Your Best Fishing Experience: 2000-2009

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  1. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

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    Without regard to the specific year, and in no particular order
    Two weeks fishing and catching in New Zealand
    My first bull trout from the Methow (25"0)
    23" cuttbow from the Methow
    (those last two are for "Haunted by Waters"-he loves it when I "whore out" the Methow!)
    An epic day (50+) fish on the Elk
    The three trips I took to Kelly Creek-never had a bad day on that river!
    100# sailfish in Zihuatanejo on conventional tackle
    Fishing the Yakima many times with my son when he was at Central.
    Introducing my two son-in-laws to fishing and turning them into addicts
    Big Horn River on a day in August
    Henry's Fork several times
    Big Hole on the trico fall-big fish on #22 flies!
    Bonefish in Andros and Ascention Bay
    My first tarpon at Isla Blanca
    many more, but I should quit!
    Rick
     
  2. oldskool

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    My 6 year old son catching his first fish on a dry fly COMPLETELY unassisted! A 14 & 1/2" Cutty. Then his older brother (8yrs) hooking 3 and losing them at his feet.

    FAR AND AWAY - the best in any decade! :thumb:

    I could have caught 10 @ 20" each that day, and it wouldn't compare.
     
  3. Griswald

    Griswald a.k.a. Griswald

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    2000 Montana the Missouri. Best single day of fishing I ever had. about 50 17 inch plus trout. Stopped fishing as we were "done."
    2005 Secret river trip out of Dillingham AK, 32 inch rainbow on a mouse, and a lot of very nice Silvers on the Dali Lama...amazing trip (and very off the grid)
    2007 June trip to BC 10 pound rainbow out of a lake on a California Blonde...
    2009 Pinks south puget sound, one after another
     
  4. Dan Nelson

    Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

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    1. 15" bull trout in the Touchet River (2x)
    2.Cutthroat of Kelly Creek/No Fork Clearwater
    3. Rainbows of Snake and Gros Ventre Rivers outside Jackson WY
    4. Countless Days and nearly as many trout in the net on the Yakima --all wading, mostly above Cle Elum
    5. Joys of small streams, including Crab Creek, So. Fork Snoqualmie, Deschutes,and especially the Touchet (north and south forks, as well as Wolf Fork) and Tucannon Rivers of eastern WA.
    6. Browns of Washington spring creeks
    7. High Lakes of Eagle Cap Wilderness
    8-10. wild fish and wild country where ever found!!!
     
  5. Dan Nelson

    Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

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    Damn! Forgot the BIGGEST event of the decade: Donna, my partner of 18 years, learned to fly fishing during a press trip w/me in 2006. Ever since, she has DEMANDED we fish as frequently as possible AND we acquire quality gear whenever the need/desire strikes us! Also, my yellow lab pup, replacing the greatest dog ever, has become a great fishing companion, waiting ashore while we fish.
     
  6. Tod Fossetta

    Tod Fossetta Sorry, I'm not set up for that.

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    Naselle River, August 09, six of us fishing a hole hooked almost 50 kings in 4 hours, only out six on the beach, what a rush, they were pouring into the hole like nuclear subs.
     
  7. Bob Jones

    Bob Jones Still truckless now farther away

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    2000 to 2008 Our yearly June trip of five to fifteen days to the Deschutes in Oregon with my sons and sometimes some of their friends. In 2008 with my Grandson for the first time, the next time will include his brother for the first time . 2007 my son Ron, took me on my dream trip to the High Sierra. By horseback into some high lakes for allmost a week catching beautiful Brookies. One year we also did a guided trip on the Deschutes in the fall for steelhead and to learn a new stretch of river. The next year we did a trip for summer steelhead. 2009 my youngest son got married and we didn't have a Deschutes trip last year. Luckily several great trips over that period. Lots of fun with my boys. Bob
     
  8. robl

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    2004-2008 Provo River became obsessed with fly fishing and caught thousands of trout. I would often fish three or four times a week for a few hours each day. I lived on one underfished stretch of the river and a better stretch was all of 10 minutes away. It was the life.

    Wind River Mtns. 2005 Hundreds and hundreds of Golden trout; hypothermia and survival.

    Wyoming 2007 My dad and I spent a sunny August afternoon throwing size 8 hoppers to huge cutts on a small stream in the middle of nowhere. 50+ apiece. The stars were all in a row.

    July 2008 Finally catching some huge bulls on monster streamers. Good stuff.
     
  9. Jon Brengan

    Jon Brengan flyfishing addict

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    These aren't in any particular order because mostly I can't remember dates, the memories however are burned into my memory:
    Catching a 20"+ rainbow on the surface, on the Swan River, MT. and then getting 911 called on me because my wife thought I'd been eaten by a bear. The next day a local guide said, "you know it was a good day when you get 911 called on you".!!
    Getting introduced to Western Washington beach fishing, then catching my first Kitsap side Silver over 7lbs.
    Catching two Silvers on the fly, on the Quilliutte River, with my wife's ex-husband(we're good friends), who'd brought a spinning rod for me to use, then was surprised to see me rigging up the fly rod, only to out fished by the fly guy that day.
    Putting on a "Clinic" on the beach, one day - caught 7 out of 11 Silvers all over 4 lbs. on the fly. My friends were amazed as this was my third time at "their beach".
    Catching a 8 lbs. Steelhead on the Green, December 12th, in frozen conditions, my rod and reel were frozen solid, but I managed to catch this fish after only fishing less than an hour.
    Taking my friend who has MS fly fishing for Pinks this summer, and seeing the look on his face when he not only caught the big fish of the day, but also having him experience the "pure joy" of having a friend that would still spend the time to get him out on the water again. That goes a long ways!!
    Finally getting some guys from church that I've been working on to go fishing, out on the river, fly fishing for pinks this past summer, and the newby actually hooked one.
    Going 9 for 11 on Pinks, this past summer in an hour and fortyfive minutes on my own "recipe" fly.
    Many great days out on various rivers either in this state or others, it doesn't matter, just time on the river!!
     
  10. Steve Saville

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    Picture says it all. Sucessfully released, July 4, 2009.
     
  11. troutpocket

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    Great thread! Here are the highlights of the last decade.
    2000-2002: Got serious about fly fishing. Started reading/posting on WFF.com, bought a Water Master and a Sage SP 5 weight. Started camping in the desert and fishing Rocky Ford, the basin lakes, Pass Lake, Lone Lake. Bought an 8 weight and a multi-tip line and read about steelhead. Hired a guide who put my buddy on a huge fish from the Hoh (Thanks Mr. Triggs!). Caught three winter fish from S rivers on my own.
    2003-2005: Spent most of a summer on Kodiak Island. Caught Dollies off the beach. Sockeye and dollies in the Pasagshak and Buskin. Moved to Laramie, WY for grad school, which did help me out professionally, but spent most of my time learning to catch trout. Overnight floats on the North Platte. Streamer fishing. Hiking and camping on N. Platte trib streams. Carpin’ in the sagebrush reservoirs. Started tying. Got broken off regularly by trout in the high plains lakes of WY and CO while fishing 2x tippets. A two week trip to Baja with my then girlfriend, now wife.
    2006: “The only thing worse than job hunting is getting a job”. Got married and returned to Pugetropolis for work. Used my first vacation to return to Laramie and my old haunts did not disappoint.
    2007: Moved to Spokane. Started to appreciate the chironomid. Made a work trip to ID Falls and floated the S. Fork Snake in September.
    2008: 5 days in the Dillon, MT area. Beaverhead and Clark Canyon. Explored the lakes of Spokane County. Learned to love the chironomid. Explored a bit of the Upper C.
    2009: Moved to Ellensburg. Carpin’ on the Columbia. Got a few days of trout fishing on the basin lakes. Spent 5 days at Henry’s Lake, ID catching Yellowstone Cutts, hybrids, and brookies.

    Ellensburg is a pretty nice backyard to have. I look forward to exploring this spring.
     
  12. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Hard to not love retirement in 2002 at age 53 and fly fishing my heart out at times. Discovering new streams to fish and places to go. The best thing, to name only one, is meeting some strangers at their campfire on an Idaho stream in 2003. Tim, Joe, and Willy have become very good friends and I have fly fished together with them every Fall in Idaho since. They shared with me many of their favorite runs and pools that they even had names for. What a great friendship this has turned into. Lots of wine and good times by the riverside. I can't even begin to say all the great trout fishing (and some salmon fishing also) I have enjoyed this decade, but it's been great. My advice to anyone thinking about retirement... DON'T HESITATE! You can figure it out! I will admit, I have had a few "part-time" jobs at no more than 2-3 days a week, so it all works out. Good fishing everyone for the next decade! Now go retire!!!