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Munching Mouse Mayhem Begins, Letort, 6/29/14

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I witnessed 2 large field mice cross the Letort last evening. We are talking 4-5" specimens from nose to butt. Like little toy wind up boats.

I'm going out to scope out the hiding spots of brown trout kraken and plan to feed them some evening imitation rodent snacks.

Time to experiment with foam, deer hair and weed guards. 4-foot 20-lb. mono leaders on 8-wt. Muskie sized flies. Figure out the correct "splat landing". Drop-ins from the grass banks. Practice the panicked drowned rat retrieve...

Find the only the biggest and the baddest browns in CV

Who's ready?

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Dude, you've gotta get a GoPro and videotape some of these monstrous takes. I for one would love to see that.

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For legality reasons, be sure to do this out of the HA, if fishing at night

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Re: Munching Mouse Mayhem Begins, Letort, 6/29/14

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salvelinusfontinalis,

I have never fished the Heritage Area. I have walked it and chilled there…maybe someday. Years ago, I went there spent a good hour just taking it in. A homage. I then went to the mouth of the Letort and proceeded to catch 2 browns (21 & 22") and referred to them as Vince and Charlie!

Despite my forum name, I do not fish only at night. Small streams and night fishing is rough. You really need to have experience at the location to pull it off.

So in scouting new spots this evening, I did locate some good looking holes. I saw a vole and lots of critter holes. More importantly, I saw several beast in the water. 2 big trout and a very curious snapper that came about 20' straight to my feet.

I will keep looking and get a plan of attack.

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Brownie101,
I would love to see that too. Low light and photos/video do not go well together. I will get a film crew together.

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Re: Munching Mouse Mayhem Begins, Letort, 6/29/14

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good stuff NS....I have been meaning to do this as well

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Quote:

Night_Stalker wrote:
Find the only the biggest and the baddest browns in CV
Who's ready?


Will be interesting to see the results. I'll tie on a mouse fly from time to time (usually to fish under low hanging branches or bridges) and fish hit the flies pretty frequently although I often don't get good hookups on trout, esp smaller ones. In my experience, bass are much more hookable on mouse flies than trout. Nevertheless, it can be surprising how aggressively trout will charge out from cover and swirl on a mouse fly. It's also surprising how fast actual mice can scurry across the surface. I think this may explain why trout move so fast to react to mouse flies: if they're familiar with seeing the "naturals"... then they're used to an aggressive response.

I agree that a weedless mouse is the ticket for CV creeks in summer - way heavy grass laying over the banks and emerging up through the water surface.

Posted on: 7/1 8:56

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Re: Munching Mouse Mayhem Begins, Letort, 6/29/14

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Now if I could only figure out how to wind up the rubber band powering the doggie paddling legs...I guess I will install batteries and a motor! Maybe a wind up key spring. Let it swim up current until the legs stop kicking...and then add action down stream to the bank. BOOM!

Posted on: 7/1 10:54


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Just trap them from the fields. Fit the mice with a small harness and a 2/0 treble hanging down. Money. Don't remove the barbs or it may impact the success rate.

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Re: Munching Mouse Mayhem Begins, Letort, 6/29/14

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I thought about tossing the vole in yesterday to see if the brown or the snapper would get it first

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My dad used to solder red copper wire onto streamer hooks...


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Struggled severely the first hour there the other night. Hooked into trees, logs, anything above or behind me, etc... Once I got settled and comfortable, things went smoother but no luck. Went to the YB after getting frustrated. Fished about a 100 yd stretch pounding the bank with the mouse and took a nice little 12-13" brown. Went back to the lower Letort, and started hitting the banks along the tall grass. Got one miss (or I may have missed haha). Wasn't ready for the take whatsoever. The outline of the swirl looked like a toilet flushed in the creek. Crazy. Small stream night fishing is a nightmare lol. At least my first attempt was... There's always next time. But tomorrow brings a nice drive north to Canada. Bring on the Esox!

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odizz17,

I do not like flailing in the dark without knowledge of a pig being in the water. One must master dappling a line at a distance with minimum swinging of the rod. You still must have extreme stealth.

I believe that Jason has won the award for the smallest avatar image.

Esox on Mice...I am waiting for the pics!

Posted on: 7/3 10:01


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I'm reading this thread with great interest as well. I fished a hole last weekend that had lots of brown trout hanging out in it. My brother-in-law and I combined for about 12 fish from it in less than an hour.

The most impressive thing happened with the first brown I caught. It was a nice 11" wild fish...and as I was working to land it, a HUGE brown that had to be 20" or more came charging out of the deep and made two swipes at my fish in an attempt to eat it, then dashed off. I want to catch that fish; maybe a mouse will be the ticket.

Jeff

Posted on: 7/5 8:44


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Quote:

Alnitak wrote:

It was a nice 11" wild fish...and as I was working to land it, a HUGE brown that had to be 20" or more came charging out of the deep and made two swipes at my fish in an attempt to eat it, then dashed off.

Jeff

I had the same exact thing happen to me on the WB Fishing Creek (Sullivan) back around 2005, except it was with a BIG native. A roughly 16" brookie came from the bottom and swiped at a little one I was bringing in. Never saw him again.

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