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Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 2, 2014 - 01:34am PT
Some treats from this afternoon.

Saturday afternoon footballs.
Saturday afternoon footballs.
Credit: Stimbo
Dead lifting some slabs.
Dead lifting some slabs.
Credit: Stimbo
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Feb 2, 2014 - 01:43am PT
Really nice Stimbo. Looks like Owens just upstream of Crowley.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 2, 2014 - 10:22am PT
Way upstream....
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:16pm PT
Nice Stimbo!

Here's a video my good buddy Kyran made which gives a good idea of what it's like to spin fish on Lake Powell. In this video he catches 5 species of fish in a morning. All these areas fished are within a few miles of the marina.

Come check out Lake Powell fishing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_-SUGwpiJs
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 3, 2014 - 10:36am PT
Albatross, that looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing.
WTF

climber
Feb 3, 2014 - 03:12pm PT
Nice video. I like the style of humor and fishing. Keep it fun is what I have always said.

If you want to try the fly just buy some crawdad patterns and use anywhere from a 150 grain to 300 grain shooting head set up on a 6 weight. Learn to double haul for long casts and you be throwing it a long ways before you know it.

Good advice about the rocks being key to success. So many guys beat water to death that's not fishy thinking it's their fly or jig.
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Feb 3, 2014 - 05:25pm PT
I'm glad you folks took the time to watch Kyrans video. He is one cool, down to earth person.
Here's another short ( 3 min.) Kyran made in Antelope Canyon on Lake Powell. It's called "More Sand Than Stone", so named after a route of mine in the area. Video gives a good idea of what it is like to explore the slot canyons along the lake. That is him singing and strumming on the song he wrote:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhUF-bRkmGw
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Feb 3, 2014 - 07:55pm PT
WTF thanks for the tip on the crawdad pattern. When bass fishing in the spring and fall, we use 3-3.5" plastic tube jigs (like Kyran showed) which are meant to imitate crawfish. Cast towards shore and retrieve. When the bite is really on it is almost too easy, I caught 6 SM Bass in 10 casts with Kyran last May. I've often longed for the challenge of throwing a crawfish imitation on a fly rod in those cases. Either way, one awesome thing about this lake is you never know what you might be reeling in (is it a SM, LM, Walleye, Striper, Shad, Cat, crappie, bluegill, trout, etc).


Mmmm, Striped Bass, it's whats for dinner!
Mmmm, Striped Bass, it's whats for dinner!
Credit: the albatross


Last year an estimated two million Striped Bass were harvested from Lake Powell. Come down and catch some bass!
The Guy

Trad climber
Portland, OR
Feb 3, 2014 - 09:01pm PT
Large trout= steelhead
Large trout=steelhead <br/>
Large trout=steelhead

Credit: The Guy
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Feb 3, 2014 - 09:40pm PT
Look at this hog of a Striped Bass. I stole this pic off the internet. It might be the largest recorded Striper pulled out of Powell. I believe it was found floating dead in the San Juan Arm 5-10 years ago.
Somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 pounds??


Not my photo.
Not my photo.
Credit: the albatross

WTF

climber
Feb 3, 2014 - 09:48pm PT
Wow. Huge.

Albert if you are looking for a good affordable rod look at the Echo line of rods. They are reasonable and their is an amazing team of anglers behind their development.

Find out when the crawdads molt and find out when they spawn. These are amazing times to hook up as I'm sure you know.

The only advice I have on reels is buy one you can change spools on easy and the spools are affordable. That and it has a good drag that does not surge. I fish a lot of orvis reels but have Tibor and Ross in the quiver. The orvis reels perform fine on smaller fish up to 10 pounds. After that it's IMO critical to have a very good drag that doesn't surge.

I'll be out to Powell in a few years for a houseboat trip as soon as the little ones are bigger and I can enjoy a house boat trip without worrying about them all day drowning.

Peace and tight lines.
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Feb 3, 2014 - 10:20pm PT
WTF- thanks for the tips on the fly rod. I have one and have done several weeks of fishing over the last 5 years in the renowned trout fishing below Glen Canyon Dam (which created Lake Powell). The rainbow trout there are like fleas and a ton of fun to catch, particularly during the cicada hatch in mid-summer. The fish launch like missiles toward the top water lures, in the clear water you can see them springing, it's all a matter of setting the hook. My biggest is around 18", but have heard stories in the last few years of 24-25". I caught my first Brown Trout there last March.
Sorry, no fish pics to post because I forgot the mask in those days.

Anyway, here is some of the scenery in Glen Canyon.

Colorado River fun
Colorado River fun
Credit: the albatross
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Feb 4, 2014 - 11:13pm PT
Any Primus fans out there? This song, "Fish On" rocks...

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

Striped Bass, Padre Bay, early June '13
Striped Bass, Padre Bay, early June '13
Credit: the albatross
WTF

climber
Feb 10, 2014 - 11:12pm PT
http://vimeo.com/85147880

This is magical.

Enjoy.
WTF

climber
Feb 11, 2014 - 11:35pm PT
Bump cuz you fishing freaks need to see this vimeo.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Feb 11, 2014 - 11:37pm PT
WTF - you are right! I've sent that link all over. Incredible. Thanks
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Feb 25, 2014 - 09:12pm PT
That is a cool video!

I wish I could say I caught this fish
I wish I could say I caught this fish
Credit: the albatross


Here's a pic I believe of the mount of that big striper posted above. Apparently the mount they had was not as big as the actual fish.

Wish I had fish pics to post, but my last four day trip to Powell on the full moon was an absolute strike out. Still beats working though!

Anybody catching any fish? Post up.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 28, 2014 - 03:15pm PT
I need a bigger net.... wild steelhead from the Trinity

Trinity River steel...
Trinity River steel...
Credit: Stimbo
WTF

climber
Feb 28, 2014 - 03:22pm PT
Stimbo
Is that recent and how were the crowds? I want to head over but man the water is low and the reports are not encouraging for a 5 hour drive.
Care to share what the real report is?

Yeah bigger net would be good and nice fish. There are some big ones that would break that net in there.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 28, 2014 - 05:55pm PT
WTF -- I'm supposed to be on the Trinity now but we got spooked with the weather and postponed our trip. Inclement weather is all part of fishing up there, however, when the river blows out you are hosed. We've got an 8 hour drive, so we try to optimize our chances.

This photo was taken a few weeks ago when the flows were low, the water cold and clear. Supposedly less than ideal conditions for any type of trout. The fishing pressure was light because the reports didn't sound that appealing so the crowds were non-existent. Regardless, the fishing was great. The moral is, go. With these rains, more fish have pushed into the system. It's just a matter of checking the reports to see if the river has blown out. When the "dust settles," the fishing will be great. There's lots of river to get lost on and lose the crowds. See you up there sometime?
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