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01-05-2007, 09:41 PM
new years day 2007....Was inside LRO...Paula and Byron were behind the counter.....coffee and doughnuts....the coffee smelled good..the doughnuts better...needed some coffee,it was early---found the counter---they ignored me---no one in the store---just me---asked "how's the fishing"---"what are they hitting"---heard one of them say--"fishing is lousy"-----Paula looks around--then says --use an epizootic---bought 5 epizootics---was in a stream---caught no fish---returned to LRO---there were fisher-guys around the counter--Paula and Byron were there---I walked in---everything stopped---Byron says"no one has had any luck today ----how did you do???--I answer"which day????"Byron says "anyday"---I says"yesterday i caught 24 trout,,today I caught 25 trout,used epizootics and humblebuzzards---Byron rolls his eyes,with that uh-huh..sure..look and says"that's 49 fish---why didn't you make it 50,just to make the number even".
I said"You don't know me,,but,,I ain't going to **** over 1 trout"""

01-05-2007, 09:51 PM
LOL! We were fishing all day on New Year's day, too...see my Tremont report...not a thing until the end, when I finally got tired of slinging a nymph/split shot combo and tried a dry...sure enough, a hit and a long-distance release. Later, I saw what the water temps were that day, and there was a spike up in temps...even though I never saw any rises (except for my strike), I'm kicking myself for not trying one sooner, or at least a dry/dropper combo.

Oh well...I'm very new to the trout game, so every trip is a learning experience.

01-05-2007, 10:06 PM
That reminds me of a day last summer. I was with my friends Mark and Don up above the cascades. We had fished several hours, and I had 24, Don had 24, and Mark had one. We wanted 50, so Don fished on the way out and got #50 for us.

As we approached the trailhead an older couple stopped and asked us how we did. Mark (the guy who caught 1 fish) quickly replied, "WE CAUGHT 50 TROUT". Don and I were laughing sooo hard... Then he told the rest of the story. Which was followed by if I hadn't caught that one, Don would still be trying for #50. It was a great day with friends...


01-05-2007, 10:23 PM
Here's Mark with his latest MONSTER, *caught on Chrstmas eve... By the way he's a MUCH better friend than fisherman, and I always enjoy fishing with him. He got me started Fly Fishing!


David Knapp
01-05-2007, 11:28 PM
I've caught some awful nice fish out of that run Kevin, glad to see that ya'll aren't pestering my fish, just the dinks... ;)

01-05-2007, 11:41 PM
I let him have that run. He's a great guy and I try to give him the good lanes, after I catch a few of course. ;) We went one time last summer and I made him fish in front of me the whole time. I pushed him up the river hole after hole. He caught 10 that day, I caught quite a bit more than that fishing right behind him. I still rub that in a little... When he's in a good mood. 8-)

01-07-2007, 03:11 PM

Glad to see that you are out and about. I have been busy with family and other stuff. I can't wait till spring. I have bought a bunch of new gear this past few months which I can't hardly wait to tr out. I have a trip booked to Finland this summer. I'm going to meet my mom over there and we are going to travel around to see a bunch of relatives. I am going to fish for Arctic Grayling for the first time in my life. I have decided that all the new gear I bought will have to stay unfished until I get over there.

I will call you this spring to see if we can do Abrams.

01-07-2007, 03:32 PM
Arctic Grayling...even the name sounds cool and refreshing...think I'll pull up this thread in about 4 months or so, when I'm sweating through another Louisiana summer.

01-07-2007, 04:25 PM
yeah, it is exotic even for me. In my native Sweden, the Arctic Grayling used to be widespread all the way down to the south of the country where I'm from. Nowadays due to siltation and other environmental impact the fish is only found in central and northern Sweden. You can find a few good rivers in Denmark with Graylingm as well as most of Norway. Finland has some and so does the U.K.

I have learned that the arctic grayling which is the european grayling obtain somewhat larger sizes than the american grayling. I saw an interesting sidenote to this, Orvis is apparently raising money this year for Grayling conservation efforts on Big Horn river in MN.


01-07-2007, 04:34 PM
They're a neat looking fish, with that big dorsal fin. Of course, I find flounders to be neat looking, and even better tasting ;)

01-07-2007, 06:08 PM
I did a little grayling fishing a few years back in one place I NEVER thought they would be...Arizona! Prior to my deployment to the "sandbox" from Ft. Huachuca (South of Tuscan), I spent a few weekends in the mountain streams and lakes at Fort Apache Indian Reservation which is an hour or so northeast of Phoenix. The mountains in this area are 10 to 11 thousand feet (Sunrise Ski Resort) and the snow melt and overall weather keeps the waters cold enough year round for heldover trout. They have cutthroat, browns, rainbows, and graylings. Stream fishing is good, but the lake fishing was Fantastic! They do not allow morotized boats in the lakes, so many fly guys use float tubes and sinking lines (a first for me). We were catching trout with an average size of 18-20 with a few monster browns hitting 24+. Most stay at the campsites lakeside or head to the hotels in the cool little town called Pinetop. There is a 3-day permit for $10-15 dollars and if you want to fish the trophy lakes (catch and release only) it's an additional $5 a day. To catch the graylings, one has to fish deeper (60 plus feet) with peacock streamers and wooly buggers (with peacock herls). We would cast out as far as ones ability (tough when your sitting up to your waist in water), strip out any additional line, and slowly kick (with fins) while making short strips. They were certainly smaller than the monster browns, but a 14 inch grayling is not too shabby! There is a nice flyshop in the town of Pinetop were they will rent you float tubes and neoprene waders. Can't think of the name, but the owner is a fellow Army guy and is a good egg. Anybody up for a trip to Phoenix?

01-07-2007, 07:08 PM
Very interesting, I didn't know of grayling in AZ. I do know that most of the grayling fishing in Scandinavia is done in rivers. I will fish mainly mid sized rivers while I'm in Finland. I will do mostly small reddish drys. I will be there in mid June so I hope the water levels will be okay after the spring rains.

Byron Begley
01-07-2007, 07:24 PM
Ever heard of Grayling, Michigan. The Ausable River had a population of Grayling before the logging there wiped them out. I don't know if they were wild or exotic. It is one of the most beautiful rivers I've ever fished.


01-07-2007, 07:36 PM

went through there in the early nineties, I actually spent some time up there, If I remember right, Isn't that area the birthplace of TU?

Byron Begley
01-07-2007, 07:39 PM

You are right. Trout Unlimited was founded on the banks of that river. They call it the Holy Water.
It's a cool place.


01-07-2007, 07:43 PM
Well, Byron, I'm sure you have been busy lately and I haven't been able to concentrate on any fishing, I am ready and excited about my upcoming Finland trip. I have a birthday coming up, a big one and I'm hoping to spend some more money in your wonderful store. I said I won't be in until March but I might stop in later this month. I got two products in mind that I need, ;D Let me change that, NEED IS NOT accurate, it is WANT.

Paula Begley
01-07-2007, 10:22 PM
Oh, my! *Lauxier....haha...the tears! *I am still laughing! *I was off today and Byron told me about your dream when he came home! *HAHAHA! *I don't think those were epizootics...I believe they were psychotics! * :D

Your dream did get the coffee right...and donuts on Saturday, when Glenn is there!

VERY funny!

Paula ;)

01-08-2007, 02:11 AM
Not to get to far off topic, I caught a few grayling in AK this past summer. Caught most of them on EHC ;) wish the fin was up in the picture. Hans I hope you get on some of these, they are lots of fun.