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After the floodgates opened, I decided to come down and fish Saturday. It was tough in the morning, but once the sun went down it was lights out.

Morning: started out throwing a 110+1 in Elegy Bone from Lookout to the Narrows. Had two fish on, one being a really big brown. Came out and swiped at the bait but only got hooked slightly and spit it in one head shake. So it goes. The other was a 15-inch rainbow. Tried dragging Bomber Fat Free Fingerling in Pearl White but got nothing. 

Afternoon: After talking with Blake at Lilleys, he told me from Andy's through the Narrows he did really well dragging scuds and San Juans. So, I tandem-rigged a 14 tan scud and a big cerise San Juan. It was on. The key was to hit the very inside edge of the bank, as well as the seam before the drop off on the bluff side. I caught mostly small rainbows, but had two fish break me off that I know were nice fish. Never saw them, though.

Sunday: Fished with Blake and Mark Konecnik from the cable through the Narrows. We were using Duane's signature series jerkbaits--the very small ones. 639 size. We had them on drift rigs and we caught quite a few. Blake boated a 20.5-inch brown in the early morning with Duane on a trip Mark hired him for. Just sitting and talking with Duane makes you realize just how in-tune he is with the trout. Pretty sure he sleeps with them. Well worth it to hire him just to get his baits, too! Everything else I normally use was not working, but the DDSS were rockin.

Overall a good weekend, but I think it shows how the pressure and water conditions has changed the tactics and presentations needed to consistently catch nice fish. Adapt, improvise, overcome.

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Photos courtesy of Mark Konecnik. 


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Sounds like a great weekend with fantastic company.  Duane's baits always produce for me even when things slow down.  He's got the hatch matched on his jerks for sure.  

I'm jonesing real bad for some wade fishing down there... I need a night time wade hunt for brownies like you wouldn't believe.  

Maybe by July they will shut this water off lol.

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16 minutes ago, JestersHK said:

Sounds like a great weekend with fantastic company.  Duane's baits always produce for me even when things slow down.  He's got the hatch matched on his jerks for sure.  

I'm jonesing real bad for some wade fishing down there... I need a night time wade hunt for brownies like you wouldn't believe.  

Maybe by July they will shut this water off lol.

I hear ya! Love doing that. I was talking to a few people down there and ever since the Corps lost a lawsuit (not sure full details) they think the days of wade fishing may be few and far between if the weather continues to punish the area...sucks. As soon as it gets to power pool they release water. 

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Yeah with the amount of water still left to move through the system, plus the continuing rain and snow I have a feeling it's gonna push us right into the wet rainy season of March through May.  Although I was only partly joking about water finally being off in July it wouldn't surprise me one bit of that was the case.  Tough year ahead for us guys who like to wade fish, but as you said above we'll just have to adapt and overcome by boat!

Hey you should try to make it down for CAM this year too and fish with us!

5 minutes ago, Ryan Miloshewski said:

I hear ya! Love doing that. I was talking to a few people down there and ever since the Corps lost a lawsuit (not sure full details) they think the days of wade fishing may be few and far between if the weather continues to punish the area...sucks. As soon as it gets to power pool they release water. 

 

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2 hours ago, JestersHK said:

Yeah with the amount of water still left to move through the system, plus the continuing rain and snow I have a feeling it's gonna push us right into the wet rainy season of March through May.  Although I was only partly joking about water finally being off in July it wouldn't surprise me one bit of that was the case.  Tough year ahead for us guys who like to wade fish, but as you said above we'll just have to adapt and overcome by boat!

Hey you should try to make it down for CAM this year too and fish with us!

 

I'd love to but I have a writer's conference the same weekend at Mozingo Lake. I'll be at the Elfrink.

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2 hours ago, Ryan Miloshewski said:

I'll be at the Elfrink.

You gonna call some more post-Elfrink dinosaurs this year? 😆

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On 2/10/2020 at 11:35 AM, Ryan Miloshewski said:

I hear ya! Love doing that. I was talking to a few people down there and ever since the Corps lost a lawsuit (not sure full details) they think the days of wade fishing may be few and far between if the weather continues to punish the area...sucks. As soon as it gets to power pool they release water. 

Forgot to tell you, a couple Fridays ago I fished by outlet one with 2 units running at night. I was catching really nice fish on a beaded, black wooly bugger. They were so aggressive for about 20 minutes they would hit it on the fall as I got it out there. Just vicious strikes, too. Dang near jerked the rod out of my hand. So, it can be done! Lol

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