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Old 11-27-17, 10:46 AM   #1
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Default IF 11/26 Oh well, Beautiful Day!

So after four days of family, friends, football and food I needed a fishing break, so I headed out to IF to see if there were any trout left. Started great, picked up my first fish in 10 minutes crossing the 320 shoal, then another 5 minutes later - going to be an AWESOME day. Well, it was an awesome day to be outside and the river was in great shape, not too clear not too cloudy, but that was my tally for the day - 2 fish. But yesterday was like many days lately, just enjoy being outside and fly fishing was enough, number of fish was way down the list. Here is my bona fides......



I did run into Richard and Erik on the island, they seemed lost and a little confused as they were looking for trout, but only found a few. All the trout have migrated up to Bowmans Island for the winter, I guess I will have to drive further if catching a trout is important...
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Old 11-27-17, 01:48 PM   #2
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I did run into Richard and Erik on the island, they seemed lost and a little confused as they were looking for trout, but only found a few. All the trout have migrated up to Bowmans Island for the winter, I guess I will have to drive further if catching a trout is important...
Always a pleasure to run into you on the river and receive some knowledge and insight. I was definitely confused since my trips earlier in the week yielded a decent amount of fish, but on Sunday I had 4 bites and landed 3 in the first 30 minutes or so then not another nibble for 2+ hours.

Heres a gorgeous holdover or perhaps stream born that I landed yesterday

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Old 11-27-17, 05:25 PM   #3
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Started dedicating my sundays to IF, but someone asked me to help them out at JB so went there instead peak release, again. Similar #s, one baby brown And very similar silvery looking bows. If you look close you can see the par mark spotting underneath the silver. I think these are the classroom fingerlings getting bigger so technically a holdover. It fought pretty well for its size.

Wonder if these have a higher survival rate than the stockers, perhaps introducing them at younger stage will encourage rainbow survival as people will take fewer home and they will have more time in the river to adequate themselves with survival and the conditions.

I figured out how to get Rscott to IF rich...just post pics, he'll get mad and show up to fish.

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Old 11-27-17, 06:37 PM   #4
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Wonder if these have a higher survival rate than the stockers, perhaps introducing them at younger stage will encourage rainbow survival as people will take fewer home and they will have more time in the river to adequate themselves with survival and the conditions.

I figured out how to get Rscott to IF rich...just post pics, he'll get mad and show up to fish.
I think it should give them a higher chance at survival by being introduced as fingerlings, since it's a good chance that if caught they'll be released. I figure by the time they are large enough to be taken home they'll be eating more natural patterns instead of powerbait and also staging in different areas than the typical stocker areas. On the other hand I'm sure those small fingerling bows also make a good meal for those browns to.
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Old 11-27-17, 10:06 PM   #5
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It was good to get out and rub shoulders with Rscott. That’s gotta earn me some kinda street cred??? Now if I can just get him to show me where all those big browns reside...

It was a slow day for sure. It didn’t help that I was totally out of my comfort zone too. I will say that I’ve got a lot of new water that I need to familiarize myself with.
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Old 11-27-17, 10:16 PM   #6
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I will say that Ive got a lot of new water that I need to familiarize myself with.
I told you IF was pretty big, it's still another 3 areas that we didn't even fish Sunday and maybe even some more that RScott knows and hasn't shared with us yet
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Old 11-28-17, 07:11 AM   #7
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I told you IF was pretty big, it's still another 3 areas that we didn't even fish Sunday and maybe even some more that RScott knows and hasn't shared with us yet
Easy on all the RScott praise, he is old and an inflated ego could lead to health issues. IF is without doubt the place to be. You know it is good when there are fewer reports. I am sure RScott fishes it a few times a week but just doesn't want others to know how good it is.

He is always texting me pictures of huge browns he has caught there.
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Old 11-28-17, 09:41 AM   #8
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More RScott praise here:

It was a tough day everywhere on the Hooch. Just getting outside and in nature was plenty enough for most of us. Keep showing the beautiful scenery and well survive until they start hitting again.

Not all of us can be as talented as BigT and his record days every time he goes out.
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Old 11-28-17, 09:49 AM   #9
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Easy on all the RScott praise, he is old and an inflated ego could lead to health issues. IF is without doubt the place to be. You know it is good when there are fewer reports. I am sure RScott fishes it a few times a week but just doesn't want others to know how good it is.

He is always texting me pictures of huge browns he has caught there.
An inflated ego would match my inflated blood pressure, cholesterol and waistline, but I do not get to fish as Big T states because I have to work. I am also really rusty now and only dangle boogers and squirmies so that cuts down on my catch rate, unless I am at the dam and there are so many fish up there they are easy to catch....
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Old 11-28-17, 10:41 AM   #10
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Easy on all the RScott praise, he is old and an inflated ego could lead to health issues. IF is without doubt the place to be. You know it is good when there are fewer reports. I am sure RScott fishes it a few times a week but just doesn't want others to know how good it is.

He is always texting me pictures of huge browns he has caught there.
Doesn't IF really stand for "Infested with Fish"??? I quit going there because I noticed my skill level dropping the more I fished there. I had a hard time keeping the flies in the water. Like dang piranhas there!! I had to start going to the dam again where skill plays a big part in the days success.
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