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Leon m
12-13-2004, 02:01 PM
Time to start tieing flies.Just found out that
my favorite winter fishing grounds will be open
Jan 1 st.Years ago I used to fish trout out of these
spring fed (Artisian)ponds,after being closed for
about five years they have been re-opened. I
happened by them yesterday and noticed they were
no longer posted so I called the DNR and they
said they will be open in Jan.

Now your probable wondering,Whats the big deal?
Well, I'll tell ya...First: It took alot of
research to find out that you could fish there
(sorry I can't disclose the location)in the first
place.Second: all streams/rivers are closed to
trout fishing till spring,so you can't do any
fly fishing in winter, but these ponds stay open
due to the strong current created by the springs.
And third: the fish in these ponds are HUGE.Last
time I fished there I landed a 17" hooked jaw
Brook trout that had colors soo vivid that he
looked like he had been painted by god himself,
and the best part is that I seem to be the only
person who has figured this little gem of a secret
out...Life is good. :D :cool: smile.gif

12-13-2004, 02:07 PM
Need a fishing fly tying buddy???

Leon m
12-13-2004, 08:01 PM
Hey why not.Do you tie nyphs ?

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
12-13-2004, 08:06 PM
You're Karma is good Leon. :cool:

Leon m
12-13-2004, 08:15 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Know It All:
You're Karma is good Leon. :cool: Cool,Good Karma means big fish.

Man I wish I had a scanner...I have this awesome
picture of my flyrod,trout net, and two brook
trout lying in the snow...the colors against the
snow are very striking.I took the photo some years
ago and it is still my favorite fishing photos.

In case ya can't tell...I'm PUMPED !

[ 12-13-2004, 08:22 PM: Message edited by: Leon m ]

Leon m
12-13-2004, 11:07 PM
Now aint that a fine looking fish


Leon m
12-14-2004, 01:45 PM
Come on.....! somebody talk fish with me. smile.gif

Leon m
12-14-2004, 02:15 PM
All right ,how about we exchange our fovorite fish
catch story...

I was out int the middle of "gods country" on
one of those perfect summer days. I was fishing
a deep hole on a bend in a stream that was only
12 ft. across I kept sweeping a Bead Headed Nyph
under a shelf on the far side of the stream.When finally it was taken by what looked like an 18
inch Brown I payed him for a while till he managed
to take my fly. I then tied a new fly on and
cotinued to sweep under the shelf, when my fly
was struck again.I could tell this fish had some
waight to it ,when it surfaced I learned it was
a rainbow ,well over twenty inches,and he was
ready for a fight. He immediatly went screaming up
stream ,stripping line from my reel,like he was
in the movie Jaws or something, and just as the
backing started showing on my reel,and I was concerned he would wrap around a snag...He turned
around and came screaming down stream, and when
he got back to the hole in front of me he came
thrashing up out of the water,and sparkled like
a bar of polished silver...he was a dandy!
He decided to take a rest right in front of me.
so I thought I would slide down the eight foot bank and see if I could get him netted.As soon as I got my net halfway under him he took off like
a bat outta hell again.I played my fly rod like
a fine violin while he repeated this performance
three more times. When he finally tired I netted
and quickly threw him on shore because I couldn't
get the whole fish in my net.He measured 24" and
wieghed 6 lbs.
Not a bad fish from a small stream ;)

12-14-2004, 02:15 PM
The Trouts and Salmons can certainly put on some vivid colors, can't they? Makes me miss Steelheading, but not enough to deal with the cold weather. :eek:

Leon m
12-14-2004, 02:17 PM

Thats a Dandy Brookie for sure.! :eek:

12-14-2004, 02:19 PM
Arctic Char from Flowers River. My bud went fish'n up there and described the experience to me as 'don't ever go'. :D

12-14-2004, 02:34 PM
I lived, for a while, in East Orwell, OH. It's way up in the NE corner of the state, and near a lot of really good and varied fishing.

I drove 45-60 minutes each way, twice a day, to and from the bookstore I managed. Along the way, just west of Orwell, the Grand River crosses Rt. 322 in it's meander throughout NE Ohio. It's barely a creek there, but a good fishing spot within an easy walk of the road. I used to pull over and toss spinners or plugs into the water, when I had time.

One summer evening, I was on my way home, and I stopped, got out a 6' ultralight with 4# Stren, put a box of lures in my pocket and walked over the bridge, looking down at the creek. From the middle of the bridge, I spotted a Smallmouth laying up behind a rock, in about 8" of water. He was facing upstream, and obviously looking for supper, so I tied on a Helin Flyrod Flatfish, and dropped it in where I could stop it just ahead of him, and let it wiggle. He whacked it after about a 2 second delay, and ran me up and down the creek for 20 minutes, starting from the road, and ending up in the water to my knees.

8# Smallie in a creek in Ohio. Can't beat it with a stick.

12-14-2004, 02:52 PM
I love any type of fishing. No I'm not going to bore anyone with stories of big Springs or whatever.
My favorite fishing experience occured when I was about six or seven. I had been given this amazing fishing kit which had a three or four piece cane rod. Dozens of flies and lures etc. It all came in a plain wood box about 4"X4"X30". Total cost was probably about eight dollars. Did anyone here see the kit when they were kids?
Anyway, I went behind our farm to the nearest beaver dam about a half mile away. I put the rod and reel and line together, put on a lure of some sort and I guess I managed to get the lure out far enough into the still water. I caught a couple of little 6" cut throat that afternoon. I was hooked for life. Nearing sixty I can remember almost each minute of that afternoon. At least I think I'm remembering what happened. But that doesn't matter. smile.gif

12-14-2004, 02:59 PM
The Brown trout I caught all through the eastern Great Lakes region were also Germans. They ranged from 1-2# in the streams, to over 30# in Lake Ontario.

We call anadromous Rainbows "Steelhead."

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Leon m
12-14-2004, 07:50 PM
Originally posted by popeye:
Do you call steelhead ~ 'rainbow trout' by any chance?]No, but we call rainbows Steelheads when they're
runing from the great lakes. ;)

Somebody once told me that Brookies are the
same as Artic Char...I guess till I catch one
in the Artic I'll just call them Brookies. smile.gif

Great stories guys ...Keep em comin.

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
12-14-2004, 09:37 PM
I like fishin for Walleye and Yellow Perch in Lake Erie.

This Walleye was hooked nearby.


Some of em are monsters I tell ya! ;) :D

Leon m
12-14-2004, 10:25 PM
Nice Walleye...mmmmmmm....yummy!

John B
12-14-2004, 10:51 PM
When I was about 16 we used to go to a lake reknowned for its very shy but big rainbow trout.lake Tarawera.
There was very strict etiquette as to what was allowed ( all wet fly)and you certainly were not allowed to drop your cast on the water until the last throw. As dawn arrived I had all my line in the air but on the last cast I hooked a seagull flying past . It got jerked over my head and out about 20 ft or so with the weight and velocity of the line.
It flopped around, and splashed and generally made a big fuss and as I reeled it in I noticed the 20 or so fishermen around me packing up and leaving for the morning... ..... no trout to be had that day.

Leon m
12-14-2004, 11:06 PM
:D Too funny !

12-15-2004, 02:32 PM
That's a big walleye. Wormy?

Brook trout and Artic Char---no were near the same.

I caught a bald eagle while fast trolling bucktails for Northern coho. Ende up cutting the line. It flopped to shore and I hope it got untangled. I wasn't going anywhere near it. Saw one eat a small duck head first in one gulp.

Roger Stouff
12-15-2004, 02:54 PM


It's getting too cold to fish here in south La., believe it or not. At least too cold for me to ride in the boat to the fishing...I can fish in 50 degree weather with no problem, but GETTING THERE is rough. smile.gif

Leon m
12-15-2004, 03:09 PM
Hey ,hey Roger ! smile.gif I knew if anyone could
smell a fish thread you could. How ya been,hows
the boat building going ?

Nice fish ! What kinda rod is that in the top photo ?

Roger Stouff
12-15-2004, 04:22 PM
Howdy, Leon!

Things is good. Boatbuilding stalled, busy time of year here at the paper and it gets too dark too early now!

The picture at top is a South Bend #24 bamboo rod. I was fishing bass in a pond where I knew there were some lunkers. The #24 is a 7-wt, overkill for bluegill, as I was fishing bass, but this big fella took the fly anyway, and gave me quite a run!

The bottom rod is a 6'6" 4-wt St. Croix Avid. The fish at the top is actually larger, but it doesn't seem that way because the St. Croix is so much smaller.

I'd love to go fish around your part of the world one day!


Leon m
12-15-2004, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by Roger Stouff:

I'd love to go fish around your part of the world one day!

RLet me know when your headed this way, I'll show ya where the fish like to hide.

Those bigger pan fish (like the ones in your photo)
can be a real hoot on a light flyrod. :cool:

One time I hooked into a big Northern (pike)with
a six wt. rod... :eek: it didn't take too long
before he broke my line,but it was quite an
exciting ride till then.

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