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rschmidt  
#401 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2019 5:02:26 AM(UTC)
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Went out today and found my first fish over 18" of the 2019 season.

This 19" brown hit hard, but the stream was a bit cold to be consistent.
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Shebs showing off his last year 24" brown mount today too. Damn fine specimen!
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Happy fishing! The cold is looking to settle in.

Ron
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William Schlafer on 1/14/2019(UTC)
William Schlafer  
#402 Posted : Monday, January 14, 2019 2:45:28 PM(UTC)
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This ugly streamer was tied as kind of a joke with some friends right before Christmas. Our challenge was to make every fly that night in red and green. This is a Frick's Fix pattern that I call "The Christmas Goblin." It's a #8 60 degree Tiemco jig hook weighted by some brass Hareline dumbell eyes. Red maribou and rubber legs in the tail, throw in some crystal flash, ice green dubbing on the body, and then more rubber legs. It looks terrible, but I promised it would be my first fly of the season. I caught that one fish and then lost it to a darn tree behind me about 5 minutes later.

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You should tie up a few more of those ASAP!

Big ugly streamers work because they trigger Trout aggressiveness to attack anything they see as a potential meal, or a threat to their territory. Show em something they've seen a thousand times before and they may just ignore it. Show em something they've never seen and I'm certain there's a big Brown Trout willing to attack it.

Yellow and Red are high contrast trigger colors that will naturally arouse the attention of Trout.


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Gurth  
#403 Posted : Saturday, January 26, 2019 11:38:06 PM(UTC)
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There is no joy in Troutville...

So I worked on a few more PM/streamer combos:

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Got a new light over my workbench and added box speakers on the floor to the back room stereo (already had bar speakers near the ceiling) to balance out the low end. The sound is pretty incredible now and immersive and the back room has become a pretty sweet area to hang out and putz around.


Wife: "What are you doing in here."

Me: "Fun stuff... REALLY fun stuff."

Laugh
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William Schlafer  
#404 Posted : Sunday, January 27, 2019 12:59:18 AM(UTC)
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There is no joy in Troutville...

So I worked on a few more PM/streamer combos:

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Got a new light over my workbench and added box speakers on the floor to the back room stereo (already had bar speakers near the ceiling) to balance out the low end. The sound is pretty incredible now and immersive and the back room has become a pretty sweet area to hang out and putz around.


Wife: "What are you doing in here."

Me: "Fun stuff... REALLY fun stuff."

Laugh



Those will fish. Ron Swanson would be proud.




-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
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Gurth on 1/27/2019(UTC)
mmalyuk  
#405 Posted : Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:22:30 PM(UTC)
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I've shown this photo with several people on here so I've decided you share it with everybody else. Just over 25" and I caught it last month. Basically everything you read or hear about says to downsize to a small or tiny lure during cold weather...I still use large lures regardless and it continues to pay off for me.

Can't wait to get back out. This weather in the past month plus in my area sucks and I'm ready for Spring!

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Gurth  
#406 Posted : Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:39:58 PM(UTC)
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Dang. Beauty!!


Where exactly is your area again?



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Gurth  
#407 Posted : Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:21:15 PM(UTC)
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So if I were to try an X-Rap or a Shawow Rap or a Whatever Rap, do you go up to a 12?

I think I have 8s and 12s of each and also the Ripstops.

I’m intrigued to try this if the weather ever settles down.
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mmalyuk  
#408 Posted : Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:45:33 PM(UTC)
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Gurth I'll send you an email.
mmalyuk  
#409 Posted : Saturday, February 23, 2019 11:59:42 PM(UTC)
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After a rough outing yesterday that included loosing a big fish and getting stuck in the ditch trying to park I had to get back out today before the weather turns again. Landed this nice fish just over 20".

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Gurth  
#410 Posted : Sunday, February 24, 2019 12:28:56 AM(UTC)
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Another beauty.

You are setting the standard.

“Harvest eaters... release trophies.” -Gurth
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