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Cold water and warm, humid air
Cold water and warm, humid air
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Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia), a.k.a. duck-potato
Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia), a.k.a. duck-potato
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First cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) I've seen in bloom this year
First cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) I've seen in bloom this year
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Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) - just had this on my Field Botany exam
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) - just had this on my Field Botany exam
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Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) - all four of these wildflowers were growing around a small spring
Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) - all four of these wildflowers were growing around a small spring
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Mysterious misty water
Mysterious misty water
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Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
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SIT STILL!!!
SIT STILL!!!
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That's better!
That's better!
Jmd123July 23rd, 2018, 7:54 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2298
Didn't see many fish feeding, or very many insects on the water - except of course for the deer flies buzzing around my head. I did manage to smack at least 5 of them tonight...and they left me alone once it got dark, and wonderfully so did the mosquitos! The water was nice and cold, not typical for late July, and there was mist on the water the whole evening. A scattering of small caddis and a very few mayflies were all that I saw, and mostly small fish feeding but there were a few that were bigger, like the one above. A bit unexpected were some nice wildflowers blooming on the banks! Overall, the night began a bit rough, with deerflies and the sun bouncing off the river right in my eyes, but the end of the evening was most pleasant and I did get one nice one, plus a couple of little guys.

My fishing activities are finally picking up!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
WbranchJuly 23rd, 2018, 8:38 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2373
Nice looking water. It sure looks like it could hold a good number of 16" - 18" browns.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123July 23rd, 2018, 9:36 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2298
Matt, so far the Rifle has yielded me one 18-incher and two 16's, one of the latter from this water. the limit here is 15", and I have gotten many, many 14-15" fish from this water (and my other favorite spot upstream). It gets heavily canoed and fished, so I suspect the big guys only come out at night. The three big ones above all hit after dark or as it was just getting dark. And I only fish on the week nights, skip the weekends with all those obnoxious canoes and kayaks and etc. But yes, it's a nice looking reach, tonight I managed to capture it almost perfectly. Would have been a perfect night without the deer flies, but hey, nothing's perfect. I'm very happy the mosquitos were a no-show, after my last two trips where they swarmed me at dusk while fish were biting!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
MartinlfJuly 24th, 2018, 9:38 am
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2833
Beautiful photos. Thanks Jonathon.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
PartsmanJuly 25th, 2018, 4:34 am
bancroft michigan

Posts: 179
Jonathon, great pictures. We are lucky here in Michigan to have so many nice streams to fish. I went up to the Mason Tract yesterday, water is very low and clear. It was a good day to explore the river, there were some fish rising to bwo,s, I caught a few small brookies and saw one really nice brook trout. I think im going to spend some time looking around and trying to learn that system a little more.

Mike.
AdirmanJuly 25th, 2018, 7:34 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 456
Good stuff Johnathon, thanks for sharing , wish I could be there !!

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