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#1 Posted : Monday, January 2, 2017 8:01:23 PM(UTC)
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Location: Caseys Breakfast pizza/St.Paul

Seeing everyone's year in review posts in combination with the first trip reports of the year has me wondering what everyone hopes to achieve on the water this year.

What I've been pondering/prognosticating for 2017:

- Get out at least as much as last year.
- Take advantage of waters close to home. I live in St.paul and really only found myself fishing if I made an trip of it(NE or SE MN). I overlooked a lot of smaller rivers, lakes, not to mention that one really big river running through town.
- Start tying my own flies. Kills times and is a creative outlet, not to mention gives me a reason sit down with a glass of scotch.
- Get someone new involved. I got a buddy involved last season, he was a good student, it was rewarding watching him get a few fish.
- Get the girlfriend proficient. She received waders and boots for Christmas so mobility won't be holding us back. We had a few outings last year, I'm not the best teacher, so I'll probably get her into Bob Mitchell's for one of there fly fishing schools.
- Chase more steelhead. Fun and frustrating.
- Catch a carp on the fly.
- Switch rod. Watching the casting oddly soothes me. The idea of tossing it on the upper Miss, Cannon, St.croix, ect...for whatever grab bag is lurking down there is pretty cool.
- 20in brown....the SOB is out there, I have yet to cross paths with it yet.

That's what I've got, only a handful are truly able to be quantified, but hopefully I'll be satisfied this time next year.

What are you fine folks hoping to accomplish this year?

#2 Posted : Monday, January 2, 2017 9:23:33 PM(UTC)
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20 inch Brookie. Feel like it might be the year it finally happens. I'll keep telling myself that.
stan b  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, January 3, 2017 5:59:22 AM(UTC)
stan b
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My goals for 2017;

Learn about the driftless area streams
Learn how to fish the driftless area streams
Learn about the different baits (flies)and how and when to use them.
Learn about the proper equipment (rod & reel)
Get the proper equipment
Catch a fish or 2!ThumpUp
Spend as much time as I can doing each!

All the best,
Stan b

Edited by user Tuesday, January 3, 2017 6:26:44 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
#4 Posted : Tuesday, January 3, 2017 6:46:18 AM(UTC)
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Location: Madison, WI

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Happy New Year!
- Fish often, fish smarter. Location, Approach, Presentation.
- Explore new water.
- Spend more time on the water with family and friends.
- Go west, hike hard, and catch some cutthroats.

This is going to be a great year, everyone! Wishing you all the best in 2017! J
"I can tell by the smell in the air I'm going trout fishing tomorrow " MacQuarrie
#5 Posted : Tuesday, January 3, 2017 6:58:58 AM(UTC)
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Guillermo wrote:
20 inch Brookie. Feel like it might be the year it finally happens. I'll keep telling myself that.

I wouldn't mind a 20 inch Brookie either but am willing to settle for 1 over 16 inches. ThumpUp

I would like to catch an inland Brown Trout over 25 inches.

I would also like to get a Smallmouth Bass over 20" on the fly.

I would like to catch some more Pike on the fly as well when I am actually targeting them.

That is all for now. ThumpUp
#6 Posted : Tuesday, January 3, 2017 7:17:58 AM(UTC)
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1). Try new waters. It's easy to fall into a rut, fishing in the same creeks and rivers over and over, because you know that these waters are productive.

2) There are a few creeks that I've fished only once, didn't do well, and never went back. I should give these a second chance.

3) This is a continuing resolution - at least once per hour of fishing, stop and take a look around. My wife teases me about this: "You have the opportunity to fish in these beautiful places, and all that you do is stare at that fly (or indicator) 100% of the time".
William Schlafer  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, January 3, 2017 8:18:34 AM(UTC)
William Schlafer
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1) Try not to fall into the creek this year. This seems to have become a yearly habit, and is really embarrassing when you do it front of an audience.

2) Try to fish streams outside of my normal "go to" creeks. Fish larger streams and rivers, and more undesignated waters.

3) Give Iowa a try. Everyone keeps bragging it up, so maybe it's time to cross the border.

4) Go on a trip with a guide, with the stated purpose of learning better techniques. This old dog could use some new tricks.

5) Fish dry flies more often. I've got boxes and boxes of the danged things, just rarely use them unless I see risers.

6) Finally retrieve that tracking device I put on Eddies SUV last year and discover all his best streams.

“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
#8 Posted : Tuesday, January 3, 2017 8:47:19 AM(UTC)
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As usual, get out more. It's tough when I live so far from trout water.

Improve my casting - and mending - skills.

I'll be happy with those.

Oh year, one more. I know it's pie-in-the-sky, but I'd like to get my wife interested in fly fishing.

Edited by user Tuesday, January 3, 2017 8:49:37 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
#9 Posted : Tuesday, January 3, 2017 9:05:32 AM(UTC)
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0% mortality.

Improve cast accuracy.

Get out further west and north (than Fennimore).

Find more brookies.

Catch my first tiger.

Figure out where the trout are on the Sugar River coz it's so close.

Blue River Slam

More north woods trout fishing.
“Harvest eaters... release trophies.” -Gurth
Private correspondence at: jkschind "at" tds.net
#10 Posted : Tuesday, January 3, 2017 9:28:19 AM(UTC)
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MN opener...check 1 goal accomplished.

This year I again have a goal of total new stream full length exploration. I met this one last year even with my interrupted season - ended 6/17/2016.

Do not yank a spinner out of a tree snag and into my face or teeth. Ouch!

Did not catch a 20"+ last season, so that's out there.

Spring superior steel head - hopefully weather and schedule cooperates.

New vest, I love the one I have, but it is wearing out and no longer made. Buy two of the next one I choose.

Fly fish at least one full day.

Put the now infamous blooper video together

Trapfest and/or Troutstock

Fish with DTAers

I am sure there is more to consider.

Be safe and have fun out there!!

Happy Fishing. Ron

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