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3/2 - Lower Kinnickinnic River upstream of F Options
EddieRivard
#1 Posted : Saturday, March 02, 2013 8:11:47 PM
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Made it to the parking lot at F and the Kinni shortly after 6am this morning. Was pleasantly surprised to see that we were the first ones there. The trout were hanging out on slower sides of the seams and close to the bottom on slower runs. My buddy Nick landed 6 and I landed 2. We both lost several before bringing them to hand. Nothing of gigantic size to report all fish caught were between 9-12 inches. I accidentally dunked my reel shortly after arriving and it plagued me for the rest of the day. Nick was pretty stoked about out-fishing me but his mood was tempered when he broke the tip of his new rod while clearing ice from the guides. When we arrived back to the car at around noon there was a total of 7 vehicles in the lot. I guess it pays to wake up at 3:30am.

















Mark Dahlquist
#2 Posted : Saturday, March 02, 2013 8:17:45 PM
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First report, nice work!

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I accidentally dunked my reel shortly after arriving and it plagued me for the rest of the day.


Was it freezing up? I lubed my reel up today but after putting it back together it felt worse so I bought a new one I don't think they make good reels anymore. They all seem to be made in China. I found internal corrosion. Nothing I could polish off. Oh and I spent a half hour looking for the clutch spring that flew off.

-Mark
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EddieRivard
#3 Posted : Saturday, March 02, 2013 8:24:23 PM
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Mark Dahlquist wrote:
First report, nice work!

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I accidentally dunked my reel shortly after arriving and it plagued me for the rest of the day.


Was it freezing up?


Yes I don't think the Ross Flystart has a sealed drag. The clicker mechanism also iced up and stopped functioning. Whenever I was unable to spool line from the real I had to find a rock to tap it on then it would start working again. I wish it was warmer out.
ilikefood
#4 Posted : Saturday, March 02, 2013 8:43:07 PM
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Great report and photos! I love the pic of the weeping cliffs. That is such a neat place to visit. I have seen them in the summer but never in the winter. Very cool.
What was big was not the trout, but the chance. What was full was not my creel, but my memory.
- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, p. 40 (Oxford University Press, 1949).
B-Mac
#5 Posted : Saturday, March 02, 2013 10:28:03 PM
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Location: Saint Croix Falls, WI
Nice job. I fished one of the very upper sections today and the water was a bit stained...looks like it was pretty clear for you down there.
"The f*cking ego of these bloggers"
donjuan
#6 Posted : Monday, March 04, 2013 5:03:27 AM
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EddieRivard wrote:




Nice!
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