your fishing "focus"

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by bhudda, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. Kevin J. Burnham

    Kevin J. Burnham Active Member

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    For me at least to this point in my life it's been a 10 lb.Brown from a stream. Not just any stream but a western stream. Sure I could go to NZ or say one of the Oregon lakes like East or Paulina or an Ontario trib but while that would be a great fish it would not be the fish of my dreams. I keep trying and exploring and yes I could have gone to NZ 5 times for what I've spent on this one fish. But Brothers it won't be the one !! Can I get an AMEN !!
     
  2. bhudda

    bhudda heffe'

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    AMEN KEVIN! and if there is anyone that knows where they are im sure its you. so after you get that bad boy and life seems still, can you show me where the 5 pounders are:)
     
  3. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I know where the big ones lay but you have to get out of that wet state(Wn) to find them. I believe that they are about a 1/4 mile straight out from my house. But the river is running a dark shade of brown.

    Jim
     
  4. Gary Thompson

    Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    Amen to 10# brown.
    Little Deschutes, central Oregon. Head for the head waters in spring.
    Also the creek that drains Diamond lake, OR. Walk a long way. Keep fishing the log jams.
    I've never landed one over about 5#. 10#'ers are there.
     
  5. Kevin J. Burnham

    Kevin J. Burnham Active Member

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    Thanks Brothers !! Old man I know they live near your house. I'm given that place and one other one a last chance before I head down to Oregon . I'm gonna do it one day !!!
     
  6. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

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    I'd say my focus has shifted from rivers to lakes and the sound. I spent my first 24 years of fishing on the rivers or skinny water pretty much exclusivley. I'm about 3 years into the stillwater and saltwater games and am starting to really dig it. Of course, I still sneak in a river fix every so often. :cool: Fishing equipment hasn't changed all that much though, I still like the one handers.
     
  7. hendersonbaylocal

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    Ibn has got it covered. Fishing the salt is so much fun. I love being out there on the boat on those glassy days in September. I was out the other day on the boat and a huge school of silvers ran straight under the boat. I just stopped and watched. Its the subtle things that you notice every time you are out there even after spending years on the water.

    I'd say my focus this winter was to catch a steelie on a fly, but it hasn't happened. I ended up fishing the saltwater a bunch cause the resident silver fishing was so good. I guess my focus for the summer is going to be exploring some new streams in the Seattle area and trying to hook into a state record cutthroat in the south sound.

     
  8. Zen Piscator

    Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    Hahaha, have you tried it?

    I really dig bombing out casts for smallies in the summer on the columbia and snake with my 6wt spey, I havn't used a single hander for those fish since I picked up a light spey.
     
  9. FFK

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    no, i gues you're right,i shouldnt judge before i have tried it.

    its 's i just dont understand it, how do you controll your line and such. and ioll never be able to get my hands on one.
     
  10. Will Atlas

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    recently I've gone from a trout fisherman to someone who spends every waking hour dreaming of catching anadromous fish in our rivers. Steelhead are the primary species of the affliction, but bulls, cutthroat, and salmon definatley dont get neglected. I also spend alot more time observing, thinking about the evolution and diversity of the fishes and how they fit into their habitats, how their habitats are changing etc. I guess I just really like the challenge to steelheading with a spey rod. Throw in the occasional burning hot 12 lb or bigger chrome missle to the mix and its like crack. My girlfriend was complaining the other week that I dont like trout any more, or that I neglect them or something. I still love a sunny day casting a dryflies to rising trout on my 3 wt. but the window for that is so short. Also, I've increasingly been unable to find as much satisfaction or beauty in man made fish. There is something to be said for natures perfection, and I cant stand landing a fish only to find its missing an adipose, its dorsal is worn to oblivion, and its missing one of its pectoral fins. Wild fish are special to me.
     
  11. troutfanatic

    troutfanatic A day not spent wasted is.....wasted.

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    My focus? Pick a season or a time of the year and you'll have my focus.

    Spring- Lake fishing. Rivers are closed (rightly so). The first time I heard of chronomid fishing I immediately flashed back to those rare but not forgotten worm and bobber days. Now I find that chronomid fishing is challenging and there is a lot to be doing to fish chronomids effectively.

    Summer- Lakes still but always the first two weeks of June spent hitting rivers again. Long days, with four to five miles of water covered hiking all the way and finding my car in the dark. Last summer I spent three days in a row walking the north fork of the Sky from where it is closed down to Index. Of course the flood that we had in November a lot of it so I guess I will have to do it again this year.:thumb:

    Late summer- Summer steelhead. Giant trout that act like trout and eat like a trout. Enough said.

    Fall- Tributaries. Sea run cutts, steelhead, giant ass bulls (or dollys) and more long hikes. Some lake fishing with large trout and baitfish patterns.

    Winter- Steelheading. Finally switched over to a spey this year, and while I cannot cast that well at least I can fish the damn thing. No more having to cast my eight weight single hand more than eighty feet with a six inch leech pattern thank god. Definitely get more into the "rythmn" of the river, life, etc at this time of year.

    My focus all depends on the time of year. I am still focused on trout and steelhead but am going to give bass a shot this year.

    I would say one of my biggest thrills is to hike up or down a river or creek and fish some not so well known places. You can truly find some larger trout, beautiful scenery, more wild life and sweet water. There are some places that I will hit once in the early summer and twice in the late fall for some great trout opportunities. I caught the same large bow at least six times in the last two years. I friggin love that fish. I guess its a good thing that fish don't know the opening day. I would probably go fishless.


    Eventually I know that I will gravitate into other species and the salt but I am finding alot of peace and fun in what I chase after now. Over the last year I got addicted to dry flies. I still use a ton of streamers, but I nymphing less and less now. I guess I really just found my way to use all three ways of fishing to their biggest advantage. There are alot of places where you can sneak in a dry that you can't nymph, and definitely sometimes where you can swing a streamer when you can't fish a dry. I am lucky that about the time I am ready for a change the season changes.
     
  12. Keith Hunter

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    My focus was always fishing for trout in rivers... western rivers... being in the water... being in the moment... watching bugs come and go, fish move and feed,...blues skies, white clouds, hot sun, afternoon rain showers... the comaraderie of my fishing buddies. And I love trout. There are not many things in life that best watching a trout rise to your dry fly. I was a trout fisher for years. I lived in Colorado. The Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, and many small backcountry streams were my home waters.

    Now I find myself here is western Washington, with a complete lack of fishing focus, scratching my head and wondering where to fish, what to fish, how to fish. Questions: To Spey or not? Where are the Steelhead? Where are the SRC's? What's a black mouth? Fly patterns? Fishing partners?
     
  13. ceviche

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    Jeffrey,

    Speaking of focus. You need to "focus" on your mailbox. It's so full, it won't accept any new PM's. :beathead:

    --Dave