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mbchilton  
#1 Posted : Friday, June 16, 2017 1:40:51 PM(UTC)
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Anybody catching fish on terrestrials, yet?
William Schlafer  
#2 Posted : Friday, June 16, 2017 3:18:59 PM(UTC)
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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

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Guillermo  
#3 Posted : Friday, June 16, 2017 6:38:11 PM(UTC)
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Some on ants, but then again ants pretty much work year round.
trapper  
#4 Posted : Saturday, June 17, 2017 1:35:21 PM(UTC)
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It's time

BTW: I catch trout all year on stompers
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jrgordon  
#5 Posted : Saturday, June 17, 2017 5:03:54 PM(UTC)
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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 6:24:10 AM(UTC)
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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 8:15:58 AM(UTC)
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I have been catching fish on hoppers for a couple weeks now. Pierce county.
West Branch  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, June 21, 2017 7:32:59 PM(UTC)
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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 8:09:38 AM(UTC)
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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 1:44:07 PM(UTC)
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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
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