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  • #5261

    Dark Waters
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    Just got back from 2.5 days of spectacular brookie fishing. Personal best wild/native brookie, personal best numbers, lost count, and just a great time to be fishing. Broke in some “old” rods and hope to get back out again before it gets too hot. **all on dries

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    #5263

    Scotty MacFly
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    Fantastic DW! 2.5 days, you lucky man. I’m being, if you’ll excuse the movie line, haunted by water. My water faucet in the rear of the house stripped, so I had to replace that. Now, the pvc pipe to my sprinkler system cracked at the valve. So I’m surrounded by water somewhat, but not being able to use it like I want, ha ha.

    Glad you were able to get some brookies in the wild & on dries. What fly and size was the preferred?

    #5264

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    Scotty, sorry to hear about the water problems, seems we always have them here. In fact I discovered a leak under the kitchen sink about midnight the night before I left. Nothing a bucket couldn’t fix..

    Anyway, with recent rains this unnamed brook was about perfect, I caught brookies up and down and even tangled with some good sized one’s too. Some brought to hand and some bested me but it was a welcome break from all else.

    In these situations I fish what I can see in the pocket water and plunge pools, and what the fish will hit. 16 and some 18 elk hair caddis and 16 Au Sable Wulffs mostly.

    Used a “new” old rod I had my eye on for almost a year, a 1956 Winston Leetle Feller that was just fantastic in the most difficult situations. Mainly casting with 3-9 ft of line out the tip plus leader.. hopefully there will be more times like this before it gets too hot.

    #5265

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    That sounds like a great day on the water. The elk hair is hard to beat at times. I hope you do get to do it again soon.

    #5266

    JoeFriday
    Participant

    Congrats on the successful weekend, DW. It’s always a pleasure to get into some brookies. I was pleasantly surprised the previous weekend when I finally got out. It was mostly browns in the 8-12 inch range. But I hit one spot that held a handful of nice specks.

    WI brook trout

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    #5268

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    Thanks, and very nice! I got into a few fish that were probably 10-11 inches or so, 1 landed and 2 escaped. I let the big one go right away. I tried to take a few fish pics over the course of the trip but they all came out pretty terrible. I need a better camera or need to brush up on skills. (focusing issues) I have some nice scenery pics but have not uploaded them anywhere yet.

    Looks like you guys had a great time at the Driftless gathering. How is your Stone rod build coming along?

    Scotty, how has your fishing been? Enjoying that new glass rod Creek talked you into?

    #5269

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    The CGR is pretty nice. The weekends have been kind of nasty down here at the base of the foothills, can’t imagine what it’s like where Creek is, he may be having snow. But anyway, I can’t complain about the rod. For $65 I got a heck of a rod. I will be honest and say I prefer my F2, but at $65, who cares!! And on that note, today I received my Zen furled leaders in the mail. I can’t wait to try these out. It’s raining really good today, and for the next few days it’s calling for rain as well. But the sprinkler system is fixed, and there is no excuse not to fish now, except my job.
    This weekend is supposed to be nice for a change, so put me in coach, I’m ready to play!

    #5270

    Creek
    Participant

    Don’t judge the rod until you use the proper line and leader.

    #5271

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    Patience Creek, patience.

    #5282

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    So I uploaded some pics..

    Recently acquired this rod. It is a 1956 Winston 7′ 4wt 2 5/8 oz. Leetle Feller.

    It has been redone before, probably in the early 80’s but some of the guides are a little loose and the varnish is orange around the thread wraps. It is on it’s way to Glenn Brackett at Sweetgrass right now for a refresh. Can’t wait to get it back.

    This rod seems to like just about any 3 or 4wt line I put on it, and I strung it up with my Cadno DT3 silk line (which loads rods better than my Phoenix DT4, especially at short distances) Don’t think I fished this line once last year, glad I hung onto it because it was a perfect pairing with this rod and the streams I fished.

    The rod was fantastic at short range, extremely accurate, able to put flies wherever I wanted. The butt section is a bit stout, with a faster softer tip. Classic medium to medium/fast feel to it, we got along right from the start.

    This brook gets even more challenging when the leaves come out..

    Pulled an 11″er from this tiny pool. (I’m guessing the size)

    Sometimes downstream fishing pays off too

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    Got to try out my Whelen tent too, really like it! Can’t wait to use it more.

    The campground was pretty much empty, nice and quiet. I did have one neighbor across the street but he was pretty quiet too. Don’t see too many (none) porcupines in my area.

    It was a great trip, I’m ready to go again.

    #5284

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    Beautiful photos and water. Now see, to me, that’s a creek. The perfect 1wt rod water, and a porcupine to boot. I don’t blame you for wanting to go back, it looks like a wonderful area. Thank you for sharing.

    I’m going to have to buy a camera and learn how to post pics.

    #5285

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    Thanks Scotty, it’s interesting sharing experiences and scenery with one another. The west looks amazing, I hope to fish there some day soon.

    #5286

    Dry Fly Guy
    Keymaster

    Very Cool DW! And that rod seems like quite the find!

    ~ DFG

    #5287

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    We have some beautiful small waters to fish, and it’s funny that some areas where I go, they’re no secret spots, but no one fishes them. Lots of hikers though, and I like that. Some spots aren’t even that far from the road, and the scenery is second to none. There are so many streams and rivers in my area, you couldn’t fish it all in a lifetime. Well, you might get close, but there are so many thin blue lines on a map of this area it’s unreal. There’s a new stream I will be playing on this summer that feeds into Middle Boulder Creek. For me, there’s a limitless supply of adventures on waters I have not yet been on just less than an hour away.

    I hope you do come out sometime. You won’t want to leave.

    #5288

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    DFG, I have had my eye on this rod since last July… the price dropped and I couldn’t take it anymore. I have found that I really like SF Winston rods, since I am kind of known for my fondness of Winston this sorta makes sense. I have been quietly moving out half my Sweetgrass rods for old Winstons. Finally have a glass rod coming my way.. stay tuned!

    Scotty, that just blows my mind.. all that water.. being that brooks and brook trout are an eastern thing, i can’t help but embrace it. This brook is actually unnamed on every map i can find of the area. Some western cutties or golden trout sure would be special though.

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