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Old 06-17-2017, 06:12 PM   #1
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The Rainbow Connection

The new boat got a real workout today, starting in some skinny dark water and going miles away from anybody. This is a tough section to fish without a boat. Think Honeysuckle jungle. I've been partway in on foot before and it's not something I'd do again.

The Rainbows were there, even more and better than expected. It looks like they've had lots to eat and no pressure until I came along to spoil their day. Six fish in this size range came to the net. None were lifted from the water. And an even bigger one broke me off under a log. That must be the one that ate Kermit, causing the demise of the Muppet Show.
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Old 06-17-2017, 06:25 PM   #2
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Very nice. I'm always amazed that such a small fly attracts and snags fish of such size.
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:21 PM   #3
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Those all have big shoulders! What hogs! They fill the net quite nicely I see. Great idea and nice to see such a plan workout. That new boat sure came in handy. How did you get back upstream? And just imagine how big that beast was that took you under that log Return trip maybe...
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:52 PM   #4
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A real shame no one was there to see this. Isn't it?
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:13 PM   #5
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Beautiful! Those have some heft!
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:28 AM   #6
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Wow. Not only are they long, they've got some heft! Definitely not stocked recently! Glad you had a good trip. Methinks the boys will be wanting to borrow your new boat after this report!
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:00 AM   #7
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good job ! looks like fun !
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Gorgeous fish vt!!!!
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Old 06-18-2017, 01:04 PM   #9
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That new boat sure came in handy. How did you get back upstream? And just imagine how big that beast was that took you under that log Return trip maybe...
I didn't go upstream.That would be more difficult than Bogart dragging the African Queen through the swamp. I chained my mountain bike at the bottom and simply rode back to the car. I used the same chain to lock up my boat and took everything with me in a backpack.

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Methinks the boys will be wanting to borrow your new boat after this report!
Said boys need to learn how to use borrowed equipment according to the standards of the owner and put it away in the same condition when they're done with it. I didn't get there until about age 25 so we've possibly got a way to go yet.

Not that it's stopping them from catching great fish. Ross fished a wild brown trout river yesterday and caught some slammers. Early this morning Thomas and I bushwacked into the first hole from yesterday. He caught a most excellent rainbow, easily the equal of anything from yesterday.

Note to self: No more jungle bushwacks. Ever.
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From early this morning.
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Wow. Gorgeous rainbows.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:09 PM   #12
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So glad Thomas got out with you, despite the jungle bushwhack,he caught a big beautiful slammer bow!! Those fish look so healthy. Definitely look like natural fish.Must fight like the dickens too! Nice job Dave! Thanks for posting all this!

p.s.. haven't heard much about Ross lately. But, knew he was busy pursuing trout somewhere. Glad you gave a report of his success as well! I wish him continued success!
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"Said boys need to learn how to use borrowed equipment according to the standards of the owner and put it away in the same condition when they're done with it. I didn't get there until about age 25 so we've possibly got a way to go yet."

Laughed my buns off when I read this. I think every father can probably relate--I surely can. My kids knew there were certain things (fishing equipment and tools) that were off limits and would be dealt with harshly should transgression occur.
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