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I have a theory, mind you I have not fished below Montauk at all at least not in the above Akers Ferry. A lot below but not upstream of there. I have been told of enormous amounts of sand in the woods and on the stream banks. I've seen it elsewhere but not the Current. Is it possible that the fish retreated downstream to escape the sand being washed through the system? It makes sense to me that it would irritate their gills and might affect the senses of smell and feel. Like you in a sand storm. 

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I made it down last Sunday and fished below the cable to Tan Vat.  The stream has definitely changed a lot...I think eventually for the better.  Still amazed my 15 foot deep hole from years ago is now a gravel bar though! Lot's of other changes as well. I think a lot of the fish were really hugging bottom, but I would have to agree, after seeing it, the rainbows seem a bit thin right now.  Went up to view the park for a bit and it looked rather thin as well.  There is now a huge, deep, long hole upstream from the dam in the fly fishing area.  last year you could walk across it, but I bet it is at least 10-15 feet deep and seemed rather long.  There is also a new mini Island upstream by the first parking spot.

I am sure as the season goes on the rainbow population will slowly rebound. IT usually takes a hit in the winter time and the floods definitely seem to have affected them. With the 20% reduced stocking it is going to takes some time for the rainbows to rebound.

More room for Brown Trout to grow in the interim...not a bad trade off.

As for the fishing only caught a few and nothing special. Hooked a nice that I would have really liked to seen just based off the strike and weight, but he snapped off...that is what happens when you go several hours without a strike!

 

Good to get out though...I haven't done much the last year with young kiddo's at home

 

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I agree with most...its all about the time you put into it.  I rarely have a problem catching fish outside the park but some days are dreadfully slow.

Now for a little bit of a rant----  Some wanna-be celebrity lunker hunter for years has been consistently keeping Browns below the cable and weighs them in at the park. He continuously posts pics on his FB and his FB "Outdoors page" with a big bright 1/8 oz jig with a big TREBLE trailer hook off the back of it (which is illegal correct?). Also known to use "brown bait" as well. Guy think he is god's gift to the fishing world with his jersey on with his "sponsors" listed.  Oh and every Brown this guy keeps he calls "little" as well....which is the part that pisses me off the most.  If someone degrades the fish their catch then why keep it?

I get it is a put and take fishery technically but some of these morons take advantage of it. The poor Browns can never catch a break!

----end rant

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Share his facebook page?  Maybe we can share it with the agents and see if they can do anything about it if he is keeping illegal fish.  That is aggravating for sure.

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22 hours ago, 10pointer said:

I agree with most...its all about the time you put into it.  I rarely have a problem catching fish outside the park but some days are dreadfully slow.

Now for a little bit of a rant----  Some wanna-be celebrity lunker hunter for years has been consistently keeping Browns below the cable and weighs them in at the park. He continuously posts pics on his FB and his FB "Outdoors page" with a big bright 1/8 oz jig with a big TREBLE trailer hook off the back of it (which is illegal correct?). Also known to use "brown bait" as well. Guy think he is god's gift to the fishing world with his jersey on with his "sponsors" listed.  Oh and every Brown this guy keeps he calls "little" as well....which is the part that pisses me off the most.  If someone degrades the fish their catch then why keep it?

I get it is a put and take fishery technically but some of these morons take advantage of it. The poor Browns can never catch a break!

----end rant

Sounds like a D-bag, rant on!

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On 3/10/2016 at 0:15 PM, stlfisher said:

 

I am sure as the season goes on the rainbow population will slowly rebound. IT usually takes a hit in the winter time and the floods definitely seem to have affected them. With the 20% reduced stocking it is going to takes some time for the rainbows to rebound.

 

 

I have been living under a rock this winter.  Where did you hear about the 20% reduced stocking?

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Tad is a dbag from everything ive ever heard. His FB page is "across the grid outdoors".

Some wanna be celebrity for sure. He sure sells his good ole boy persona though. I have zero respect for the guy.

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