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Old 01-16-2007, 04:36 PM
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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.
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:16 PM
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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.
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Old 01-26-2007, 10:36 AM
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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!
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:41 PM
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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.
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:58 PM
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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.

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Old 01-27-2007, 02:10 PM
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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.

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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.
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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.

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Old 01-28-2007, 11:01 PM
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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.

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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.
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Old 01-29-2007, 05:15 PM
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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!
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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!

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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.



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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.

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Old 01-31-2007, 10:22 AM
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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.
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:20 AM
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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
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