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Old 01-21-2009, 09:44 PM
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Default Spring predictions?

It's looking like I may very well make it to Townsend for TroutFest.
Sitting here in the cold, that seems a hundred years from now.

Any guesses as to what the fishing will be like this year?
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:55 PM
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Fishing should be fine this Spring, although, we are going into a phase of increased storm system potential, which means that we will probably see a good amount of rain/snow in the coming 2-3 months. By late Spring (Troutfest and beyond) and throughout the Summer, the water levels will likely drop like a rock, and the temps will soar, w/ only rain hopes coming from thunderstorms (hope this is not the case) but it seems to never fail every year. Hope you'll make it to Troutfest...man I'm looking forward to getting over there..
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:38 PM
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Its going to be just like any other year. Great fishing anywhere early. Then as the people start to pour in, the farther you'll have to walk to get away from the people with neon Tshirts, sandals, and Budweiser.
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:34 PM
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Yes but just think that neccessity is the mother of adventure. I hate the thoughts of the tubers and drinkers but it forces us to look harder for the solitude and that new hole we have just never fished. I hope all he rain that has came through will help yield a better year for the trout.
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:48 PM
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Last spring it was not the yahoos I had trouble with, it was the darn chubs.
Only in the smaller water did the trout find my flys first.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:14 PM
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Yes but just think that neccessity is the mother of adventure. I hate the thoughts of the tubers and drinkers but it forces us to look harder for the solitude and that new hole we have just never fished. I hope all he rain that has came through will help yield a better year for the trout.
If it gets much better than it was last year, I don't know what I will do. I have had to take a month or two off to recover from elbow tendinitis that those little jaws gave me all year.
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:42 PM
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This spring will be epic with lots of good fish area wide...both in the park and on the tailwaters...
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:59 PM
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This spring will be epic with lots of good fish area wide...both in the park and on the tailwaters...
I like the way you think!
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:54 AM
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Me Too!!

Should I bring two rods in case I wear one out??
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Old 01-25-2009, 12:37 PM
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Default Optimism Abounds

I guess if you enjoy flyfishing, you must be somewhat of an optimist by nature. If you think about it, we spend most of our time in the effort of fishing and very little in the actual catching part...and yet, if we catch 10-20+ mountain trout or hook into a nice 16" tailwater trout it feels like we had a good day...

So with that in mind it should be an outstanding Spring, anyway you look at it!!

My personal opinion is that while the total number of fish will be down in the Park the next year or two, due to two years of drought, the fish will continue to be larger than they would be in "normal" years. The fish that have survived will have more food available to them (less competition) and will need to eat more voraciously to keep up with their growth, so we should be able to catch about the same amount, if not more of them...

This of course applies to Brookies and Rainbows more than Browns. Browns seem to live by their own rules...in fact, fewer fingerlings in the streams may be more detrimental to them. so they'll have to adapt (which of course they will) and eat more bugs until the next year's fry start populating the streams.
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