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BlueRaiderFan
01-31-2009, 09:18 PM
tomorrow around noon...will be in the wife's Corolla:biggrin: If you see me, say howdy!

David Knapp
01-31-2009, 10:24 PM
See you there...bring your own rock, its going to be a zoo...:eek:

BlueRaiderFan
02-01-2009, 12:29 AM
I figure I'll wedge myslef in some where!:biggrin: I think I'll bring a shoe horn!:biggrin:

flynut
02-01-2009, 12:15 PM
Yesterday was super crowded...I'm sure today will be about the same...Good luck!

BlueRaiderFan
02-01-2009, 07:58 PM
wasn't too crowded, but no where to park at the dam until later, so I fished HH. Well, I would tell you what worked, but I left my dry box and midge/emerger box at home by my tying station...Not fun. I did get to try a lot of streamers. Got a hit or two on a black bugger with crystal flash, but wasnt very productive. Lot's of wind from all directions. Saw guys fishing midges that caught a few. Fun day out of the house, even if I did get skunked.

David Knapp
02-01-2009, 11:20 PM
Seemed kinda strange to me today. Started out up towards the dam and got into several fish quickly on a stripper midge but then things slowed down to a crawl. I would catch a fish and then go for long periods of time without so much as a hit. Kept changing flies and each one was good for a fish or two but never did find a hot pattern... Moved down to Happy in the middle of the afternoon and caught a few more but still awfully slow. Here's the best fish I managed today...

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMGP4091.jpg

nvr2L8
02-01-2009, 11:35 PM
David,
Looks like an excellent candidate for February fish of the month! Nice.

Rachel,
If you're out there, looks like the gauntlet has been thrown down early. Get casting!

BlueRaiderFan
02-01-2009, 11:40 PM
Seemed kinda strange to me today. Started out up towards the dam and got into several fish quickly on a stripper midge but then things slowed down to a crawl. I would catch a fish and then go for long periods of time without so much as a hit. Kept changing flies and each one was good for a fish or two but never did find a hot pattern... Moved down to Happy in the middle of the afternoon and caught a few more but still awfully slow. Here's the best fish I managed today...

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMGP4091.jpg

I was down at Happy for a few hours around 12-3. Stood by the ramp. Stood in the middle of the river. Nothing. My cast is rusty and I didn't have anything but streamers with me. The wind was killing me.

ajh10567
02-02-2009, 12:11 AM
That is some depressing news, I always counted on the Caney for a solid day no matter how crowded it was. I may have to get up there soon before it gets any worse.

Gerry Romer
02-02-2009, 02:03 AM
That is some depressing news, I always counted on the Caney for a solid day no matter how crowded it was. I may have to get up there soon before it gets any worse.

I met up with David this morning at the dam and we fished the dam pool, then the crescent below the stairs for a couple hours before moving down to HH. I didn't do quite as well as David did but I did manage a couple. Same pattern though...I'd go fish-less for a while and change out my offering and get one on immediately, then go fish-less again until I changed out my setup.

Very spotty fishing, but I don't think it had anything to do with fishing pressure. Today was pretty much a cakewalk compared to the combat fishing on the day after Thanksgiving! I wonder if maybe all of the recent heavy generation has had an impact on their normal feeding patterns.

The other thing I noticed today was that the only really noticeable "midging" came after a few minutes of calm. The wind was quite gusty at times and, now that I think about it, all of my fish came in periods of relative calm -- except for my last fish.

My last fish was my personal best for today. When we got to HH at about 4:00, the water was still falling out so I decided to go bigger and deeper. David headed upstream from the boat ramp fishing the little islands and backwaters while I waded straight out from the boat ramp. I tied about four feet of 5x off my furled leader, tied on a red Copper John, and dropped a #14 BHPT about two feet of the bend of the Copper John. First cast was into the wind and I watched my indicator drift right past me. About 10 feet downstream it twitched and I lifted... pretty little 13 - 14 inch brown.

A short while after that, I was telling David about it and it occurred to me that all of my fish had come at the end of a drift, as I was lifting the rod. Maybe there's a tip there for somebody:rolleyes:

ALflygirl
02-02-2009, 10:24 AM
Charlie....
I see the gauntlet! We went to the Elk on Saturday and all I could think was...."it's still January....I need a February fish!"
Good luck to you this month!

Rachel

David Knapp
02-02-2009, 11:26 AM
That is some depressing news, I always counted on the Caney for a solid day no matter how crowded it was. I may have to get up there soon before it gets any worse.

I'll second what Gerry said...I don't think that the Caney is "bad" yet, its just that I never figured them completely out. I've got spoiled on that river so a day of 8-10 or so fish is a "slow" day now. I think that once the flows stabilize, the fishing will get better again...

Gerry Romer
02-02-2009, 02:50 PM
That, and I think we had a front blow through...

1:00 pm on Monday and we've got at least 2" of snow on the ground in Maryville - maybe more. :eek:

Big, heavy, wet flakes with more on the way! :biggrin:

Now I'm thinking that the front put the fish down. It's not like I've lost my touch or anything :rolleyes: After all... I was only a few fish behind the great Plateau Angler and suffering under phenomenally adverse weather conditions :rolleyes: (David, don't you dare tell anyone it was really 60 degrees, sunny and breezy!!)

David Knapp
02-03-2009, 02:37 AM
(David, don't you dare tell anyone it was really 60 degrees, sunny and breezy!!)

That was actually probably the problem...anything but operator error right???:biggrin: