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  • bushart1bushart1 Posts: 1,787 Senior Member

    @breamfisher said:
    Thanks, George and Bushart

    @bushart1 said:
    Now you'll get...Dad can we go fishin??---till he discovers girls :)

    This is the third year we've gone fishing before he goes back to school. He reminded me, multiple times, that we had to go fishing at least once this summer. What I need is a boat. Even a canoe...

    I am not advocating for great amounts of debt or living beyond your means

    When our kids were young we spent a lot of time fishing together---so when there's so many toys a guy could get---we got a boat---big enough for safety on bigger lakes and accommodate us all (17ft deep V)

    From a parenting veteran----the window for memories when they're young is fleeting and is gone in a blink
    I never regret those great times we had together on the water---they remember as well

  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 6,316 Senior Member

    Problem with the boat is you also need a tow vehicle. I am working on some stuff.

  • bushart1bushart1 Posts: 1,787 Senior Member

    When I was 1st married and pretty much starting out---I too wanted offshore---and drove a car

    I got me one of these---I was able to fish smaller lakes---it was stable---and I got away from the crowds

    If you are considering a canoe---this also works

    I had a tiller handled electric and off we went

    Now I know less than nothing about Florida----not sure I'd put it gator waters---or where some guy with his 350hp ranger wants to show how small his pecker is

    it was a starting point that didn't break the bank and it carried with ease

  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 6,316 Senior Member

    I'd rather have a canoe, regular or square transom, and mount a trolling motor. More speed, easy to cartop, greater range, and easier to avoid other boaters.

    I fear humans more than gators.

  • bushart1bushart1 Posts: 1,787 Senior Member

    No kidding---gators are probably smarter than most people out there

  • TheBirdManTheBirdMan Posts: 322 Senior Member

    Boats are for fats, cripples, and the elderly. If you are a young and/or healthy, you have no need.

  • bushart1bushart1 Posts: 1,787 Senior Member

    @TheBirdMan said:
    Boats are for fats, cripples, and the elderly. If you are a young and/or healthy, you have no need.

    So ya sold that nameless drift boat???

  • TheBirdManTheBirdMan Posts: 322 Senior Member

    @bushart1 said:

    @TheBirdMan said:
    Boats are for fats, cripples, and the elderly. If you are a young and/or healthy, you have no need.

    So ya sold that nameless drift boat???

    No, but the trailer tires are dry rotted and no longer hold air so it has been parked in the garage all year.

  • MikeAMikeA Senior Member Posts: 6,255 Senior Member

    You can’t really do much here without a boat. Unless you like combat fishing with drunk kayak people.

  • NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior Member Posts: 12,281 Senior Member

    Made my annual trip to WY / CO. Fires were not a problem for traveling or fishing. Only 1 day of the 7 day trip where the wind switched around and there was the faint smell of smoke from the Cameron Peak fire. Trico spinners available every morning...Lots of rising fish. PMDs were sporadic in the afternoon and evenings were PMD spinners and trico duns.

    View from the tent in the morning...

    Almost ended up as dinner...

    Did some off-road exploring. Might not look like much but the road to get here was hell to drive.

    10 mile hike into a mountain lake...

    Last fish of the trip...

  • MikeAMikeA Senior Member Posts: 6,255 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #72

    We have nothing like that in my part of state for Trout. Amazing! I'd park my boat more if we did.

  • TheBirdManTheBirdMan Posts: 322 Senior Member

    @MikeA said:
    You can’t really do much here without a boat. Unless you like combat fishing with drunk kayak people.

    Well excuse me, Lord Lordington, his Lordship of Alabama, for the mere suggestion of mingling with the unwashed.

  • TheBirdManTheBirdMan Posts: 322 Senior Member

    Looks good, Joe. Really brown, tho, and not that nice golden brown.

  • NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior Member Posts: 12,281 Senior Member

    @TheBirdMan said:
    Looks good, Joe. Really brown, tho, and not that nice golden brown.

    Yes. Things are a little dry there now...lack of rain and I believe some irrigation was also to blame. The river we fish is the lowest I have seen it. Despite low water, the fish were still there and water temps were just fine.

    I think the lower water and hot temps had something to do with the sporadic afternoon PMD hatches. Previous years the PMDs were like clockwork...could almost count on them being there from ~2-5 pm everyday. Not so much this year.

  • MikeAMikeA Senior Member Posts: 6,255 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #76

    @TheBirdMan said:

    @MikeA said:
    You can’t really do much here without a boat. Unless you like combat fishing with drunk kayak people.

    Well excuse me, Lord Lordington, his Lordship of Alabama, for the mere suggestion of mingling with the unwashed.

    No worries. It's not the unwashed that bother me. It's the drunk people from the city trashing the river. A commercial kayak rental company has taken control of our best Trout tailwater and this is pretty much everyday that its nice. This pic is actually a moderate crowd. I've seen everything from fights with fishermen to doggy style in the open on the gravel bars.

  • ShawnC2ShawnC2 Posts: 1,713 Senior Member

    @NZ Indicator said:
    Made my annual trip to WY / CO. Fires were not a problem for traveling or fishing. Only 1 day of the 7 day trip where the wind switched around and there was the faint smell of smoke from the Cameron Peak fire. Trico spinners available every morning...Lots of rising fish. PMDs were sporadic in the afternoon and evenings were PMD spinners and trico duns.

    And the funny thing was, not one of those trout were wearing masks. There were signs along the river, but none of the fish were socially distancing at all! They just don't care!

  • NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior Member Posts: 12,281 Senior Member

    Episode 5,785 of Joe’s Anecdotal Fishing Myopia!!!!

  • TheBirdManTheBirdMan Posts: 322 Senior Member

    @ShawnC2 said:

    @NZ Indicator said:
    Made my annual trip to WY / CO. Fires were not a problem for traveling or fishing. Only 1 day of the 7 day trip where the wind switched around and there was the faint smell of smoke from the Cameron Peak fire. Trico spinners available every morning...Lots of rising fish. PMDs were sporadic in the afternoon and evenings were PMD spinners and trico duns.

    And the funny thing was, not one of those trout were wearing masks. There were signs along the river, but none of the fish were socially distancing at all! They just don't care!

    That isnt the funny thing. The funny thing is that they are all invasives - even the mountain lake cutthroats are progeny of previous stocking into a fishless lake, as most, nearly all, alpine lakes are.

    I am not judging, Joe, and I am not exactly some native fish snob. What is, is. I am just musing on traveling a quarter way across the continent to fish for and catch the same McCloud rainbows - progeny of hatcheries, even if a couple generations removed - you can catch at home!

  • NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior Member Posts: 12,281 Senior Member

    Actually can't catch those at home on the inland streams. They don't reproduce here. Closest we have are steelhead which run up a few tribs from the great lakes. But they are lake run rainbows...they grow bigly. And only a spring / fall run depending on the stream. The stream I fish steelhead on...all naturally producing at this time.

    My research indicates these rainbows have been naturally reproducing since 1972 in this river system in CO/WY. I'm ok with that.

  • TheBirdManTheBirdMan Posts: 322 Senior Member

    I guess in the end its all just impaling things in the face with sharp objects then dragging them around! to each his or her own.

  • George KGeorge K Super Moderator Posts: 11,687 Senior Member

    Some of my favorite local fishing is for wild native brookies in a mountain (big hill by out west standards) creek running through mixed woods that officially is listed as devoid of fish due to acid rain. No it ain't. It's full of six inch beauties, with the occasional nine inch monster. Lots of fun with a six or seven ft 2wt or 3wt and a size 16 or 14 Irresistible, or similar dry.

    The GOP big tent now is the size of a pup tent, its floor splattered with guano.
  • GreenMtBoy2GreenMtBoy2 Posts: 701 Senior Member

    There are a lot of trout streams near where I live. The fishing on the bigger waters has been slow as water levels have been low and the temps high. Whacking the brookies on the mountain streams has been the best option. But, we’ve had rains and things are cooling down. I’ve had some of my best fishing in September and October here in VT and over in Maine, where I try and make at least one trip to in the fall. The land locks come out of the lakes on their spawning runs and one can catch some pretty big ones on smaller water. They are fickle though. But, during or right after a decent rain with the barometer rising they can be very aggressive. The big stream resident browns near me can also be on the bite.

  • ShawnC2ShawnC2 Posts: 1,713 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #84

    I am on the upper Madison now. We arrived this evening.

    I don’t suspect the fishing will be good over the next several days but we needed to GTFO town, so here we are. I’m praying for clouds & light rain for a BWO event. In the meantime I’ll indicator nymph as suggested (when in Rome, as they say...).

    I will report back later with lies about how I didn’t photograph the fish we caught.

  • MikeAMikeA Senior Member Posts: 6,255 Senior Member

    Good luck Shawn. Hope you slay em.

  • LandoLando Posts: 267 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #86

    @ShawnC2 said:
    I am on the upper Madison now. We arrived this evening.
    I don’t suspect the fishing will be good over the next several days but we needed to GTFO town, so here we are. I’m praying for clouds & light rain for a BWO event. In the meantime I’ll indicator nymph as suggested (when in Rome, as they say...).
    I will report back later with lies about how I didn’t photograph the fish we caught.

    Toss hoppers in the middle of the river. For real.

    Getting out a bit here and there........

  • LandoLando Posts: 267 Senior Member

    The weather is changing and so is the attitude of some predators.....

  • NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior Member Posts: 12,281 Senior Member

    Made it into Cheesman Canyon last week...

    Scored some fish while there...

  • NZ IndicatorNZ Indicator Senior Member Posts: 12,281 Senior Member

    Spent Sunday Grouse hunting my local haunts...

  • jbillyjbilly Senior Member Posts: 6,023 Senior Member
    edited October 2020 #90

    Joe has spent infinitely more days fishing in CO this year than I have.

    What is the best 5 wt to hang yourself with?

  • ShawnC2ShawnC2 Posts: 1,713 Senior Member
    edited October 2020 #91

    What kind of grouse, Joe? They all look the same when they're dead. ;)

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