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Thread: Hazel - Bone Valley 9/22-9/25

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    Default Hazel - Bone Valley 9/22-9/25

    Packed in to 83 for our yearly fall trip. This is our third year in a row and I guess the third time is lucky. We were the only fishermen in Bone Valley the entire time (one hiker for one night) so we had our pick of water. Fished a little bit of Bone Valley the first evening and caught about 10 fish. Kept two, which leads me to a question. Both rainbows (8-9 inches) had stomachs full of what appeared to be little rocks. Has anyone else ever experienced this? Why does this happen or am I seeing things? I didn't make it too far up BV before nightfall, but I can see why people enjoy it so much. If I can pull myself away from Hazel for a whole day it would be fun to explore it all day. 2nd day we hiked up high and I was over 20 fish by lunch time and at some point lost count. Nothing big although my partner caught a couple of browns in the 13 inch range. I will see if I can get his pictures to post. I used the green, pink or white weenie almost exclusively this day (Friday) and it did not disappoint. Saturday we woke up to sunny skies and warmer temps. Fishing was going along like it had been consistent, but nothing too big, when it happened. I lost my last BHGW. For no particular reason I tied on an ornange stimulator with a bead head prince dropper. Not long after I was into the biggest rainbow I have hooked in the park. Sadly, it got downstream from me wrapped around a rock and "ping", gone. Since it swam right past me twice I would guess it was around 14 inches. After I calmed down and ate lunch I tied another BHP on and worked my way up the same run. At the top of the run I hooked another fish that was at least as big, that jumped twice, wrapped me around another rock and was gone. Leaving me wondering why I brought the 3 weight. Not too long after that I finally connected on the biggest smokies trout of my life. After 10 minutes of light pressure and chasing the fish up and down the stream I netted a beautiful 17 inch brown, which made the last two lost fish worth it. I took as many pictures as I could and will try to post them from home, but I clearly need more practice in the picture taking department. That was the highlight of the day, but I lost 3 more good fish that all broke me off (5X). All took the BHP nymph except one took the orange stimulator. I clearly need more practice, but will have to wait til spring. WIll try to post pictures if I can figure out how when I get home.

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    awesome. can't wait to see your pictures.

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    Awesome. I know how you feel on the lost rainbows, I had the exact same thing happen at Palmer last year, except I did not follow up by landing a 17 inch brown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexfly View Post
    Kept two, which leads me to a question. Both rainbows (8-9 inches) had stomachs full of what appeared to be little rocks. Has anyone else ever experienced this?

    Sounds like they have been stuffing themselves on some caddis larvae?

    Yeah I have seen the same thing, multiple times...like tiny pieces of gravel?

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    Yep, they have probably been eating cased caddis larva...There are some interesting patterns out there to imitate this insect but I haven't tried any myself...
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    I can't seem to post the pics. I have saved them to an album on LRO, but they are not on the internet anywhere else (e.g., facebook). When I follow the instructions I just get a red x with a box around it. Any advice?

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    Were you upstream or downstream from 83 on Hazel when you found those nice fish? I don"t get there often anymore, and it has been several moons since I have fished there this time of year. Did you make it up to the ranger shed above BV campsite? Anyone fish up at the cabin on Bone? Hope you figure it out and those pics posted. I would love to see them. ROB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Johnson View Post
    Were you upstream or downstream from 83 on Hazel when you found those nice fish? I don"t get there often anymore, and it has been several moons since I have fished there this time of year. Did you make it up to the ranger shed above BV campsite? Anyone fish up at the cabin on Bone? Hope you figure it out and those pics posted. I would love to see them. ROB
    I caught my good fish from Sugar Fork up past BV campsite. My partner caught his browns above the Cold Spring trail and a 14 inch rainbow (he says) just up from the lake while we were waiting for the ferry. I forgot to mention that on the hike in we could easily see four to six BIG fish in the tail of Brown's pool and a guy showed us a 21 inch brown he caught in the lake at the outlet of Hazel while we were waiting to leave. Didn't make it to the Cabin on Bone Valley or the Ranger Shed. Although I don't know where the ranger shed is. Working on the pics.

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    Trying again. This is bone valley CS before we left Sunday



    Here is the big brown. Remember I am a terrible picture taker.


    Here he is in the net


    My friend Doug fishing above Cold Spring trail


    And lastly, Doug fighting his 14" rainbow at the mouth.


    Sorry for the poor quality, especially of the brown. Open to suggestions on how to improve the quality.

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    If your partner made it to the Cold Springs crossing he passed the "ranger shed" right before the trail split off to the right down to Hazel. Some old timers I know call that area the Irongate. So you answered my question. Thanks. It's good to know that the fishing was good this time of year. The pics were great but surely you have more? ROB

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