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GONZOJuly 7th, 2007, 2:13 pm
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"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681
John,
I think it was Shawn who was questioning the legitimacy of your "big catch." I'm glad to know it wasn't fair-hooked. Personally, I think that large bovines munching on bass plugs are one of the signs of the Apocalypse!

As for your question about getting knocked around by a fishing partner's casting, that's pretty common, but when that partner is your dad, there might be more going on . . . . ;)

That does sound like a good way to absolutely melt a drag.

You know, Louis, the more I think about it, that may explain why the rivets eventually fell out of my beloved old Marquis Multiplier. Here I was blaming it on catching too many steelhead on a click-and-pawl reel, but I think the boat may have started its decline. (Hardy lovers, don't weep for me; its all fixed and good as new.)
JOHNWJuly 7th, 2007, 4:07 pm
Chambersburg, PA

Posts: 452
Sorry Gonzo, "my bad" as the kids say!
JW
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
GONZOJuly 7th, 2007, 5:21 pm
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"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681
Not at all, John. Some people might be offended by being confused with Shawn, but I am not one of them. :)

PS--Speaking of signs of the Apocalypse, I just noticed my number of posts! [666] I think now would be a good time to shut up and go fishing for about a week. (I should probably try to catch a few fish before the End of Days is upon us!) :{
MartinlfJuly 7th, 2007, 5:50 pm
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 2968
John, I always love it when a non-English major picks up on one of my misplaced modifiers. But beware, as Gonzo can attest, I don't get mad; I get even.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
JOHNWJuly 8th, 2007, 6:52 am
Chambersburg, PA

Posts: 452
Louis,
"But beware, as Gonzo can attest, I don't get mad; I get even."


You shouldn't have to wait very long for that opportunity. Cuz like I went to skool and they always teld me that my participles wuz dangling. The guidance dude even suggested I try some meds because I's was always using the wrong tense, and then he gotst upset when I axxed him if that was legal.

;)

JW
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
MartinlfJuly 8th, 2007, 3:19 pm
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 2968
JohnW, I see that you, like Gonzo, don't play fair. You have now preempted any attack I could have made and I just have to sit and take it.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
WbranchJuly 22nd, 2007, 5:23 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2574
I like to use 7X when I go after bats. Since they are a lot smaller than the trout I catch I like to give them a figthing chance to escape.
I catch a couple Sulfurs and affix them to a hook with a bit of Zap-A-Gap then as it begins to get dark I just let the wind have it's way with my leader and as it flips this way and that way the bats home in on my treat and we duke it out to until the best mammal wins.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
IEatimagoJuly 23rd, 2007, 12:05 am
Spring Mills, PA

Posts: 97
see your not the only one!

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Jmd123August 7th, 2007, 8:26 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2408
After many years of being around bats while night fishing, I finally hooked one on the Rifle some years ago. I was finishing a good night, three trout caught and released, and I was heading downstream towards my car and floating a dry fly in front of me on the way down. I didn't hear a thing but I suddenly felt something tugging on my line. Low and behold, I turned on my light and here's this little bat flying around attached to it. Oh great, how am I going to get this little bugger off without getting bitten? Fortunately, the fly was caught in the web of skin between the hind limbs and the bat had already worked a small hole around it (and just about chewed everything off the fly itself). I laid the little critter on the trunk of my car, pulled out an old Army wool blanket I kept for emergencies (such as this, I guess!), covered the bat except for the hooked area, popped it out with no problem, and the bat flew away when I took off the blanket. Three trout AND a bat, caught and released!

Concerning invertebrates, I once had a big fishing spider (3" legspan!) jump off a log to get a close look at a White Wulff I was floating by. I felt rather complimented!

A few weeks ago I did mange to foul-hook a teenager who made the mistake of walking behing my backcast. He didn't put up much of a fight - he just wanted the hook out! His parents were rather amused (though I was extremely apologetic) and we released him unharmed.

As far as "unusual" fish species on the fly rod go, I hooked and lost about a 2-foot spotted gar in the San Marcos River in TX a couple of years ago - talk about a fight! I also caught two channel cats - one on a small deer-hair popper, the other on a favorite streamer pattern - in a stocked but mostly unfished pond down there. I would be curious to hear other folks' stories about unusual fish catches on the fly rod.

By the way, I am a recent arrival to this site and I am most enjoying it! It's wonderful to trade stories and advice with so many like-minded people.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Shawnny3August 7th, 2007, 8:35 pm
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Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Welcome, Jon. I think you'll be well received on this site despite missing the 'h'. We have a pretty forgiving group.

And let me second the motion you made in the other thread about warmwater fishing. I've had many fond memories fishing warm water with a flyrod, and I think everyone who frequents Spring Creek ought to take it up.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
WbranchAugust 8th, 2007, 8:38 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2574
Many years ago on Armstrong Spring Creek I hooked, and fought, a muskrat. He put up a good fight but on 6x Gladding it didn't last very long. Two years ago on the Missouri River near Holter Dam my buddy and I were fishing the tail of "The Million Dollar Riffle". It was near dark and my friend let out a holler and said he hooked a big fish. He actually fought this "fish" for about ten minutes and had to walk into the shore area to net it. All of a sudden he let out a hoop and holler and yelled "holy crap, I landed a muskrat". He later told me he was about to take the hook out of his "fish" when he saw a mouthful of sharp white teeth and recognized he had landed a mammal. I know this sounds preposterous but it is a true story.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
WiflyfisherAugust 8th, 2007, 11:37 am
Wisconsin

Posts: 612
On the Delaware, above the Junction Pool I hooked a 2-3 foot long eel of some sort. He fought like crazy and broke my tippet, which was fine with me. I didn't know those long, slender guys were even in there until then.
John S.
https://WiFlyFisher.com
WbranchAugust 8th, 2007, 12:45 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2574
Do you think you might of snagged a lamprey eel? The ones with the circular mouths filled with triangle shaped teeth. There are many of them there, to spawn, in May and June.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
WiflyfisherAugust 8th, 2007, 1:07 pm
Wisconsin

Posts: 612
It was May during the E. dorothea hatch. No, he sucked it in with his big lips!

(Okay, just kidding. Yes, I snagged him when I saw a swirl right where my fly was.)

I also once had a very large snapping turtle grab my bass popper. He hissed, snorted and spit water at me. All of a sudden he bit down and crushed the fly and the hook, then disappeared. I waited for him to come and climb in my canoe and eat me. Luckily I was wrong. :)


John S.
https://WiFlyFisher.com
CaseyPApril 4th, 2008, 10:05 am
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
so you can't cast in the house because the cats will chase the end of the line, even if the ceilings in these McMansions are high enough

...so i went outside and was doing pretty well with the 8 wt, using a few inches of white cotton kitchen string as a fly. along comes a mockingbird, swoops at the fly, and lands on the ground next it. she follows it some distance as i strip it in, pecking at it and shaking it. every time i cast, she does this, for about 10 minutes. even when a passerby stopped to inquire about whether they were biting, she kept going for the string. told him i was starting an aviary...
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Shawnny3April 5th, 2008, 5:04 am
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Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
told him i was starting an aviary...


Well said.

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com
Jjlyon01April 5th, 2008, 6:30 am
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse

Posts: 71
Once as I was fishing the Battenkill above Rexleigh bridge with a caddis emerger I felt a tremendous tug on my line. I fought the big brownie for about 5 minutes and when I finally pulled the brown onto the shore it turned out not to be the brown that I had imagined, rather it was about 10 pounds of fur with a flat tail and buck teeth. Let me tell you this beaver was not enthusiastic about the way we had met that afternoon. He began to growl and hiss at me and when I went to take the fly from its tail it almost latched on to my hand. I then decided I'd rather keep fishing and not go to see my local medicine man so I clipped the line and waited for the beaver to return to the water.
"I now walk into the wild"
MartinlfFebruary 23rd, 2009, 5:44 am
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 2968
Here's another beaver story, and a few other tales for folks who started posting recently.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
PatcrisciFebruary 23rd, 2009, 6:03 pm
Lagrangeville, NY

Posts: 119
I've seen it happpen to more than one fishing partner but I have somehow managed in almost 25 years of flyfishing to avoid hooking birds, bats, beavers or cats. Now, if you want to talk about bushes, trees, rocks, moss, deadfalls, and yes, even cased caddis larva -- I have admittedly hooked my share. And I have on rare occasion been known to hook a trout. Despite my lack of piscatorial prowess, and unlike the character in the Sparse Grey Hackle classic, I have not yet resorted to pounding up fish with dynamite.
Pat Crisci
JZordMarch 5th, 2009, 1:12 pm
New York

Posts: 14
i'm actually surprised that so many people have done it before. I've never heard it, seen it, or done it. Makes for a good story though. Ha!
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