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Terrestrials? Options
mbchilton
#1 Posted : Friday, June 16, 2017 8:40:51 PM
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Anybody catching fish on terrestrials, yet?
William Schlafer
#2 Posted : Friday, June 16, 2017 10:18:59 PM
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Location: Sussex Wisconsin
mbchilton wrote:
Anybody catching fish on terrestrials, yet?


Reports I've heard is that ants, craneflies, and smaller Hippie Stompers are getting some strikes. I caught a Tiger Trout last week on a #16 Purple Hippie Stomper. Probably too early for hoppers, but you never know.


-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
Guillermo
#3 Posted : Saturday, June 17, 2017 1:38:11 AM
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Location: Wisconsin
Some on ants, but then again ants pretty much work year round.
trapper
#4 Posted : Saturday, June 17, 2017 8:35:21 PM
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Location: West Fork
It's time

BTW: I catch trout all year on stompers
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jrgordon
#5 Posted : Sunday, June 18, 2017 12:03:54 AM
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Location: Wheaton, IL
I had an epic last 45 minutes of daylight on a popular Vernon County stream on Tuesday night on a size 16 purple Hippie Stomper. Craneflies were hatching like crazy, but there were only very sporadic rises. Decided to hit a fast undercut bank on the outside of a big pool that I had luck in this time last year. Landed 5 in 45 minutes, 4 of which were 14"-16". Lost 2-3 and missed a handful more, but they were blowing up the bug like it was their last meal. It was a blast. Probably should have stayed 30 minutes longer in the dark.
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MikeJuran
#6 Posted : Monday, June 19, 2017 1:24:10 PM
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Joined: 2/13/2012
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Location: Chaseburg, WI
jrgordon wrote:
I had an epic last 45 minutes of daylight on a popular Vernon County stream on Tuesday night on a size 16 purple Hippie Stomper. Craneflies were hatching like crazy, but there were only very sporadic rises. Decided to hit a fast undercut bank on the outside of a big pool that I had luck in this time last year. Landed 5 in 45 minutes, 4 of which were 14"-16". Lost 2-3 and missed a handful more, but they were blowing up the bug like it was their last meal. It was a blast. Probably should have stayed 30 minutes longer in the dark.


similar experience the other nite .... purple size #12/14 got LOTS of attention but 9 straight misses ... actually more like refusals with a splash ... switched to #16 in purple and started catching .... they didn't touch yellow or red hippy ....
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skiumah
#7 Posted : Monday, June 19, 2017 3:15:58 PM
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Location: Minneapolis
I have been catching fish on hoppers for a couple weeks now. Pierce county.
West Branch
#8 Posted : Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:32:59 AM
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Joined: 9/23/2012
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Location: West Branch, IA
Ants and beetles have picked up some fish for me under overhanging bushes and trees. It seems like a caddis works about as well as anything when fish are waiting under streamside brush for something to drop in. Recently, though, a stubborn brown refused everything until I offered him a #18 red ant.
AutobotTrainer
#9 Posted : Friday, June 23, 2017 3:09:38 PM
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Location: Ely, IA
Squirmy Wormy San Juan pattern has been a killer on browns in Iowa lately

Squirmy Wormy SJ pattern
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William Schlafer
#10 Posted : Friday, June 23, 2017 8:44:07 PM
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Location: Sussex Wisconsin
AutobotTrainer wrote:
Squirmy Wormy San Juan pattern has been a killer on browns in Iowa lately


Yup.

My spies in Vernon county say that a San Juan worm as a dropper with a Hippie Stomper on top is killing it right now in the stained water.


-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
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