Thinking crappie yet?

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  1. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

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    Let jme know when you do and we can look together.
     
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    You have a deal. I will be doing a lot of SRC and salmon fishing but a good crappie lake is hard to beat and a mess of fillets are a great meal.
     
  3. Olive bugger

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    You guys have done two things. Whetted my appetite for spiny ray fishing and proven that there are other fish in the water besides trout. WDFW is getting better about it, but still have a long way to go to realize the full potential of these fish.

    I am stroking my 2 wt rod and line and thinking of hitting some of the wet side lakes. Be a while before I can get to the dry side to wet a line.
     
  4. triploidjunkie

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    At least you're honest. I tell everyone mine's an 8wt;)
     
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    At my age, a 2 wt is allI need. :rolleyes:
     
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  6. Olive bugger

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    A question for those that are crappie and bluegill tamers, I am thinking of taking my 2 wt rod and up lining to a 3 wt line.

    Do you think this is a good idea?
     
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    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    Sweet! I'm going to buy some jig hooks at the shop today! And some foam for a SBS I saw in the Fly Tying forum. I want to get out for crappie and bluegill this year... and get my niece out as well..
     
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  8. Olive bugger

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    I saw that post. Great looking fly,
     
  9. atomic dog

    atomic dog Jive Turkey

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    What's the reasoning behind going up in line size? I never had any troubles with my 2wt.
     
  10. Olive bugger

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    The rod is a sage blank and was marked 2 wt. would like to try a 3 wt line to see if it balances the rod better.

    The 2 wt works but I am one of those guys that I have to fix it even if it isn't broken.
     
  11. Sterling Woodsman

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    They are spawning right now in Alabama. I've been tearin em up. Figured out where a bed was right off my dock and was catching one every cast. Minnow streamer. Lots of fun on a fly rod.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Olive bugger

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    Want a slab.

    I think the water is a tad warmer in Alabama than Western Washington, but I am chomping at the bit to get out there and flay the water to a froth. Spring fever is a terrible thing.


    Thanks for sharing.
     
  13. Sterling Woodsman

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    yeah I'm sure it's a little warmer here. But it is pretty cold for alabama. Been a crazy winter with several snows and many days at 12 degrees and below, sometimes single digits. So the water is still pretty cold but it is warming up. I was doing very slow long strips.
     
  14. Olive bugger

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    According to the weather speaker, looks like winter is not over yet, in your part of the world.
     
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    so I hear. going into the 20s again in a few days
     
  16. Olive bugger

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    That could make your water hard.

    Hit the fish the day before the cold snap comes.
     
  17. IveofIone

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    It's been about 3 months since I started this thread and things are looking much better. Bare ground has started to show here on the tundra and opening day is just 4 weeks away. In 5 weeks I will be able to travel again and look forward to doing some road trips. All of my crappie stuff was updated this winter, now all I need is some open water to do my thing.

    Atomic Dog, keep me posted on the H-S chain of lakes and I'll try to get over there once the bluegills are on the beds. Zen wants to join us since he is nearby, maybe we'll get a chance to eat some fillets and sip some ales. I am so ready by now.

    Let's get some kind of a crappie network going here where we report where, when and what we caught and what we caught them on. Crappie are a vastly under fished resource and superb table fare. Better they don't die of old age.

    It won't be long now (said the rabbi).

    Ive
     
  18. atomic dog

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    I was poking around some photos and found these, dated May 11 last year. An afternoon on shiner, crappie candy flies live up to their name.

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    They work on 'gills, too. It's always a riot to tie a dropper behind the CC, in this case an improved McGinty.

    [​IMG]

    I'm pretty antsy for spiny ray fishing...
     
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    Me too. Either I am going to have to travel over the hump or else the weather is going to have to change for the warmer.

    I got the fever though.
     
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    square lake in port orchard has crappie
     

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