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Post 02 Nov 2021, 18:40 • #26 
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Red ears and bluegills on 3 - 5 wt. glass rods


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Post 02 Nov 2021, 18:48 • #27 
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Holdover wrote:
paveglass wrote:
Wild trout in small streams in the high mountains.



This and blue gill, or more specifically red ear. Eager eaters and strong fish for their size.


True. A friend once told me that if bluegill went 5 lbs...one would not fish for anything else.


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Post 02 Nov 2021, 18:59 • #28 
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For freshwater fun-easy-bass smallmouth and large. I call it mixed pond fishing, perch, sunfish, and pickerel mix in here.

In the salt, scratching up whatever lives next to a jetty or dock.


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Post 02 Nov 2021, 19:55 • #29 
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Location: Ontario, Canada
Wild Brookies on Catskill-style dry flies. The way they dart up off the bottom to nab those bugs and fight all the way into your hands is super fun on 3wt glass. I could that all day.


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Post 03 Nov 2021, 00:48 • #30 
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paveglass wrote:
Wild trout in small streams in the high mountains.


+1. Native smallmouth in Ozark and Ouachita are right there as well.


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Post 03 Nov 2021, 07:51 • #31 
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BigHeavy- Im with you, I can and have done that all day.

Small stream brook trout for me. Big dry flies and eager beautiful little fish. Being reasonably unconcerned with pattern, the fast pace and the intimate up close nature of stalking up a small creek make it so much fun for me. If I lived out west Im sure Id feel the same way about cutties.


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Post 03 Nov 2021, 09:32 • #32 
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Native cutts in small high mountain streams on dries.........Aurelio


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Post 03 Nov 2021, 19:17 • #33 
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Big Carp


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Post 03 Nov 2021, 20:41 • #34 
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Smallies


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Post 04 Nov 2021, 18:47 • #35 
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Location: Annapolis, MD
Another vote for bluegills, just spent a week at a cabin on a private lake in the NY Catskiils and about wore out my FF806 on them (and a few very nice LMB as well). Second in line are barracuda, they just explode on a fast stripped streamer.


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Post 05 Nov 2021, 06:44 • #36 
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Joined: 07/19/17
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Location: Australia, Lithgow NSW
Any fish caught on fiberglass is fun - no doubting but to asking for a favorite fish is akin to asking which of your children is your favorite. :eek
A four pound silver bullet bone sight fish on shallow tropical flat somewhere in the Pacific with a contemporary glass 6wt clutch in hand and ready is hard to beat but then there this little freestone creek in the hills some twenty minutes from my home that has its own little silver bullets in the form of fit and spirited rainbow trout that spend more time in the air than the water once hooked - its tight water and a short 3-4wt is a good choice, yes the fun factor keeps me going back - Damn it! I love all the fish I catch on glass. :lol


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Post 05 Nov 2021, 10:14 • #37 
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I think I’m with Paveglass and Aurelio here - high mountain streams and wild/native trout - but it’s hard to choose. I actually like fishing for Sacramento Valley steelhead using indicator rigs - and I know that is not a popular opinion with some around here. I guess when I want grab-and-go fishing, I start looking for blue lines and pull a 4-wt glass rod.


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Post 11 Nov 2021, 03:47 • #38 
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Sandman wrote:
Any fish that outguns the rod I am using.

I’ll second that!


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Post 11 Nov 2021, 12:41 • #39 
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Usually my fishing is secondary to the primary activity, which is hiking or backpacking or mountain-biking. The fishing is kind of like the carrot that gets me out of the house. Whatever I end up catching is just gravy.

One exception to this is surf fishing: that is pretty much walking up and down the beach casting into the waves. Usually I end up catching surf perch -

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I usually fish for them on a spinning rod, though.

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Very occasionally I catch jack smelt.

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It's possible to catch stripers around here, but usually in the springtime. Generally at that time I'm more interested in largemouth bass or trout, though, and the beaches get a little crowded with striper fans.

The fun thing about surf species is that they make use of the wave action, and often seem a lot bigger than they actually are. And no matter what I end up catching (or not), I always come away with a sense of awe at the power of the ocean.

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Post 11 Nov 2021, 13:37 • #40 
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Location: Central Georgia
Odonata- for all of your high elevation adventures, that was not what I expected from you! Very cool. Ive always wanted to try that.


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Post 11 Nov 2021, 18:19 • #41 
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I’d have to add hickory shad to the list.


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Post 11 Nov 2021, 20:09 • #42 
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Location: Georgia



These things on topwater can't be beat.


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Post 14 Nov 2021, 08:56 • #43 
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Location: Hoot Owl Yards, ATX
Probably Peacock Bass.
That being said I still have to sample Snook in the surf or Muskie.


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Post 21 Nov 2021, 10:53 • #44 
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Dry fly fishing for trout is wonderful. Nymphing is fun, but lacks the OH BOY visuals.

But my favorite is targeting Bluegill, Pumpkinseed and Largemouth Bass with surface flies. Often the same flies…large panfish are a pretty aggressive species.


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Post 21 Nov 2021, 15:04 • #45 
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The 2 coolest fish I know I will have shots at every year within an easy drive from my home:

Fresh water - landlocks
Salt - Stripers


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Post 23 Nov 2021, 14:10 • #46 
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Location: Rocky Mountains - Colorado
I have very limited experience, mostly with trout in Colorado rivers and streams and lakes. The Rainbows are fun, the Brookies are so pretty but the fish I have the most trouble with are Browns...so bringing one to hand is a special pleasure. BUT in my limited experience...Arctic Grayling are the mostest fun!


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Post 23 Nov 2021, 15:04 • #47 
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Location: US-OK
Though I've had only a few chances to fish them some years back below the Loudon dam, skipjack was as much fun and caused as much laughter as any fish I've caught. It was ridiculous trying to count the times they jumped from the hookup to the boat.

For gamefish I'd have to go with steelhead. I've had them hooked that jumped, hit the water and flew up in the air 6' away so quick you could not believe it was the same fish.

Ah heck, can't think of a fish I didn't love and reading all the above only makes me realize how many great experiences I've missed.


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