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Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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Congrats Goro! Sounds like you were able to put it all together and had a pretty good day. I don't think they usually put fingerlings in Clarks so those little Browns were probably wild...pretty cool.

Were your hits on the Caddis or the CJ?


Posted on: 2011/5/11 8:12


Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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Just an aside for both Goro and Swattie. Marquette Lake should be cash money right about now for a good place to practice your catchin'.

Boyer

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Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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Goro,

"as I reeled it to my legs, the fish managed to wriggle free. Still, I'm going to count that as 75% of a catch - a nice 10 incher!"

To the knees (within touching distance) should be considered a 100% catch and anytime you can release a fish without having to net or pick it up out of the water, all the better.

Posted on: 2011/5/11 9:12


Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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SWEET. That makes my first trout a nice 10+ inch brown!



What sorts of flies would you recommend for lake fishing, Mr. Boyer?

And Swattie, I'm pretty sure they were wild. Very bright red spots on some. The big trout I think hit my caddis (I don't know because he came off before I could see), and most of the fingerlings were hitting the ant.

Although I did see some pretty good sized mayfly nymphs in Stony, my copper john didn't seem to be what they wanted.

Posted on: 2011/5/11 14:03


Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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Congrats,
Bet those rough days earlier dont feel so bad now

John

P.S. I'll email you that stuff this weekend, haven't been home too much with this nice weather.

Posted on: 2011/5/11 19:50


Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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Alright, any apparent trout drought is now over!


Today I reeled in a beaaaautiful 12-inch brown trout in the FF section of Clark's Creek. I decided to go ahead and head down there before work tonight, which gave me about an hour and a half on the stream.

I tried to work a march brown with dark caddis nymph for most of the evening, getting a few bites here and there, but nothing very strong. As the sun began to set (after 8pm), I noticed a massive increase in both fish rising and blood suckers all over me.

With that in mind, I kept my march brown on, but also hooked up a green midge and began casting toward a clearly filled area. It was pretty soon too dark to continue to tie or cast any longer, so I made just a few more swings. Before I knew it there was a jump right on my march brown!


This time I got the fish reeled in and I held him in place while I reached for my camera. Wouldn't you know it.. he squirmed right out of my hand and off the hook in the same maneuver! So I don't have any photographic evidence, but I can certainly say that my confidence is growing and growing!


With that, I believe this topic is now a mis-nomer! Thank the Lord!

Thank you very much to those who have helped me so far, and an additional thanks in advance to those who might continue to help me improve!

Posted on: 2011/5/12 23:50


Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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I wish my progress was that fast when I was learning. All I caught for a year were creek chubs. Nicely done goro!

Posted on: 2011/5/13 7:31


Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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Dont have time to read through this whole entire forum, but why dont you look around for a guide? i started fly fishing 3 years ago by myself, and finally decided to go with a guide. He can show you tips tricks, entomology(study of bugs), and what you were obviously doing wrong. If you can coax up the money, try to find a local guide.-Kev

Posted on: 2011/5/13 17:02
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Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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Wooo! Pulled in a bunch today! Many, many others were near catches.

Can you guys help me identify these fish?


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I think this is a rainbow.. do the spots mean it is wild?

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A beautiful brookie, right?!

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I thought this might be a rainbow.. but some of those spots and lack of color make me confused. Does that makes this a tiger trout, or am I just lost?


I ended up keeping the two non-wild ones to show and prepare for my family back home. Overall, I am jazzed!

Posted on: 2011/5/13 18:18


Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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The top one is a brown, possibly wild, definitely a holdover at least. The brookies are brookies and the last one is a brown.

Boyer

Posted on: 2011/5/13 18:43


Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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Dude, I just so love your enthusiasm! Keep it up. I remember those days when I was learning. Enjoy them now, it gets harder to top the last trips once you've been doing it for quite a few years. Before you know it you'll be pissing and moaning about catching only catching 8 in a day. It gets to that point eventually. Sad but true.

way to go!

Time to buy new, more expensive gear?

Posted on: 2011/5/13 19:22


Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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Great job dude!! but conserve the resource and let um go

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Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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Yep I plan to, but those were requested months ago. I'm sure they doubted I could hold my end up, haha.


Thank you for the advice, gentlemen! And yes, this means that it's time to buy better supplies. My reel is just adequate and I definitely need a vest-appropriate net.


I have yet to catch a rainbow this year. I had a few on the line today, but they are harder fighters then I remember as a kid!



P.S. - Crickets and caddis nymphs are deadly on Clarks right now!

Posted on: 2011/5/13 22:54


Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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Way to go glad you were able to put it all together and bring multiple fish in.

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Re: Brand new FFer near Harrisburg... Discouraged!

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Yes the caddis larva is deadly giving the right conditions on Clarks. Although I catch alot on them everytime I go out. Super deadly in the rain!

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