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  1. flyfishinsteve64

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    Hello all,
    I’ve been working hard at trying to find more fishin holes near my house at the river. I’ve been out here this last week exploring on the Ranger. A couple days I put over 50 miles a day. That’s covering a lot of water when your driving right next to it all day.
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    On the section above I was trying to get to a point on the other side of a canal that I’ve never seen anybody fishin but had to turn back due to a drop off and some really soft sand. I had no shovel and I was by myself. I will get a shovel on the ranger but I will have to wait to find a sucker to go with me in case I get stuck. The canals were very low the last couple of days. I got to see a lot of areas where I fish and it was a good learning experience to see the structure and contours of the canals.

    I’ve been catching a lot of fish the last couple days mostly really small. We have some weather coming in so I thought the fishin might pick up. A few days ago I did some sight fishin with the same 3wt. I have been using to catch all these small fish on and I came across a few nicer fish up to 3-4 lbs. They we’re largemouth sitting in crystal clear slow moving water in a smallish concrete canal. I waited and stocked my prey. Thinking they were going to be spooky witch they were. I stayed back, kept my shadow off the water made a good cast and hooked one of the smaller largemouth in the pool. It was a pound or so. I pulled him up steam away from the others so not to spook them and landed him.
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    I then returned to the pool expecting to see all the fish gone or spooked. To my surprise they were still there. I set up once again and casted. This time one of the big guys came to play , 3-4 pounder. He sucked in the Beautiful baitfish pattern made mostly of marabou. I set the hook like a true conventional angler would and almost fell out of the boat or in this case my shoes. The fish never moved. I must of have a trout tippet the end of my fly line, maybe 6-7 X. I was bummed. I took my eyes off the fish pretty quickly but never did see him spit out the fly.
    Another lesson learned.

    To be continued I need to get ready for another day Ranger fishin.
     
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    Maybe you need to retire so you can have more fun......:emoji_grin:

    I only keep 4-6# of air in my Ranger tires and I haven’t found a sandy area it won’t travel through. It’s surprising how few flats you get with the low air pressure. I also have a winch and sand anchor plus a hydraulic jack and a few boards to set the jack on the few times I do get stuck which is usually when I get high-centered. I also carry plugs and glue to patch leaks and an old fashion bicycle pump. The 12-volt air pumps always seem to fail when you need them the most. A shovel is very important. So is toilet paper and Vienna sausages.

    Remember that the surface of the water refracts the visibility of the fish and what they can see. If you stay around 30° or lower to the water surface and wear neutral colored clothing they usually won’t be able to see you.

    Keep exploring my friend!
     
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    Plus 1 for the sand anchor , sure beats burying the spare . For the flats a true tire plug gun is a valuable tool as well . Be safe out there . WR
     
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    Livin the life, amigo!

    "...wait to find a sucker to go with me in case I get stuck." Where you going to find someone crazy enough to do that??
     
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    Do I dare ask? Maybe the two are not related!
     
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    I am retired. Almost four months now. I need to put some time and money into outfitting my ranger. I have some stuff but some more items could come in handy. I want to put a life ring on the ranger for sure.
     
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  7. flyfishinsteve64

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    It’s been fun. I feel like a little kid in a candy store. I would love to have you out again Tom. I will probably be here for another week before a Thanksgiving road trip with the wife. Then back to the river for a few days before I head out on my way to New Mexico. Life is good
     
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    So where was I. That sight fishin for the bass was a few days ago. Since then I’ve been just wacking the small Striper and smallmouth. Stripers to 14” and pushing 2#. Fat lil suckers but not many that size. Most are 8-11”.
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    This one here I forgot the net. Sometimes for an hour or so it can be a fish almost every cast and sometimes doubles. The fishin has been good once the sun hits the water then high noon is slow then a couple hours before the sun go’s down its the best fishin.

    The smallmouth have been 6-12”. The very small ones are so aggressive it’s hard to hook the larger smallmouth in the school.

    All and all it’s pretty fun fishin right now. There are still places (many) that I haven’t fished yet. One area I just might camp out for a day or two so I can cover the area really well.
    Tom you know where I’m talking about. The place with all those lil finger lakes on the other side of the canal. Yep thats a good idea. Camp out for a couple days. I also found a way to get on the other side of laguna dam. There is an access point in the fence line that I never noticed before. So I went down there and my first cast was a fat 14” Striper. Few casts later I got rock by something huge. At first I was questioning whether I just felt the weight of a big fish pulling on the line. Then I went over to the other side of the rock I was stuck on to pull the fly off the rock and the line was way back down in the rock pile. I did a bunch of things to try and pull him out but he or she wasn’t budging. I ended up breaking the line off a couple inches from the fly line. The leader was 5+ feet long.

    It’s been fun and the Stripers seem to be getting bigger. I just might stay a while. It might be muddy today but I will give it a shot. My boat is all clean full of fuel and just sitting in the driveway. Crazy
    It you want to come out and play give me a holler.
    Steve
     
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    That really sounds like a blast.
     
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    Yes sir! I know you are retired. We discussed that when we met for dinner awhile back. That was my dry sense of humor talking. What about the quail. Seen any of those?
     
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    Haven’t seen many quail.
     
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    Waiting out a rain storm
     
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    inspirational!

    i hope to be half that lucky

    my plan is in affect. 15 years to go

    God willing
     
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    Loading up for the day. Morning white and red. Afternoon anything chartreuse.
     
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    Good looking flies Steve. They should catch anything. Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s a company came out with a very tiny maribou jig tied in dozens of colors. I think they were 1/100 oz. and less than 1/2” long. Dealers bought the whole display stand that included the tiny jigs in a small stoppered plastic tube. This was a compete fishing system that included a long whippy spinning rod and tiny spinning reel spooled with line smaller than 2#. I think it was nylon sewing thread. You could easily use it with a fly fishing setup. I remember you had to wet the maribou before the jig would sink.

    Anyway I had a friend that was the Southwest rep and we spent a lot of time fishing with the system. It was amazing what you could catch with the various colors. Black was a catfish killer. I even landed an 8# bass in a golf course pond after a 15 minute fight using an olive colored version.

    Have you tried anything like this in the super clear water in the canals? It’s almost like a midge.
     
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    No Marabou but I did tie this big midge for the canals. Caught a few fish on it.
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    Couple 1.5 pounders came out to play yesterday evening. I was trying a different a technique after doing some reading for a trip I have coming up and I caught some better fish. Might be just a coincidence so I will have to do some more research.
    The fish are fat and healthy. Must be getting plenty of food.
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