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Blessed with Gold and Brown ... a day to remember

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I recently returned from my annual trip to " squeeze the salt " out hunting sweet water for browns, steelhead and lake trout. I have been doing this trip for 6 years and always say that every year is different. Some things can't be controlled like water flow, clarity, air and water temps that impact migratory movement of the trout and how active they are. This year I learned that a heavy SW / W wind can stir up Lake Erie and make Niagra a tough place to do business. We had limited success with lakers the day we fished it so we went exploring and learned some new spots on new rivers. I feel like if we are learning and gaining experience then the slow fishing becomes less of an issue. Day two the air temps started to climb and the very late afternoon proved to be an indicator of what day three might bring and we did pretty well on an off the beaten stretch of a new river with not another angler in sight. Our spirits were lifted and we enjoyed a great dinner while we planned our day three tactics. It's always important to try to be in the right place at the right time, not knowing what other intrepid anglers might be on the same schedule. Air temps were 50 degrees at 2:00am and we had a great feeling about how this would make the trout active in the morning. 

 

We were heartened when we arrived at the parking location with no sign of anglers. In fact, we saw no other anglers the entire day. After a solid hike to location X we just felt it was going to be a special day. I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story. We did have a couple of stud steelhead in the mix but today the brown trout ruled the river. Got my personal best, over 30 inches and most certainly in excess of 15 pounds. The numbers hooked was tremendous and 80% landed. Always a great day when you and your buddy yell " fish on " as often as we did .... Lost a couple of other mules, as the water temps had them fighting with much spirit and there's only so much you can do with 6lb tippet. 

 

 

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Great report and really nice fish. I have never tried there but it has been on my mind for some time. Curious as to what weight  rods your using.

 

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Wow! Great report and nice fish.  Makes me want to leave Alaska for a few weeks and go try it.

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On December 4, 2017 at 11:09 AM, bonefishdick said:

Great report and really nice fish. I have never tried there but it has been on my mind for some time. Curious as to what weight  rods your using.

 

Sorry for late response, been working out of town. We use 9.5 and 10 foot 7 and 8 weights. Mostly roll casting and mending various distances. 

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23 hours ago, jalthoff said:

That is outstanding!  That is a trip I must take - I'm becoming a sucker for cold weather big freshwater fish!

The second and most of the third day were in the high 40's / low 50 degrees. Love that temp 

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Those are some absolutely gorgeous fish!!!

 

J blair took me to one of his secret rivers to target some truly beastly jurrasic browns that get to 3 F E E T in length...(i've been out to where you are and they get monsterous)

 

It's amazing how proportionately different the fish are.

 

The pectoral fins on some of the 20" browns are the size of your hand.   The 3 footers which we haven't figured out how to move...are like maple leaves

 

Congrats on a stellar trip!

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