They are out there...

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

  1. Salmo_g

    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.

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  2. constructeur

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    What a treat man, thanks for sharing.
     
  3. Old Man

    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.
     
  4. Tony Polizzi

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    Thanks for sharing,
    great story and photo, I'd say you had a great day!
     
  5. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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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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    Jonathan Tachell Active Member

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    Really cool pic.
     
  7. Alosa

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    That's a great picture and a hell of a story. I would have liked to have been fishing with a buddy (you don't have to outrun the cat...just your friend) just to be safe. Roughly where was this?
     
  8. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Wow, once in a lifetime experience!

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
     
  9. Golden Trout

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    You are indeed a very lucky person to have seen a very reclusive and wonderful creature! Cherish it forever.
     
  10. shadowcast

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    What river?
     
  11. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    You gotta wonder if he gave it some thought :eek:.
     
  12. shadowcast

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    I'd be feeling less lucky to see it than I would about getting back to my vehicle safely lol.
     
  13. KerryS

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    Very cool! I have been lucky enough to see two in the wild. Awesome you actually had time to snap a shot. They are usually gone a second or two after you see them.
     
  14. Ryan Singh-Cundy

    Ryan Singh-Cundy Member

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    very cool, i saw one once in whatcom county while grouse hunting, gave me a good once over and jogged down the logging road while i fumbled for my camera phone
     
  15. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    Great shot!