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Discussion in 'Warm Water Species' started by Stonefish, May 17, 2014.

  1. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Hit the local ditch today in search of some red eyed devils.
    Ended up bringing a dozen or so to hand. Nothing big with the largest going around 14".
    I really like the color variation found on smallies. Size for size they sure put stocker trout to shame.
    Hot bug today was a olive bunny body with a red bunny collar and a yellow marabou tail.
    Here are a few pics from today.
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  2. ganglyangler

    ganglyangler Bird Dogs and Fly Rods

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    love these fish... if they hit 20 pounds, no one would fish for anything else.
     
  3. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Smallies are strong fish. I've been chasing them for the last several weeks. They pull hard, then kick-in the turbo when you get them close. Well done!
     
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  4. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Totally agree. I had one come flying out of the water and bounce off the top of a dock. I'd really like to tangle with a five pounder.
    SF
     
  5. Skysoldier

    Skysoldier FUBAR

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    I grew up catching smallies on a fly rod and they are still one of my favorite targets. Awesome Fish!
     
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    IveofIone Active Member

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    Smallies in running water are really a load. I have caught them up to around 18'' over here on the Pend Oreille River and at that size they feel like 10# fish when you first hook up. No lakes with them around here though.
     
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  7. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Agreed! I love smallies on the Lower Yak. This one hammered a fairly big streamer. It was a blast to play and while it was big, it felt 2-3 times bigger in the current.

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    Nice guppy Freestone. That will definitely put a bend in your flyrod.

    Regards

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  9. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I saw a pic of a Yak monster today; supposedly near or at 9#. If so, it's a new state record if he kept it. I caught an 8-1/2# largemouth & the smallie was certainly at least that large. I haven't seen anything in the local news, so hopefully he let his go too.
     
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    Where did you see the pic at?
     
  11. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    A friend sent it to me in a text message. The area where it was caught has been packed with boats ever since, lol.
     
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    Mind sending it to me? I'd love to see a smallie that big!
     
  13. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I would if I still had it; sorry.