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Believe it or not, sometimes I submit to the weather's mandate that I fish for lesser species than the noble salmonids. The temperatures soar in August and the trout take refuge in hidden spring seeps and the unfortunate hours preceding dawn. I yield to nature's demands, attaching beastly things to my tippet and lobbing them at the likes of muskellunge and smallmouth bass. Oh, life is hard!

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One strange evening on a classic trout stream had brought me nothing but fallfish (albeit nice ones) when I cast outside the main current flow at a fish rising to little flying ants in a back eddy.  It took and, much to my surprise, it was a sunfish I'd never seen before!  Turns out it's a red-breasted sunfish, a common species in the East. From the Beaverkill River in New York.
One strange evening on a classic trout stream had brought me nothing but fallfish (albeit nice ones) when I cast outside the main current flow at a fish rising to little flying ants in a back eddy. It took and, much to my surprise, it was a sunfish I'd never seen before! Turns out it's a red-breasted sunfish, a common species in the East.
Date AddedOct 4, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
My dad finally broke his long, uncanny fishless streak with this nearly 2 inch long common shiner caught on a size 22 Serratella imitation during a Trico spinner fall. Heh heh. From the Namekagon River in Wisconsin.
My dad finally broke his long, uncanny fishless streak with this nearly 2 inch long common shiner caught on a size 22 Serratella imitation during a Trico spinner fall. Heh heh.
Date AddedJan 25, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
This snaky northern pike slammed my smallie streamer. From the West Fork of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin.
This snaky northern pike slammed my smallie streamer.
Date AddedJan 25, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
My first Alaskan northern pike, around 21-22 inches long. From Minto Flats in Alaska.
My first Alaskan northern pike, around 21-22 inches long.
StateAlaska
Date AddedJul 18, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
This is my first musky on the fly, a 25 incher. From the West Fork of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin.
This is my first musky on the fly, a 25 incher.
Date AddedJan 25, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
My best pike of the trip taped out at 30.5". From Minto Flats in Alaska.
My best pike of the trip taped out at 30.5".
StateAlaska
Date AddedJul 18, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
This big smallmouth slammed a Dahlberg Diver on the surface. From the Namekagon River below Hayward in Wisconsin.
This big smallmouth slammed a Dahlberg Diver on the surface.
Date AddedJan 25, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
My friend Brad Bohen holds up a nice fly-caught smallmouth. From the Namekagon River in Wisconsin.
My friend Brad Bohen holds up a nice fly-caught smallmouth.
Date AddedFeb 8, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
This is one of the nicer pike my dad caught on this trip, around 30 inches. From Minto Flats in Alaska.
This is one of the nicer pike my dad caught on this trip, around 30 inches.
StateAlaska
Date AddedJul 18, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
My dad was messing around with this pike for about 10 minutes with various goofy weedless lures with mediocre hooking quality, and he kept missing it.  Finally he threw on the only lure a spin fisherman ever needs, the Heddon Lucky 13 (my favorite for many years before I started fly fishing), and he caught the fish on the first cast.  Not only did he hook it--he also snared it. From Minto Flats in Alaska.
My dad was messing around with this pike for about 10 minutes with various goofy weedless lures with mediocre hooking quality, and he kept missing it. Finally he threw on the only lure a spin fisherman ever needs, the Heddon Lucky 13 (my favorite for many years before I started fly fishing), and he caught the fish on the first cast. Not only did he hook it--he also snared it.
StateAlaska
Date AddedJul 18, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
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