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Old 02-15-17, 02:55 PM   #1
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Default Wilds in the winter

Sorry for the late report. I know. Not cool.

A few weeks ago I snuck up to one of my favorite streams to see how our wilds fared following the drought of '16. The water temps were in a good range and flows were good too. In short, the catching was great and I was happy to see how the trout handled the drought.

The first cast yielded a fish. This guy.



I was excited. Why? A. Because it was a trout (which means there are still fish there), and B. Because he's not going to stay that small.

The pheasant tail I had on took so many hits that it began to completely unravel. But I was still catching fish on it - three or four back-to-back out of just one small little run. So, I figured, why fix what ain't broke? So I kept it on and kept catching fish on it. It inspired me to create what I might call the Raggedy Shaggedy Pheasant Tail, cuz that's what it was.

The fish got a little bigger as they day went on.





This was the biggest of the double-digit day. He came from a pretty little plunge pool in a tight area that called for the ol' bow and arrow approach. First cast in and, bam, nice strike.





So, good news. The fish are still there in good numbers, big and small . . . and getting bigger everyday.
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Old 02-15-17, 03:04 PM   #2
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Old 02-15-17, 03:27 PM   #3
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Hmmm. I just checked both the website and Tapatalk and they're showing for me. Although, the pics on the website were loading abnormally slow. Do you think that might be it? Perhaps giving it a little more time to load?
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Old 02-15-17, 03:31 PM   #4
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Photos work for me. Nice report.
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Old 02-15-17, 05:19 PM   #5
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Awesome report.
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Old 02-15-17, 05:32 PM   #6
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Awesome report Trouter23! I was worried about the same things and you have boosted my confidence!!
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Old 02-16-17, 09:00 AM   #7
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Awesome report and great pictures! I have checked out the wild fish a few times this winter also and am happy to see how they are doing.
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Old 02-16-17, 10:23 AM   #8
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Great pictures. I love wild fish. Small and big. Good to hear they're doing well up there still.
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Sweet report! Just missing one thing - what were they eating so readily?!
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Sweet report! Just missing one thing - what were they eating so readily?!
Thanks! Check the middle of the report for what they were eager for and the new fly they inspired.
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