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Fishing Info 12/27


jscheetz

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Got away today for a bit of fishing. Did well. It was really crowded for a weekday in Dec, and kind of cold with the wind kicking in. Caught fish in the late morn on standard scuds and midges under an indicator. Below rebar. It seemed like everyone was catching fish today. But all you guys who fish Taney a lot know this - it is easy to "Let good get in the way of great" - In other words, when you are catching a decent amount of fish sometimes it is hard to want to try something else - but I usually find that if they are biting pretty well on a couple of things - they are probably biting REALLY well on one thing and if you find that then it gets crazy!

So even though I caught a dozen plus fish in a couple of hours with the indicator and midge scud combo, which is still not bad fishing - I decided to try some different stuff, and finally hit on the magic thing for me today which was a soft hackle. Gray with black tip was the color of choice over brown and olive - by far. I moved up to the rebar run this evening and for at least 45 minutes to an hour I caught a fish or had a stike and missed it on every single cast - it was crazy. I was stripping it in short bursts and sometimes they would hit it on the strip, and other times they would take it dead drifted - really didn't seem to matter what I did - would love to say it was my flawless technique - but they just seemed to like that pattern. :) (Only time they stopped was when after a few casts without a strike I decided to check the fly - it was gone :mellow: - was getting too dark to see it so I had been trying to tempt them with the ol' bare 6x tippet - and they weren't interested!!) :lol:

So, it was another great day of fishing! The overall size of the bows was a bit small this time, but plenty of fight and lots of them. I did catch one decent brown as well with some really vivid colors and a young guy snapped a pic of it for me - don't know if the colors will show up posted but I will try and see how it looks - it was really beautiful.

Good luck to all those going to the get together next week - I'll be working and thinking about you!! But looks like the fishing might be decent -

JS

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"We are living in the midst of a Creation that is mostly mysterious - that even when visible, is never fully imaginable".

-Wendell Berry-

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Got a pattern or recipe for the soft hackle you were using. I'm trying the keep the vise spinning to keep the shack nasties away till I leave on Sunday.

Thanks for the report,

JJ

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CP - didn't see any big fish - but it was misting and cloudy and windy - so not the best for sighting them.

JJ - Sorry don't have a pattern - was a fly my buddy gave me - But - they were size 16 and 14 - only one strand of red thread wrapped on the hook for body - then gray hackle with black tips - pretty sparse overall.

Let me know if you get some done -

JS

"We are living in the midst of a Creation that is mostly mysterious - that even when visible, is never fully imaginable".

-Wendell Berry-

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