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About Rkayser

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  • Birthday 09/30/1989

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  1. Sunday, took a trip to Michigan City and fished the pier. My friend and I took out the 8wt rods and threw streamers on sinking leaders as best we could, but no takers. Saw a few smolt (coho, maybe?) off the end of the pier, and some people catching gobies, but no gamefish. We eventually gave up because hoosiers kept walking through our backcast area, and we didn't feel like cutting hooks out of anyone. So it was time for a drive! Went up Trail Creek, which is closed to fishing until June 15, and saw a large carp at the lamprey barrier, and checked out a few other spots. We were about to head home from firehouse #2 (actual access name) when one of the firemen waved us down and we struck up a conversation. He gave us some pretty solid advice (probably helped that my friend was driving his volunteer truck, and wearing the hat and shirt from his PA firehouse). So we'll probably give it another shot on the pier in a few weeks, but with spinning tackle (yeah, yeah, I know- dark side and such...). But crowds don't allow you to throw fly gear, and I don't want the hassle. So until then, I'm going to call Burns Harbor and see about "employee access" (through my internship), to get some more secluded fishing areas, maybe some backcasting room. I also plan on checking out several more spots before July hits, so I'm not lost in the woods when I go up the creek. Oh, and Wolf Lake for pike and walleye in the interim. Going to give it a shot, because why not? I've never caught either one of those species, and I'd like to get them off my bucket list. I wouldn't scoff at a musky, either- one of the reasons I built my 8wt in the first place. But realistically, I'll probably end up playing with bass... Til next week, everyone!
  2. From the sound of things, I'll be tying some big hex, stones, and eggs (as big as I dare), with maybe a couple streamers mixed in, and throw them on thinner fluoro once July comes and the fish show up. Probably just take the MO wild fish approach- get something they can see in a good looking drift. I'm hoping for some good rains in late June and a cooler July, I guess, and hopefully find clearer water and good runs in July. Until then, I guess it's the tying bench and chasing smallies on the Kankakee or St. Joseph River. IL is more likely- I have the license already. Oh, and I do have access to the Burns Harbor discharge in Lake Michigan, so I might give that a shot next week. Just have to see. Thanks for the advice, Rkayser
  3. Long time, no post... I know I've been absent from the site for a while- life got in the way, so on, so forth, and etc... The fishing didn't happen as much as it should have, and my tying fell off as well. That's not important. What is important, is that I'm a college student again, but with an internship at a steel mill in the area! Working 7am-3pm gives me a lot of daylight to work with, and I had planned on re-wrapping my 8wt and stocking my trout boxes when I wasn't working. But rumors of summer run steelhead have made me rethink those plans, since they've been on my bucket list for a while. I didn't bring waders, or a net, but I have my 8wt and a tying kit that I use for panfish, bass, and Ozark trout. I have no idea where, when, or how to fish for steelhead, or even why they call them skamania in this area. All I know is I want to catch one on the fly, and that google wasn't much help on specifics... So does anyone have any advice on chasing these things? Streamers from a beach? Nymphs in a creek? IL? MI? Or maybe just a good bar to sulk in after I get skunked. Yeah, that sounds pretty good, too. Rob
  4. While I started fly fishing in the parks, and fly fishermen in the parks greatly contributed to my knowledge and technique, I don't think I truly learned to fly fish until I headed outside the parks, into trophy areas with wilder fish, and the actual wild streams. Where the trout actually act like trout. The parks were essential for 12-year-old me learning to use the long rod, but there are some true gems outside the parks. Rob
  5. The stockers are boring, have no fight, no color, no abilty to hide or even act like a trout and present a challenge. Been fishing a bunch (3 or 4) of the wild creeks down at school (Rolla) lately because of this, we try to rotate to reduce pressure. 1- San Juan, 2- Red Egg pattern, 3- BHPT, 4- Prince, 5-Hare's ear. But if you want anything of bragging size, just put on a big streamer. My friend and I have been getting a lot of 15"+ fish, with a bunch of 17's, a 19.5, and one 25" monster. Hardest part is the finding, not the catching. Happy hunting, but don't burn them out! Rob
  6. Poppers, plus all of my trout flies that don't quite turn out the way I want them. That and mohair leeches in black and white, sizes 2-12. Good for anything that swims. Rob
  7. Brilliant. Never would have thought of using that. I just might have to find some now. And your English seems fine, unless you are writing in Polish and the site automatically translates it. Rob
  8. A shot in the dark, but either Mickey Finn or Marabou Muddler. Am I warm? Rob
  9. I hear ya- I've got a 20 ga. that my grandpa gave to me right before he died. Still my favorite gun to chase bushy-tails with- light with a smooth action. Rob
  10. I'd like to get in on it, but I wanna know the rules before I go jumping in over my head. Rob
  11. 1- That does look like a color variant of the fox squirrel (I've got the red ones "up here" by St. Louis.) Even so, that is a monster. I've only gotten a few that were 2 lbs or better. 2- Is that an Ithaca Model 37 next to the squirrel? Rob
  12. All accounted for! Great job on the photography. Rob
  13. Kiwi Muddler. Uses Zonker strips with a spun deer hair head. Rob
  14. All year. The nymphs usually hide under rocks, but sometimes there is a small hatch of something. These are spring creeks (they're actually rivers, but smaller ones), so their temps stay within the 54-58 degree range year round, from August to February. They are also wadeable/fishable year round, except for a few days in the spring/summer due to flash flooding. Rob
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