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Old 01-02-2003, 08:05 PM
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Yep those creeks are not for the bug rod. Thats why I very seldom fished them.

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How small a stream are we talking about?
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Old 01-02-2003, 09:08 PM
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3-15 yds across max, mostly 5-10 yards, LOTS of overhanging trees, downed trees in the creek. You can spit across it in some areas. Its like a jungle in there in the summer time and mosquitos can be wicked. Oh yes and I forgot to mention the Indiana clay banks and mud. Slippery as you know what.

Can be filled with steelhead and salmon many times through out the year.

I don't need to catch a steelhead that bad (yet).

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Old 01-02-2003, 09:25 PM
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Sounds like one of our local creeks - it can be jammed with steelies and chinook and this fall I bought a BassPro 8'6" 7 wt. to fish it. As I've fished the Smokies and other places with itty-bitty creeks, it's an enjoyable challenge. However, I'll pass on the summer skeeters.
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Old 01-02-2003, 09:33 PM
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Plus our area has a high occurrence of the West Niles Virus carried by the mosquitoes. Lots of deaths due to it.

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You forgot about the huge DEER FLYS!!!

Those bastards are bigger than a smolt.

Our creeks are real combat fishing, great winter/fall fun. The summer sucks. Now is my fav. time of the year to hit them.

Thought many times about a float and center pin setup, tried fly fishing them. It was a series of roll casts followed by another series of roll casts. I have managed to flick a single spey with a 10.5'er and do the swing thing. Basically its spinnung rod water. Lots of fun and down right deadly.

Any lad who says he fly fishes that water properly is full of what Hanks pups leave in the yard.
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Old 01-03-2003, 12:35 AM
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Any lad who says he fly fishes that water properly is full of what Hanks pups leave in the yard.
Now there's a challenge; if I've ever read one.

7 wts. at dawn, my friend
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If you come down my friend I will gladly show you every nook and cranny.

Even take you to a nice pub for steaks and brews.
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Old 01-03-2003, 10:22 AM
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What about me, I don't know those creeks real well and they are the closest to me.

Summer sxxx's there, your right I thought I was going to be eaten alive on trail one time. I said no big skamania is worth this and I was fanatical in the quest at that time.

Its spinning and float fishing water to me, not my style, you know I am a purist ethical fly fisherman.

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P.S. Do you think I could pull a 20 lber out of there ?
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If you come down my friend I will gladly show you every nook and cranny.

Even take you to a nice pub for steaks and brews.
It's a deal, as soon as it warms up enough in the spring. We'll invite Hal too if he promises not to complain too loudly about the skeeters.


a 20 pounder eh?
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No skeets in the spring, if Hal can pull him self away from dog sitting he can come too.

Spring around here is March/April so get ready guys.
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It may be earlier this year.

BTW, lets take him to the sections where you have to rope yourself down the banks to the remote zipper lip honey pools.

You know "Steelhead Canyoneering" techniques. Reminds me have to get a new mountaineering rope.

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OH YA? SURE

bought the popcorn, seen the movie.

In Scene 1, our friendly Yanks help the portly Canuck rappel down the slippery bank. Ever considerate of his welfare, they hold his rod and vest contain all his flies and his flask of 18 yro Macallans. But horrors, the rope is too short and our portly hero is left dangling between heaven and hell. Meanwhile, our intrepid Yanks, offering to go for help, instead go off to clean out the honey holes, the fly boxes, and the flask (not necessarily in that order) before they recall where they misplaced the cell phone required for the 911 call.

So, you rappel, I'll watch.

Need me to hold anything while you climb down? BTW, I'll bring the videocam.
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LOL

Now wheres that good old canuck spirit for adventure and risk ?

Seriously, there are some fellows which do this, you can see the rope burns on the trees they use to rapel down to the remote honey holes.

Aaah to be young again and risk tolerant.

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Ropes!! Where is the adventure in that? Don't believe what you read on TSS.

Never had to use them to get up and down the banks.

There is always more than one apporach to that hole.

One of my fishing partners is 80 years old, when he was in his 70's he would fish the spots you are talking about.

These young steelheaders are too soft.

I'll get you guys in out and about no problem.
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