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  • #4511

    Dark Waters
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    It’s been quiet around here lately. Hopefully folks are busy fish’n. It’s been a short spring here in NJ. A cold March and April and now summer like temps in May, the freestones are low and currently approaching 70 degrees during the day with highs near 90 the next fews days. I think it’s because I took off work. Oh well, I can always hope for a wetter fall.. The past two have been pretty dry, kind of like how this spring has gone.

    Anybody catching fish? How is your spring going?

    #4514

    Dry Fly Guy
    Keymaster

    I’ll chime in here….

    I’ve been fishing almost every day. Assisting the DNR has simply put me on the water a lot, and as soon as things slow down for a moment, I wet a line while I’m waiting for the next angler(s) I need to talk to.

    It’s been educational to say the least, and I’ve fished still-water more this year than I ever have. In fact, probably more than I have in the previous twenty years combined. Which has also reinforced in my mind just how much I prefer moving water. Anyway….

    The most fun / interesting thing that has occurred in that time (fishing wise anyway) is when I caught….

    I was tossing a Yellow Humpy for Bluegill and cast toward a tree that was still in the water (The reservoir was about 9 feet above summer pool at the time). I was doing the old “make a splash” cast I use for bass and panfish, so there was no finesse or a “soft presentation”, quite the opposite really.

    Anyway, nothing hit it right away, and I gave it a little twitch. Still nothing, so I began to strip in a little line to take out the slack and prepare for anther cast. I wasn’t being picky about this, kind of lazy really, and the humpy “submerged” with the pull and the slack gone. I was about ready to begin my back cast when I felt the pull going the other way. So I just gave a quick jerk. Bingo!

    Line pulled rapidly through my hands, and the fish was on the reel before I knew it. It was a strong fighting fish whatever it was, and if it was a Bluegill it was a monster!

    In short order, but a fight full of excitement, I landed the first Walleye I have ever caught on a fly rod. The fish measured just a little over 14 inches, and is easily the best fighting fish I’ve caught this year.

    And for the record… It was caught using an 863-4 Winston BIIIx rod (which has become my “sit in the car rod” for work), Cadno Silk line, on a Hardy Bouglé reel, a furled (thread) leader, 4X tippet, and a Size 12 Yellow Humpy.

    ~ DFG

    #4518

    Lightline
    Participant

    Its going full throttle into prime time here in the Rockies. Drakes, Salmonflies, all kinds of bugs hatching or ready to hatch. We had little to no winter, therefore little runoff, and a wet May are all keeping river flows at fishable levels for the most part. Many are in prime shape. The wet weather keeps farmers from putting in “demands” for water to be raised on tailwaters for irrigation, since they don’t need it yet.

    I’m catching a few fish, but am mainly working every day in anticipation of a long summer break to hit the late June, July, August, September, and October hatches on the west’s finest. My first long stop, as usual, will be the Henry’s Fork in 3 weeks. I visited there this past weekend, and the March Brown’s were hatching and the fish were up. Caddis, Drakes, PMD’s, and a factory of others are ready to pop!

    #4520

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    I managed to sneak off for a short trip last night. (I’ve been off all week) Hit a small wild trout stream just after a thunderstorm. Got a couple trout, and again this morning. After that temps when up and I fished for bass with a spinning rod. Had a pretty neat day so I’m pleased.

    Lightline, It sounds like you live and fish in trout heaven. I watched stocked rainbows feed on the surface today but didn’t fish for them because the temps were 70+.

    #4522

    Creek
    Participant

    Lots of browns on BWO’s.

    #4523

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    Creek, how is your Spider experiment going? I’m surprised you are not fishing an adams!

    #4526

    Creek
    Participant

    LOL…I do use an Adams for BWO’s :) I was just saying what naturals the fish were eating.

    Spiders are hit and miss. To be honest. They’re sub surface flies, and even though they’re an old fly and method of using them. It doesn’t appeal to me like dries. I noticed my fly box is just dries now, so I guess the Spider experiment is over. It sounded good during the winter when I wasn’t fishing. Not so much now. Dry flies are in my heart, and I can’t argue with my heart.

    #4527

    Lightline
    Participant

    DW, I don’t think trout fishing gets any better than the northern and central Rockies. It spoils a guy. I’ve never trout fished the midwest, driftless, or anywhere east of the Rockies. Some of the spring creeks look and sound like fun, but then I read the stories, see the pictures, and compare them to the fishing I have all around me, and I lose motivation to even go anywhere else. “Trout heaven” is about right. I’m a day’s easy drive from anywhere in the west, and a day and a half from anywhere on the west coast. Right now, and for the next 4 1/2 months, its dry fly heaven. I’m a happy camper!

    #4528

    Creek
    Participant

    Amen…..

    #4530

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    Creek – Then all is right with the world, I thought you were actually fishing a BWO.

    DFG – I always wanted to catch a walleye on a fly rod. I’ve caught them as by-catch in smallie water and they are a blast.

    I can understand the winter mindset. I think and plan things in the winter that once the season comes along, it never seems to apply. I’ve come to accept it as my wayward means of dealing with the downtime.

    Another thing that helps me get through those days are the pictures I take along the way. This one will keep me company next winter.

    The mist was a nice touch. Took 5 brookies from this pool on a nice morning, wouldn’t be a bad place or way to spend eternity.

    #4531

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    A few more

    #4532

    Dry Fly Guy
    Keymaster

    That really looks like some fun water to fish.

    And I love the composition of that first photo DW! The log leading your eye into the photo to the falls… Really a nice shot.

    ~ DFG

    #4533

    Creek
    Participant

    Picture time. Here’s a little creek I fish once in a while. It’s on private land, and i’m the only one who fishes it. I don’t want to over fish it, so I only go there a couple of times a month. Surprisingly big fish in it. No, I don’t take pictures of fish caught.

    #4534

    Creek
    Participant

    Here’s more creeks I fish on public land.

    This is one of my favorites. Chalk Creek. It starts up at St Elmo above 11,000ft, and flows down to the Arkansas River. About 20 miles of creek. Browns at the bottom, and brookies and cutthroats towards the top.

    Arkansas River.

    #4535

    Dark Waters
    Participant

    Beautiful water and scenery!

    Thanks DFG, I’ve taken other pics of the same spot but that one is my favorite.

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