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Fallfish, better than No Fish

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There's a small silted slow moving stream behind my mothers property. Its the size of a small trout stream but it is entirely warm water. It is mostly low and wide with not many holes deeper than 18 inches.

I started fishing the stream shortly after buying my two weight rod. Having an ultra lightweight fly rod really opens up fishing opportunities. You find yourself fishing waters others wouldn't think to fish,..... and enjoying yourself.

Caught this guy today after taking a little hike and scouting a few spots. Put up a really nice fight on the fly rod.

P.S. not only are larger fallfish good fighters, they are also very selective feeders and spook easy.


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Posted on: 2012/9/13 13:24
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Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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Cool report. I'm a confirmed Fallfish fan too...that's a nice one. They pull hard...harder than a Trout of equal size IMO, and have pretty good endurance to their fight too.

They're tough fish...I caught a 15"er this Spring on my 4wt that a had a huge, snelled, barbed bait hook in its lip. It look me about 90 seconds to work it out without doing any more damage to the fish. Even after the fight, and the minor surgery to remove the hook, the fish gave me a bath as I returned it to the water and it bolted away.


Posted on: 2012/9/13 14:07


Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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Giant chub. Gross.

Posted on: 2012/9/13 14:10


Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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It is a well known fact that the only thing that Sasquatch fear are chubs and fallfish.

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Posted on: 2012/9/13 14:17
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Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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I keep telling myself, "its just a fish. They aren't that bad..." but then look at that bloody picture!

Posted on: 2012/9/13 14:34


Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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looks like someone sewed a turtle head onto a fish

yuck

Posted on: 2012/9/13 15:08
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Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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Turtle head. Yeah, that's it.

Posted on: 2012/9/13 15:47
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Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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Fallfish are a blast on the fly rod. I have had a lot of fun this summer catching fallfish while I was fishing for SMB on various streams.

This one was one of my biggest fallfish of the year. He smashed a size 4 deep Clouser minnow and I estimated that he was about 16" long. There is a lot of fight in these fish, I would put them up against many of the targeted species (pound per pound or inch per inch).

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Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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I'd bet they eat good too. maybe smoked.

Posted on: 2012/9/13 19:44


Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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Dear Jake,

Ah, the old Binghamton Bonefish. I used to catch them up to about 16 -18 inches with consistency in the Susquehanna River. They'd hit poppers, streamers, even Rapalas and Tiny Torpedoes.

When I caught more than two in a stretch of river I'd move because when they are biting nothing else gets a chance.

Personally, I hold them in only slightly higher regard than lamprey eels.

Regards,

Tim Murphy

Posted on: 2012/9/13 20:56
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Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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Jake,

Nice fallfish report - I stopped by a stream yesterday on my way home from a client - that Patapsco river. Some really cool looking water that is a put and take section for rainbows in the spring and fall. It's not cold enough to hold over trout, but it is not totally warm by any stretch, or at least it wasn't after a few nights near 60 degrees. In about 40 minutes I caught 2 big fallfish and 1 smallmouth. The fallfish actually jumped, twice, and for a second I thought maybe a rainbow HAD held over. They are very aggressive indeed, and I don't mind catching them - as the salt guys say - pullage is pullage!

Posted on: 2012/9/13 21:40


Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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I've caught some large ones in the delaware river that were in the 18 inch range. Give me quite a fight for sure. I really thought I had a trout until I got them close.

I don't like that grunting noise they make when you remove the fly though.

Posted on: 2012/9/14 9:06


Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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Hey, they put a bend in the rod.

If targeting them, white buggers just slay them.

Posted on: 2012/9/14 15:26


Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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Believe it or not, if you are skilled at canning, fall fish as well as suckers are quite delicious canned.

Posted on: 2012/9/15 1:17
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Re: Fallfish, better than No Fish

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"The fallfish actually jumped, twice"

I've had this happen for me too - and fallfish are not only wild but also native species. They can be picky on the dry, and like Rocky Mountain whitefish, I have to adjust my striking technique for successful hookups.

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Posted on: 2012/9/15 9:55
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