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Life of Riley  
#601 Posted : Sunday, January 5, 2020 4:50:47 AM(UTC)
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Bill I caught him on a #6 panther martin gold color. It also has some brown/orange yarn on the treble from the factory. He hit hard and gobbled the lure down. He was a hard fighting 19 1/8" fish. We got 12 fish that day, 11 browns and 1 brook. The fish were biting very well, aggresive and put up a fight. That was on Jan 1st and air temp was stable all day at 30-33, perfect conditions, warm enough but not too warm as we didn't notice snow melt and the fish bit good right until sunset. I went again today and we landed 5, and the fish were more lethargic.
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#602 Posted : Monday, February 3, 2020 4:37:08 AM(UTC)
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Was at a Super Bowl party up near the headwaters of a trout stream.

Had been to this house before, but had never fished there.

Took a rod and went down to the stream for the last half hour of light and got this girl...


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Nice 18-19 incher.

Had no net, so no way to get any photo other than the release - which of course is just fine.

Best to get her back in the water quickly anyway.

I have a nice little cut on my thumb from her toothy maw and you can see me bleeding in this photo.

This is only the third trout I've caught in 2020 - been on the ice mostly and the times I've gone out trouting have been on high risk, high reward big fish water that's been very cold and mostly dead.

My first big one since early October. What a rush, feeling that adrenaline again. About 5-6 weeks till big brown prime time and I'm starting to get excited for it!
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Gurth  
#603 Posted : Saturday, February 22, 2020 7:33:16 PM(UTC)
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What trout time I've had this year has been mostly spent on high risk (shutout), high reward (big fish) waters. These are tough places to consistently do well even come March and April. They're dead zones at this time of year due to limited spring flow and runoff.

I bet I've been shutout 6 or 7 times already this year and only had a 17 and an 18-19 to show for 7-10 outings on this type of water.

Was on the shutout path again this morning until this lovely girl hit...


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Only fish I hooked today - spooked a few others.

Really good fight considering winter water and she went several feet out of the water a couple of times.

Knew she was big and had my tape along. Just a smidge over 22 and a hen taboot! Most of my bigs have been males over the past 12-18 months.


Gorgeous out there today!



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Edited by user Saturday, February 22, 2020 11:29:45 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

“Harvest eaters... release trophies.” -Gurth
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Vilas15  
#604 Posted : Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:46:41 PM(UTC)
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A few fish from a few short local outings so far this year.
Gurth  
#605 Posted : Saturday, March 14, 2020 7:51:58 PM(UTC)
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Got out today and this 17 inch male was a stunner with red spots...


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Really thought the overcast would bring the fish out into the open and turn them on but the water is probably still too cold in this stream. Maybe needed the sun coz conditions are ideal otherwise with good volume and a nice stain.

Ended up with 6 to hand including another 17 although that was a hen.

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Gurth  
#606 Posted : Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:19:34 AM(UTC)
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I’m in a holding pattern awaiting to be set up to work from home.

The past two days have seen me taking care of my son by day and fishing late in the day.

Decided that maybe the full sun would finally activate the trouts in the marginal waters that I’ve been targeting.

My hunch was correct...


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10 browns to hand of which 5 or 6 were solid fun-sized ones from 16-19 inches.

Couldn’t buy one on a Rap and they seemed to prefer a slow upstream retrieve with a gold bladed PM.

Pleasant couple of hours to get away from it all.


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Gurth  
#607 Posted : Friday, March 20, 2020 7:51:03 PM(UTC)
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Got out in the rain yesterday and caught my first brookie of 2020...


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Caught two more that were slightly larger and I believe 7 browns.

Went to a small stream to change things up from big brown hunting. Very technical and tough to get around in. Really fun to get on completely different water and challenge myself and actually have to wear waders as the alder makes it impossible to be on the banks most of the time.

Taking today off coz wind and cold and post-frontal.

Will probably get out tomorrow - better cram it in before they tell us that we can't even leave the house alone to go to a secluded trout stream.
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billybigbilly  
#608 Posted : Monday, March 23, 2020 5:18:56 PM(UTC)
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Got out last week to go fishing on a beautiful sunny day, may not have been the best for fishing but it was great to be out.
I caught this very chubby brown, all the fish I caught have large bellies.
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and my first brookie of the season to top it off
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Hopefully I can get some more fishing done in the coming weeks as i'll go crazy quarantined at home!
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