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About Kayser

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  • Birthday 09/30/1989

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  1. There's a lot of high-quality info in that one little sentence. I was lucky enough to have HW share some tips with me a few years back, and I managed to luck into a sauger before moving away. Wish I would've had a chance to fish the Valley Park area when I was back this year. But it was blown out, and there were crappie to chase. I might try applying his techniques to the Yellowstone this year.
  2. Friday morning, public land- that makes two years in a row. Going back to Montana in the morning to chase Merriam's. 10 3/4" beard 3/4" spurs 47 7/8" overall length.
  3. Al, I was really hoping you'd drop in since that is your stomping grounds. And you got it- the City Park. I imagine the river will come back to the near channel soon enough, given how the river swings, plus the amount of snowpack this year. It is too bad you aren't here. But if you were in Montana, we wouldn't have your posts from the Ozarks to enjoy. I'm out here full-time (minus next week in the Ozarks), so I plan to make the most of the time I have. I started bleeding all my fish and cutting out the red meat a few years ago- white bass and catfish were the first, but it helps buffalo & Asian carp tremendously. Trout and salmon (also oily and bloody) really benefit from it. But even crappie are better with this treatment, especially in the summer months (more from the bleeding on ice than the mud line). And I'm now realizing how much fish I used to eat... Having said that, I guess I need to start tying more streamers to throw- I can't even imagine how a big whitefish pulls.
  4. From what I can tell, the bones in the fillets are single pin bones, like a larger trout/salmon/bass/white bass, instead of the "y-bones" like a pike, or the forked kind in a carp/grasscarp/Asian carp, or the star-shaped y-bones in any sucker/buffalo. Smoked fish is fine, but I still want my fried fish. And if I'm as good with a knife as I pretend to be, this could be the hot ticket. I'll probably try to keep 5 decent ones or so the next time I go out, to see if I'm just blowing smoke. Probably no pictures, though- don't want to slime up the camera.
  5. They do everything you could want, except eat big streamers and jump. Next up- taste test. I really miss having crappie and sunfish around to get a fish fry together.
  6. Made a couple hour drive West from Billings to look at some gear at a price I couldn't pass up, which put me in a town I've passed through, but never explored- or even stopped in, for that matter- Livingston. The river and town are fairly well known, and I had done a quick bit of reading before I hopped in the car. Some reports claimed the river was murky and high, but with the main goal of the trip complete, I couldn't resist heading to an access point to check for myself. The air was cold, the sun was sinking, but the river here was braided through a gravel bar- calm enough to wade, and clear enough to tempt me into postponing (and eventually skipping) dinner. The first hole was running faster than I had initially thought, with the current barreling down the center. But the edges were calm enough where it dumped in to drift a heavy stonefly, and get it deep. After about half a dozen drifts and going deeper to tick rocks, the yarn indicator shot under! It's been a long winter, and the fish felt good- holding strong in the current, hard runs, and not showing itself. After a fight that I wish could've lasted a while longer, I landed a nice, fat ... whitefish. And I couldn't be happier. A quick picture, and back he goes. Several more casts and misses didn't produce a hookup (probably small whitefish), but the other side of the hole looked too good to not fish. I moved upstream and crossed. The second cast into the seam produced another take, but it wasn't the rocket into the current like a whitey, and it was right at my feet. The hookset was awkward, with the rod too high and far too much line out. But the hook stayed, and after some flailing an backpedaling across the shifting river rocks, a decent rainbow came to hand. Another picture, and off it swam. After a couple more whitefish and a rainbow, I moved downstream to another hole, seeing if I could pick up one more- a small rainbow took the stonefly, and that was it. Around that time, the gentleman I had bought the gear from appeared in the bank above me, out for an evening walk. We chatted for a bit, and he headed home for dinner. The fish were all near the head of the holes, with the whitefish in the main current, and the trout in the calmer water on the side. Brought 3 spunky whitefish to hand, and 3 somewhat lazy rainbows, while the mountains passed in and out of the clouds. Not bad for an hour before dark.
  7. When I was single and in college (Rolla), I fished everything close but BSC and did fairly well on a consistent basis. Mostly used an 8' 4wt, but wish it was a 8.5-9' some days. If you have to use 6x due to water clarity, it's gonna be a tough day, and that's on any Blue Ribbon but the Current. You can pull some small fish with tungsten beadheads under a big dry, if you're sneaky and throw delicate upstream casts while keeping a low profile. Those fish live on bottom near cover, and prefer broken water. I've got lots of stories, and a couple pictures, but I don't think I've posted them here. Good luck.
  8. Panfish: 1 part Andy's Yellow, 1 part yellow cornmeal, 1 part Golden Dipt Chicken Fry (omit for scored suckers). Catfish: add 1 part Andy's Red. Deep fry drum chips, crappie, and suckers at 375, others at 330. Pan fry walleye/perch, or beer batter. Trim mud line from fillets, fry similar sized pieces together. Catfish: trim into 1" chunks. Drum: 1/4" slices across the grain. 6-8" sunfish and yellow bass: scaled and whole. Flatheads- trim red meat, Italian dressing, grill. Or blacken in hot cast iron. In foil with citrus and tomatoes, touch of white wine. Use a recipe for grouper and you're set (but don't do ceviche/sushi/raw stuff). Blue cats- Cajun Creole. 1/2" chunks, browned in butter, with celery, onion, simmered with Rotel (diced tomatoes/green chiles). Serve over rice. You can make a roux somewhere in there to bring it all together a little more. Suckers/buffalo/grasscarp- already covered. Scaled/fleeced, then scored. Rib section of fillets do not have y-bones- fry the rack whole on smaller fish, individual "carp-cicles" on bigger fish. Snapper: fillet, pat dry. Season with salt, pepper, maybe old Bay. Flour, eggwash or milk, crushed Ritz crackermeal. Pan fry in butter and olive oil, maybe add a crushed clove of garlic to season the butter. White bass/hybrids, spotted bass: scale, score 3x on each side, rub with olive oil, then lemon pepper, and grill on well-oiled grate. Trout- Gut, leave head. Skewer on a stick, prop up with rocks. Grill over campfire (alder is preferred). Example- https://imgur.com/cuXZR76
  9. Was there last September. Reminder- there's a fee to fish below the reservoir, I think $6/day. The regular stuff didn't get touched. Went down to a #20 cream zebra midge on 7x and caught two 16-18" browns before a thunderstorm chased me off. Saw some monsters, couldn't turn them with streamers. Headed over to Ft Collins the next day and stopped at Joe Wright Reservoir for some grayling. Good luck!
  10. If I have time later, I will. I was having problems direct uploading due to file size, didn't realize I could add links here to display them until I added the smallmouth photo.
  11. SIO3- try it now. And if you're bored in winter, get a tank of gas and head down 44 or 55 a bit, then kick off for some hiking. Or grab the waders and some hair jigs. This was February a couple years ago.
  12. It was -24 on Tuesday. Still got a long way until Spring. Let me know if the link is still working. Trying to change the privacy settings on the album.
  13. Since I can't seem to figure out how to reliabily upload photos to this forum, I made an album to share. I moved to Billings this summer, and have spent most of my free time running around the mountains within 2 hours, aside from a week spent in Yellowstone and the Tetons with a friend that now lives in Georgia. Hope you guys enjoy the highlight reel, taken from my phone. http://imgur.com/a/QkNHSLx (Photos are displayed on a later post, so you don't have to click that link). And before you get too jealous, it was -24 when I rolled into work yesterday morning. Cheers.
  14. I grew up running tackle for bass, panfish, and catfish, and the odd trout trip once I was in my teens. Then I picked up a fly rod and chased bluegill every chance I got. If it swam, I tried to catch it on a fly rod- every warmwater I can think of (even buffalo and grasscarp!). High school saw me catch the trout bug really bad, and college saw it take over entirely- I spent more time chasing trout during daylight than doing anything else- probably even going to class. But in an odd twist of fate, now that I've moved to Montana, I find myself reaching for that spinning rod with a rapala more often than I ever thought possible. Is it as graceful? No, I don't think so. But it has its own challenges, and it has definitely cut the learning curve for some of the nearby streams, as to where the fish lie, the quality of fish available, and the overall density in those rivers. And it while it isn't the same as fly fishing, it can be graceful in its own way. But it's going to be blowing 40+ over the next couple days- I think I'm going to try out that new vise my brother got me for Christmas. And fix my 8wt. And condition my lines. And seal the pinholes in my waders. I've got the bug again during the preparation season.
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