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 Post subject: Tues.at EO
PostPosted: October 25th, 2018, 10:30 am 
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I'm glad with all the reports of wind I chose Tues. to go up North. Two deer along 95 and then driving through a snow squall between Monson and the height of land. The smaller of the Spectacle Ponds was all but totally frozen over. On the Greenville side very light to no snow until I was fishing. As Skip said light icing for a bit as the front came through and virtually no wind in the AM, with light to moderate winds in the afternoon.
The first three fish all brook trout for me, each took a different fly on my right angle rig. First time ever feeling comfortable casting and fishing such a device. First was on a #14 caddis BH larva, next on a #24 BHPT and last on a #22 BH olive nymph. The other 2 came on #22 lightning bug nymphs.
Early on I fetched up my rig. Now I'm about as cheap as they come when losing flies etc. I maneuvered upstream to get a different angle to try and release my rig. As i finally began pulling to break it off my leader parted from the THB. There it was that little pink orb, the THB bobbing away out in front of me, out of reach but in sight constantly. My cheapness to certain things stems from who knows what. Maybe when I used to pick up returnables to buy flies and materials.
Anyway I started to begin my drift above the rig thinking maybe I could fetch on to it. Finally I did. And with a couple of tugs as I worked upstream it released. I was able to retrieve 3 nymphs,1 BB shot, ! THB and the complete tippet assembly. I did purchase a lottery ticket and I'm destined to remain cheap.
All brook trout and no salmon for me.
Ran in to Terry Walsh and friend doing research for a trip back later in the week.
One of the males and one female I noticed their gills were a very bright almost glowing red color. I emailed Tim Obrey @IF&W and asked him about it. He figured it might be to active spawning with the gills being engorged with blood.
All told a great day even though there were very few BWO's which I had hoped to find much more abundant.
At least in fishable numbers.

Ron

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 Post subject: Re: Tues.at EO
PostPosted: October 25th, 2018, 12:39 pm 
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I am no scientist, but I didn’t think it was the gills that got engorged when spawning... I wonder I have have been doing it wrong. :oops:

Back to the topic... I have had a few instances where my 4x right angle leader had snapped just st the TMB, which led to the loss of the rig and the bobber. Other times it last all day. Any others with the issue of the TMB slicing a leader?

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 Post subject: Re: Tues.at EO
PostPosted: October 25th, 2018, 1:15 pm 
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I am in envy of you getting to fish mid-week. As for the loss/capture of the bobber- that is good casting! There is a back eddy on GLS in the woods, that all the floatsam ends up...and typically when I walk past that spot, I can find 2-3 bobbers. Used to be cork was the #1 bobber, but for some years now it has been "trapped air technology" bobbers.

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 Post subject: Re: Tues.at EO
PostPosted: October 26th, 2018, 7:44 am 
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TGIF wrote:
I am no scientist, but I didn’t think it was the gills that got engorged when spawning... I wonder I have have been doing it wrong. :oops:

Back to the topic... I have had a few instances where my 4x right angle leader had snapped just st the TMB, which led to the loss of the rig and the bobber. Other times it last all day. Any others with the issue of the TMB slicing a leader?



Interesting. I thought it was just me. When I started using right angle nymphing systems, if I used the older yarn indicators I never had one cut through the mono. I think the o ring on the yarn indicators was much more pliable.

When I switched over to TMBs I noticed that I started throwing off my indicator and rig. The first time that happened I said to myself WTH? (Actually I said something a little stronger, ubut this is a family site). It happened too frequently for me when I tied the TMB right to the 5X tippet.

I solved the problem by tying on the 5X to the TMB with a non-slip mono loop. For some reason I no longer throw off the indicator and rig by tying it this way.

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 Post subject: Re: Tues.at EO
PostPosted: October 26th, 2018, 10:12 am 
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Good tip... thanks Dave. I’ll try that.

I have had success with a HEAVY (like fat end of tapered leader) tippet in a nail knot to fly line and a perfection loop at the end, with a big enough loop to hold the TMB. Then I tie my right angle leader off of that heavy line between the fly line and TMB. This works great on deep pool dredging and fast water pockets here I am using a 9’ length all day.

Where this fails is in variable length water where I want to use the indicator to manage depth, in more shallow or riffles.

Agree on the old yarn indicators. They never snapped but were brutal to get off the line after the loop had really tightened around the o ring.

In Europe I used a lot of the NZ style, which worked great for small shallow nympmhs. But it won’t hold up a big stonefly.

I thought the TMB with the jam plugs would help, since they don’t need to be looped through, but I found they still slipped too much.

Anyway... still looking for the PERFECT option.

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 Post subject: Re: Tues.at EO
PostPosted: October 27th, 2018, 4:08 pm 
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Just to jump on this thread....I went today in the snowpocolyps....but before dawn, I was driving north bathed in moonlight. Saw 2 deer. Got to parking and it was FULL of nothing...nobody. I fished wherever I wanted until about 8am when I saw 5-6 other brave fishers- brave because the worst storm of all time was overdue. I was able to wade everywhere as the water is way low. Had some luck but I had to work for them and found soft hackles were best. I retreated before noon- which turns out to be just in time- as I was driving into my driveway when I saw the first mega flake...so, in other words, it was a typical trip with no issues of weather until after I got home. Now- I am tying Shakey Bealy's in orange (#16). Probably will be tomorrow too.

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