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Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Onslow - Today at 05:35:53 AM
Living the dream.  Some damn nice fish.
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Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Trout Maharishi - Today at 01:33:42 AM
Where did you pick up the old homeless guys to fish with?
#3
The Gravel Bar / Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam...
Last post by Woolly Bugger - May 21, 2022, 23:33:05 PM
California is about to begin the nation's largest dam removal project. Here's what it means for wildlife


>>>REDDING — After decades of negotiation, the largest dam-removal project in U.S. history is expected to begin in California's far north next year.

The first of four aging dams on the Klamath River, the 250-mile waterway that originates in southern Oregon's towering Cascades and empties along the rugged Northern California coast, is on track to come down in fall 2023. Two others nearby and one across the state line will follow.

The nearly half-billion dollars needed for the joint state, tribal and corporate undertaking has been secured. The demolition plans are drafted. The contractor is in place. Final approval could come by December.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/california-is-about-to-begin-the-nation-s-largest-dam-removal-project-here-s-what-it-means-for-wildlife/ar-AAXyHpJ#:~:text=California%20is%20about%20to%20begin%20the%20nation%E2%80%99s%20largest,to%20restore%20the%20natural%20state%20of%20the%20basin.

#4
Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Woolly Bugger - May 21, 2022, 23:13:15 PM

#65 92 - 67 —- scattered thunderstorms - Gas $4.36

I saw that Dougfish was down at the old spot — I couldn't face walking through the mid-rib tall grass, so I took the alt route in.

After bushwhacking in I had to cool off so I waded out to above my waist and cast to the far run where I had spied a few trout rising. I caught one before headed on down the trail to find Dougfish. He was taking a beer break, so I joined him.

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The bugs would come and go as did the rising trout — I caught a number of small fish— missed a couple of better ones. It turned on madly for a bit and a few better trout were seen and caught.

The skies clouded up and the temp dropped dramatically — we fished on.


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When things slacked off again we took another beer break and contemplated the approaching weather. When the wind picked up we bailed.

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#5
Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Dougfish - May 21, 2022, 20:14:19 PM
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Got to the usual parking area and it looked like a freakin convention was in town.  :o
Gave three NC guys some grief before they headed down the tracks.  :laugh:
Headed upstream to see if I could find some solitude. Found it.
But no bugs, seven kayakers, no other action. Lost a couple of flies, moved on.
Swung back by the usual and we had gone from 6 vehicles to 2.
Headed downstream in the oppressive heat. Passed a guided raft and an angler in a run.
Nobody at home at destination.  :Dance
Slow. Not many bugz. Caught a few. Raft actually took pains to go behind me. Props.
Then the same seven kayakers came by.
I think I blew their mind with my teleportation a few miles downstream.

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Then the Bugger showed up.
We talked, watched some risers, drank a beer, solved zero problems and he waded out.
I went up to one of my favorite hard to fish runs.
Technical. You have to work hard to get a clean drift.

I took 6 out of there. I was OK with that.  :P

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Lurker downstream.

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It was a 5 beer afternoon. Stay hydrated, my friends.

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It slowed. We cast. We bitched. We got to empty cans.
We boogied ahead of an incoming storm.

 :cheers

#6
Local Trip Reports / Re: Tales From the Ararat (An ...
Last post by Dee-Vo - May 21, 2022, 19:57:09 PM

Worked until about 2:00 this afternoon. Grabbed a few cold ones and found out little man is staying with his grandmother tonight.

Reorganized and drastically cut down on my fly boxes and on-stream hip pack inventory.

The sky was darkening, several days of rain on its way. I hurried to the river.

With distant thunder announcing a closer and closer proximity, I cast and hooked and lost a fish. A few minutes later I netted a brown. Rain began to fall. At least I got one before the storm.

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#7
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on May 21, 2022, 08:26:45 AM
Quote from: streamereater_101691 on May 20, 2022, 22:46:04 PM
Quote from: Phil on May 20, 2022, 13:44:56 PMI dunno if I'm a good enough caster for a "quality" line @ $35 and a "Better quality" line @ $100 to make much difference. 

$39 is the discounted/discontinued price. $69 was the normal price. If you don't need a 7wt line to cast a 5wt rod, you will be able to notice the difference between the two.


Listened to Shawn Combs (Head of Orvis Product Development), on the Orvis Fly Fishing Podcase, and now I'm convinced that I need a Helios 3 rod  :Dance  _

Cast a Scott centric or radian and you'll never buy any "whorvis" junk again. BTW orvis lines and SA lines are made in the same plant out of the same material, just slightly different tapers.
#8
Pyscho Fly Fishers / Re: PFF Shady Valley V--43
Last post by Stone-Man - May 21, 2022, 11:34:21 AM
MY Take on PFF 43

Thx to Brian and his medical knowledge
Thx to the cooks and clean up crews
Jesse's muskrat fly
Phils big day on Stoney
Brian smokes them in Virginia
Great burgers and dogs
Nando fire
Tequilla drunk tears down pop up
Dead brookie stream
Little Doe on fire
Great day with Jule and DD
Garlic olives
Anchovy olives
Tater's brew
Thx to Rick for the trip to Elizabethton
Lime/ Dun/ EHC
Sulphers
Guitar Phil
Jason's truck
Gilman's coons in the attic
Carter's smallie
Flychamp-- Hot day in Doe valley
Rob trout fishes for 7 straight days
Deer sausage and smoked cheese -- Brian
incredible weather
Jule's face plant
DD steps on an 18 inch bow
Brian's 2 day hang over-- Scott's mezcal
Great Loon Stew

 Thx for the memories---    JT
#9
Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Woolly Bugger - May 21, 2022, 09:14:08 AM

#64

91 and it ain't even June  -p-  Clear skies, UV index 11


Some of the nearby fields have been mowed, waiting for the MP to get cut, should be any day now

Went up close to the damn dam to cool off and see what the bug were doing. There were a smattering of sulfurs and a few spashy rises, they took an emerger. After an hour or so, I headed back to get some sunscreen and a drink. By the time I returned the hatch had dwindled almost nothing and I wasted an hour waiting for it to turn on again. I pulled out and headed down to a spot with bugs and  risers and fished until 7:30 as I was putting gear away, this run erupted with a dozen fish rising steadily. Maybe I'll stay later next time...

Stockbro was first to hand.

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The rest were browns, but punes

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They are everywhere now.


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I don't care if they are small, brown trout on a dry fly is just plain fun.


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hmmm, that wasn't there yesterday :o


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It was 81 at 8:00 my knees were frozen and it took a while for me to warm back up.

#10
Fly Shop Specials/Sales/Closeouts / Re: Scientific Anglers Mastery...
Last post by Phil - May 21, 2022, 09:13:32 AM
Well, I reckon the discontinued (but new to me) Mastery line will be better than my old SA "Frequency Trout" line on one reel and/or the older lowest end Orvis discontinued line on my other.
 
Helios 3?? :o  Guess my high end Orvis "Zero Gravity" rod is hopeless, eh?   :laugh:
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