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The water is high but for the most part back in the banks. In some of the low spots it's lapping over but no big deal. You can forget sight fishing for a while. The water is as cloudy as your favorite carp hole but perhaps because I was getting used to it seemed to be picking up a green tint by the end of the day. I had absolutely no luck fishing any kind of spinner lure due to the current. Jigs, nymphs and worms were also unproductive. The fish I saw getting caught were normal stocker size but you had use the putty baits or the DD types. Park took a little beating due to the flood but the crews seem to have a good handle on it. The one good thing I can say is the stream was cleared out due to the flood of a lot of moss and vegitation. First trip in over over year now that the Doc has released me. Yeah no fish but I still had a better day then most people.

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I was there yesterday on 8/18 and the water is still cloudy. Lots of people catching on powerbait as usual, so if that's your thing you should do alright. I caught four fish, one on pink and white marabou jig, one on a white rooster tail and two drifting black and yellow woolies with my fly rod. I caught those two on the fly rod late afternoon and missed quite a few fish too so fishing was picking up for me from about 3 till I left at 5.. One thing I hate about Maramec is the rude people that see you catch a fish then immediately there are four hooks with powerbait all over the water right in front of you.

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I was there today, and wound up with a total bust. Had 2 bites in the 6 or so hours I was there. The very third cast of the day, I had one go for the roostertail and took it, only for the stupid drag to be set so low on my reel that a stocker size fish was "pulling line" each time I cranked the reel. By the time I adjusted drag, it got off the hook. The next 3-4 hours involved trout in every section I went to, teasing me, starting to follow whatever roostertail I had tied at that time, only to peel off. Eventually I got to the red ribbon trout area, tried to repeat at least that success from the first trip, and nothing bit there either. At that point I figured I better start throwing everything and the kitchen sink at them. Castmaster, marabou type jig, trout worm with hook embedded in it, Roadrunner type jig with tube, a couple crankbaits (only other hit came on a small minnow type crank), and finally the doughbait type stuff. Tried drifting some of the roostertails, maribou jigs, roadrunners, trout worms and cranks to them through the current. Tried the usual toss and retrieve of roostertails, castmaster, and cranks. Tried leaving some of the cranks and the powerbait to sit and swirl around with weight keeping them in a spot as good as possible given the current. But for the life of me I couldn't catch a single one. I started out with a 6lbs leader attached to 8lbs main line, then eventually just gave up on that and used the regular main line or even 10lbs leader, figuring it really wasn't making any difference anyways. Started thinking of trying to just leave a trout worm lying around for one of the suckers to go for it, but by that time I didn't have the patience for the sit and wait approach for them, with the trout around. Water was pretty clear, but I don't think I saw a single other person or group without at least 1 fish on a stringer. Bummed me out by the time I was leaving. Next time I'm spending the night there if I don't catch at least 4 of them the initial day.

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I was there today, and wound up with a total bust. Had 2 bites in the 6 or so hours I was there. The very third cast of the day, I had one go for the roostertail and took it, only for the stupid drag to be set so low on my reel that a stocker size fish was "pulling line" each time I cranked the reel. By the time I adjusted drag, it got off the hook. The next 3-4 hours involved trout in every section I went to, teasing me, starting to follow whatever roostertail I had tied at that time, only to peel off. Eventually I got to the red ribbon trout area, tried to repeat at least that success from the first trip, and nothing bit there either. At that point I figured I better start throwing everything and the kitchen sink at them. Castmaster, marabou type jig, trout worm with hook embedded in it, Roadrunner type jig with tube, a couple crankbaits (only other hit came on a small minnow type crank), and finally the doughbait type stuff. Tried drifting some of the roostertails, maribou jigs, roadrunners, trout worms and cranks to them through the current. Tried the usual toss and retrieve of roostertails, castmaster, and cranks. Tried leaving some of the cranks and the powerbait to sit and swirl around with weight keeping them in a spot as good as possible given the current. But for the life of me I couldn't catch a single one. I started out with a 6lbs leader attached to 8lbs main line, then eventually just gave up on that and used the regular main line or even 10lbs leader, figuring it really wasn't making any difference anyways. Started thinking of trying to just leave a trout worm lying around for one of the suckers to go for it, but by that time I didn't have the patience for the sit and wait approach for them, with the trout around. Water was pretty clear, but I don't think I saw a single other person or group without at least 1 fish on a stringer. Bummed me out by the time I was leaving. Next time I'm spending the night there if I don't catch at least 4 of them the initial day.

Remember, red ribbon means artificial only. No power bait, natural bait and no plastics at all.

-- Jim

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. -- Doug Larson

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Remember, red ribbon means artificial only. No power bait, natural bait and no plastics at all.

I remembered. That portion I only tossed the castmaster lure around in. The first time out I caught one on a roostertail there, but wasn't as fortunate this time. The actual trout park on the way back from the red ribbon trout area was where all the other parts of the arsenal got utilized in. Didn't do a good job explaining that.

....next time get you some green maxima #2Lbs test.Spring's store sells small spools of it....tippet/leader.In late summer,early fall water is clear/low.May have to re-adjust that drag again.Good luck.

I'm a little anxious about using even 4 lbs line. Man, 2 lbs. Seems like you'd be losing lures each time it hangs up on something on the retrieve back. But then again, desperate times require desperate measures I suppose.

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....use micro jigs/plastic worms/bait with 2lbs.,wont hurt as much when you lose.LOL...lures/bait float more natural,sink faster,cast further with 2lbs.4lbs. for roostertails/crankbaits,fish don't see line as much when you cast and crank.I like to carry extra spools for this.When waters clear/low I like to downsize line[ive been known to dig deep and go with sewing machine thread]downsize lure[100th oz.micro with cork]....cork is more for castability and depth control,as I watch lure/fish more than cork.Castmaster in mac springs this time of year[low/weedy=snagmaster]wouldn't even cross my mind....more of a big,fast,deep water bait.JMHO....good luck!

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Sweet thanks. Yeah when I got there and saw all that river grass and other vegetation I thought this was going to turn into a snagfest. Surprisingly enough it wasn't too bad, even with the castmaster. I seemed to hold it just over or at the height of the tips of the vegetation for the most part, so it normally didn't pull any of that with it.

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