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s.t.fanatic  
#461 Posted : Monday, April 9, 2018 1:26:39 PM(UTC)
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Being that this is a stream conditions thread and the week before the Minnesota general opener I'll offer up my $0.02. If you dont fish the winter season or haven't been to the S.E. in quite a while the streams are lower than I can ever remember them being. Water is crystal clear and fish are spooky. I think these conditions are perfect for fishing some of those big low numbers systems. The water will be much easier to reed and the fish will be easier to target.

The snow melt has been taking place slowly every day. I would assume that some water will be stained to dirty by Saturday morning but there will be plenty of fishable water out there.
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#462 Posted : Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:50:54 AM(UTC)
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Streams were in fine condition Sunday, and wind was kinder so more comfortable. Fish weren't exactly setting things on fire but I did get a few on a griffiths gnat with the tenkara. I could do that all day. There's something very satisfying watching a small brown trout rise up and hit the gnat as it hits the water.
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#463 Posted : Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2:45:21 AM(UTC)
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Water is low and clear everywhere I've been including this afternoon.

Need the spring rain cycle to kick in.
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#464 Posted : Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2:11:31 AM(UTC)
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Got out in SE MN this afternoon - went down to re-acquaint myself with a landowner who lets me fish his pasture every opener in exchange for a case of budweiser - nice that I don't have to fight it out with the masses on Saturday. Water was clear, though not particularly low, and running fairly cold. sporadic midges and risers, but no sign BWOs yet. Bite was sluggish, lots of weak nippers and swing and misses. Had nice upper teens fish go airborne on me only to spit the hook. Caught 3 fish, but the smallest was a fat 18, and the largest a shade over 20 and 4ish lbs. bastard had shoulders. bent the 3x treble on my rebuilt vibrax spinner. I'll take it. finally on the 20+ scoreboard in 2018 *cough*fuck you ron*cough* LOL

Hopefully the rain holds off so my opener can be half as good as this afternoon was.

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#465 Posted : Wednesday, April 11, 2018 3:15:16 AM(UTC)
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atta boy shebs!!!



just looked at the forecast for tomorrow. cloudy all day. not much wind. maybe some rain. dear god i need a bwo hatch day after this terrible early spring season
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#466 Posted : Wednesday, April 11, 2018 3:19:01 AM(UTC)
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atta boy shebs!!!



just looked at the forecast for tomorrow. cloudy all day. not much wind. maybe some rain. dear god i need a bwo hatch day after this terrible early spring season


not sure how likely that is considering how cold it's been the last week.

and once again, nice fish shebs.

i'm sorry, but trophy browns are the coolest fish imo. so much variance and personality to them. seen one big walleye, catfish, bass, pike, you've seen'em all
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#467 Posted : Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:04:28 AM(UTC)
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It never ceases to amaze me how much those fish can vary, even within the same stream.

Although all 3 I caught today were clearly male, I wonder if that says more about the stream, or the bite today. Lots of taps, but the only fish who really killed the lure were big males sitting just below the riffles in big holes.

I have seen some sporadic BWOs this year, but only on warm days, and even then, nothing I would call fishable hatch...been snagging a lot of caddis cases, though, so there should be something to look forward to there at least.

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#468 Posted : Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:04:48 AM(UTC)
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Great fish Shebs!

What is that... a minnow net? Laugh

Both of your fish look like they're about 3 feet long.


And I agree... big browns are pretty freaking awesome.

Lots of diverse looks throughout their size distribution. A beautiful species without a doubt.

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shebs  
#469 Posted : Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:08:03 AM(UTC)
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Great fish Shebs!

What is that... a minnow net? Laugh

Both of your fish look like they're about 3 feet long.


And I agree... big browns are pretty freaking awesome.

Lots of diverse looks throughout their size distribution. A beautiful species without a doubt.



Hahaha when I bought this net, I thought it was ginormous.

17" hoop from top to bottom...gets the job done most of the time, but the big boys have to be beached lol
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#470 Posted : Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:09:11 PM(UTC)
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Ata Boy! Hahaha

Nice fish, that big one is a piglet!!

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