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Old 11-22-2002, 07:43 PM
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I need your help..........

I need your help and your input. I am putting together my fly fishing itinerary for next year and I need some help with picking my destinations. Just for the sake of argument assume you had an unlimited budget and unlimited equipment. What would be the "dream" fly fishing destinations for here in North America and what time of the year.

From fishing the salmon runs in Alaska, to tarpon off the Florida Keys, to Michigan Steelhead in the spring, to Browns on the White River in the fall. I would like to be able to actually catch fish while I'm there. I don't think I would be up for something like a steelhead trip where I got blanked "just for the experience". :hehe:

Are your home waters the best of the best in the World at something? Where have you always wanted to go? What have you always wanted to see?

Thanks for your help!!!

John
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Old 11-22-2002, 07:51 PM
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I'll have to immediately suggest the Cape for stripers and blues. I had my first excursions there this year and am already drooling about return trips next season. The habitat is varied...jetties, rockpiles, huge surf, bowls, cusps, tidal creeks, marshes, bars,.....you get the picture. And some exotics make the scene too. Albacore and bonito to name a few.

Spring and fall are best, but summer offers some challenging sight fishing opportunities. I'll let those who have fished the area more extensively chime in with more details, but this should really be on your agenda if you can swing it.

Good luck!
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Old 11-22-2002, 07:58 PM
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No doubt one of the locations

Definately high on the list, but what month of the year would be the peak season?

John
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Old 11-22-2002, 08:42 PM
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Cool question. Someting I have also been thinking about with my pending move to the east coast. Here is my first pass...

Stripers on the Cape in May(if fish are your goal I here that is the time of year it seems you are almost guaranteed to get em)

False Albacore in the Carolinas in November.

Coho in the Queen Charlottes August

Florida keys tarpon in May.

Florida Bonefish in September.

Bonefish in the Bahamas sometime during the winter.

Gotta do a steelhead trip. If you wanted fish get a good guide and hit a place like the Dechutes in September.

Big alaska rainbows in the fall.

The white river has always sounded like a great trip.

Atlantic salmon in quebec. Not sure of run timing.

Big brookies in Northern quebec. Not sure of run timing.

That would be it for me with another trip for winter steelhead mixed in somewhere.

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Old 11-22-2002, 10:17 PM
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Cape Cod in May and June.... And Chatham, Monomoy area... National seashore beaches... The bayside in Brewster, Wellfleet... Falmouth, and the Elizabeth Islands...... Don't forget waters off Nantucket and Matha's Vinyard.....nice places to stay also. You will catch fish..Stripers, Blues at that time of year... False Albacore and Bonito, as well as Tuna off shore later in the season.
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Old 11-22-2002, 10:25 PM
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Well, you might consider the Spring King run

on the Rogue. 45,000 of them through the counter this year ... up from the 33,000 plus for the past 4 years. Something about a 25-50 pound king on a rod that will test your limits.

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Old 11-23-2002, 06:29 AM
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For the Cape, if you want to optimize timing, June reigns supreme.
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Old 11-23-2002, 09:01 AM
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If I could live anywhere in the world during June, I'd pick Chatham, MA.

Other dream destinations include Canada for pike and Florida for snook & the classic flats species (I'd have to do some research to narrow down the times and locations).

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Old 11-23-2002, 09:02 AM
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I'm thinking

P.S. John how do you like my new avatar ? Thats a picture of a Russian Bear bomber and an F-102 Delta Dagger - S/N 416 which I worked on while stationed in Iceland for the USAF. We intercepted them about 100 times the year I was there, kept me busy for sure. Note how it supports the GL Chrome Interceptor logo ? Priceless!! :hehe:

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Old 11-23-2002, 09:08 AM
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You guys are great!!!!

Thanks alot guys.....I'm scratching notes as fast as I can. :hehe:

Quentin, just out of curosity, is there a carp season?

John
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Old 11-23-2002, 09:34 AM
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Re: You guys are great!!!!

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Thanks alot guys.....I'm scratching notes as fast as I can. :hehe:

Quentin, just out of curosity, is there a carp season?

John
Well, I've never heard of anyone catching one through the ice, but I see reports of carp being caught in the CT river even in the winter. Articles that I've read indicate that they hit flies the best during the warmer months, perhaps May - September. Also, it's really a sight fishing game unless you're using bait, so the angle of the sun needs to be high enough to allow you to see the fish.

Time to change my avatar, huh?

Q
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Old 11-23-2002, 10:14 AM
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Hal:

Might cut and paste a nice steelhead into the pic. Pilots and plane enthuasists are about half nuts anyway...right? Your pic fits the quote perfect!!!!

John
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Old 11-23-2002, 10:33 AM
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Destinations

FlyFishAR,
October, I would have a base camp on the North Fork Umpqua, and make periodic trips to Eastern Oregon for action on Malheur, Donner und Blitzen, Chewaucan. Oh, and a week on the Imnaha would be nice, thank you very much!
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Old 11-23-2002, 11:04 AM
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Giant Trevally!

I know very little about this fish and the ideal locations etc... However, ever since reading an article in one of the Salt Water mags I have been dreaming about a trip to Christmas Island to stalk this giant of the flats. Probably a very expensive trip, but just imagine 300 yrds of gel spun coming of the reel at light speed.

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Old 11-23-2002, 11:11 AM
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John...If you choose the cape..You are welcome to stay at CAC if you pick May or June since my family would not be down until the last week of June..you would have to let me know what specific dates you are talking about.
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