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Gurth  
#271 Posted : Sunday, April 1, 2018 10:23:17 PM(UTC)
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Awesome!

Love the sprint to the kid/spouse who has a fish on. Smile
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#272 Posted : Friday, April 6, 2018 4:30:38 PM(UTC)
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So last night I was fishing a wooded section of a medium to large stream that I hadn't been to before.

I came upon a deep dark hole with a nice log jam in it.

I knew there had to be a beast somewhere below and crept up on the spot to plan my attack.

The woods around me seemed to grow silent with heightened anticipation.

I dropped my lure in a perfect little window and let it sink and…



















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NBrevitz  
#273 Posted : Saturday, April 7, 2018 11:26:51 PM(UTC)
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I’ve run into that on Brookie creeks countless times... If they wrap a stick early, they actually seem like giants for a little while too...
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Gurth  
#274 Posted : Monday, April 9, 2018 2:53:13 PM(UTC)
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Here are a few from Saturday's outing…

Stopped at a bridge crossing to see what the unclassified water looked like way downstream on my first targeted water. Looked like trout water to me, so stayed a while and got a few including this first one, right under the bridge…


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Took it as a great sign that I got some around 9am on this 30 degree April morning.

Also foul hooked a 16-17 inch Driftless trophy sucker in the deep pool right beyond the bridge, but he fell off when I lifted him. That one stung. Sad



Lost a lure in this tangle (it's worse to the left out of frame) before getting this little brookie.


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Not sure it was worth the lure, but you never know what could be in a spot like this. Was surprised to get a brookie as I was far downstream (several miles) from where I'd expect to see brookies on this particular water. As always though… what do I know?



Being Masters weekend, went upstream to the golf course stretch of this stream and got a bunch of fish that would dart out from their side-stream undercuts.


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Got this one on the par 4 16th…


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Not my favorite kind of water, but having a full and diverse day planned, including a fair amount of tough terrain, enjoyed the respite of this stretch and the easy pasture walk.



Went over the ridge to a different stream to go after large browns, hiked in a good half mile or more and this was the first fish I got…


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and it was in the first nice looking spot…


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Thought… Awww yeah, here we go!

Not so fast…


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Loved the halos on this one though which always remind me of the RAF markings on a WWII Spitfire.

The next 7 or 8 fish in this stretch were the same size…


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and the water was low and clear and there were no signs of any other decent fish – even in the deeper and darker holes and cuts, so left and headed downstream a few miles looking for deeper water.



Got this fish up from a bridge in a corner hole that's behind me and over my left shoulder. Took the photo in the shade of the bridge.


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Got 13 more solid browns including a couple 17s and a few 16s before this final fish of the day, which was my favorite…


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Sun blasted photo doesn't do the flame markings justice and I held him high to get the complement of the blue sky. Was a striking fish and was very excited for it. Great one to end the day on.



Oh yeah… and found another face…


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