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Post Posted: 04:13pm - Feb 14,14 
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Well I'm ready. We do need this snow to recharge the aquifers and lakes, but the snow can go. I'm ready for the early season in the Driftless for trout and for smallies on the Kankakee. I've posted some reports last year about the Kankakee. Hopefully I can share more this year on my excurions there and up in WI. My big plan is a trip to Vermont in the Fall.

What are your plans this year?

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Post Posted: 05:23pm - Feb 14,14 
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My big plan is a trip to Vermont in the Fall.
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in 1976 got an invite from a guy i served wit to canesteo NY with to fish some streams for trout. he was a purist tied his own and had me fly fishing with sucess in about 3 days we ended up drift fishing the aquifers that feed NYC for smallies man what a trip that was. he had told me all about the trout fishing in vermont and if your going and the fishing is a good still as he said it was then your in for a real treat. im so jealouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cuss :respect
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Post Posted: 09:03pm - Feb 14,14 
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I don't have any major fly trips planned, but I'm really excited to go after carp again. Got my first few last year and it was a blast. I like finDing new places to find them!

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Post Posted: 09:14am - Feb 15,14 
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DD, I hope it's still true. My buddy has a family farm out there and has a stream running through their property. We'll hit other streams around there too, but just looking forward to the fall colors and fishing for brookies.

Puregerman55, you target carp in the big pond and rivers, or basically anywhere you see them? I haven't targeted them specifically as of yet, but would love to try soon.

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Post Posted: 12:05pm - Feb 15,14 
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Blkreider, While I will go to the bigger rivers to fish for them, I really like finding small creeks and ponds that people pass by without looking instead of the larger one's most people fish. Since carp usually can survive places that other things can't there are a few more opportunities that go unchecked. The smaller creeks and ponds I fish usually have much clearer water than the rivers most of the time and this lets me enjoy seeing the fish change course and run over to my fly and suck it up. Plus, as dumb as it sounds, I like the challenge of having to spot and sneak up on the fish instead of just casting into cloudy water and hoping for the best like some places that I have tried require. Also for a beginner fly fisherman like me, the creeks have less current so that means less failed casts! 8)~

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Post Posted: 05:50pm - Feb 15,14 
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Puregerman55, have you ever caught a carp with a raspberry?
Imagine a raspberry bush/tree extending over the water, where
carp lie in wait. Fun, fun, fun, 5 feet off the shoreline. They spook
after you catch one, but it beats a skunk, and talk about sneaking up.

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Post Posted: 10:03pm - Feb 15,14 
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Ugly I never though about trying to find a raspberry or any type of bush like that around here! I've heard from many people that it is a great way to get them! You think it's possible to trick them the whole summer with a raspberry fly? I could try to tie one up next summer!

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Post Posted: 05:22am - Feb 16,14 
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I think the potential is there. You might come up with an awesome new
method to catch'em. The fly would have to be bulky, and I think the
plopping sound raspberries create hitting the water is an attracter.

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Post Posted: 08:33am - Feb 16,14 
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Rasberry fly, very interesting. Could you use red egg yarn (example: http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/141187119437?lpid=82) and then to help float it use this (example: https://www.google.com/shopping/product ... MQpiswADg8)

Nothing cooler than top water action

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Post Posted: 04:47pm - Feb 16,14 
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I would give that a try. A red one or a black one on a Gamagatsu
octopus hook. I used to fish an orange rubber egg pattern dipped in anise
oil for steelhead. I bet the carp would like that a lot.

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Post Posted: 12:28pm - Feb 17,14 
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Yeah it sounds like a good idea and I'll definitely give tying something up a shot before spring! One of my favorite carp flies is an orange crayfish fly you can get from Bass Pro. The fly makes a little puff whenever it is moved on the bottom and it really gets the carps attention. Have had some really nice fish caught on it! If you are ever at Bass Pro I'd recommend picking one up!

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Post Posted: 03:59pm - Feb 22,14 
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been tying for the early season. BWO quill body nymphs with a tungsten bead.

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