So the fight continues. After about 15 minutes I finally start to gain the upper hand. The fish comes up to the surface and just does a back and forth. No more hard runs. Just a steady pull.

I look at Joe and ask "Do we even have a net big enough for this guy?" To my surprise he opens up the side storage box and pulls out a 5' long by 3' wide collapsible net. Man I love his dad. He readies the net as I get the fish even closer.

By now I've seen the fish long enough to know how big it really is. I've also seen where that River Runt is. I had him hooked right in the corner fo the mouth. Anywhere else and his razor sharp teeth would have cut my measly 4# test a long time ago.

About 25 minutes into it the fish is ready for the net. Joe gets the net in the water as I slowly guide the fish into it. It's over I think to myself. As the fish enters the net Joe performs a picture perfect lift. A millisecond later the fish falls through the bottom of the net. He falls through the frikking bottom. WTF? Turns out the net was made from cotton. That cotton had rotted away over the years and was completely shot. Man I hate Joes dad.

So you have to picture this in your mind. I've got a 40" musky on 4# test and now I have a net OVER the line. SO what do you do? Well I passed the rod through the net and continued the fight. Somehow the net body didn't tough the line and the net itself never got caught up on the treble hooks.

Well this musky who seconds ago was done fighting and ready for the BBQ is now completely recharged. A guess near death experiences will do that to fish. He takes off like he's headed for the delta. Joe gets back on the trolling motor and I get back to fighting the fish.

After another 15 minutes or so he's ready to give up the dream again. I get him closer to the boat and try to come up with a plan to land him. So sans net there's only one thing I can do. I hand Joe the rod and reach over the boat. Joe guides him close to my hand and I gill snatch him. I lift him into the boat as fast as I can. The fights over.

For those of you who don't know. Muskies have razor sharp gill plates. I look down it my right hand and notice blood. A lot of blood. I have a very deep cut along three of my fingers just above the first knuckle. Oh well.

Joe gets out the scale and we weigh the fish at 16.5 pounds. A tape reveals it to be just over 41" in length. I'm stoked. Then I have this crazy notion. Try and release this guy. I don't know whether it was the respect I had for him cutting me or the fact that musky aren't that common of a fish in the Delaware. But I knew I didn't want him on the BBQ.

I grabbed him by the tail and belly and lifted him over the boat. Joe got on the motor and slowly brought us to shore. There was no blood coming from his gill plate and his breathing seemed fine. I hopped over the rail and gently nursed him back and forth. After a few minutes he started to come back around. I let him go and watched him slowly swim away to a big rock about 30 feet out. I kept an eye on him for a while then hopped back in the boat to go buy a real net.


Big Wall climber
santa cruz, ca
Feb 7, 2015 - 07:39pm PT
I know wrong fish......a good one though, off the Capitola pier this morning.

Barred surf perch
Barred surf perch
Credit: briham89

Anyone ever fish for steelhead in the San Lorenzo river? I'm thinking about giving that a go Wednesday morning. Any tips would be much appreciated! :)

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 7, 2015 - 09:34pm PT
2 thumbs up for ruppell's muskie story.

Feb 27, 2015 - 12:14pm PT

Holy cat fish bat man.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2015 - 12:23pm PT
Ruppell, well told and done.

So we were down at the lake in upper Wisconsin. It was steamin' hot, like
78 or 80. There' a platform 100' out and a bunch of kids are on it. One of
'em finds a dead Muskie that is really nasty. I'm floating on my back 25'
from the raft and I start taunting the kids on it. Hey, I never claimed to
be prudent. One of the biggest kids grabs the rotten Muskie and flings it
towards me before I can react. It lands on my knee and the impact of a 5 or 6
pound Muskie flung that far results in quite an impact. My knew was shredded.
It was amazing that I didn't get MRSA or some such.

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Mar 6, 2015 - 08:31am PT
Ruppel..... sounds like a fish monster story.

First time I ever went fishing for Northern Pike, my friend brought along some unusual tackle.... #1 A yard stick.... you can't keep em unless they are larger than 36". #2 And a little pistol, shoots .22 shorts. My friend got one, we had it up next to the boat, he stuck the yardstick down... fish was larger than 36.... so it was out with the pistol... bam bam .... dead fish now in the boat.


Apr 5, 2015 - 03:56am PT
First week of open-water here this week, and the brooks that have gone ice-out are raging. Been scouting locally a bit, but it's survival fishing, post-holing slush wells, dodging 'bergs; had the screaming barfies last night, for crying out loud.

Air temp 36F and falling, spitting snow. Water was about the same.
Couldn't figure out why my casting was degrading, until I noticed my guides ... oh, I guess I'm done for the evening.

Skunked, of course.



Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Apr 8, 2015 - 11:55am PT


Big Wall climber
santa cruz, ca
Apr 14, 2015 - 10:04pm PT
WOOHOO trout season opens in California next weekend :D anyone going fishing??
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Apr 14, 2015 - 10:12pm PT

butt it will be in Kashmir.

I'll have to wait until the beginning of June to fish in Ca...:-(
still, a first world problem though.

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