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Jmd123April 13th, 2012, 8:50 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2547
Although the low waters are somewhat worrisome this year and we could sure use some rain, there's no way I could have done this fishing this early in a normal year. The Rifle was low and clear and some insects were flitting about, including some Red Quills and some type of little brown stonefly - thought it was a caddis until one landed on me last time out. No matter, an Elkhair Caddis was a fine imitation, with golden-brown dubbing, medium brown hackle, gold wire counter-wrapped over the hackle, and a tan-grey wing. Three hits on this fly I missed completely, didn't even sting 'em. One fish was feeding and may have hit the fly twice, the other fish rose out of nowhere.

Oh well, I though, at least I raised a couple. Then as I was maybe 15 minutes from the car, fishing downstream, this nicely colored 14" brown took a #10 Woolly Bugger in olive (tail), peacock (body), and grizzly (hackle). Man did he hit hard, sent a shockwave straight up my arm into my brain. Not a bad start to the season, considering that last year my first trout was a 6" brookie. This guy could have eaten that one...

To top it all off, I had the place to myself on a beautiful day. Last week I went there and found a couple of guys in a rowboat with squeaky oars looking for steelhead - this on a river that averages 20-30 feet wide and holes no deeper than my shoulders. Needless to say, I didn't catch anything then, and I was happy not to see them today! I did see what may have been a 2-foot steelhead myself today, came so close to me I thought it was going to swim between my legs! Plus, six turkeys and three deer on the drive.

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
GldstrmSamApril 13th, 2012, 11:35 pm
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
Beautiful fish Jonathan,

Tomorrow if I remember I am going to tie myself that bugger that you said you caught that fish on. It seems like it would be a excellent variation. I have never thought of using peacock for a bugger body.

There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
JesseApril 14th, 2012, 10:31 pm
Posts: 378
Gorgeous first fish my man, well done!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
SeatroutApril 16th, 2012, 7:58 am

Posts: 5
Peacock works really well for a bugger body, gives the fly a bit of a glance... Nice fish!
Tight lines!

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