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Thread: Ninja Fishing=Excellent Day and My Personal Best Park Bow

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    Default Ninja Fishing=Excellent Day and My Personal Best Park Bow

    This is only my second year of flyfishing in the park, so I have much to learn. But up until yesterday, there was one piece of advice I had refused to listen to: be sneaky. Not that I splashed around and was loud, but I never did the hiding, staying low thing.

    Yesterday, however, I decided to give it a try. I would scout the creek ahead to see where I next wanted to cast. I would then wade up to the spot and hunker over as I approached closer. Once I reached a good spot from which to cast, I would get on my knees, butt, or whatever was more convenient (I also did a lot of hiding behind large rocks), and I would cast from that position. I will admit I felt a bit crazy acting like a ninja while fishing, but man did it pay off.

    I only fished for about 2 1/2 hours and brought 8 fish to hand, 5 of which were keepers, although I released them all. And, one of those 5 was the guy pictured below: my best rainbow in the park to date.

    Now, it may be just a coincidence, as it could have been a good day regardless, but I will definitely be ninja fishing from here on out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenie View Post
    This is only my second year of flyfishing in the park, so I have much to learn. But up until yesterday, there was one piece of advice I had refused to listen to: be sneaky. Not that I splashed around and was loud, but I never did the hiding, staying low thing.
    First off...nice going. That's a good looking rainbow. I have had people laugh at me when I offer the advice above. I bet those folks don't catch a lot of fish.
    Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrouseMan77 View Post
    First off...nice going. That's a good looking rainbow. I have had people laugh at me when I offer the advice above. I bet those folks don't catch a lot of fish.
    Oh, I'm sold now. Granted, I bet a lot of people who drove by while I was fishing looked at me and thought I was crazy, and my knees are bruised today. All in all, though, I'd say it was worth it.

    Funny thing is, I thought I had spooked the one pictured there, because as soon as I casted I saw him dart from a ripple of water not 3 feet beside me, but it turned out that he was darting toward my fly.

    I imagine I will get even more ninja-like with practice. That, and hopefully my knees toughen up a bit.

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    Stealth is the key when hunting wild trout. Notice i said hunting, not fishing. You have to stalk them. Using stealth will produce more fish and bigger fish. The better your stalking techniques become, the more you will catch.
    Wild troutin, blue linin, fly flingin, camo wearin, redneckin elitist.

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    Ifish, I got to say I totally agree with your experiences. I saw alot of the TeamUSA guys with heavy-duty knee pads while judging the US Nationals in Cherokee last weekend. Some had full knee and shin guards from paintball stores on over their waders. Maybe a little much but I have been starting to eye some kneepads from Home Depot!

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    Well done. I bet that beauty fought like a champ.

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    how long is that bow. He looks very long for the park. Well done.
    Lynn

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    nice fish......and real good advice!!!!!
    Here I walk slowly, deliberately, taking it one step, one trout, one sunset at a time. -Harry Middleton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgvet View Post
    Maybe a little much but I have been starting to eye some kneepads from Home Depot!
    You just gave me an idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by No Hackle View Post
    how long is that bow. He looks very long for the park. Well done.
    Lynn
    I didn't measure him, but I'd guess he was probably around 14 or 15 maybe. He extended from the tip of my index finger to about 2 inches from the bend of my arm.

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