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teflon_jones
12-26-2006, 09:46 PM
So what significant trips are you planning next year? I've got two lined up already.

1. Grand Lake Stream, Maine May 31-June 3 - It's going to be me and two buddies that went two years ago, plus my father in law will be going for the first time. I can't wait, last time up there I got my first landlocked salmon (~19") and 3 river smallmouth in the 4 lb range on a 4 wt with 7X tippet. :whoa:
I also landed an 18"+ chub that I thought was a brown when I spotted it due to the size. By far the largest I've ever gotten.

2. Housatonic River, CT October - After an awesome 2 day trip this past Oct where I landed my personal best trout (~21-22" brown), I've decided to make it an annual solo fall pilgrimage. I'll just sleep in the back of my car in a sleeping bag and fish for two entire days by myself. It really rested up my overworked brain cells and I caught a bunch of nice fish!

So what's on your calendars?

SALMONCHASER
12-27-2006, 11:25 AM
Miramichi in April for black salmon.
Margaree for a week in September or October.
Little Sou'West for a weekend at the end of June(hopefully)
Hopin to get a day or two on the River Philip when the fall run hits!
Salmon Chaser

Dble Haul
12-27-2006, 11:52 AM
I have nothing set in stone yet, but I will most likely do the following:

1. Pike trip in early spring to Lake Ontario
2. Cape in June with my dad (60th birthday present)

Those are the only trips that have taken shape so far. We need to remain flexible for an impending trip to China, so anything else will be opportunistic grabs at available times and dates to squeeze what fishing I can into the schedule.

Smolt
12-27-2006, 12:24 PM
1. Miramichi - July 8 through 14 with my two sons (I hope) and friends. This is for sure.

2. Miramichi - Last weekend in September or first weekend in October with friend. This is for sure.

3. Muskegon River in MI - sometime between mow and May 10th. This depends on how my schedule meshes with my MI friend's schedule.

Maybe a couple of days on the Matapedia during first week of July -- a BIG maybe.

Another big maybe is the Catt in New York on the way to or back from the Miramichi in October.

Eric
12-27-2006, 02:42 PM
Planned trips:

1. Sanibel at the end of April. From recent reports, I don't expect the fishing to be very good, but, we'll share a cabin with friends and have a good time nevertheless.

2. Kodiak in late September. The way the fishing on the Island has been going downhill, this may be my last trip up there. I love the Island, though, and really look forward to returning, fish or not.

3. Pick-up trips on the Alsea/Siletz for steelhead, starting next week.

4. Trout and Steelhead on the Deschutes.

5. Quarter-pounders on the Rogue in late October (I hope).

Cheers,

Eric

FredA
12-27-2006, 06:53 PM
Cruise the end of January. I'll pack an 8 wgt just in case Basser and I can loose the missisus. The places we stop sound like early morning's, earlier than we would get into port, provide the best shot so I don't expect much. And the bow of those boats sit kinda high for flyrodding.

I'm thinking about Acklins but I'm not sure how that will shake out yet.

Cape in June with my dad (60th birthday present)

Mark, funny how fishing is an ageless pursuit. I think of you as a contemporary yet my agedometer turns the big 60 just a month later than your dad.

jfasiten
12-28-2006, 08:10 AM
I'm headed to the Keys at the end of April for 2 days of Tarpon fishing with my son. First time for both of us and we can't wait.

wrke
12-28-2006, 10:58 AM
Acklins, late Feb, early March; Green Turtle Cay, April; Russian Reunion on the Big Delaware, May; Keys for tarpon early June; Gaspé (BV, Petite, GCas) late June; Montana, Idaho mid July-early Aug; N Umpqua mid August; New Brusnwick mid Sept.

Guernseybass
12-28-2006, 11:56 AM
until my green card comes through i can't leave the country, so :

1. Housatonic Meadows, CT - for a weekend camping trip in late spring. Scott - you need to invest in a TruckTent :biggrin:

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/content/Item/51/68/66/i516866sn02.jpg

2. The Swift, up at belchertown MA - a couple of weekdays in early summer to find out what all the fuss is about.

3. Yellowstone park WYM - hiring an RV for 10 days in late June/early july to see the park and fish the yellowstone, madison, firehole rivers and slough creek.

4. a long weekend camping on the Cape in September. probably near brewster.

now if i can get away with all that ( i have stage 1 approval from the good lady), I will be a happy man indeed.


Mark.

Adrian
12-29-2006, 03:35 PM
Headed to Puerta Vallarta in March.

Not specifically a fishing trip but gear will be taken :lildevl:

teflon_jones
12-30-2006, 02:01 AM
until my green card comes through i can't leave the country, so :

1. Housatonic Meadows, CT - for a weekend camping trip in late spring. Scott - you need to invest in a TruckTent :biggrin:

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/content/Item/51/68/66/i516866sn02.jpg
Mark, while that looks cool, I enjoy the simplicity of just bringing a sleeping bag and a pillow and curling up in the back of my Xterra for the night. When it's time to go fishing in the morning all I have to do is throw my fishing gear back on and I don't have to worry about packing up camp. Of course there's also the fact that I don't have a bed on my truck so that tent contraption wouldn't really work... ;)

jhicks
01-01-2007, 06:50 PM
Olympic peninsula Next month for winter steel.

Matapedia in June for Atlantics

Thompson in October for Steel

Oh and a whole lot of one day trips throughout the year.

juro
01-01-2007, 10:31 PM
Tropics
- Acklins
- possibly a Puerto Rico tarpon "fling" weekend at any given moment

Steelhead
- Washington State spring steelhead

Stripers
- Cape on weekends throughout the season

Atlantics
- Gaspe' Quebec

Fall steelhead
- Oregon and Washington's famed rivers

Other possibilities
- Rooster clave?
- Florida Keys long weekend?
- Skeena year?

October Caddis
01-04-2007, 02:43 PM
Maybe we will run into some of you this year in strange but beautiful places to fish. We have a light fishing schedule until end of June but should get a few days in on Cape.

Then in July we will fish our way up to the Queen Charlotte Islands through the inside passage of BC.

In August, Salmon on the outside of Vancouver Island, Sea Runs and bottom fish.

September, will bring tuna off the west Coast about 200 mile off shore to San Francisco.

October, Stripers again but this time in the bay area.

Mexico for November, Sea of Cortez will be fished hard but will move to a little warmer water as the Sea of Cortez is not very warm that time of year. Centeral and South Mexico will complete the month and better chances for Roosters.

December and January will be interesting fishing the west coast of Guatemala, El Salvador and into Nicaragua. Really looking forward to both inshore and outside fishing in this strange part of the world.

February, it will be Costa Rica but I'll surf more than fish as by then my right arm will be sore.

Most of March it will be Bluewater for the first 26 days or so, plenty of Mahi, Tuna and maybe a Marlin or two. Hope to get some reef fishing in at end of month in the Marquesas for big Trevally but if not April will do.

May, if all goes well the isolated atolls of the Tuamotu's chain where Bone fish are in great numbers and rarely fished. All fifty atolls or so have flats for miles and miles.

In June I might fish some secret Mangrove places I remember on the back side of Tahitti I fished some 30 years ago.

July the Northern Cooks look very promising for Bones and Trevally on outside reefs.

August and September will see what is up with both Samoas, Tonga and Fiji. I guess fly fishing is good but so is surfing and cold mixed drinks.

My fishing will end for the year 2007 in New Zeland and will be looking to fish fresh water for trout again. It will be a much needed change from the constant sun glare of Bluewater, outside reefs and Bone Fish Flats.

If you had the will to read through this list of boring places to fish you did well I'm already tired and I have not cast a fly yet. If any of you have fished any of these destinations let me know It would be great to gather a little insider info.

Happy New Year

OC

FredA
01-04-2007, 03:29 PM
So Steve, we should expect periodic reports to be filed?

I guess I'll need to finagle a need to check on my NZ project in about a year.

October Caddis
01-04-2007, 04:38 PM
Fred, You are always welcome to come join us anywhere we travel. I think Hannah has enough head room for you. I just realized I put a little more than 2007 in post. I get so damn excited and we consider everything from start of trip all the way to NZ one major section of the journey so hell it will be November 2008 when we get to NZ.
I'm going to work something out with Juro later in Spring where I can just send him a CD or an e-mail with up dates and some pics and a story or two. Flytalk will be our only public reporting as I have known everyone here for so long, not crazy about all the folks with websites that are sailing around the world. Sailing, surfing and flyfishing around the world is just not a rare thing anymore it is just a big deal for the family, a bit of a personal challenge. Time to get skinny and healthy again like in the old days.:smokin:

jimS
01-04-2007, 06:05 PM
Jez...Is October Caddis, aka Warren Buffet? I do a fair amount of island-hopping, but I'm drooling over the venues you have planned.

Have you thought about the fishery in northern Australia, specifically the Gulf of Carptentaria? I was there in April and believe it is one of the best in the world for longtails and spaniards.

Good on you!

CrystalNZ
01-05-2007, 05:09 AM
So Steve, we should expect periodic reports to be filed?

I guess I'll need to finagle a need to check on my NZ project in about a year.




Fred you need to be here now!
I have been learning fly fishing and been out only 4 times now but every morning and afternoon they are rising by the hundreds in my neck of the woods. Sure makes the heart flutter. I haven't picked up my spinner since I was introduced to fly fishing and lovin every minute of it!
I lucked up and got my first one on a fly this evening, too bad it got dark for my enthusiam waned. LOL

October Caddis
01-08-2007, 01:08 PM
Jim,
No Warren Buffet here, been wanting to do this from the time I was 6 years old. Guess I have saved my pennies for a long time now. Austrailia is a long time away so have not done any plans for the second section of the trip. But we will be going through the Torres straits and hope to spend some time in Darwin before moving on. Austrailia has become so hard for people sailing to enter the country now that I wonder if it is even worth it. The hoops one must jump through make it not a fun place to visit.
I know fishing is great up in N. Austrailia from what I hear so I will be looking into it eventually. Thanks for the tips.

Crystal NZ,
What part on NZ you from? I spent 6 months fishing there way back in 1972. Wish you could have seen how good it was way back then I don't remember ever getting a trout under 3 pounds. And the Sea Run Browns on the NW coast of the South island at every river mouth were scary, BIG is all I can say.

October Caddis
01-08-2007, 01:09 PM
Jim,
No Warren Buffet here, been wanting to do this from the time I was 6 years old. Guess I have saved my pennies for a long time now. Austrailia is a long time away so have not done any plans for the second section of the trip. But we will be going through the Torres straits and hope to spend some time in Darwin before moving on. Austrailia has become so hard for people sailing to enter the country now that I wonder if it is even worth it. The hoops one must jump through make it not a fun place to visit.
I know fishing is great up in N. Austrailia from what I hear so I will be looking into it eventually. Thanks for the tips.

Crystal NZ,
What part on NZ you from? I spent 6 months fishing there way back in 1972. Wish you could have seen how good it was way back then I don't remember ever getting a trout under 3 pounds. And the Sea Run Browns on the NW coast of the South island at every river mouth were scary, BIG is all I can say.

petevicar
01-09-2007, 11:30 AM
Only thing definitely booked so far is first week of February on Andros.
I wanted to go to Alphonse Island in the Seychelles for the last opportunity before it closes but the tides are bad for most of the available slots (crucial at that location).
I will probably visit Los Roques and Cuba again before the summer.
In June I am planning to visit Cape Cod,
July will probably see me in Norway and August in Iceland or vice versa.
In September I will try and fish either Gaspé or the Miramichi.
After that I am not sure but probably another trip to Los Roques and/ or Cuba.


Pete

October Caddis
01-09-2007, 03:40 PM
Pete,

Why is Alponse closing? Is that whole part of the world being taken away from us or what!

The British have destroyed the Chagos Archipelagos along with the help of the CIA and made it all most impossible to go there. As of two days ago to get your vessel into Chagos requires a $500 pass payed in advance. Also a charge per person that is very high. I'm a strong believer in laws to protect the enviroment and the native people but this is going too far. Besides the Brits had the gall to kick the native peoples of the Islands out long ago thru trickery and won't let them back.

petevicar
01-10-2007, 03:42 AM
Hi October Caddis
The closure of Alphonse Island is because the Island Development company (Owners) have sold it to another organisation who intend to convert it into a super duper luxury resort. It will apparently reopen in 2008. There are talks about builing a fishing lodge on St. Francois at some time in the future.

In the long term it probably means that one of the most expensive locations will become even more expensive.

Pete

Guernseybass
01-10-2007, 01:47 PM
Pete,

Why is Alponse closing? Is that whole part of the world being taken away from us or what!

The British have destroyed the Chagos Archipelagos along with the help of the CIA and made it all most impossible to go there. As of two days ago to get your vessel into Chagos requires a $500 pass payed in advance. Also a charge per person that is very high. I'm a strong believer in laws to protect the enviroment and the native people but this is going too far. Besides the Brits had the gall to kick the native peoples of the Islands out long ago thru trickery and won't let them back.

a Point of Order here :

actually, the UK Govt (through the High Court) ruled last May that islanders could return to any island in the archipelago, with the exception of Diego Garcia which is a US Military airbase on UK soil and leased to the United States until 2016.

The establishment of the airbase and the relocation of islanders was at specific the request of the US Government as they needed an indian Ocean base to monitor the Soviet Union in the Cold War.

So although we Brits may have acted appallingly since 1965, once again it was at the behest of our bigger brother :tsk_tsk:

October Caddis
01-11-2007, 11:26 AM
Guernseybass,

When our our brothers across the lake get it and not listen to us over here?

You got to stop letting us kick you around. I hope the locals find away to make a life back in thier homeland they sounded like truely wonderful people. Spy Island (AKA diego Garcia) is a just a place for us to make sure we keep control over a region of the world that don't want us there.

CrystalNZ
01-12-2007, 05:57 AM
Jim,
No Warren Buffet here, been wanting to do this from the time I was 6 years old. Guess I have saved my pennies for a long time now. Austrailia is a long time away so have not done any plans for the second section of the trip. But we will be going through the Torres straits and hope to spend some time in Darwin before moving on. Austrailia has become so hard for people sailing to enter the country now that I wonder if it is even worth it. The hoops one must jump through make it not a fun place to visit.
I know fishing is great up in N. Austrailia from what I hear so I will be looking into it eventually. Thanks for the tips.

Crystal NZ,
What part on NZ you from? I spent 6 months fishing there way back in 1972. Wish you could have seen how good it was way back then I don't remember ever getting a trout under 3 pounds. And the Sea Run Browns on the NW coast of the South island at every river mouth were scary, BIG is all I can say.

I am located in Central Hawkes Bay region, East Coast North Island. D.O.C. has done a great job stocking the lakes and streams in this region and it is paying off with rainbows and brownies over 8 lbs in deep pool under the rapids.


We are going through somewhat of a dry spell at the moment so streams are low and clear as glass. We go out most every afternoon now that the mayfly hatch is on. 7pm they start to rise feeding, then with in the next hour to dark they are splashing loudly.

We have been going to the Wiapawa and Tuki Tuke river mostly (only 5minutes from our house)for everytime we go we see absolutely hundreds ranging in the 1-3 lb size.

In the Tuki it is so overstocked since catch and release is the norm, there aren't many people that are taking any out for eating.

Catch and release also has got them wary of humans so fishing is done by stalking for the big ones, which lie at the base of rapids and flustrating to see them and they won't bite anything presented to them. I call these educated fish LOL

When over this way give me a holler and my husband and myself will show you some good fishing just for fun

Angelo
01-12-2007, 06:28 PM
Christmas Island, late summer or early fall, so I can mess with Mr. GT :tsk_tsk:

JusBones
01-13-2007, 10:55 AM
This year the Yucatan (south) Resort fishing.....and a Bahamian out Island...not sure which isalnd...but IT WONT BE ABACO !!!!

buford pusser
01-14-2007, 02:05 AM
Are you kidding?I'm from SW florida.The fishing here in april is unreal.Last month to keep a snook.Not a ton of reds but it's just when the cobia are in full swing.
You picked a good month.

jamie
01-15-2007, 07:12 AM
Just back from Miami where I squeezed my first days fishing of the year in on the 2nd Jan. Mainly a family thing though so limited fishing.

Apart from the usual domestic fishing in southern England my plans so far are;

Weipa, Queensland Australia for three weeks in April.

Five days in Ireland in May

Ten days on the Cape in June

That's the first half of the year sorted, still need to think about the remainder.

Rippin_Lips
01-16-2007, 05:36 PM
Great motivator thread! Enjoyed the read.

1. South Fork of the Flathead, MT. Early July.

2. Crossing fingers for Smith River MT permit for early June.

3. Heading to Salida, CO area for the BWO and start of Mom's day Caddis.

4. Winnipeg River, Manitoba...Bass & Pike...early Sept.

Colorado Cajun
01-23-2007, 03:16 PM
Hey Rippin Lip,
The Caddis hatch is awesome on the Arkansas River. When you get there, check out Arkanglers. They can set you up with the right flies and where to go to stay ahead of the hatch.

Rippin_Lips
01-26-2007, 11:36 AM
Hey Rippin Lip,
The Caddis hatch is awesome on the Arkansas River. When you get there, check out Arkanglers. They can set you up with the right flies and where to go to stay ahead of the hatch.

Thanks. Been in their shop a couple times. Great guys!!! They weren't your typical fly shop crew that just wanted to sell you gear/flies....they actually gave us sound advice intsead of pointing us in the direction of the masses!

Hit the BWO hatch on the Ark last year. Great fishing!

Colorado Cajun
01-26-2007, 05:41 PM
The BWO's are second only to the caddis. Tomorrow I'm going to go fish below the dam at Pueblo Res. it is the first tail water on the Arkansas River. It is suppost to be cloudy and that should have the BWO's hatching. It's my first time out this year. I'll let you know how it goes.

Colorado Cajun
01-26-2007, 05:58 PM
Here is another fly shop that fishes the Ark. They post reports and have a good fly recipe page. If you are there for the Caddis hatch, that is oviously what all the fish are fixed on. That river has a huge amount of Golden Stone flies so keep that in mind during all other times.

royal gorge anglers

(link edited, please review the membership agreement)

Thumper43
01-27-2007, 03:10 PM
Hey, Cajun, hope you had better luck today than I had yesterday. I fished down by the water treatment plant, didn't get a single hit. Weather was pretty decent, although a bit windy at times. I was down there on Jan 10 and caught a 15" rainbow, my first time winter flyfishing.

Thumper

Brad
01-28-2007, 11:46 AM
CC I am glad that you mentioned Royal Gorge, Bill Edrington down there literally wrote the book on the Ark. I have fished the caddis hatch every year since moving to CO and have found it to be really hit or miss. We had epic days and 2 fish days. The last time my daughter and I went we found a couple of guys fishing the far side of a big run. We carefully approached our side and started to rig up. These bozos started making casts across the river to keep us out of "their" run. We went up stream and started fishing soft hackles on the swing. After hooking a few I noticed beatis starting to pop. We switched up to rs2s and schooled those guys for the next hour. They finally got fed up and left so we moved into their run and hooked a bunch more. Great river for kids since it is relatively easy to fish.

Rippin I am curious why you would travel all the way to the Ark when there are rivers around with much bigger fish.

SalmoGairdneri
01-28-2007, 09:06 PM
No plans yet for the rest of the year. Hoping to return to the Bulkley this fall if we can swing it.

For now, I'll be returning for trip #8 to South Island NZ the first 3 weeks of Feb. Should be good and it will be interesting to see what's happened over the past 5 years since I was down there last. Hopefully not much.

-t

Colorado Cajun
01-29-2007, 12:01 AM
Hey, Cajun, hope you had better luck today than I had yesterday. I fished down by the water treatment plant, didn't get a single hit. Weather was pretty decent, although a bit windy at times. I was down there on Jan 10 and caught a 15" rainbow, my first time winter flyfishing.

Thumper


Hey Thumper,
We had the same luck you had. Not even a strike. There was three of us and we threw midges, BWO nymphs, black ice, P.T.'s, wooly buggers, crawfish, and a few other patterns to no avail. I'm not sure what the temp was but it had to be in the 20's. We didn't see any type of hatch at all.

Where do you live? I'm in Colorado Springs. I also belong to Pike's Peak Fly Fishers.



Hey Brad,
I know what you mean about the hatch being better some years then others. I have ran into a few jerks out there on the Ark too. I find that 11 mile canyon and the dream stream are worse for jerks so I fish the Ark mostly. I perfer catching the 10" - 14" browns and have a little tranquility then to deal with the aragant people who frequent those spots.

Rippin_Lips
01-29-2007, 06:15 PM
Rippin I am curious why you would travel all the way to the Ark when there are rivers around with much bigger fish.

I have some business down there as well as lots of friends around CO. I make an annual road trip to see friends and visit with a couple clients during those hatches. Yes, we have rivers with BIG fish around here and some of them are fishing then but it's always nice to get away from this valley, (JH), after a long tourist season, especially when fishing is involved!

Thumper43
01-29-2007, 11:37 PM
Yep, sounds a lot like my day, Cajun. I also live here in Colorado Springs. I joined the Cheyenne Mt. Chapter of Trout Unlimited a few months ago. A good friend of mine is on the board of directors and got me interested. I started fishing with him last fall, and he has shown me several great places to fish, including the Arkansas and Dream Stream. I've only been fly fishing since April, but I love it -- I may never bait fish again!

Thumper

Colorado Cajun
01-30-2007, 03:17 PM
I have some business down there as well as lots of friends around CO. I make an annual road trip to see friends and visit with a couple clients during those hatches. Yes, we have rivers with BIG fish around here and some of them are fishing then but it's always nice to get away from this valley, (JH), after a long tourist season, especially when fishing is involved!


That sounds like a good game plan to me.





Thumper, We meet at the same place as TU on the 1st Wednesday of each month if you are interested. TU and PPFF are some good clubs to meet people and hook up with some talented folks. What is your favorite shop in town? I make most of my donations at Gillies.



Hey Teflon, SORRY we totally Hi Jacked your thread.:Eyecrazy:

Thumper43
01-30-2007, 08:43 PM
We just moved to the DOW facility over on Sinton Rd -- do you meet there or at the old location? I've shopped at Gillie's a few times, but I generally go to Angler's Covey. I hate to say it, but I buy most of my flies at Sportsman's Warehouse -- I know, we need to support our local fly shops, but my wallet groans every time I plunk down a couple bucks for a fly, especially when I can get them for half that at SW. Other stuff (line, rod, etc.), though, I get at the fly shops.

Thumper

Colorado Cajun
01-31-2007, 11:22 AM
I didn't know TU moved. We are at the old location, the Retired NCO place. I found that the Covey is way too expensive and most of the staff seem stuck up, especially the owner. I may go in there if I'm looking for something special that I can't find any where else and I want it. I kinda have a problem spending my money there when you say hello to the owner and he just looks at you with this weird look and walks off. Plus I feel like I'm being watched when I'm in there. I don't steal and I'm an honest person so I don't like that. Enough of that rant.

I buy some of my tieing material at S.W. because they have a good selection and the best prices in town. If you put a dab of head cement on their flies before you fish them, they will last a lot longer and at 99 cents, a good deal.

Vince
01-31-2007, 12:20 PM
I'm a little late to the post, but here are my trips:

Acklins island--February 17-24 (Grey's Point Lodge)
Crooked island--February 24-March 3 (with the Scavellas)
Acklins island--March 17-24 (DIY)
Eleuthera--April 7-21 (DIY)
Campeche, Mexico--May 21-26 (baby Tarpon)
Costa De Cocos lodge, Mexico--May 26--June 2
Catskills--June 10-13
Fernie, BC--August 4-22

Rippin_Lips
01-31-2007, 03:19 PM
I'm a little late to the post, but here are my trips:

Acklins island--February 17-24 (Grey's Point Lodge)
Crooked island--February 24-March 3 (with the Scavellas)
Acklins island--March 17-24 (DIY)
Eleuthera--April 7-21 (DIY)
Campeche, Mexico--May 21-26 (baby Tarpon)
Costa De Cocos lodge, Mexico--May 26--June 2
Catskills--June 10-13
Fernie, BC--August 4-22


Wow! That there is a hell of a line up!