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Stimbo

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

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 8, 2018 - 08:19pm PT
Stimbo! Thank you. It's always frustrating when the fish are keying on something obscure & I can't figure out what it is. Today, there were no obvious clues, other than a bunch of feeding trout in the surface film.

I confess: that very stout trout saved the afternoon for me, although I have been skunked on spring creeks before.

Credit: Fritz

Credit: Fritz
WTF

Trad climber
The spawning grounds.
Nov 9, 2018 - 06:42am PT
Nice Fritz. I feel your pain there. Hereís a tip when your seeing fish feed and you struggle to figure it out.

Take a 5 gallon paint strainer you can buy them at any paint store. Slide it over your net and do a seine sample. The paint strainers are great. They fold up to nothing and work great. I use it all the time several times a day sometimes. It will reveal the bugs your not seeing.

Credit: WTF
Credit: WTF
Credit: WTF
Credit: WTF

Pyramid this weekend and hopefully I get to fish with Stimbo Wednesday on the mighty Truckee.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Nov 9, 2018 - 06:53am PT
Pyramid this weekend and hopefully I get to fish with Stimbo Wednesday on the mighty Truckee.

I cannot wait, hopefully this will work out. And if not, there will always be the mighty 'mid. Have a good weekend! Brrr.... 12ļ this morning. We're going to head to the Meadows and bag a peak. Cheers!
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 9, 2018 - 07:47am PT
WTF! Thank you for the tip on catching small insects in the water. When I was fishing more I used to carry a small aquarium strainer for the same purpose.

I may have to find it again.
WTF

Trad climber
The spawning grounds.
Nov 11, 2018 - 09:09am PT
Well pyramid was a bust for me got zeroed for the first time in a long time there. I did however get to see my friend land a nice one.

Bill confessed to me on the drive out he hadnít caught a fish at pyramid yet. He is a local who just got into flyfishing last year and Iíve been helping him flatten the learning curve over the last year. Well I tell him on the way out not to worry that every cast is a chance at the fish of a lifetime here.

I was proved correct on his first cast. A cast of maybe 50 feet and while not pretty it was out in the water. As I stood next to his ladder and try to explain the finer points of the double haul his rod is almost removed from his hand as he is stripping in the flies. Fish on and well letís just say I knew it wasnít a 22 inch cutty. After coaching bill not to hold the reel knob when the fish is pulling and to let the drag do the work and we get the fish to the net.

Bill is so pumped up, I am as well. Heís never come close to catching a fish this size. A fish this size teaches a lot of lessons. One is you donít just strip it in unless you are a master of line management. Second let the rod n reel do the work and you just keep the tip up and pressure on at all times. Third when it comes to holding a large fish like this when you are green to holding large fish hold on tight but not too tight or well it will tail slap your ass and say goodbye. Well we got a pic of it in the net sorta and we got a pic of it swimming away.
Credit: WTF
Credit: WTF
Credit: WTF

Solid 28 inch plus fish and 8 pounds easy. Things are picking up out at the pond.
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 15, 2018 - 07:30pm PT
WTF! My sympathies on getting skunked, but it looks like your mentoring another fisherman worked out great.

Things have warmed into the balmy low 50 f. range during the day here & I ventured out to the same spring creek again today. As I approached the first fishing hole, I flushed a couple hundred ducks & a blue heron off the water, so things were a little slow at the start. I immediately noticed a size 18 - 20 brownish midge on the water, but since I had a wooly bugger tied on, I tried that for a few casts, while the fish calmed down from all the bird commotion.

On my 3rd cast I caught a fat 12" rainbow & shortly after that, the fish started rising to the midge hatch.
Credit: Fritz

I tied on my smallest matching fly, a size 18 parachute Adams & fooled none of them. After a few minutes I moved up to the next hole, & finally rolled a couple small trout without firmly hooking them.

I went wet again with a size 14 rubberleg hare's ear & I started catching 6" - 9" trout & a few minutes later, it caught me a fat & hard fighting 12" bow. He must have liked me, since after I released him, he hung out with me for a while. (my boot-tip at bottom left)
Credit: Fritz

After a few more small fish, the sun mostly set behind trees & I tied on a size 8 wooly bugger & soon hooked a big trout. It looked like a 20" fish, but fought like a 12" carp. I soon had it up close & indeed it was around 20" & 3 or 4 lbs & I grew concerned it was a tired old spawner, & that I needed to release it as gently & quickly as possible.

Credit: Fritz

Note the hooked jaw, a good sign of an older spawner.

Credit: Fritz

Credit: Fritz

Unfortunately, it had nearly swallowed my fly & although I carry a set of forceps with a long jaw, I didn't want to chance the hook ripping out of a gill & my trout "bleeding-out." I cut the leader & during the process the fish revenged itself with nipping my hand.
Credit: Fritz

My new wooly bugger lacked the magic of the old one & although I caught a couple more small trout & saw one in the 25" - 30" range rolling, I was getting cold after an hour waist-deep in 58 f. water.

I moved down to the next hole & after a couple more small trout, hooked the last fish of the day, a nice 15" trout.

Credit: Fritz

It was nearly 5:00 PM & it was time to punch out, sit on the bank, smoke something & have a drink. Unfortunately, I don't smoke & hadn't thought to bring something to drink, so I took a couple scenic photos, consoled myself with having caught 18 trout in 2 hours, & drove home.

Credit: Fritz

Credit: Fritz


F'ueco

Boulder climber
Peoples Republic Of Boulder
Nov 15, 2018 - 07:53pm PT
Another tiny brown trout from Boulder Creek. Not much to look at, but wet wading in a creek with ice on it made for some mid-November fun last night.

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Credit: F'ueco
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