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Old 02-03-18, 11:06 AM   #21
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Hey Steve-o!

For Spencer, in late March, take him to the Rock Creek Hatchery when they start stocking. You can often see pods of stockers in the pools alongside the hatchery. He can fish spinners and watch the trout react to them. Easy access, and it'll be fun for him.

I take Ivy and my nephews there occasionally. I tell them that I'm just here to cook, and they have to go catch lunch. Go up to the campground between the hatchery and lake, set up a Coleman stove, and peel taters n onions while I wait on the fish to clean. Just a good ol fashioned good time.

Mepps, Panther Martin, Rooster Tails all work fine!
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Old 02-03-18, 11:30 AM   #22
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I am late adding a comment . I used a blue fox # 2 or #3 copper spinner when i spin fished. I would cast up stream a tad from directly across stream let spinner fall reeling in slowly letting a down stream bow in line which in turn is moving spinner down stream as you reel fast enough to keep spinner from dragging bottom. When line straightens out is when fish would strike. A good example is to observe leaves or other debris rolling along the bottom in current. You want your spinner to mimic the speed of the debris.
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Old 02-03-18, 03:38 PM   #23
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Thanks y'all.
Tried tm and some rooster tail today, but honestly we just had a great time hiking about mile plus down stream, got muddy, saw animals, ate a streamside lunch. Total win when your kids says in the way, "dad, I really like hiking in the wilderness with you, doesn't matter that you can't catch fish"
Hilarious.

Buckman1 that's on the agenda. I've been eyeballing rock creek for a while.
You'll have to convince him to est the trout.
He thinks it's kryptonite


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Old 02-03-18, 03:45 PM   #24
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Roostertail makes a spinner with a single hook (1/16 oz). I have not seen them locally, but order them through Cabelas. I really like that single hook, especially with kids. I get a few less hookups than a treble, but the hookups I do get stay on better than a treble. So my overall catch rate is about equal. I always keep a moderately fast light powered spinning rod in the raft (Fenwick Eagle GT). The rower and sometimes the rear passenger have enjoyed using it on slow days.
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Old 02-06-18, 06:50 PM   #25
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Roostertail makes a spinner with a single hook (1/16 oz). I have not seen them locally, but order them through Cabelas. I really like that single hook, especially with kids. I get a few less hookups than a treble, but the hookups I do get stay on better than a treble. So my overall catch rate is about equal. I always keep a moderately fast light powered spinning rod in the raft (Fenwick Eagle GT). The rower and sometimes the rear passenger have enjoyed using it on slow days.
I have a little ultralight with some 4# test (that's what the 'River Through ATL' guide I used for Spence and I recommended) that'll be taking up residence in the truck right next to the telescopic fly rod AKA tenakara.
Had quite a learning session today with a few buck chasers. Learning is the best!
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Old 02-06-18, 09:55 PM   #26
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The curse on things like Rooster Tail spinner, all in-line spinners, is twisted line. I like small spoons and Super Dupers and things that wobble more than rotate.

No shame having a spinning rod, just don't do anything you can't tell mama about.
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Old 02-08-18, 11:15 AM   #27
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I fished the Chattahoochee tailwater from shore one time with my ultralight spinning rod (forgot my pfd and the COE guy reminded me I needed one to wade). The trick for me was to change colors about every 10-15 casts. I would usually get one taker per round of casts, but once they got used to seeing that color, they wouldn't touch it. Switching colors renewed their interest. I caught 8 or 9 from the same run right next to the small parking lot. All I had was rooster tails and they worked great. I was fishing across/up the current as slowly as I could to keep the blade spinning.
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Old 02-08-18, 11:37 AM   #28
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If your line is twisting, try using a small barrel swivel. Tie it to the spinning line, then add a foot or two of "tippet" and tie the spinner on that way. Also if you can find clear, long oval shaped plastic floats you can expand options. These floats have a hollow tube that goes down the middle of the float carrying the line, then the float is filled with enough water to provide casting weight. If you thread the float on the spinning line, then the barrel swivel, you can add "tippet" up to about the length of the rod. You can cast itty-bitty spinners and even flies. We used to do this in Colorado on stock tanks out on the plains.

In a larger size, I use this set up for salt water bait fishing. I add a sinker between the float and the bait, but you cast a mile but keep the bait moving and off the bottom for a more natural presentation.
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Old 02-11-18, 01:05 AM   #29
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If your line is twisting, try using a small barrel swivel. Tie it to the spinning line, then add a foot or two of "tippet" and tie the spinner on that way. Also if you can find clear, long oval shaped plastic floats you can expand options. These floats have a hollow tube that goes down the middle of the float carrying the line, then the float is filled with enough water to provide casting weight. If you thread the float on the spinning line, then the barrel swivel, you can add "tippet" up to about the length of the rod. You can cast itty-bitty spinners and even flies. We used to do this in Colorado on stock tanks out on the plains.

In a larger size, I use this set up for salt water bait fishing. I add a sinker between the float and the bait, but you cast a mile but keep the bait moving and off the bottom for a more natural presentation.
This is why I prefer Mepps. No twisting as the blade spinner moves separately from the wire tied to your line.

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Old 02-11-18, 07:53 AM   #30
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...I am a long-time Panther Martin user... "Hi Jimmy"...

...I like the ones with hackle in gold and black, or the rainbow trout pattern...sometimes a silver and black...

Happy Wanderings!

Blessings!

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