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Old 02-27-18, 02:49 PM   #1
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Worked through grading half my midterms and was so disheartened I had to take a river break. Drove on down to the usual spot where I found my Tuesday fishing bud's car, and him already on the water (likely slaying it).

I jumped in way below him so as to not front end him. We waved and got back to fishing.

Started really slow, and my bud decided to head upstream, where I'm sure he got into them. I decided I would do an experiment. I was already rigged for dry drop so I was going to dry drop up the entire section, not changing flies or depth. Then I'd fish back with same flies, but Euro/tight line. The latter won out by a ratio of about 8:1
Ended up with 2 on the dry drop. One brown




On the way back I did much better









^ Best fish of the day





Ended up being a good day. I was going to run a streamer back up but decided to get bank to work.




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Old 02-27-18, 03:21 PM   #2
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Ended up being a good day. I was going to run a streamer back up but decided to get bank to work.




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Ok now you are just rubbing salt in an open wound, lol.
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Nice day of fishing right there. Interesting total count D.D. vs Euro. Was it a fish depth thing or do you just think you had a better handle on strikes with the Euro method?

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Old 02-27-18, 04:40 PM   #4
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Man that first brown sure is purty.
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Great report and great pix. If you ever get one of those 30 foot Tenkara rods, you'll really slay it.
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Great report and great pix. If you ever get one of those 30 foot Tenkara rods, you'll really slay it.
No reason to cast when you can just point your fancy tenkara across the whole river.
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Great report and great pix. If you ever get one of those 30 foot Tenkara rods, you'll really slay it.
If he gets one of those 30’ tenkara rods he won’t even have to get out of his truck to slay it!
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Such a nice brown Steve! Well done =) Nice shot of all the fins too I like staring at it, quality trout porn.

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Ok now you are just rubbing salt in an open wound, lol.
Haha. Not compared to your chattooga fish.. HAHA

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If he gets one of those 30’ tenkara rods he won’t even have to get out of his truck to slay it!
Ah, man, that'd be the life. I could sit back, relax, cast right over the trees... haha.

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Such a nice brown Steve! Well done =) Nice shot of all the fins too I like staring at it, quality trout porn.

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Thanks dude. After all the "smaller" fish I've been catching, was a nice surprise to have a real tug.

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Nice day of fishing right there. Interesting total count D.D. vs Euro. Was it a fish depth thing or do you just think you had a better handle on strikes with the Euro method?

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@DDF, @Streamsidesam asked a similar question and I don't really know the answer. I literally just cut my dry off and tried my best to fish those same nymphs at the same depth as the when dry-dropping, I know this, because I even left the tag on from where I cut off the dry to give me a bit of visual reference. As far as strike detection, maybe, but I have my dry and my suspended nymphs pretty well balanced and I keep my tag 1 inch or less, so my strike detection is pretty solid dry-dropping. I honestly thought, for sure, I would get less Euro/tight-lining, because the wind. I had to wait between casts for the wind to die down prior to casting; I was trying also to fish similar distance, because the water was super clear. My initial thought was that these fish had already seen me dry-drop this area for weeks and needed a new presentation, but that's just silly. I think what's going on is that with euro my nymphs are getting a better drag free drift and possibly getting deeper. As much as I think I am controlling the line and the spacing between dry and droppers, there is ultimately drag in that system. Using a Tightline presentation they are right in the flow and I could, more or less, control the speed of the drift and there were some instances when I could actively slow the drift down or speed the drift up - both strategies induced strikes at least once. All I know is that you shouldn't take these data to the bank; it was a fun pseudo-, uncontrolled, wholly unreliable, and invalid experiment. But it was fun. Lastly, using both strategies: All takes were on the point (bottom) fly. I didn't catch a single fish on the tag and the water types ranged from fairly fast(ish) white tipped water, to much slower slack water. The fish were mostly in the back of the faster water.
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