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Thrillbilly
04-11-2010, 11:07 PM
Today was a different day; I was leaving my little Sage rods and my Orvis 5wt at home to try a new type of fishing.



My day started off when the alarm woke me 0330; I got up and got dressed and got ready. I already packed my car the night before so I was on my way by 0400. About an hour later I arrived at the spot where I was meeting Dave at. I grabbed my crap out of my car; put it on his truck and we were on our way.



A few hours later we arrived at our destination. The morning was cold; however it was not that bad at all. It was nice being up in the higher elevation as I was a bit sick of fishing the usual spots. We got geared up and made our way to the water.



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I waded out into the water and made my first cast. Shortly after I made a big upstream mend, I saw my indicator go under. I set the hook and it was fish on. This fish was quite a bit different than what I am used to catching. It was pretty powerful and made some good runs. For my efforts I was rewarded with this little guy.



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I continued to fish this run for a while. Not too long after I landed the first fish, I saw my indicator go under again. I set the hook and the rod came to life. This fish was more powerful than the first. After a nice fight I landed this guy.


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At this point we decided to check out some other spots. We drove along the river stopping to look for fish holding in the deep slots. A short time later we found some. We got out of the truck and went down to the river. I ended up LDRing the first fish I hook in this spot.



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Continued............

Thrillbilly
04-11-2010, 11:07 PM
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I resumed fishing and a short time later landed this wonderful little fish.



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I fished this spot for a while longer; I had quite a few LDRs, one break off and one straighten the hook on me. I did however also manage to land some more fish as well.



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After this run we decided to eat really quickly. After lunch it was right back to fishing. We stopped off at a few different spots. I must have been having issues or something because I kept LDRing fish left and right in the different spots.



A while later I ended up in the last spot I fished before I ate lunch. There were quite a few fish holding in two different spots. I managed to hook one and you guessed it he got off. The 3 other in that spot spooked so I moved up to the next area where there were fish. I managed to hook another, however this time I landed it.



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After a few, we decided to move again. I ended up on the same run that I started the day on. I had been fishing the run for a bit when my indicator submerged and I set the hook. This fish had a lot of fight in it. The fish took to the air once and made a lot of very strong runs.



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This day was very fun and exciting; I think I am screwed now though. You see while I love fishing my small stuff fishing for these guys is absolutely awesome. Personally I canít wait until fall to try it out then as well.


I hope you enjoyed my report.

k1dude
04-11-2010, 11:49 PM
OMG! Take me with you please please pretty please!

I used to live in Boise. Sometimes I wonder why I ever left.

Fishseeker
04-12-2010, 10:21 AM
Great report , those fish gave awesome color.

HokeySon
04-12-2010, 10:39 AM
Epic day!!! very jealous.

Pace
04-12-2010, 10:41 AM
gorgeous up there!

gunnerdan
04-12-2010, 5:16 PM
you got some serious skills there thrill.

good stuff

antonio
04-12-2010, 7:36 PM
Nice Fish :)

Bongos
04-13-2010, 11:43 AM
wait until you try YellowFin Tuna and Yellowtail, it'll put your freshwater stuff in storage

Steyrlp10
04-13-2010, 11:53 AM
Not a bass, but definitely very nice. Thanks for sharing :)

mif_slim
04-13-2010, 12:42 PM
wow. great fish! all natives too! well cant tell the last two. :)

Great fishing!

Thrillbilly
04-13-2010, 9:37 PM
wait until you try YellowFin Tuna and Yellowtail, it'll put your freshwater stuff in storage




I never fished salt with a fly rod (I moved out of CA before I tried it). However I was thinking that I might take a little trip to Florida in the future. I hear that poons on a fly rod are a blast.

popndrop
04-13-2010, 10:19 PM
Nice report, and some incredible fish. Your smallest trout is bigger than my biggest...I think I may have said this in your posts before, but I pretty much hate my life just that much more after I see those pictures.
Thanks!

Thrillbilly
04-17-2010, 9:47 AM
Well Chinook season opens up here soon. I have yet to catch one of these bastards; hopefully this will be the year. They are anticipating a good return and a 6 week season. I will keep everybody updated.

Shoot-it
04-17-2010, 2:37 PM
Are they running up the river to spawn. I don't know to much about trout but those are sure huge compared to the ones I have caught. Are those called browns?

duckman1
04-18-2010, 7:29 AM
What wt. rod were you using?

Thrillbilly
04-18-2010, 7:03 PM
Are they running up the river to spawn. I don't know to much about trout but those are sure huge compared to the ones I have caught. Are those called browns?



Those were not brown trout. These are.....http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=285937

Yes you are correct about the fish "running" up the river to spawn. They return from the ocean to spawn in the waters where they were born. This species is exactly the same as the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). People refer to the ones that go to the ocean and come back as steelhead though.

Thrillbilly
04-18-2010, 7:05 PM
What wt. rod were you using?



I was using a St. Croix Ultra 9' 8wt. The rod was not mine though.

CACitUP
04-19-2010, 11:37 AM
I usually love your posts, but these are all SH on the spawn and should be left to do their business. Once they are on their redds and have color like that they should be left alone.

Thrillbilly
04-19-2010, 8:57 PM
I usually love your posts, but these are all SH on the spawn and should be left to do their business. Once they are on their redds and have color like that they should be left alone.



I appreciate the critical feedback on that. I was not fishing for fish on their redds though, I was fishing for them holding in deep slots. I know it can be argued that weather or not they are on their redds they are still in spawn mode and should not be fished for.

Being my first SH trip I expressed these concerns to the person I went with. His point to me was that 1) Fishing for these hatchery fish (most all of the ones landed were. They were un-clipped hatchery fish) while they are not on redds is not that hard on them. 2) Spring fishing for them is a good time for a trout fisherman to try it out for the first time.

I was interested in trying it so I chose to do it. Now that I have done it; I will say that the likely hood of me fishing spring SH in the future is 0. I am more interested in learning how to swing flies to them in the fall and winter with a two hand rod.

CACitUP
04-20-2010, 8:24 PM
We have all been there ;)

m98
04-21-2010, 3:12 AM
Dude, nice pics.......Many of us EnVY you.......

stphnman20
05-05-2010, 12:37 PM
Awesome report dude!