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Old 12-22-17, 03:02 PM   #1
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All this talk about Island Ford lately, so I decided to see how the dam was fishing this morning for comparison. Got there about 9 and was amazed how clear it's become, and I was pretty much into fish after about 15 minutes. I've decided to work on my dry-dropping so my last few outings I've dedicated some time to it and I started with it today, and it was pretty productive. Landed about 10 this way and lost/missed a few and even had 2 bows come up and take my dry(RScotts neversink CDC caddis). After this I went to my bread and butter euronymphing and this brought most of the days action, tied on a bugger and a Walts and it was pretty steady until I left at 1. Only caught 3 browns but tangled with quite a few BIG rainbows in the 14-15 inch range. Main fly was the UV bugger Big T did a video on, that thing has been down right deadly some days. I was catching them on it so fast today a gentleman floated down to me and said "what the hell you got on the end of that line, I've watched you catch at least 15 fish" lol. The dam has given me trouble since I started fly fishing, so today was easily my best day there!

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Old 12-22-17, 05:55 PM   #2
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Man that water clearing up nice, still murky down yonder ways. Bows where pretty small though. Thanks for the heads up Rich. The Nepalis where keeping everything, but left a few for me after they left biggest one was 8". Walts, mops (always work better for me in a little stain)

I worked through that hole missing a bunch then came back around after they left and did well before I left. I wanted to throw buggers today but haven't been out in almost a month and I was so eager to get out and try my waders I left my buggers and SD card in the my new camera.

Luckily, met this guy Steve around the island and he gave me one of his buggers (very similar to what Richard mentioned) and it didn't take long to land a nice post-spawn female (thanks Steve, nice metting you!) around 14.5, but no pic so it didn't happen.

Talked to a Tenkara guy and saw him pick up a few small ones as well. Fish haven't really spread out yet but once you find them they are there.
I might get out tomorrow if its not too nasty.

I recon the nepalis read Big Ts other post and came.
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Old 12-22-17, 07:16 PM   #3
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Fish haven't really spread out yet but once you find them they are there.
I might get out tomorrow if its not too nasty.
Yea I don't think there's been a release in quite a few days so they're podded up in bunches, hopefully whenever we get a release it spreads them out. Tomorrow may be a good day for browns for those willing to get out in it, those 10-20 mph winds is what may keep me off.
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Sounds like you're already in Summer mode judging by your fish catch rates haha, that man epitomizes almost everyone that Euro nymphs with you.
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Winter is my favorite season to fish, you do have to tolerate cold, rain and blustery days, but it keeps the crowds down. I had some fun yesterday too, shopped at two malls and endured 3-4 hours of traffic, I think you had a better day Richard.

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Old 12-23-17, 12:25 PM   #6
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Sounds like you're already in Summer mode judging by your fish catch rates haha, that man epitomizes almost everyone that Euro nymphs with you.
Thanks for the kind words John, I'm just trying to get close to the level of the guys that I've learned from and I've got a ways to go!
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Yea I don't think there's been a release in quite a few days so they're podded up in bunches, hopefully whenever we get a release it spreads them out. Tomorrow may be a good day for browns for those willing to get out in it, those 10-20 mph winds is what may keep me off.
Wish I had been up there with you looks like a good day. You were right the Browns ate pretty well this morning.
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Winter is my favorite season to fish, you do have to tolerate cold, rain and blustery days, but it keeps the crowds down. I had some fun yesterday too, shopped at two malls and endured 3-4 hours of traffic, I think you had a better day Richard.

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Old 12-23-17, 02:04 PM   #9
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Wish I had been up there with you looks like a good day. You were right the Browns ate pretty well this morning.
I saw your van in lot when I left yesterday so I knew you were around somewhere probably killing it. I wish I'd have gotten out for a few this morning, I knew the browns would be biting good!
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