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With 4 trout parks that opened today for C&R, I'm sure we have enough people on this forum to give reports for each park.

What worked? How well was the park stocked? Were there many people fishing? And show some pics.

I'll start off with a report from Roaring River.

The fishing was great. Fast and furious for the first 6 hours. The river looked to be stocked a little lighter than last year, but some stretches had a bunch of hungry fish. I did see a few big fish, but not as many as years past. Most were 12 to 18 inches.

At the whistle it was easy to find a spot to fish. Most holes only had 2 people fishing them unless it was a few buddies or a family.

I tossed streamers for the first 3 1/2 hours and caught some good fish, no monsters but good fish none the less. I counted 31 on 2 different streamers. I don't have a name for the one that did the best, but was a conehead rabbit fur streamer with a white tail and an olive body. The next was a fish scull olive bugger.

When the streamer bite slowed I switched to a 2 fly rig with an olive backless scud and a frenchie hot spot pheasant tail and started racking up numbers again. When that bite slowed I switched to a glow bug and caught a few more. It really started to slow down after 2:30, but I managed a couple here and there.

I finished the day with a total of 63 trout landed with several good 15 to 18 inch fish, and a bunch of missed opportunities. My biggest fish total ever at Roaring River.

A couple of photos.

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I had about the same experience at RR albeit fewer caught. (But I count each hook up as a catch; some just get released early...) Today will be a bit more crowded as the weather is great. Black and olive wooly buggers worked well in the morning with nymphs and wet flies in the afternoon. The bite stopped completely when the sun went behind the hills. The fish seemed to be well educated by the afternoon so will be tougher to fool today.

Many fish will have moved downstream so go to zone 2 if you want to avoid the crowds. Best to all!

Brian

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Thanks KC and Laker. It was a fun day. I fished right through lunch. :have-a-nice-day:


Brian, did you fish zone one only or both 1 and 2?

I stayed in zone 1 until I met up with Ollie about 2PM then we went down to zone 2 for about an hour. By then the fishing had slowed down quite a bit.

I'm sure there will be more reports by the end of the weekend. I'm looking forward to hearing how the other parks fished.

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Yea, I just couldn't buy a bite after 2:30. I put up double nickels by that time. First hour I was using a white with purple holographic jig then I switched over to ginger the second hour. Didn't seem to matter what I threw the first couple of hours. I ended up fishing a brown/olive combo jig the last part of the day. I didn't see as many lunkers as in the past either, but then again the water had a good flow to it and I think I may have missed seeing the bigger ones. Most mine were in the 14-16" range with one maybe going 18". I don't measure much anymore unless it the fish is getting upwards of 20". Did you get anymore after I left Buzz?

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Looking toward to hearing a report from you KC. Ollie and I were talking about fishing outside the park sometime this winter.

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I had about the same experience at RR albeit fewer caught. (But I count each hook up as a catch; some just get released early...) Today will be a bit more crowded as the weather is great. Black and olive wooly buggers worked well in the morning with nymphs and wet flies in the afternoon. The bite stopped completely when the sun went behind the hills. The fish seemed to be well educated by the afternoon so will be tougher to fool today.

Many fish will have moved downstream so go to zone 2 if you want to avoid the crowds. Best to all!

Brian

We used to call that LDR "long distance release"

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Did you get anymore after I left Buzz?

One more landed right after you left. 3 LDR's and 2 break offs on fish. I got tired of retying so I left about 3:45.

Did anyone else hear the siren go off at 3 PM? Everyone just kept fishing after they looked at their watches. LOL

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