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Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth
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midgeman,

Wow, a 20"+ SM on a midge! Youdaman!

Peeking in on some warmwater sites, many of the lure guys are doing well catching some big pre-spawn SMs in the Susky right now. Good luck!

Posted on: 2009/3/7 7:31


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My friend and I put in at Montgomery Ferry saturday. Flow was around 25,000 and dropping, water temp was 38 and clear. Went up stream and did not pick up a fish on the fly the whole day...errrr! I tried a number of patterns and they all failed, not even a pull (except for the bottom). My friend was spin fishing and of course he was catching some fine smallmouth. I finally gave in to spin fishing :( Now the smallmouth were taking plastic crayfish patterns with half orange and half green-brown bodies. None of my streamers came close to this and that was the ONLY bait that we could catch fish on!

We found fish on the eastern side of the river. The water was off-color and two degrees colder. All of the fish averaged 16-19 inches. Together we caught around 30. Nice day to be out, just wish I could have gotten just one on the fly!!! I know what I'm making this week!!

On a side note, the brown stone fly size 12 hatch was very intense and I saw two rises! Unfortunately I couldn't get a bite on my size 24 midges either :(

Posted on: 2009/3/9 9:00


Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth
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Well today - after so many years - was my lucky day! I'm just thrilled. Remembering this thread from a couple years ago, I decided to re-fresh it and do some bragging.
As mentioned in the early posts, I've fly fished for SMBs for over a decade and have never caught an honest 20" smallie on a fly. I get big fish every year but they always seem to top out at 18-19 inches. And I put in my time - usually I fish more for bass in a year than trout. Anyway, today was the day I've waited for. Juniata River: five inch long Clouser Minnow with copper krystal flash did the trick. It was the only fish I caught today, although I'm usually optimistic in late fall that, if I get any, they'll be large. The take was subtle and I initially thought I'd snagged the bottom. The fish fought down and dirty as big river SMBs are prone to do. When she finally surfaced and rolled, I saw it was a huge fish and fumbled for my net. Benny was barking furiously.
Back in the summer, I'd caught a 19" in Conodoguinet Creek and this fish, once in the net, looked bigger. The pic, I don't think, does it justice - it was just massive. 20" on the dot, and I'd estimate about 4.5 lbs. After the measure and quick photo, this old girl swam away with a strong kick. It's a great feeling to finally, after so many years, achieve a long held FFing goal. Thanks for sharing in my happy story.
Here's wishing that your FFing dreams come true too.

I'll be smiling for days.

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Posted on: 2011/11/14 19:52


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

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Great fish. Benny may have met his match with that lunker!

Posted on: 2011/11/14 20:02
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Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!

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Very cool story FI! I don't think I've caught one bigger than my hand this year. Couldn't image the pull from that one.

Posted on: 2011/11/14 20:41


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Congrats Dave you definitely put your time in to catch this one

Posted on: 2011/11/15 9:18
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Nice fish congrats! Looks bigger than your dog

Posted on: 2011/11/15 10:15
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Way to go Dave, that's an amazing fish, and great story.
John

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Dave,

I know how badly you wanted to meet that goal. I'm very happy for you. It was only a matter of time. What a beauty!

Posted on: 2011/11/15 12:27


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I saw the thread updated in the WW forum and literally said out loud "He did it!". Awesome Dave. Only after that thread did I realize that my smallie I caught a few years back was about a 1 in a million chance for me to get. I rarely fish for smallies, and to catch that one was just amazing.


Nice fish you got there. Looks like you'll have to do another replica mount now


Congrats once again.

Posted on: 2011/11/15 13:14
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Congrats Dave!!!! What a great feeling it is to catch those "milemarker" fish!


Posted on: 2011/11/15 13:23
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I think that fish outweighs Benny.

Posted on: 2011/11/15 16:52
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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.

Posted on: 2011/11/16 7:49


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Congratulations on catching that beautiful fish...I know that it's a goal you have had for quite awhile.

Be careful Bennie - she's almost as big as you are

Posted on: 2011/11/17 18:49
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Re: Twenty Inch Smallmouth.... Edit: Finally Did It!
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Quote:

afishinado wrote:
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.

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