They are out there...

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Thomas Mitchell, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    Saw this guy yesterday. Damn if he didn't take the same game trail through thick cover that I needed to follow to get back to my car...

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  2. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    Cool. I see alot of bear where I fish,but haven't seen a cat.
  3. jeff bandy Make my day

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    I think I see a puddie cat! So how long did you wait to follow?
  4. Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    out of state now
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    In all of the time I've spent in the woods, I've never seen a cougar. Bobcats, bears, fox, otters, sure, but I never saw a cougar. And you were able to get a photo, well done.
  5. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Run cat!!! Or I'll sic Alex on you.
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  6. Andrew Lawrence Active Member

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    That is pretty damn cool!
  7. Olive bugger Active Member

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    Seeing one is a good thing, at a distance.

    It is the ones that a body doesn't see that could give you some
    nightmares. Great picture.
  8. riseform Active Member

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    Great shot! I was once told by a group of park rangers that you'd be lucky to get four seconds to take a picture of a cat in the wild. In forty years of hiking several times a week, one had only seen the swish of a tail disappear into the woods. How long did it remain visible?
  9. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    It was there at least two full minutes. I was down wind so it didn't notice me for a bit while it shook off and licked a paw. I froze for a while thinking "WTF do I do?" then it took me another 30 sec of so to get the phone out of my wader pocket. The cat noticed the movement and just stared at me another minute or so. He was probably thinking "Food?"... When I tried to get my big camera out of my pack, he didn't like it and slowly sauntered off into the woods. Never seemed scared of me in the least.

    I usually fish 'til dusk then walk back in the dark but I left a little early this time. Gave him about 45min and then was very noisy walking out.
  10. Bill Aubrey Active Member

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    Awesome shot! What a lucky break!
  11. Skysoldier Trout Hunter

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    Lost in the woods.....
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    Great picture! I have never seen one in the wild but I would love to.
  12. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Wow! Nice work getting the pic! Hiking out after seeing that, I'd be very nervous.
  13. Steve Knapp Beach Bum

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    That's just awesome! You are very lucky to have seen one in the wild, amazing!

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  14. shadowcast Member

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    What river??
  15. jjaims Make fishin’ your mission

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    This will be a good story to tell the grandkids someday. Course by then the story will have wings of its own. Did I ever tell you about the time........:-/
  16. Salmo_g Active Member

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    Bu, bu, bu, bu, butttttt, what kind of gun were you carrying? Ya' know, it's dangerous out there in dem woods, and a guy's gotta' carry a respectable piece, ya' know, just in case, to fend off them there big cats.

    Sg
  17. constructeur Active Member

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    What a treat man, thanks for sharing.
  18. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I came face to face with Black Bear on Pilchuck Creek one time. That was the day I learned to walk on water. I never turned around and ran back down stream so fast in my life. I also noticed that the Bear went the other way.

    I can still see it in my minds eye. Ugh.
  19. Tony Polizzi Active Member

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    PT, OP
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    Thanks for sharing,
    great story and photo, I'd say you had a great day!
  20. Irafly Active Member

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    I've seen two in my life. Once when I was about 10 walking outside of Eatonville along the train tracks with a friend of mine. We both froze and so did the cat about 50 yards in front of us. It seemed like an eternity before the cat walked off the side of the tracks and down toward a river. My friend and I walked home quickly and never again walked that way again. The second time happened about 12 or 13 years ago driving out of Chopaka, I rolled around a corner and the cat was in the road. On one side of the road was me and my truck and the on the other side the grade was basically a cliff. The cat was taken off guard and ran with me at 20 MPH for a bit right at my open window on the drivers side before finding a little less of cliff like area to careen off into. That thing was all predator and full of muscle. My heart didn't slow down for awhile after that.

    Now on a river with say a 14 wt, I'm thinking a good bunny strip pattern where you just use the whole bunny. Should work great.
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