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Tim McDougald

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About Tim McDougald

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    Banded Pygmy Sunfish
  • Birthday 07/26/1961

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    https://afarensisflyfishing.wordpress.com/

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    Male
  • Location
    St. Louis, MO
  • Interests
    Science, Fly Fishing, Fly Tying, Camping, Sailing, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball

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  1. HELLBENDERS!

    I would be interested.
  2. Day Trip to Maramec Springs

    Yeah, to say that there were a lot of weeds would be an understatement! I do plan on making more day trips to Maramec.
  3. Day Trip to Maramec Springs

    Yeah, occasionally, but I have been trying to focus on flyfishing. More importantly, I have been trying to fish places I haven't been to before.
  4. Day Trip to Maramec Springs

    I had the day off today, so I made a quick day trip to Maramec Springs. I have only been there once, some 40+ years ago, when I was nine. I got there about 10:00 am and started flyfishing in the rain. I slowly worked my way downstream, eventually coming to a sign that said "Deep Water" and yeah it was deep. By that time some nice fog formed over the river - the picture above does not do the scene justice. I spent about three hours flyfishing but, unfortunately, all I caught was a small bluegill. Even so I had a great time because "a bad day fishing..." I guess I need to use different flies next time.
  5. I had the day off today, so I made a quick day trip to Maramec Springs. I have only been there once, some 40+ years ago, when I was nine. I got there about 10:00 am and started flyfishing in the rain. I slowly worked my way downstream, eventually coming to a sign that said "Deep Water" and yeah it was deep. By that time some nice fog formed over the river - the picture above does not do the scene justice. I spent about three hours flyfishing but, unfortunately, all I caught was a small bluegill. Even so I had a great time because "a bad day fishing..." I guess I need to use different flies next time.
  6. Flooding silver lining

    That was fascinating!
  7. 2016 Fish Species

    Yeah, some of those fish pics you posted are great. I'd be happy to catch them too. It takes some dedication and skill to target the fish you are going after. I look forward to future reports.
  8. Urban Fishing STL

    No, I did not measure either of them. The crappie filled my trout net pretty good so I estimate around 10-12 inches and stopped fighting about the time I hooked it. The bluegill was a bit on the smallish side and put a serious bend in my 3 wt.
  9. Urban Fishing STL

    I was out at Wild Acres Park, an urban park in St. Louis, on 3/16/16 playing with my 3 wt. It was a pretty windy day day so I didn't stay long. The first is a blue gill - which gave my 3 wt a work out. The second looks like a black crappie - which surprised me because I did not know that crappie were stocked at Wild Acres. It was also surprising because it was much bigger than the blue gill but put up no where near the fight.
  10. Fishing Goals for 2016

    My goal is to go fly fishing more than two times in 2016. That is my goal every year, but life has a way of messing up the best laid plans...
  11. no more paddling in the flood water

    Glad you lived to tell the tale.
  12. Thank You!

    Thank you to all the veterans
  13. Healing Waters Event - Fishing Helpers Needed

    I am a relative novice at fly fishing but I would love the opportunity to help, but don't have the transportation down there
  14. Montauk Trip Report

    My wife and I went to Montauk from 7/31 - 8/3. The trip was fun, but a mixed bag. Due to circumstances beyond our control we did not get on the road until about 11:30. Stopped for lunch, etc. and got to the park around 2:30. Did a little fishing with my spinning rod and white roostertail across from the cemetery but didn't catch anything. I took a short break and then put my waders on, grabbed my fly rod and did some fishing behibd the lodge...and was skunked again. Saturday, my wife and I got up and found spots by about 6:20 (it was kids fish free day so the was a minor miracle). I was fishing near the falls and she was fishing in the social hole. She got skunked. I had one follow but at the last minute a small fishe grabbed my roostertail...turned out to be a blue gill, which I found amusing. Later that afternoon I went up by the spring and caught one keeper. Sunday I went back up near the spring and caught a small one, which I tossed back. Caught a second one this size (or maybe it was the same one) and tossed it back. At that point, some old dude with a fly rod asked me what color of fly I was using and started fishing about five feet a way from me. I thought that was a bit tacky. Moved on downstream through a riffle (fishing when I could) and found a nice spot about 40 feet from my nearest neighbor. Their were some nice fish in this pool, but they had no interest in the fly I had on my line so I decided to change it when finished I looked up to discover someone standing in the spot I had been casting to, such is life. Didn't catch anything else the rest of the day. Monday my wife and father in law (who had come down Sunday and was staying until Wednesday) fished along the wall by the old low water bridge. She caught two and he caught one. I should have went with them. Instead I went up by the spring. On the way to the spring I tripped and fell and broke my fly rod. Went back to the lodge, got another fly rod and went back to the spring. Got one hook up that spit the hook as I was reeling it in. We left Montauk and headed back to St. Louis about 11:30. As I say, it was a mixed bag with the delayed start, broken fly - which has been repaired, and a couple of tacky fishermen. On the other hand I am a relative novice when it comes to fly fishing and I learned quite a bit on this trip. It was also my first time wading. So even though I only had one keeper and my wife two, it, overall, was a positive outing.
  15. Someone Knows the Story

    Until the obnoxious campers with a couple of flashlights and an airhorn make ya think you are about to be creamed by a semi...
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