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Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 6, 2018 - 07:58pm PT
I've been busy getting used to my new digs in the Okanagan Highlands and I needed to get out on a nice sunny autumn day. 61f at the river. The Kettle River, 25 miles on state route 21. Special regs; single barbless hooks, no bait, 14 inch min. keep two. I planned on catch and release.

I left the house with my waders and ultralight at 5 to 3. I never fished this section and found a pullout that wasn't private property right next to a big bend in the river. Highway 21 pretty much follows the river all the way into Canada. I'm less than ten miles from there. Twenty feet down to the river. I can see the fish and they are nice. Second cast and I get a ten-incher. I let him shake off. Seventh cast and a nice hit, keep reeling and wham. One of those nice ones I saw. I get her up and she almost swallowed my spinner. Shite. This one won't survive. Well it's a keeper and I'm hungry; so be it. I quit fishing and went home and by 4:30 I was cooking that fish. I hadn't had trout that ffreshh in years.

Not a bad day, eh? That's why I live here.
WTF

climber
Oct 10, 2018 - 05:51am PT
The mighty Truckee River is on fire right now. The bows are in full on gorging mode. Hereís a few from the other night.
Get bent
Get bent
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Itís great having a river run through your town and 10 minutes from the front door. Hope we have another big winter to keep the bugs going and the fish happy. Itís been a great year here.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Oct 10, 2018 - 08:06am PT
Nice fish, WTF! I have a good friend that just took a job and moved to Truckee so I need to make a trip up there. I've never fished that river since I only go to Tahoe in the winter.

14 inch min
This always bugs me, should be 14 inch max. There have been several studies showing that taking bigger fish reduces fish size and abundance when compared to taking smaller fish. Some land managers are changing regs but there are still too many places that encourage taking the big momma trout that can lay exponentially more eggs than their smaller cousins.

Smaller rainbows taste better too, in my opinion. Not criticizing you, wayno, you did the right thing to follow the rules, just criticizing a dumb rule. It's right up there with all of those places in Europe that don't allow catch and release.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Oct 10, 2018 - 09:25am PT
Alright team, I need your advice.

Next week I am taking three days (Fri am alpine start, home Sunday night) with some old buddies of mine into the backcountry (our 23rd year in a row) and we are looking for big fish.

I don't know much about backpacking as a means to go fishing.....but we definitely aren't looking for a death march. Willing to grind a bit but we are looking for the a three day late fall mountain trout trip headed out of the Eastside of the Sierras, somewhere between Golden Trout wilderness to the South and Bridgeport to the North.

So, give us the beta, where are we gonna catch big mountain trout in a nice setting this time of year!

Ready....go.
WTF

climber
Oct 11, 2018 - 06:08am PT
Limpingcrab come up and Iíll give you a tour Iím in truckee a lot these days.

Micro you know who to call? Calling Stimbo to the forum there I did that for you. Have a great trip. Wish I had the desire to hike to fish. The truckee was on fire yesterday. Well on fire after it warmed up a bit. It has been some really fun days the last few weeks.

Hump day sample plate.
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Brown town.
Brown town.
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Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Oct 11, 2018 - 06:36am PT
The Truckee is my "home stream" and though I'm not around much of the year that is gonna change soon. These images of October fishing just make me so homesick...but, thanks for sharing!

Timid, you seeing this?
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Oct 11, 2018 - 07:48am PT
Nice bows and brown WTF!!!
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 12, 2018 - 11:07pm PT
micronut, try West Lake. Large Browns and Rainbows with some cutts too. Up the Green Creek drainage near Bridgeport. One day in. Some of my best days fishing in the Sierra.
WTF

climber
Oct 13, 2018 - 05:46am PT
Micro thanks man itís been a great fall here on the mighty Truckee River. I havenít even been out to pyramid yet due to the quality of fishing weíre having on the river.

Delhi when you get back the fish will be happy to greet you. Itís been an amazing last couple of years and letís hope we get some snow this year and the flows can stay steady next summer. Best bug year this year in a long time.

Well hope you are all out getting some fall fishing in this weekend.

I finally got the tying bench set up in a permanent local. Should be able to crank out a lot of bugs this winter.
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G_Gnome

Trad climber
Cali
Oct 13, 2018 - 11:55am PT
Well Keesee and I got to the Roaring River! For about 2 hours. Damn but it is hard going! But it is one of the most beautiful rivers and had lots of fish of good size and we saw some big ones in there. Fished Sugerloaf Creek too and had a blast but nothing of any real size in it. We have a different plan if we go in there again. Start at the Roaring River ranger station and then work downstream. We fished just above the confluence of the Roaring and Sugerloaf Creek but the terrain is so rugged it takes forever to get anywhere.

The hiking was pretty bad. It snowed the second half of our hike in on Saturday afternoon so that is just kind of a blur of trying to make time. Then it started raining hard just before we made camp. Next morning was spent drying us and our gear out then hiked into a perfect campsite at the confluence of Sugerloaf and Ferguson Creek. Hiked out in one day - 10+ miles with 2,200 feet of elevation change. Got to the car just before dark. Took a couple days to recover from that slog!

A real adventure but sadly not enough of a fishing trip to be worth that amount of effort. Guy has some photos that maybe he will post next week.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Oct 14, 2018 - 04:40pm PT
Hey Ruppell..... from the West Branch of the Ausable this morning. Thanks for the beta. Fun place!

Ausable River, NY
Ausable River, NY
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WTF

climber
Oct 15, 2018 - 08:23pm PT
Nice Stimbo hope youíre having fun. I bet it is beautiful there right now.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Oct 25, 2018 - 09:43am PT
Not much time to post right now, but I just got back from three days fishing down on the Forks of the Kern. Two old high school buddies and myself, on our 24th annual October expedition. Three days of backpacking, camping under the stars, slaying trout and nipping on Scotch. Doesn't get much better than that. I will post up a more detailed report soon.
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WTF

Trad climber
The spawning grounds.
Oct 26, 2018 - 05:04pm PT
Nice micro. Come out to pyramid in mid December we can carry the crab out to his ladder and sit him down.
ruppell

climber
Oct 26, 2018 - 05:46pm PT
Hey Stimbo

Glad you liked it. It is a great river. Hope the trips going well.
Br3tt

climber
Oct 29, 2018 - 02:55pm PT
I'm headed up to fish the Kern for the first time ever - any tips/recommendations as to where I should go this time of year? I was told to just get on the Kern River Highway in Kernville and head north to Johnsondale Bridge, and between those two spots there would be plenty of places to pull off and wade. Google earth seems to back this up.

New to fly fishing and it's my first time fishing the Kern so any tips would be greatly appreciated.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Oct 30, 2018 - 03:02pm PT
Het Br3tt, I'd say that area is a pretty good place to check out for somebody new to fly-fishing. You can supposedly park right at the Johnsondale Bridge and fish up-river for the next several miles and this time of the year is ideal. I've never fished that section, and last weekend on The Forks of The Kern was my first time on that river ever.

It was awesome but the fish were picky. Here's what we learned overall.

Nymphing was more productive than dries.

Two nymphs, a large (size12-14)Prince Nymph and a small (sz20) bead head olive or pheasant tail flashback worked nicely
(set up small nymph, big nymph, small splitshot then indicator from bottom to top)

A stimulator orange or a brown hopper and a small nymph dropper also worked a bit but not as effective as just double nymphs.

The fish were pretty selective the two days we were down in there (The forks of the Kern eilderness.....not the five mile stretch above the bridge) but they were good sized....12-15 inches and fought heavy. Have a blast!

Scott

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I'm almost always a catch and release guy but a couple of these beauties became backcountry fish tacos that night.
F'ueco

Boulder climber
Peoples Republic Of Boulder
Oct 30, 2018 - 03:49pm PT
They canít all be huge.

Fish
Fish
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Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 8, 2018 - 05:06pm PT
The arctic-air mass that is impacting the northern U.S. has lowered day-time high temperatures in Choss Creek into the mid-40's f. There were also winds in the 10 - 15 mph range here today, so of course I decided to go fishing.

I had one of my favorite spring creeks all to myself when I got there at 3:00 PM & the fish were quite active in the surface film, when I got to the first hole. Unfortunately my selection of emergers did not cut it with most of the fish, but after a while, I got a solid hook-up & immediately broke it off on last summerís 5-x tippit.

After I put on 3-x tippit, I was once again skunked in the middle of a gaggle of cavorting trout. No emergers were coming off, no flying insects were around in the late afternoon conditions, but the fish were actively feeding & did their best to ignore my presentations. I finally tied on an 8-x wooly bugger & was ignored some more.

I moved upstream to a possibly less-frustrating hole & despite a couple solid hits, I fished on into sunset with numb fingers & zero fish subdued. I finally was starting to shiver & I said to myself, 3 more casts & that's it. On the 2nd cast I got a solid hit again, & said OK, 3 more casts.

On my next to last cast I hooked a decent rainbow, which looked around 20" on its first jump. It then ripped out line like a much bigger trout & played me hard. I rationalized that I was fishing with a 5 weight rod & I normally catch bigger fish on at least a 6-weight rod.

I like to get fish to the bank as soon as possible, so I don't exhaust & kill them, but this trout played me for at least 5 minutes. I didnít try to measure it on my rod, but it wasn't a lot longer than 20". Note the body of the wooly bugger, which is 1 ľĒ long, for scale. However the fish was thick with muscle & likely weighed around 4-5 lbs.
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Slightly warmer, I went back to the first hole I had fished & the damn trout were still cavorting in the surface film. In 10 minutes, I enjoyed a couple light hits & started shivering again. The hell with it, I went home.

Damn those trout!
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 8, 2018 - 08:05pm PT
Great job Fritz! Getting that rainbow to hand was worth it.
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