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Fishing the Rocky Branch

Fishing the Rocky Branch

The rapid onset of winter weather has slowed the warmwater fishes' metabolisms. In the hope of locating river fish that have entered spring branches to feed, I waded into a familiar spring pool with a constant 54-degree water temperature and began casting down and...

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Suspended Bluegills

Suspended Bluegills

A cold rain followed by bright sun sent my favorite pond's residents into the depths. Casts from my float tube were counted into the depths and slowly retrieved. For two hours the catch totaled 4 fish, 2 largemouths and 2 bluegills! Each was taken at a different depth...

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It Ain’t Over . . .

It Ain’t Over . . .

A favorite stream's water is cooling now and fallen leaves skim along its surface like miniature sailboats. My 3-weight delivered size-10 Mini Minnies near rocky outcroppings and deadfalls where they were counted down into the inky depths. With surprising regularity,...

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Fishing Buddies And Lasting Memories

Fishing Buddies And Lasting Memories

A friend and I fished in opposite directions from the bridge entry on a local stream. During his absence, I hooked a 13-inch largemouth bass. As it was brought toward the rod I saw two larger bass following the hooked fish and focused on the fly stuck in its jaw....

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Cool Evenings = Great Fishing

Cool Evenings = Great Fishing

Several cool evenings have invigorated the bluegill populations. They are spending longer periods on and near the shallow flats feeding to build reserves for the coming winter. Olive Bully's Bluegill Spiders cast to the edge of the flats and counted down (one thousand...

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Feeder Streams in Autumn

Feeder Streams in Autumn

Streams that flow into reservoirs host migrating fish intent on feeding heavily before the onset of winter. Armed with a 5 wt. and Mini Minnies, I waded downstream to a shaded deep hole with a multi-tentacled deadfall. Many presentations that were counted down to a...

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