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Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!

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^ dave, that just made my day

Posted on: 2011/11/21 11:58


Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!

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Congrats Dave. Well deserved. Bennie should get an extra biscuit for finding that one for you.


The Incredible Fly Fishing Weiner Dog celebrates the big catch.


LMAO dave that is classic

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Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!

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Congrats Dave! You know now that you've hit the goal you'll catch 3 or 4 next year, right? Seriously though, I'm glad you hit your goal and can think of none more deserving of that fish.

Boyer

Posted on: 2011/11/25 12:24


Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth

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Dang man that fish is as big as the dog looking at it! I have only caught a couple close to that size and one I bet would be 20.
Hope ya get a few like that next summer!

Posted on: 2011/11/25 21:18


Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!

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Fantastic fish Dave!!!! Hoping my jet gets fixed soon so I can get myself one on the fly :) Seeing that fish makes me want to give up trout fishing completely lol. What a trophy!!!!!!

On a side, did you ever check out the place I told you about?

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Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!

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Congratulations Dave. Great accomplishment!


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Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!

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I have been avidly fly fishing for smallmouth for close to ten years. I am in a good area for it though. The allegheny river, the clarion river, and redbank creek are all close to home for me. I have caught a handfull of 20 inchers but they don't come easy. My biggest to date is 22 inches i caught last june out of the allegheny. Most fly fisherman look at me like i'm crazy when i say i fly fish for smallmouth. I love my trout fishing and always will but there is something about smallmouth that just can't be matched.

Posted on: 2011/12/16 19:11
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Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!

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Congrats Dave! This summer was the first time I really pursued the SMB on the fly. Nothing that big though!

I can't wait til summer. Long evening, trout in the spring creeks and cooler waters, and the SMB move up into my locally stocked "trout" stream. Being 5 minutes from a great SMB stream is awesome. I've missed so much by not chasing SMB.


Posted on: 2011/12/17 9:16


Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!
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Thanks for the kind words and encouragement fellas.

SMBs are indeed great fly rod game. As I've often said: "think outside the trout box."

Looking back on this particular catch, I'm not surprised that it came from the river it did and the time of year. Many of the largest bass I've caught in the last couple decades have come from this stretch of the J...and usually in the late fall or pre-spawn. I also probably sound like a broken record in pointing out the rarity of a fish this size and the many years it takes a fish to get this big (well over a decade). Take a look at the PFBC electrofishing surveys of our state's big rivers: 20+" SMBs are very rare.

Posted on: 2011/12/17 9:42


Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!
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Congrats Dave! You know now that you've hit the goal you'll catch 3 or 4 next year, right? Seriously though, I'm glad you hit your goal and can think of none more deserving of that fish.

Boyer


Well Matt....whoda thunk it.

Second one in a few months: Caught today on a Clouser fished from shore. Twenty inches exactly, and very heavy.


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Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!

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sweeeeeeeet!

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Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!

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Amazing.

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That's one fat fish there Dave! Congrats. All these years of fishing for those bronzebacks and now they're all falling victim to your mastery of fly fishing.

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Ry,
Probably more dumb luck (with more emphasis on "dumb" than "luck").

Certainly a fattie. I don't worry much with weight and don't usually have a scale. This guy (probably an old female in reality) was indeed very thick and heavy. I'd guess he's in the upper four lb range - maybe a tick over five. Whatever the case, river bass are often very heavy in the late fall, pre-spawn months. They seem to slim a bit by late summer but this is a very broad observation.

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Great fish! Congrats.

Posted on: 2012/3/14 12:23



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