Fly fishing, and Bird Hunting

Discussion in 'Cast & Blast' started by HogWrangler, Apr 16, 2006.

  1. Choclab

    Choclab another damn rookie

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    Cliff.....Setters are awsome dogs. I have a setter coming from Arizon later this summer. She will be from one of the top breeders in the nation for setters (Paul Grogger). I can't wait till she gets here. Next year when my setter is older, her and I will be part time guides for my friend here in E-burg.

    Ichydog......I am a little partial to chocolate labs. :beer2: I have a 2 year old bitch. She just went for her OFA x-rays......6 week wait is gonna be hell. And I am with CWUGirl...the pointing labs are awsome to watch work. If any of you fly tyers ned some chukar or pheasant feathers I might be able to hook you up. I hope to get into upland hunting a little more, but the ducks are so much fun.
     
  2. Kaari White

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    Chocolab... it doesn't take 6 weeks for a OFA result. I think I had the results back in less than three weeks for my dog. And all results are posted on the first of every month, so you might want to check the website May 1 to see if she's there.

    His turned out good for hips, normal for elbows. :thumb:
     
  3. HogWrangler

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    I guess I am going to have to check out that Umtanum ridge. I have yet to find a good chukar spot, but I have found a real good hun spot which is fairly amazing for this state I think.
     
  4. tlcgpw

    tlcgpw the net guy

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    :beer2: 1st. i'll fish for anything in fresh water.
    hunt most things with 4 legs and horns.
    and anything with wings, although i like the uplanding, like walking around.
    i like ducks and all, but sitting in a blind to cold, although jump shooting is fun.
    see ya Greg:cool:
     
  5. Jerry Arlington

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    You setter boys are missing the boat. I raise the best English Setters in the country and live in Washington State. We took a couple of Puppies to an AKC trial and won 1st and 4th. Waiting to see the result from this past weekend trial. My dogs are no breed just to field trial, hunting comes first but they are classy enough to compete if you want.

    Check out my website and see the hunting results. I have probably harvested as many chukars as any one in the state over my life time. When I was a full time trainer we hunted every day and that was when the limit was 10 and there were literally thousands of birds moved a day. There are still some of those hot spots left but not in Washington State, although I have moved 4-500 hundred a day recently.

    I prefer to do it from horseback but do still hunt a lot from foot. I have great setters and great yellow labs practically all year long for sale. I will be breeding at least two litters of Setter this spring and two litters of Yellow labs.

    Since the Chukars have started a comeback I fish less every year.
    Jerry Arlington
    www.arlingtonkennelsandstables.com
     
  6. Guy Gregory

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    September and October are the worst...usually fantastic fly fishing especially in Western Montana, but then there's birds to hunt, chukar and quail, later go chase some roosters and jump shoot ducks if there's any water. I can never decide, so I try to do it all. Late November it's field hunting geese. I don't much hunt big game, I'd really rather just go gather that.

    I've a golden retriever who had a great pheasant year last year, his 12th season. He's retired now, it looks like the potholes may come back this year with the rainfall and recharge we got, so next fall I may be after some ducks on small water with my family's dogs...I'll need to be training up another swamp collie, this one I'll condition to the drift boat. :cool:

    I find fly fishing and bird hunting very much enhanced if I'm after wild critters...I've really no interest in planters at all. If I had to pick I'd rather not, fly fishing and bird hunting bring me a great deal of pleasure, from training the dog to loading the shell to shooting the bird to tying the fly with the feather and dog hair, to landing the trout.

    Oh, and by the way, the coolest thing my son ever said that I heard was, when describing duck hunting from a blind: "It's sorta like still fishing for birds.."
     
  7. D3Smartie

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    Would take duck hunting over just about anything... LOVE IT.
    My season usually go like this...
    Early archery for deer or elk in late August/early sept.
    then chukars and grouse.
    Then the opener for ducks.
    Usually try to hit the ID and OR openers for chukar.
    Back to quail and chukar in WA.
    Around nov 1 or so i will get into duck hunting all out and hunt them hard through the rest of the season.
    Usually a duck shhot in the am and then on to quail. Found some great covies last year :)
    And ducks all the way until jan 29 or whatever the close is.
    I will also mix in the chukar depending on where i am.

    Last fall i started out guiding on the G.R. when i got back from N.M, and archery elk. Was able to shoot a few chukars, huns, quail and grouse down there on the river.
    Then hit the pheasant opener in Dayton which conveniently was the day after our last trip down there.
    Then from Nov 15- Dec 15 I was down on the John Day. That was some great chukar hunting when i could get out. Usually only had a couple hrs between parties showing up to fish but the last couple days i was down there the river iced over and the chukars were thick :) even shot some geese down there from the fields on top.

    If i can fish for atlantic salmon, hunt chukars, and ducks for the rest of my life i will be happy. and of course i need a good dog to accompany me.
     
  8. seekm

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    I have a couple of pointing labs myself and am as pleased as I could be. They still need some work but there isn't anything that makes me happier than watching them get birdy then lock up. They are also great family dogs. We hunt chukar, phesant, and dove with a few quail here and there.

    It's even better when we're able to hunt in the morning, fish through the middle of the day, and then get in an evening hunt to cap things off.

    Attached is a picture of the my two year old girl after a morning hunt last dove season. We were able to get into some pretty big trout on a fire resevoir on a nearby ranch later on that day. A pretty dang fun way to spend a weekend.
     

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  9. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    When it comes to bird hunting there is only one bird at the top of the list, ruffed grouse. Close second are blues, then quail, chukar and pheasant tied for last. I've never bagged a duck so, I can't say about that.

    If anyone would like to hunt the Okanogan around Oroville let me know. If anyone would show me some hunting around the south east corner, I'm game.

    Bart has offered again and again to smack some duck, but it never seems to happen, my bad usually.
     
  10. salt dog

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    There is nothing I know of that gives me greater satisfaction than taking Steelhead on a dry fly, and grouse on the wing, on a fall weekend.
     
  11. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    Jim, you and I better hook up this fall...we're too close not to...:thumb:

    Maybe I should have a grouse gig too...:hmmm:
     
  12. salt dog

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    Fo' sure buddy!

    I've been scouting this stretch of public land that's within 10 minutes of my #1 favorite summer steehead run. Real birdy. My dog was running in circles. I'm gonna be bringing my 12 gauge with me fishing; cast N' blast on the same day!
     
  13. HogWrangler

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    Your right about grouse Roper and Salt Dog, you know they say the king of the game birds is the Ruffed Grouse. I Got my limit two days in arrow hunting with my grandpa and uncle while hunting the Okanogan Forest, and also while fishing a near by creek I saw 6 blues on the way right off the side of the road. But is was summer, so no shooting occured.
     
  14. Islander

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    I would love to take you up on the grouse hunting offer. I have never hunted grouse, though I did spook one up while deer hunting a few years back. Scared the crap out of me until I realized what it was.:eek:
     
  15. salt dog

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    If you got those birds on the wing, I am impressed! My first Grouse 25 years ago I got with a wrist rocket; took me about 5 shots before I beaned it; wouldn't break cover to save itself, and couldn't figure out what was whistling past its head. It wasn't until after that episode that I learned to hunt with a dog to get'em up; The excitement of the explosion when they break cover! Even when I am expecting it, still makes the heart jump.