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  • DH 0, IF 3 (plus butter)

    I fished the DH yesterday and part of this morning with no success. I really can't figure out what is going on with it this year or dial it in apparently. In any event, decided to abandon whitewater after about an hour and go to my old standby IF.

    In a matter of minutes I picked up two bows, one with some size and the other small enough to make me speculate about rainbow reproduction again (an 8 inch fish, tops).

    Then, I changed locations and worked my way through some of my favorite less pressured water where I promptly picked up this colored up brown. I am calling it a gentleman's 13.



    Think I am going to let the DH cool off 'til spring unless I start hearing better reports coming out of there...

  • #2
    I love to fish IF in the winter when most folks are fishing DH waters, but last week was really tough for me at IF, total skunk on Friday so your results are great. Notice how long and skinny the browns at IF are compared to dam fish....
    RScott

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    • #3
      Just got back from Whitewater, and made a trip there Friday as well, but no luck. Worked my way up and down but nothing - not a single bite. I'm thinking I need to switch it up as well.

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      • #4
        RScott, I think everyone else caught on because there were more anglers at IF than WW today. I counted six which is as many as I see in the summer months.

        Agree that the browns down there are slender. I caught an almost identical fish in nearly the same spot earlier in the year. If the markings weren't different, I would swear it was the same fish.

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        • #5
          I got skunked on the DH for about an hour or so Sunday afternoon at Palisdades area. Did see two bald eagles though.

          The DH section is closer to me than where those pretty brownies swim. I think I need to head up there next.

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          • #6
            I understand the DH ease of access for some fellas but the there are just so many more plus sides to fishing above MF. Wild browns, better educated fish which I believe makes for better educated anglers and more places to fish.
            @glennmau

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            • #7
              Originally posted by decfly View Post
              I got skunked on the DH for about an hour or so Sunday afternoon at Palisdades area. Did see two bald eagles though.

              The DH section is closer to me than where those pretty brownies swim. I think I need to head up there next.
              Originally posted by gau16 View Post
              I understand the DH ease of access for some fellas but the there are just so many more plus sides to fishing above MF. Wild browns, better educated fish which I believe makes for better educated anglers and more places to fish.
              I completely agree. @decfly I'm with you, I live closer to Cochran Shoals but WW is usually where I'll go if time is limited. I've had luck there but nothing so far this year. @gau16 I agree as and when possible I do try to head further north, but sadly that's not always the case. My wife and I have a (soon to be) 2yo and another one on the way so I'll take what I can get.

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              • #8
                Last year the DH fish were much more cooperative for me right off the bat and were good through December. I am hoping this year they are just taking more time to get acclimated to the river conditions and will behave more naturally in the early spring.

                The DH is mainly nice for me because it is 15 minutes from where I live (versus about 35 to IF and more like an hour to JB or the dam). In any event, I will probably stick to IF through the rest of December. The DH is false economy if I am getting skunked.

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                • #9
                  I've had luck at WW this year. The key to my success is to keep moving and fish everything. Sometimes they are not where you would expect given the conditions. I've done at least 5 fish per day or better each time I've been out there.

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by RScott View Post
                    I love to fish IF in the winter when most folks are fishing DH waters, but last week was really tough for me at IF, total skunk on Friday so your results are great. Notice how long and skinny the browns at IF are compared to dam fish....
                    Big T
                    This may be why your fish didn't hit 20". You weren't fishing where the 20inchers live.

                    All kidding aside. WW has been fishing kind of slow to me as well guys. I have stopped and fished it a couple of times this season with some success but nothing I would say I had them dialed in. I have had better success at PP. As Big T would say fish the water where everyone else overlooks. Small skinny, oh lets walk past this stretch to get to the holes we know. This is the type of water that has been producing for me.
                    "Be patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger." - Herbert Hoover

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