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    podum reacted to Gavin in What were they after   
    Brook trout are delicious! Eat them out West. 6-8 of them will fit in a 1 Q Nalgene water bottle. Mountain bacon!
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    podum got a reaction from Phil Lilley in Right Place, Right Time...   
    I have that shirt.  Awesome fish.
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    podum got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Size vs Quantity?   
    Re: the original question, no surprise that better fishermen (represented on this board) will skew toward size over numbers.  It's a natural conclusion since these folks will catch fish even if there are less of them and the bigger fish are what we are after.  The less experienced or part time fishermen will vote for more fish over quality size.  This is the conundrum that MDC is in when making decisions.  There are more part timers than experienced, committed, conservation oriented fishermen.  It is a revenue question as much as it is a preference question.
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    podum got a reaction from Trout Addict in Size vs Quantity?   
    Re: the original question, no surprise that better fishermen (represented on this board) will skew toward size over numbers.  It's a natural conclusion since these folks will catch fish even if there are less of them and the bigger fish are what we are after.  The less experienced or part time fishermen will vote for more fish over quality size.  This is the conundrum that MDC is in when making decisions.  There are more part timers than experienced, committed, conservation oriented fishermen.  It is a revenue question as much as it is a preference question.
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    podum got a reaction from tho1mas in Freshwater Table Fare   
    Try freezing the fillets in a solid block of ice.  I started doing this a few years ago with White Bass and the fillets keep for over a year with no change in texture and most importantly, no freezer burn.  
    To OP, I'm a huge fan of White Bass fillets for the same reason you are.   The fillets are thicker and firmer.  Hold up well in the frying oil.
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    podum got a reaction from fishinwrench in Freshwater Table Fare   
    Try freezing the fillets in a solid block of ice.  I started doing this a few years ago with White Bass and the fillets keep for over a year with no change in texture and most importantly, no freezer burn.  
    To OP, I'm a huge fan of White Bass fillets for the same reason you are.   The fillets are thicker and firmer.  Hold up well in the frying oil.
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    podum reacted to fishinwrench in Poaching Story   
    There were 50-70 laying dead on the bottom of the Niangua river a few weeks ago with holes in them.   Sure wish the ones that did that could have gotten busted.  
    At least those boys had packaged them, kept them iced and prepared for eating.
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    podum reacted to Gavin in What's Cooking?   
    Deer heart is very good. Have not had the liver, but not opposed to trying it. Just won't let my wife cook it, she did calves liver a couple years ago and screwed the pooch with it. Will order the calves liver at Lorenzo's on the hill every time I visit. Think they pressure cook it and the sauce is awesome.
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    podum reacted to fishinwrench in Niangua Sunday-Monday   
    Yeah!   Whatever kind of tequila that was, it is way too smooth for safe consumption.  
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    podum got a reaction from JestersHK in Southern Colorado in September   
    I had an unexpected vacation in Lake City, Colorado last week.  We arrived after a long drive (14 hours from KC) to a wonderful view of fall Aspens.  Days were mid 60s, nights were cold with a morning frost every day.  Great weather.
    With 8 days to spend, I had 3 full days of fishing (with the rest spent on activities with the family).  I spent one day on a medium sized creek, one on the local big water and one on a small alpine stream.  Day one was the medium sized Cebolla Creek.  It averages 15-20 feet wide and flows through a beautiful valley called Powderhorn.  Fishing was tough in the cold mornings all week, but improved as the sun got high in the sky and the bugs started moving.  Cebolla is a wild brown trout factory (averaging 10-15 inches).  There are no bait restrictions and plenty of campsites, but still lots of fish.  The brushy and steep banks protect lots of water.  If you are willing to do some tough wading, there are rewards. 
     

     
    Day two, I fished the big water - the Lake Fork of the Gunnison.  This is a classic western free stone river.  The area just south of Blue Mesa Reservoir is a big, bruising river that isn't wadable until late July in an average snow pack year.  It has big browns, a recovering rainbow population (Whirling Disease) and some cutbow hybrids.  The scenery is out of this world.

    Its the kind of place that makes me nervous wading by myself because it is remote and takes a significant effort to get out of the canyon in most spots.  I got into lots of browns and rainbows.  Here is the work of an incompetent camera man trying to capture the image of a beautiful San Juan Mountain rainbow trout.

     
    The day was punctuated by a short lived fight with a 20+ brown trout that broke off on its third leap. 
     
    There was lots of bear activity near town.  Our car got visited one night and there were lots of sightings.  
     
    Because of picture posting data limits, I'm posting part two in a second thread....
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    podum got a reaction from JestersHK in Southern Colorado in September - Part Two   
    Day three was my favorite.  Last day in the mountains before the drive home.  Forecast of snow, rain and wind (we got the first two but not the wind, mercifully).  A local good friend as a guide on a small alpine stream at 12,000 feet, looking for wild brook trout and perhaps a cutthroat.  It snowed and sleeted in the morning and, per usual, the fishing was tough.  But it was pretty. 

     
    The fishing picked up in the late morning.  A dry fly day.  I'm no purist, but I love to see the take!  The brook trout had their spawning colors on and plenty of them were willing to play if you were stealthy. 
     
    I even got a cutthroat to complete the San Juan Mountain grand slam! 

     
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    podum reacted to Flysmallie in Niangua Sunday-Monday   
    Ohhhhhh, Osage fork sounds nice. Giggers huh? Poor fishing down to Barclay? I'll go check the stretch below Barclay down to Leadmine. I'll report back on Monday. 
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    podum got a reaction from trythisonemv in Niangua Sunday-Monday   
    4 of us fished on a float from Bennett to NRO on Sunday and for 3 hours at Barclay Monday morning.  In a word - tough.  Low water, clear water, bluebird sunny skies = very few fish.  Wrench, I saw you were planning to fish the same area.   I'd be interested in hearing your results.  We had a little success in a boulder run about halfway through the float.  All of the fish came on #20 micro mayflies (as a dropper).  No strikes all day on leeches/buggers, soft hackles or larger stonefly patterns.  We did have a few of the new stocker browns play with us at the canoe take out on small dries.
    Monday at Barclay was a zero for 4 of us.  Descent sticks too.  Two strikes among us.  Beautiful weather, fun float, great campfire Sunday night, but tough fishing.  I hope it keeps raining for a while to get some flow going.
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    podum reacted to BilletHead in What's Cooking?   
    Green Chili Deer Burgers,
        Fresh out of hatch chilies so I roasted and charred some jalapeños right out of the garden. Slipped off the charred skins, split open and scraped out the seeds and membranes. Still pretty hot but good flavor. Needed some fat for the lean ground deer so we bought a pork butt roast. Trimmed off the excess fat and ground it to add to the deer. Did the burgers on one side, flipped and put on the pepper then a nice thick slice of sharp cheddar,

     

         Plated and dressed the burgers. 
    I have a happy belly now and there will be burgers to eat all week ,
    BilletHead
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    podum got a reaction from bkbying89 in Southern Colorado in September - Part Two   
    Day three was my favorite.  Last day in the mountains before the drive home.  Forecast of snow, rain and wind (we got the first two but not the wind, mercifully).  A local good friend as a guide on a small alpine stream at 12,000 feet, looking for wild brook trout and perhaps a cutthroat.  It snowed and sleeted in the morning and, per usual, the fishing was tough.  But it was pretty. 

     
    The fishing picked up in the late morning.  A dry fly day.  I'm no purist, but I love to see the take!  The brook trout had their spawning colors on and plenty of them were willing to play if you were stealthy. 
     
    I even got a cutthroat to complete the San Juan Mountain grand slam! 

     
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    podum got a reaction from BilletHead in Southern Colorado in September - Part Two   
    Day three was my favorite.  Last day in the mountains before the drive home.  Forecast of snow, rain and wind (we got the first two but not the wind, mercifully).  A local good friend as a guide on a small alpine stream at 12,000 feet, looking for wild brook trout and perhaps a cutthroat.  It snowed and sleeted in the morning and, per usual, the fishing was tough.  But it was pretty. 

     
    The fishing picked up in the late morning.  A dry fly day.  I'm no purist, but I love to see the take!  The brook trout had their spawning colors on and plenty of them were willing to play if you were stealthy. 
     
    I even got a cutthroat to complete the San Juan Mountain grand slam! 

     
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    podum got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Southern Colorado in September - Part Two   
    Day three was my favorite.  Last day in the mountains before the drive home.  Forecast of snow, rain and wind (we got the first two but not the wind, mercifully).  A local good friend as a guide on a small alpine stream at 12,000 feet, looking for wild brook trout and perhaps a cutthroat.  It snowed and sleeted in the morning and, per usual, the fishing was tough.  But it was pretty. 

     
    The fishing picked up in the late morning.  A dry fly day.  I'm no purist, but I love to see the take!  The brook trout had their spawning colors on and plenty of them were willing to play if you were stealthy. 
     
    I even got a cutthroat to complete the San Juan Mountain grand slam! 

     
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    podum got a reaction from MoCarp in The Bigs Are a feeding!   
    Oneshot is good peeps.  He was kind to me on a chance river encounter.  Also, a man of the land.  Much respect.
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    podum got a reaction from Johnsfolly in The Bigs Are a feeding!   
    Oneshot is good peeps.  He was kind to me on a chance river encounter.  Also, a man of the land.  Much respect.
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    podum got a reaction from fishinwrench in The Bigs Are a feeding!   
    Oneshot is good peeps.  He was kind to me on a chance river encounter.  Also, a man of the land.  Much respect.
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    podum got a reaction from BilletHead in The Bigs Are a feeding!   
    Oneshot is good peeps.  He was kind to me on a chance river encounter.  Also, a man of the land.  Much respect.
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    podum got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Southern Colorado in September - Part Two   
    Day three was my favorite.  Last day in the mountains before the drive home.  Forecast of snow, rain and wind (we got the first two but not the wind, mercifully).  A local good friend as a guide on a small alpine stream at 12,000 feet, looking for wild brook trout and perhaps a cutthroat.  It snowed and sleeted in the morning and, per usual, the fishing was tough.  But it was pretty. 

     
    The fishing picked up in the late morning.  A dry fly day.  I'm no purist, but I love to see the take!  The brook trout had their spawning colors on and plenty of them were willing to play if you were stealthy. 
     
    I even got a cutthroat to complete the San Juan Mountain grand slam! 

     
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    podum got a reaction from bkbying89 in Southern Colorado in September   
    I had an unexpected vacation in Lake City, Colorado last week.  We arrived after a long drive (14 hours from KC) to a wonderful view of fall Aspens.  Days were mid 60s, nights were cold with a morning frost every day.  Great weather.
    With 8 days to spend, I had 3 full days of fishing (with the rest spent on activities with the family).  I spent one day on a medium sized creek, one on the local big water and one on a small alpine stream.  Day one was the medium sized Cebolla Creek.  It averages 15-20 feet wide and flows through a beautiful valley called Powderhorn.  Fishing was tough in the cold mornings all week, but improved as the sun got high in the sky and the bugs started moving.  Cebolla is a wild brown trout factory (averaging 10-15 inches).  There are no bait restrictions and plenty of campsites, but still lots of fish.  The brushy and steep banks protect lots of water.  If you are willing to do some tough wading, there are rewards. 
     

     
    Day two, I fished the big water - the Lake Fork of the Gunnison.  This is a classic western free stone river.  The area just south of Blue Mesa Reservoir is a big, bruising river that isn't wadable until late July in an average snow pack year.  It has big browns, a recovering rainbow population (Whirling Disease) and some cutbow hybrids.  The scenery is out of this world.

    Its the kind of place that makes me nervous wading by myself because it is remote and takes a significant effort to get out of the canyon in most spots.  I got into lots of browns and rainbows.  Here is the work of an incompetent camera man trying to capture the image of a beautiful San Juan Mountain rainbow trout.

     
    The day was punctuated by a short lived fight with a 20+ brown trout that broke off on its third leap. 
     
    There was lots of bear activity near town.  Our car got visited one night and there were lots of sightings.  
     
    Because of picture posting data limits, I'm posting part two in a second thread....
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    podum reacted to fishinwrench in Advice for low water early fall trout fishing on the Niangua?   
    There was one early fall low water year I remember doing pretty good swinging a soft hackle between Sand Springs and the concrete boat ramp.  That was before the riffles there were all choked with gravel.     
    Pic sucks, but it was this one right here, I did real well on it for a couple weeks. 
    The thorax is peacock Ice Dub.  #14
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    podum got a reaction from Phil Lilley in Southern Colorado in September - Part Two   
    Day three was my favorite.  Last day in the mountains before the drive home.  Forecast of snow, rain and wind (we got the first two but not the wind, mercifully).  A local good friend as a guide on a small alpine stream at 12,000 feet, looking for wild brook trout and perhaps a cutthroat.  It snowed and sleeted in the morning and, per usual, the fishing was tough.  But it was pretty. 

     
    The fishing picked up in the late morning.  A dry fly day.  I'm no purist, but I love to see the take!  The brook trout had their spawning colors on and plenty of them were willing to play if you were stealthy. 
     
    I even got a cutthroat to complete the San Juan Mountain grand slam! 

     
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