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 Post subject: Skunk Fun
PostPosted: 30 Dec 2017, 19:05 

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I went fly fishing for wild trout today at Gunpowder Falls state park in Maryland. I hooked up twice, but both times the trout spit my size 16 hare’s ear nymph before I landed it. The first one threw the hook by leaping like a 7” long sailfish though - it was pretty astonishing.

That said even though I didn’t catch anything, it was actually my first trout fishing trip ever, so I’m pretty jazzed. Temps ranged between 25 and 30 degrees, I didn’t see anyone else fishing while I was in the water, but I did see a few other folks out from the car later.

I eventually quit after 2 hours or so because I had forgotten my tippet spool and ran out of leader material.

One snag that was particularly poetic was when I hung my nymph up in a tree, but not on a branch. I snagged another fisherman’s snagged tippet that was left up there (well out of reach). Amusingly, we both used the same strike indicator.

Anyway, the reason I wrote this post even though I didn’t land any fish was because the scenery was stunning and I did manage to get some decent photos.

Big thumbs up for my DeWalt heated jacket. Kept me warm the whole time with minimal bulk.

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Finally, some shots from the top of the dam that feeds these trout waters.

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 Post subject: Skunk Fun
PostPosted: 30 Dec 2017, 20:56 
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Getting two takes has to be motivating for a future trip. I would like to try fly fishing one of these days. It looks like an entirely different experience. Tying your own flies also looks like it would be enjoyable. But first I need to learn how to cast. I think I'll use barbless hooks so it won't hurt so much when I have to remove one from my ear. LOL.



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 Post subject: Re: Skunk Fun
PostPosted: 30 Dec 2017, 21:40 

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I caught myself in the ear today, but mercifully only with the strike indicator (really a bobber - strike indicator seems so pretentious).

I think I lost my hits because I am so used to circle hooks from my Chesapeake Bay trips that my hooksets were weak.


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 Post subject: Skunk Fun
PostPosted: 31 Dec 2017, 13:22 
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Anytime that you have a fish on, even momentarily, its a rush. I love it! Sometimes, we just have an -early- catch and release.

With regard to your comment...
"One snag that was particularly poetic was when I hung my nymph up in a tree, but not on a branch. I snagged another fisherman’s snagged tippet that was left up there (well out of reach). Amusingly, we both used the same strike indicator."

I was in a bait camp in TN. buying some lures last Summer. I commented on how some of the new lures were $10.00 to $25.00 each.

The owner told me that he took an extendible golf-ball-retriever and made up a hook-end for it. He proceeded to run down a near-by shoreline and picked $50.00 worth of lures out of over-hanging branches. One or two of the lures were his from earlier trips. I have a similar pole in my boat now.

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 Post subject: Re: Skunk Fun
PostPosted: 31 Dec 2017, 14:23 

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I like the idea of a lure-recovery rod. The nymphs I was using were too small to be seen at that distance, but the bobbers weren’t. And when bass fishing, I’ve lost a Rapala or two to shabby casting, and seen salvage opportunities as well.

Thanks for the tip!


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PostPosted: 31 Dec 2017, 15:29 
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Many golfers will have a broken ball retriever around.



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PostPosted: 02 Jan 2018, 01:32 
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When we were kids we used to walk along the banks sniping for snagged lures. Best when the reservoir was drawn down. Come to think of it, I think I would still enjoy doing that given the chance. Haha.



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PostPosted: 06 Jan 2018, 20:25 
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"Early catch and release"

I gotta remember that one.



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PostPosted: 06 Jan 2018, 21:07 
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i call it a long line release.



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 Post subject: Re: Skunk Fun
PostPosted: 07 Jan 2018, 11:10 

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gnappi wrote:
"Early catch and release"

I gotta remember that one.


We can even make it sound morally superior. How about “high-survival catch and release fishing”




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 Post subject: Re: Skunk Fun
PostPosted: 07 Jan 2018, 11:26 

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bcbouy wrote:
i call it a long line release.


It really reduces stress on the fish!


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PostPosted: 07 Jan 2018, 12:20 
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"It really reduces stress on the fish!"

THAT is a good one! Best I've heard yet, on the subject.



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