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By ScottP
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A couple days of rain and moderating temps have lessened the smoke so it's time for one last trip. Once again, the neighborhood turkeys are there to see me off

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Nice to actually see the sky again

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Fires in the Park are still going strong, though; here's the one at Paola, just outside on the southern flank

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Clear sailing at the pass

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Still a few spots open at the campground; base camp established so it's time to go fishing. Lots of trico spinners flying around but by the time I get rigged up that's pretty much over so I head for a hopper/dropper spot

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She could show me a thing or two about fishing

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But I manage to stumble across some brown fish anyway

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Who show a preference for pink

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Evenings and I find heads up on something

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Turns out to be trico duns

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of which I have none, and they definitely don't want the spinner; finally find something approximate (a greased softhackle)

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Which finds it's way in front of one stupid fish

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Next few days it's chasing heads/bankfeeders in the morning during the spinner fall

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Hoppers in the afternoon, and trying to coax them into eating the wrong flies in the evening (mostly softhackles). The caddis are very active but I can't seem to find too many fish looking up for them, or I'm just timing it wrong (don't seem to be on the same schedule as the emergence in Aug)

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Weeds are present, but manageable, until the last morning when every fish I hook burrows in like a muskrat; 6x tippet, while necessary = popoffs


Time to leave the flooded parking lot and head for some different water. Get the trailer set up again and enjoy the view (every time I step out for a photo, the mosquitos take a pint of blood)

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Hooter on the crapper

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Again, the age old question "why did the cormorant cross the road?"

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Heading for the canyons

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Early September and still a good flow

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Usually good for a fish or two here and they don't disappoint

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Didn't see any of the orange bugs but the fish were still interested in foam things

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Just add water

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And there you go; action wasn't frantic but for about 2 hours it almost seemed I knew what I was doing

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Last night out

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Next morning I take a quick spin around the grounds; cruising for protein

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Interrupt a Merlin eating breakfast (sorry for the crappy windshield pic; forgot to turn the flash off and everything smeared)

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I'm guessing either a Wilson's warbler or Common Yellowthroat (many sighted this morning)

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Back thru the big gap

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Stiffy at Two Med (with respects to Ivan Doig)

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Nearly t-bone a black bear coming around a corner, luckily his brakes were in good working order. Decide to take a little rest and explore the possibilities

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Speck

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First cutt is the deepest

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A bit cool and they're not jumping at everything I throw; this works as well as anything

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Home stretch, heading for the barn, and that's a wrap

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Last edited by ScottP on Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:43 am, edited 1 time in total.
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By stillsteamin
#690037
Very nice, some healthy looking cutts there. I'm sure they were enjoying the good late season flows as much as you were.

Are you sure that's a bull trout? Wormy marks on the back and big red fins looks awful brookish.
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By ScottP
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Grabbed the wrong pic; thanks for catching that. Did get some small bulls down lower; brookies farther up
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By Transylwader
#690040
Nice cutts, those foam flies just gave me a chubby. West is best :cool
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By Kfoxwyo
#690044
Miss it already and thank you for that.
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By RFA
#690045
Transylwader wrote: Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:32 am Nice cutts, those foam flies just gave me a chubby. West is best :cool

You're telling me, I got a raw deal moving East, aside from the food, and ocean.
By chadroc
#690055
nice job. glad you saw the sky again.

covids soooo last week. mate.

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