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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-29-2015, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Your trout, fly, rod, reel season reflections

This season was interesting for me in regards to trout fishing. I canoed and explored some local rivers when the water was gin clear and low. I saw a surprising number of big bows that moved like rockets in the cold snowy water dispelling my previous thought that they were slow and sluggish. Which they are comparatively but they were zipping around in frigid water too, even residing in fast water

My fly preference has graduated again. For years I used primarily bead head zonkers with rabbit tails with large success. Then I began using nymphs with a SH before discovering Spey. After which when I began my 2H rod love and sold all my SH I used cone head streamers of varying colors to moderate success. Now yet again I've moved into clousers and traditional Spey flies with great success

As for rods, anyplace other than Spey pages I'd be embarrass to admit my collection will only grow

I also learned if you want to catch a fish by skating or any other way, dedication is the key. But I never resign myself to anything other than the mood I'm in and the conditions around me

Prior I thought fishing for trout with a six or Seven weight was sacrilege. But having discovered big water and fishing conditions versus what fish you are fishing is much more intelligent and effective. When possible go light. Although I still think a lot of us overload our rods.

It was a good season and I'll likely explore some winter trotting 2H work

What about you?

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I have had a lot of fun this year using the sage one 4116 on my local lake. I initially bought it just to practice my Spey casts for salmon trips but I now find I really love fishing the rod on the lake as well. If I had a decent trout river near by I would d finitely swing sculpins on it but surprisingly on thelake I use small nymphs and dries a lot as well.
The line has made a big difference and the new airflo switch floater helps especially fishing nymphs closer in.
So now I practice my Spey casts, really enjoy the fishing and have caught some lovely trout.
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Good stuff Neil

What grains are you casting on the 4116?

I caught this last week
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Might help to actually upload a picture . . .

This is my 1195 which loves 300-325grains
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I went small. Grew tired of seeing all of the dry fly fishermen have all of the fun catching Trout so I temporarily bagged the two hander. Also, it was a hoot with small Smallmouth on the main stem of the Umpqua.

6.5' 2/3 Tiger Eye with the smallest grip I had ever seen from the Payne fly rod company in Sisters Oregon so I had to build around it. Use little, mini shooting heads to swing Wooly Buggers and unclassic wet flies with all of your basic waterborn, touch and go with double hauls and all that stuff, although the rod is so short it looks like I'm having some kind of spasms most of the time when going for any kind of distance. Execute overhead flailings too.
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"although the rod is so short it looks like I'm having some kind of spasms most of the time when going for any kind of distance. Execute overhead flailings too."

Hahaha the image is very clear and vivid in my mind


Thanks for sharing!
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Put my Meiser 3-4 wts to good use serving double duty for big bows and small Salmon. Paired with Saraciones new "small" MkVs made for a great set up. Swinging for trout on our local rivers is new to me...hell this whole two handed thing is new to me and I'm having a blast!

The light rods are put away until next Spring/Summer as its Winter Steel time here in the PNW!!
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Nice Brownie out of the Clark Fork here in western MT was throwing mostly muddlers in natural and black colors along with some traditional Patterns, turned to be vary interesting season...tried to edit multiple times but can't figure out why the pic loads upside dwn
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Good stories and great pictures. Is that the MK5? Is that the 3.5?

This one out a nice bend in my six
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Good stories and great picturesque is the MK5? Is that the 3.5?

This one out a nice bend in my six
MkV 3 1/4"
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Well I had a late start to the season, I just got my first two hander in late September, an echo classic 10'9 5109
I got out a hand full of times, mostly chalked the trips up to casting practice. I have gotten my self a few heads and went out and got some flies wet, still yet to hook up on a fish but just the casting alone, I think I am hooked and will continue to fish with DH rods unless I'm upstream dry fly fishing, glad I made the decision to grab one and try it out, can't wait until next season now that the rivers are freezing up and getting chunky where I live, might be able to get out a few more times but looking forward to fighting some bows next spring
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Good stuff Neil

What grains are you casting on the 4116?

I caught this last week
Another great shot! I use a 270 to 300 scandi mostly, a 325 skagit short is also good, even tried a 360 skagit switch which also fished very well. This rod has a wide window.
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My most memorable fish from Sommedieue in France this summer on a ARE 11ft #2/3
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My ACR 1214 (Godshall built) chasing our summer steel, but now paired with a Marquis #10
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Arrived in Montana mid April. One river that I fish in the spring was on the rise and was slowly going off color so I started swinging streamers with red butt trailers. Some nice browns and rainbows up to 24" were brought to the net with the help of an Abel switch reel and a Burkie 5115, the little bull dog rod for onry trout. April and May also had some nice caddis hatches going off in the late afternoon so the GVX single hand with a Sage 2550 came out in order to send purple haze and adams to fish looking up.

Then the summer began. The water levels dropped and the water temps were rising. For the most part I left the fish alone in the summer....or should say they left me alone. The fish had changed their normal address and were trying to cope with changing water levels and higher water temps..... but on cooler mornings an Anderson 1173 and a CLA4 with an Elixir 275 ( birds nest/red butt combo) was the cats meow when finding fish that did want to play. During the summer, besides limited fishing, it was furniture making, bridge work, honey do's, and 17hmr goffer huntin' while waiting for the colorful fall browns to show.

Fall began with mild weather...lot's of 70* days thru October. The fish had become active with cooler water temps and spawning on their mind. Given the small size of creek and stream tributaries I changed over to a single hand rod using spey casting techniques with skated flies. A small black ant with floss legs and a cdc wing was the fly of choice in October. The tide had turned. The fish were big, aggressive, and plentiful....some of the best action in a couple years. With leaves falling and a cold front coming in from our northern neighbors it was time to hightail it. Already looking forward to a spring return....

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