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By ScottP
#580336
Those that can, do; those that can't post a lot of tying SBSs. Figured it was time to try out some of the stuff I'd been tying to see if it really worked. Torn knee cartilage ruled out most of the freestoners so headed to a land where the submerged rocks are few and far between (at least the 8 mile stretch I fished).

On the road; wanted to be across the pass before Dawn showed her crack so I didn't get shotgunned by the sun, also wanted to be there early enough for any tricos that might still be coming off/falling in (as it turned out there were some but they didn't generate a whole lot of interest)

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the best way to see Browning, slightly out of focus

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heading in the right direction with the Rocky Mountain Front on the starboard side

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wild country out here

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Haystack Butte

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magic number (need to clean the bugs off the windshield)

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grabbed the last campsite in town along the river, stopped at one of the shops for the latest info (word was that fishing was "pretty good") and headed out to a spot that's been generous in the past

downstream

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upstream

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as it turned out they were interested in hoppers

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came down here for the evening; struck out on the fish but scored some sights

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and the next morning

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found some early morning bank feeders, had a couple brief hookups with trico spinners, then the wind kicked in and that was over

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switched back to hoppers, no dice; added a rainbow Czech dropper and back in business

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bald eagles and redtails took turns using this as a navigation point while riding the updrafts

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little bit of weather came in the evening; we had a bit of rain, they had snow in the Park

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next morning, no wind and it was back to the bank feeders

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popped off 3 good ones on a Trico, midge emerger and a Parachute Adams (black Congo Hair post made them soooo much easier to see), then spent the rest of the day guessing wrong; finally connected on a purple Lightning Bug with the only brown I saw in 4 days

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last morning

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sight-casting to feeders, hooked 10, 5 of which broke me off and the other 5 bored into the weeds and came off (6x tippet doesn't give me much say in the discussion)


back across the Divide with just enough time to fish an old friend; lots of rocks, but not much algae and I know my way around it pretty well (besides the cutts are suckers for floating things)

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managed 24" trout (in 3 8" increments)

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stones; no surprise

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back home (I really need to clean the bugs off the windshield)

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#580340
Man, that looked real nice. I like the way that blue line looked. Found myself dissecting the picture, looking for the holes and seams.
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By PastorBen
#580351
hey there

always enjoy your trips and your photos....kinda miss that area....

Grace and peace

Ben
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