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Thread: Elk River Report 11/19

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    Default Elk River Report 11/19

    I fished the Elk today from 11:00 a.m. til sundown.
    It fished well all day, but during the last hour and one half they went wild.
    Caught fish on wooly buggers, olive and chartruse, soft hackles and midges.
    During late afternoon, I had great sucess on my favorite Elk tandem setup - a chartruse wooly bugger with a soft hackle trailing. They hit both flies like crazy.
    They mostly hit the bugger while stripping and the soft hackle on the swing.
    It was a great day on the river. (Not many fishers.)
    William

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    Got any pics? What size fish were you hooking up on. I have never got to fish the elk but definately look forward to it one day.
    Romans 10:9-10 KJV

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    William, Ithink I talked to you on the Elk today. I had a green hat and was fishing the riffle. I switched to chartreuse,as you suggested, and they lit up. Hope to see you again.
    Monk

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    You switched to a chartreuse hat and they started hitting? Hmmm.

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    Monk,
    Glad to hear that you did well.
    After I talked to you, I ate a sandwich and went down to Farris Creek where they also liked that chartruse.

    Flyred06,
    No, I don't do pictures.
    All of my fish were under 11".
    One brown trout and a "lot" of rainbows.
    Come'on up. You need to fish it sometime.
    Half of the cars at the dam had Sweet Home AL license plates.
    We welcome everyone.

    William

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    Default ELK Report 11/23/09

    Elk Report 11/23/09

    Totally different story today.
    I fished most of the 5-hour "non generating window" today and found it very difficult to get any fish interested in any of my flies.
    I tried several sizes and colors of: wooly buggers, soft hackles, scuds, nymphs, and midges.
    The only thing that I had any sucess with was a #20 midge.
    Others that I talked with had very little luck also.
    Still, a nice overcast day on the river.
    William

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    William, I fished the Caney yesterday morning at Happy. Got on the river a little after 8am. Very few rises. I thought they were on midges, but I finally scooped one of them off thewater. It was some little fly I have never seen before. Looked like a #24 house fly in shape with two wings that folded back just like a house fly. It was a greyish black bug. It looked like a bead on the water as it hatched and floated quite a way before gettting airborne. I had nothing to match it. Finally caught a 14 inch brown on a midge and missed two other hits. By 10:30 almost nothing was rising. I was the only one there until around 11am. I left shortly after.

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    Silvercreek, thanks for the report.

    I had planned to fish the Caney yesterday, but liked the generation schedule better on the Elk; allowed me to fish later in the afternoon.
    I hope to get to the Caney very soon.
    I will tie some light and dark colored #24's before I go. I hope that fly pattern doesn't matter. When they are that small, I can't tell the difference.

    How do you fish those small flies?

    Regards,

    William

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    I fish surface or emergers in the film. I have to regretfully admit that the brown took the fly after I gave it a hard strip to get it under water so it would not leave a wake as I went to take the line off the water. These flies are some order of Diptera. Most diptera have a gas bubble and ascend rapidly to the surface. That argues for some sparkly material in the mix. I like antron. For surface flies, a griffiths gnat may work, although I have never had much luck with that fly. Strange how fishing seemed to be poor all over that day. I figured with cloud cover the midges would be coming off and maybe even some BWOs. I got that wrong! Regards, Silvercreek

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    I've been skunked on the Caney twice (always in the winter) and have never not had a good day. Beats the **** out of sitting at home.

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