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Old 05-13-18, 04:19 PM   #1
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Default Other than chubs, all we caught was a skunk 5/9/18

So my brother-in-law and I have been hunting specks on a particular stream that I'm not even sure holds them at this point. I bought a new Cabelas CGR 5'9" 3wt so I wouldn't have to drag my 8'6" 5wt through the brush anymore. I have to say, for my first glass rod, first 3wt, and first short rod, this thing is awesome! I love the maneuverability and the action for small streams. We got lucky on the way up to find the gates open off the FS road so we wouldn't have to hike as far to get on the water. I've been wanting to focus more on dry flies instead of nymphs and droppers.

Now, normally when I'm on a stream, I tend to spook some fish somehow. I was surprised that at no point during the day did I see any darting shadows, even later in the day when I was intentionally trying to spook some. We fished holes and runs that I just knew had to have fish but to no avail. I tried orange stimis, royal wulffs, bwos, black caddis, olive caddis, and tan caddis all in 14 or 16. I also tried a 16 copper John both alone and as a dropper. I caught 2 small knotty heads on the stimi and sight fished what I thought was a wild trout with a royal wulff but I pulled it up only to find a decent sized(about 6") orange bellied knotty. I don't know what we were doing wrong but it was definitely something. I told my BIL that I had come to the conclusion that we have no idea what we are doing. It was actually kind of disheartening. Then we came upon these falls that I was sure held fish at the bottom...nothing. I'm going back at some point in the next week or two because I am determined to at least catch some form of trout on this stream....it's become personal now. Sorry for the lack of fish pictures, i just didnt think the knotty heads were worth it. As soon as i figure out this imgur thing ill post the 2 pics i have from this trip, 1 of the stream where we parked and 1 of the falls.
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Old 05-13-18, 04:30 PM   #2
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So my brother-in-law and I have been hunting specks on a particular stream that I'm not even sure holds them at this point. I bought a new Cabelas CGR 5'9" 3wt so I wouldn't have to drag my 8'6" 5wt through the brush anymore. I have to say, for my first glass rod, first 3wt, and first short rod, this thing is awesome! I love the maneuverability and the action for small streams. We got lucky on the way up to find the gates open off the FS road so we wouldn't have to hike as far to get on the water. I've been wanting to focus more on dry flies instead of nymphs and droppers.



Now, normally when I'm on a stream, I tend to spook some fish somehow. I was surprised that at no point during the day did I see any darting shadows, even later in the day when I was intentionally trying to spook some. We fished holes and runs that I just knew had to have fish but to no avail. I tried orange stimis, royal wulffs, bwos, black caddis, olive caddis, and tan caddis all in 14 or 16. I also tried a 16 copper John both alone and as a dropper. I caught 2 small knotty heads on the stimi and sight fished what I thought was a wild trout with a royal wulff but I pulled it up only to find a decent sized(about 6") orange bellied knotty. I don't know what we were doing wrong but it was definitely something. I told my BIL that I had come to the conclusion that we have no idea what we are doing. It was actually kind of disheartening. Then we came upon these falls that I was sure held fish at the bottom...nothing. I'm going back at some point in the next week or two because I am determined to at least catch some form of trout on this stream....it's become personal now. Sorry for the lack of fish pictures, i just didnt think the knotty heads were worth it. As soon as i figure out this imgur thing ill post the 2 pics i have from this trip, 1 of the stream where we parked and 1 of the falls.


Dang man. You'll get them next time


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Old 05-13-18, 04:33 PM   #3
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Ok, files are too large, even through imgur. I give up on posting them
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Old 05-13-18, 04:50 PM   #4
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Ok, files are too large, even through imgur. I give up on posting them

Try flickr.com . You can then share on ngto at the photo size that displays best.

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Try tapatalk app.
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Old 05-14-18, 09:19 AM   #6
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I don't know what we were doing wrong but it was definitely something. I told my BIL that I had come to the conclusion that we have no idea what we are doing. It was actually kind of disheartening. Then we came upon these falls that I was sure held fish at the bottom...nothing. I'm going back at some point in the next week or two because I am determined to at least catch some form of trout on this stream....it's become personal now. Sorry for the lack of fish pictures, i just didnt think the knotty heads were worth it. As soon as i figure out this imgur thing ill post the 2 pics i have from this trip, 1 of the stream where we parked and 1 of the falls.
Remember this day when you land your first speck, as this experience will make the catch so very much sweeter. I have spent plenty of days like this (and in fact, I still spend days like this) and it is that much more joyous when you finally get it all right.

And it may not have been you - it's been hot and dry the past ~10 days or so, a bad combo for our slippery cold-water friends. After today, we're forecast for 2 - 4in of rain between now and Sun, with lots of clouds suppressing the temps. I'll be out somewhere high-up the weekend after next, looking for some hangry specks. Keep it up!
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Old 05-14-18, 03:43 PM   #7
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Tapatalk worked! First pic is the falls. Second is right near where we parked

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Old 05-15-18, 05:22 PM   #8
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Good luck finding out if trout exist in that stream.
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Old 05-28-18, 02:31 PM   #9
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Is a chub a carp?
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