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Old 04-30-2006, 10:11 PM
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Took the boat to the river today and managed to catch a few pike (and one crappie ) on yellow rabbit strip flies. The first pike was a chunky 28"er with an old battle scar. The other 4 or 5 were all smaller but just as feisty. Water was a little high and fast but pretty clear.

Here's the bigger one as I got it near the boat:
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:12 PM
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and here it is a second or two later:
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:18 PM
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. . . and just before release. Notice the old battle wound. This fish is apparently doing just fine despite having had a significant gill injury in the past.
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:29 PM
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Found this poor guy on the bank of the river. Guess the raging torrent was too much for him . . .
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That is a photo assay worthy of the chronicle archives, especially that last picture.

Looks like the pike action is picking up again. I had the boat out on the river today for a shakedown cruise, and all is well.

I wonder what's next?
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Yeah, that's a great set of photos! Reading this was a good way to start a Monday morning.
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Great Read! Thanks.
Took a few casts the other day at a local pond with a spinner with my daughter (6 mos) in a backpack. Got a few follows and she started crying. Next time i have a few hours I'm back with bunny flies. It was great to have the little girl out on the water, though.
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