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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-21-2019, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Waiting for some sun

Hit a spot on the river I had not fished yet. It was -5C when I arrived. It did warm a bit and should be warmer again later and the next few days. For now I will just need to take a break occasionally and remove ice from the guides. I did manage a couple tugs but no players.

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Beautiful stretch of river Dan !!
That type of water, it would be such a difficult task to chose between my DT's and my long bellies ....
No stripping means no ice build up my friend


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I was using an FF70 cut with a tip. I should have brought a long belly. I think there could have been a good chance at a surface grab. I guess I won't know now.

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Sure looks inviting Dan - even if half-frozen!
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For the Flyer!

I was back in the same spot today. Sun shining and nice and warm. No ice in the guides today. Swinging a Gaelforce 63' on a 14' Anglers Roost. The plan was to do the run 3 times. First time skating a dry fly. No love. Second time with a dry line. On the second cast with the full head the reel started singing but very briefly then it was gone. A couple cast later there was another tug and then it was gone. I never did get to do a third pass but I was going to switch to a sinking tip long belly but i was getting hungry. So time for a few more casts then home.

Here is a couple more pics to rev up the Flyer! I'm standing about 5 feet off the bank and balls deep. Probably 2 thirds through the pool. You can see where I started on the left side of the pic where there is a drop and the riffle starts. Between the riffle running down the middle and the bank the water actually flows back up stream. It's deep in there. It's starts flattening out where I'm standing.
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For the Flyer 2!

This is a shot of the pool. When your line/fly hit it, it just gets sucked down with the back eddie. The water is gin clear and I can't see the bottom. It's hard to tell in the pic but between the riffle and bank, this is where the flow is reversed. On the right you can see a small riffle. There is nothing there to cause it. It's just the water coming back up and dropping into the pool. The current is quite strong through here.
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Looking down stream and wondering how many are out there and today's weapon of choice.
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First time skating a dry fly. No love. Second time with a dry line. On the second cast with the full head the reel started singing but very briefly then it was gone. A couple cast later there was another tug and then it was gone.
Sounds like I may need to send you a hook sharpener
I'll send you a few flies with points good and sharp

Beautiful stretch of water my friend and thank you for more photos !!
Sounds like you found a couple players ... that means you are doing something right for sure !! And who says you need to use sinking lines to find fish in the GL's ??

Very handsome stick you were using today ... is that a Diawa or a JW Young ??


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I'll send you a few flies with points good and sharp
I always check when I tie on. Flies are always welcome!

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Beautiful stretch of water my friend and thank you for more photos !!
Sounds like you found a couple players ... that means you are doing something right for sure !! And who says you need to use sinking lines to find fish in the GL's ??
I think I will stick with the dry line for now. It seems to be where I'm getting most of the activity.

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I always check when I tie on. Flies are always welcome!
Now that I see what water you fish, I am inspired to tie up a few for you my friend


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I think I will stick with the dry line for now. It seems to be where I'm getting most of the activity.
Good for you friend !! One of my most favorite ways to fish now days by far !!

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Shakespeare Beaulite! And thank you!

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Great reels my friend !! Built like a tank and very handsome too in my opinion


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Beauty pics, Dan, and thanks for sharing. I was planning to get out there myself, but came down with a stomach bug instead.

I'm hoping to get out this weekend for one last hurrah if the weather keeps co-operating. Haven't touched a rod since the mini-clave last month

You've inspired me to bring out the Aerohead--which isn't quite the same, but it's long by my standards! lol
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Beauty pics, Dan, and thanks for sharing. I was planning to get out there myself, but came down with a stomach bug instead.
Sorry to here that. I hope your feeling better now.
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You've inspired me to bring out the Aerohead--which isn't quite the same, but it's long by my standards! lol
Let me know. I might be up north but if that changes I will be making the most of the end of the season for the Grand.

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At home

Just to add a bit of change this one is taken down the street from me. The water is much slower and deeper here.
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A great shot Dan, thanks for sharing
Many of the rivers here in Southern Ontario look like that now. With the air temperatures below freezing now at night and continuing throughout the day, our swinging water is getting stiff


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