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rschmidt  
#481 Posted : Sunday, April 15, 2018 11:26:46 PM(UTC)
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I was out today and found some fairly clear water. All browns 6 to 14". 17 fish. When(if) melt does come we will be shut down for a few days around here. R
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#482 Posted : Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:00:23 PM(UTC)
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Winter Trout Fishing!

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The snow was sticking. SUprisingly, they water was pretty good.

Best three of the day.

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Gurth  
#483 Posted : Saturday, April 21, 2018 5:18:40 AM(UTC)
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Got out after work and water is up a good foot over where it was 10 days ago but was fishable and had maybe 2 feet of vis.

Only got a couple of average browns, but was fishing a stretch that usually is pretty slow...


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Highlight was learning that my dog can actually swim.

I assumed (hoped) he could swim - has webbed toes thanks to some Plott hound in him - but had never seen it.

So I'm fishing a corner and the dog is somewhere behind me and I hear a Ka-PLOSH!

Turn around and all I can see is his head and his frantic/manic paddling. The stream I was on is uniformly 2 feet deep at least with 3-6 foot trenches and corner holes.

He couldn't touch the bottom and I was just about to put my phone and key down in case I had to go in and get him, but he made it back to the bank.

I'm glad as I only had boots on - no waders.

He had the zoomies big time when he got out - obviously startled himself. It's entirely possible that he had never swam before.

Here's a wet dog...


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Smile

And to the fisherman I spoke to tonight (coz I know you lurk here), I addressed the item we discussed. Wink
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rschmidt  
#484 Posted : Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:27:17 AM(UTC)
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Got in one day of fishing before the melt put the whip on.

Shebs was first with a 23" steel head.

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The water was stained to start and got progressively worse throughout the day with temps in the 50s and heavy sunshine. Wading today was a chore with more than 2 feet of snow in some places.

I caught a couple small browns before coming across this silver skinny 21.5" lake run brown.

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Sasquatch picked up his first fish of the season as well.

I had just climbed down from the bank into the river and was asked "How are you gonna get out". I replied "Well, first I am gonna catch a steel head and I will take care of it afterward." Hahaha and BAM!

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A 25+" steelie that was a bit of a challenge until Sasquatch unhooked my net and went in after it!

Was hoping for a legal one today, but this was a big fat hen near 5-6 pounds.

As we continued nature presented herself!

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Now as you think, aw such cute bears, I was crapping my waders thinking where is the sow! The cubs made no cries and I was happy. We quickly slithered out of there thankful no mauling occurred.

I was happy to be out with Squatch and Shebs, good times!

Happy Fishing!

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