What are your "realistic" fishing goals for 2014?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Kaiserman, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. Kaiserman content

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    As 2013 came to a close, I realized that I didn't even attempt one of my goals for the year. That was to catch a Tiger Muskie.

    Well, this year is going to be different.

    I'm setting a goal that is more "realistic" if you will, by trying my hand at chironomid fishing. I just spent a few bucks, on a slew of tying materials that I normally don't buy, and will probably spend too much time tying up about 1700 patterns, of which I'll only use about 4 of... just like steelhead flies. :p

    Anyway, I'm interested in what some of you guys are shooting for this year!


    Oh and Ed, ... catching an Atlantic Salmon doesn't count.
  2. PT Physhicist

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    My goals stay pretty much the same. 40+ steelhead to the fly, a trip to the tropics, keep my business strong so I can achieve those 2. Everything else is puddin'.
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  3. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    You still in Spokane? If so come down this March and I will help with chironomids. March is usually lights out.
    My goal for this year will be to catch a big laker on a fly in wa. I missed last year's ice off at a certain lake by days. Timing is everything.
  4. John Wallace Active Member

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    I don't get out much as I work two jobs and it has been at lease 20years since I have caught a Steelhead on a fly. I have been out three times last year and not yet this year. I go trout during the summer but this I will try for a Steelhead!
  5. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    • Fish the Boulder River (MT)... one of the few left to do in that state.
    • Complete my 5th Annual MT trip with my older brother (built him a fly rod and set-up a guided trip on the Sacramento for us when he retired...he'd never fly-fished before...now he's got 4 rods!)
    • Another steelhead or two, three skating flies on the Snake or Grand Ronde
    • Be standing on all of Dry Fly Larry's secret SRC spots when he arrives extra early to beat the crowds :D.
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  6. IveofIone Active Member

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    I only caught one crappie last year. It was a big one and I caught it by accident. This year I know where they are at and I'm going to take the time to catch some on purpose. Fillets and ale to follow.

    Ive
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  7. flyfisher228 Member

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    Redmond, WA
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    I think of goals with respect to fishing in different terms. I want to fish with my boys more. I want to visit different waters, I want to fish with certain clients/friends more. The best time to go fishing.........is any time you can.
  8. Kyle Escamilla Member

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    Catch a steelhead
  9. Kyle Smith Active Member

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    I want to catch 500 fish, any species. I plan on hiking a lot and fishing for cutties in the Bitterroots.
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  10. underachiever !

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    1. Learn to tie some of the steelhead patterns I like to use in the summer.
    - green butt skunk
    - blue charm
    2. Catch a steelhead on my own fly.
    3. Fish for carp
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  11. Peyton00 Active Member

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    Fish more "new water" than old haunts.
    Fish smaller streams.
    Make a real effort fishing for LMB.
    Spend more time chironomid fishing.
    More trips on Yak
    More overnighters on alpine lakes.
    Do more floats on the Nisqually during King/Coho season.
  12. JasonG Active Member

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    1) catch trout in the winter. 2) get my son into fly fishing more! 3) find new skinny water to fish.
  13. Kaiserman content

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    I'll take you on that offer!

    I've seen some of you're fish... but I'm not sure you'll find very many places, with larger than those where you fish! :D
  14. JasonG Active Member

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    I wish! How do you make a living in Missoula?
  15. Kaiserman content

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    If you accomplish #2 and #3, it will keep you busy doing #1 for both... for a very long time. :p
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  16. Kyle Smith Active Member

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    ...barely!
  17. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Catch a Coastal Cuttie, a Steelhead, Eagle Lake Rainbow, McCloud River Redband, and a Goose Lake Redband Trout. If I catch all of em', it's gonna be a fun year! Maybe even a trip to Yellowstone Nat. Park for some Yellowstone Cutties.
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  18. golfman44 Coho Queen

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    Wet wade with Kate Upton.
  19. Buck "Ride'n Dirty."

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    Simply to fish more.
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  20. Krusty Active Member

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    Live to enjoy another season, flyrod in hand, on the water.
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