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  1. My brother and I decided to hit the PM this morning before the deep freeze hits here in Michigan. It was a balmy 16 degrees when we reached the river at 9 am. We considered stopping at our parents until the temps rose a few degrees but once we saw the river, the decision was made to brave the cold and fish. The level and stain was near perfect. It really wasn't that bad until the breeze started shortly after getting in the water. Not sure what the windchill was but my best guess is "cold". The cold quickly vanished when my brother was able to land a skipper on the first cast. We weren't sure if it was a sign of things to come or the curse of the first cast. After picking up a couple trout a piece, I set the hook into something heavy but it would only last a few seconds. Three casts later, while still annoyed with myself for a poor hookset, I was into a good fish. She immediately launched herself into the air and I saw the tell tale white belly of a fresh steelhead. This girl was very hot and she would leave the water 5 more times before giving up. We both laughed in excitement as my brother slide his hand up under her belly revealing her heavy girth. She was easily over 10 lbs and taped at 31". We didn't care what happened after that. Our day was already made. Over the next two hours we would lose a couple more brief hookups with steelhead and land a few more trout. Every fish that we could confirm came on a nymph. Bear's hex and grizzly hex doing the majority of the damage. Here's one of the better browns for the day. It was another great day spent on the river with my brother. We only saw one other angler who packed it in shortly after arriving. The fishing was good, the scenery was awesome and the company was even better. Matt Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16769
  2. I would say streamer season is hard in effect now. I got a bad case of the Mad River flu yesterday and so made sure I was not needed around the office today. With streamer season in full effect and two 65 degree days in a row I figured it was time I make it out...especially after Gary's report. I made it out on the river at 8 this morning and fished until 11:30. I threw to every stump, hole, and water irregularity along a stretch of river I know is productive and had one of my best couple of days ever on the Mad. All said an done I had 11 fish to hand over 16"...with h biggest male taping at just under 25" and the bigest feamle at just over 23"! :headbang: :headbang: Got to love it when a plan comes together Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16707
  3. I just found this on the net. My first reaction was, WTF? You Nebraska boys need to quit dumping that nuclear waste into the waters! Mutant Trout Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16706
  4. Here in Michigan today it was 65 degrees. Still 62 degrees right now and rain/thunder/lighting on the way plus a tornado watch untill 2am tonight. It seems more like April than January right now :hmmm: Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16705
  5. Northern California just got hammered with the wettest rain storm in several years. My back yard rain gauge(a bucket) totaled 7.5" over 3 days...and there is more rain coming this week. Several coastal communities got over 20" of rain in 3 days. In the Sierra Nevada region this translates into a lot of snow. 20 feet in some of the higher elevations. All of this rain and snow could mean a very good spring and summer of fishing in streams and creeks, especially in the Sierra. I'm crossing my fingers! Later... Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16704
  6. After driving straight from Estase Park and fishing the Big Thompson in Colorado yesterday and getting home at 4:30 this morning, I took a 1 hour nap and headed for work. Work took me to Branson this afternoon so while I was down there, I figured I might as well get some fishing in. Tried my luck at nymphing without an indicator and faired pretty well. This is the 1st time I've sight fished to all the fish I caught. Ended up sticking 6 bows one pushing 3 1/2 maybe 4 pounds. Also caught 3 small browns. Could not see the fly all the time but the reaction of the fish told me when I had most of my takes. Size 18 sowbugs in natural brown and dark hare's mask worked the best. Did get a few takes on a brown san juan worm. The weather was unseasonable warm with sum gusty winds. Big difference from Estes Park. Dodging tornados right now. Man life is exciting! duckydoty Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16703
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  8. Well all it was a sunny 66 today. My wife, god bless her, suggested I do a little fly fishing since I had the day off. Seemed like a good thought to me so off I went with my brand new 6'6" 2 weight to the mountains to do a little brook trout fishing. Let me say this, after being there a while, I forgot how hard it is to cast on a small mountain stream. I also forgot just how spooky those native mountain stream brookies can be. It has been several years since I last went out and fly fished for them. The funny thing is, I cut my teeth doing this kind of fishing. Well after much fighting with trees, rocks and the odd bush and losing 5 flies in three minutes to them, I managed to catch the first nine brook trout of the season. Not too bad for the beginning of January. They were all caught on a size 16 yellow humpy. Well...thought I would share. Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16701
  9. I finished the process a little bit ago and now my laptop is back in action with a brand new hard drive. I gues on the upside I get all my free trials again. And also in case you haven't heard......Blu-Ray has won the battle of the next gen formats! :headbang: 5 of the 7 movie companies are going Blu, BlockBuster is renting them, Dell, Panasonic, Singulus, Philips and of course Sony are backing it. The only support for HD of any note is Toshiba, Paramount and Universal and Universal said "No comment" when asked if they would stay HD. Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16700
  10. Anyone had any experience with these rods? Im considering an 8 weight, obviously, I would throw one at length before I drop $650 for a rod. Just looking for opinions from the peanut gallery. 3 3/4 oz for a 9' 8 weight is pretty impressive! What do you think? Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16699
  11. Well it appears that 2008 is turning into the year of the streamer for me. I am working on putting together a streamer setup. Currently i have a 5wt rod (want to get a 6 or 7 later this year) and a reel with a WF6F fly line and an Orvis 6wt sink tip attached to it. Will that line/tip combo work or do i need to be working on some sort of shooting head system? I fish smaller streams so i am not sure i need a shooting head set up. My thinking is that i can attach the sink tip when i want to streamer or nymph fish and remove it to toss dry flies. What leader system is recommended for streamers in the size 2-6 range? I am waiting for Kelly Galloups Streamer Fishing video to show up from Netflix so i hope that it will answer some of these questions. Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16698
  12. Hey everyone. I'm new here and really like what I see so far. Looking foreward to settling in here over time. A little about myself.... I live in Windsor and fish Michigan and Ontario. Through the summer it's primarily smallmouth bass on the fly and the occasional outing for trout. Fall, winter and spring I get out when I can for steelhead and salmon. That being said, I love fishing. I'm not too picky about what I'm catching. My focus over the last 4 years or so has been fly fishing with great enthusiasm. I love to tie and am always tinkering at the vice with something new. I'm a gear head through and through, cool fly reels, fast action rods, new lines, tying vices.....bring it on! I love the stuff. Perhaps too much... My go to rod for smallies is my 5wt TFO TiCr-X, my trout rod is a 4wt TFO Finesse and my newest addition is a Beulah 8/9 switch rod which is my new favorite. Again, looking foreward to chatting and hopefully seeing you streamside, CB (Chris Brown) Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16697
  13. I am building a 6'6" 2wt rod right now so im starting to look at some reels. Would it be crazy to get a 3/4wt reel to put on this. There are few 2wt reels, and I was thinking a 3/4 with a few extra spools might save me some money in the long run. I was thinking of going with the Okuma, which i could get a 2/3 then. but I was also thinking of just going with a lamson Konix, or something similar which goes as low as 3/4... Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16696
  14. Friday night I got a call from a buddy asking if I was interested in heading to Denver for a flyfishing show. My response was, "Dude, you didn't have to break my arm!" After 12 hours of driving we were in Denver just before the doors opened to the show. I met and spoke to Lefty, and Bob. Also met the President of Scott rods and the owner of Fishpond. Great show. We then decided to head up to Estes Park and fish the Big Thompson. Started fishing Sunday morning around 8 A.M. and fished till 1 P.M. I ended up catching 12 fish, two of them being browns. Had a herd of 50 or more elk come through before fishing. Awesome trip! duckydoty Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16695
  15. never seen this asked and figured it be great for beginners. I remember when I got my 1st big fish on a fly rod. thank god it was a channel cat with a thick lip and I was using a barbed hook! I had no clue what to do. let it run? pull it in? take it to the reel? if the lip wasn't so tough I prolly would of lost it in a second. matter of fact I still don't know exactly. I have lost a couple big ones and wonder how is the best way to fight them? now that I watch more videos and caught a few big fish I think I understand a lil bit more. like when I hooked up with something huge on a black bugger and lost it cause I let it run when I wasn't suppose to. the rod wasn't even bent hardly. so after watching these vids I see that the rod is pretty bent in most vids. correct me if I am wrong. I believe I see now that you can use the rod as a judgement as to when to let the fish run? basically the harder the bend in the rod, its time to let the fish run, less bend reel or pull the fish in? also if the fish jumps drop the rod tip? please someone with experience run us beginners through a huge catch and how to get the monster in! Reply To This Topic: http://www.talkflyfishing.com/index.php?showtopic=16694
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