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Thread: Lake Ontario tributary fishing

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    Default Lake Ontario tributary fishing

    It's been over a year since I left East Tennessee. I came back to upstate NY to help with my aging parents. Even though I am from here, I never fished the tributaries for lake run browns, steelhead and salmon. But that has changed.

    A month ago I caught my first tributary brown.



    It was a 22" brown, and it was beautiful. I was excited to say the least - so excited I drove home talking to buddies all the way, and when I pulled in to home, I realized I left my rod on top of my vehicle! CRAP! Four weeks later still no sign of the rod, so II bought a closeout Sage and mounted a Nautilus FWX I had and I was in business again. (By the way, I called TFO and they felt sorry for me and sold me a demo rod at a deep discount.)

    Back in business, I headed out this morning, and 20 minutes in I landed this beautiful brown.



    And I wasn't done. About 20 minutes later I caught my first ever steelhead. These bad boys fight like Rocky!



    So even though I miss East TN and the mountain trout like crazy, I am coping. The hendrickson hatch is next. It is a spectacular sight here on the Oatka. I hope you all have a great spring season in TN.

    46r
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    Bob Campbell
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    Good stuff. I knew you told me you had bought a new flyrod but I don't think you said why. At least they sold you a good demo.
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    Default The weapon

    Since you all are 800 miles south of where I fish, I will post my secret weapon.



    While everyone else is shoulder to shoulder dunking egg imitations in the long slow pools, I am swinging deceivers through the pocket water all by myself. It is apparently unconventional but it makes me feel like I'm working the plunge pools on Abrams, so I am going to keep doing it.
    Bob Campbell
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    You're big time now. 100 posts. How's it feel to reach your milestone?

    I like that fly. Looks like it would be killer on smallmouths. You're going to have to make it back for a trip. We need to do the big shoe again.
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    Very cool. I hope to get my first steelehead this year.
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    Anyone gonna address the elephant in the room? Thats not a steelhead... sorry to be bearer of bad news

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    Yes those are some nice fish, but 3 wt made the same observation I did. Although that fish does have a unusual spot pattern?
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    Well I thought the same thing because it is not classic chromer, but I'm pretty sure it's a lake run rainbow which is why I refer to it as a steelhead. What do you think it is?
    Bob Campbell
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    Maybe a brown without many spots? Looks like some spots are red. I haven't done a whole lot of fishing up north so I don't know what all possibilities you have for fish species up there. Looks fun though, small river big fish

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    its a brown

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