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Went down today and started at the river access, up a bit and pretty cloudy, I swung a few streamers and hit some pocket water with a leech....no takers.

Headed up to zone 3 and worked a 100 yard stretch, caught 2 little Smallies and one really pretty rainbow down there, but the bite was reaaaally slow so I headed up to zone 2.   It was on up there, plenty of decent sized rainbows with most of their tail gone.....but it kept me busy until the whistle blew.   Caught 20 or so.

Ran back down to the river for the last hour of daylight and managed to catch 2 pretty nice ones in the high fast water swinging a muddler.   

That's all I have to report.  The kid and I are gonna hit the park again tomorrow I think.    Lot's of leaves.... but seems to be a good amount of slightly better than average fish with ratchet tails.

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It was a blast.  Made a pass through the high bank hole and we both caught 8-10 apiece on various nymphs, then went up to Z1 and put on a genuine dry fly clinic.  The ol' 9mm Wrench coaxed a bunch of risers, several of which nosed up to the fly, studied it for what seemed like an eternity....then slurped it in.  Amber had a solid 20+ incher that got out of her hands while I was digging out my phone to snap a pic.   It was her biggest dry fly fish to date.   We were getting a lot of steady risers when the whistle blew. I wish they'd blow that sucker an hour later, 4:00 is right in the middle of prime dry fly time.  Tons of little celery flys in the air.

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Had three great days of fishing.   Weather great, fish were hungry. Water was dropping slowly but seemed to get a little greener each day.  Caught several that were pound +, but several 6-8" also.  Had a eagle overhead at the dam this morning for about 30 minutes.   Good thing I was stripping so I could do two things at once.

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12 hours ago, fishinwrench said:

It was a blast.  Made a pass through the high bank hole and we both caught 8-10 apiece on various nymphs, then went up to Z1 and put on a genuine dry fly clinic.  The ol' 9mm Wrench coaxed a bunch of risers, several of which nosed up to the fly, studied it for what seemed like an eternity....then slurped it in.  Amber had a solid 20+ incher that got out of her hands while I was digging out my phone to snap a pic.   It was her biggest dry fly fish to date.   We were getting a lot of steady risers when the whistle blew. I wish they'd blow that sucker an hour later, 4:00 is right in the middle of prime dry fly time.  Tons of little celery flys in the air.

Sounds like a solid trip.  Agree on the 4 PM whistle.  I don't mind the start time though.  We always have a few beverages in the evening down there since you have to quit at 4.  Used to head to the boat ramp on the river at 4.  Boy I miss those trips down there with my family. 

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51 minutes ago, fishinwrench said:

I desperately want to shove something into that pipe at the highbank so those fish will get back in the riffle where they belong.   Putting that thing there was the worst decision ever.

I’ve been saying that since day one!!!   I haven’t been back since they put it there.  

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57 minutes ago, fishinwrench said:

I desperately want to shove something into that pipe at the highbank so those fish will get back in the riffle where they belong.   Putting that thing there was the worst decision ever.

Like you and Pete, I agree. Not sure what purpose it serves compared to the lower ones. It seems that dumping that extra water into the lower ones would have been a better option. Someone had one of them million dollar ideas.

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22 minutes ago, Gavin said:

When did they start opening C&R trout fishing before the deer opener? It used to be the Friday before the Rifle Deer opener...Not that I care one way or the other.

 

 

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