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  1. I caught a 15 inch catfish on my 7wt. earlier...

    I caught a 15 inch catfish on my 7wt. earlier this year. He was a blast. He swam all the way around my kayak which made for some interesting rod handling :-)
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    No, I can't say I really like that idea. When I'm...

    No, I can't say I really like that idea. When I'm out in the tube I'd have to put the extra length of pole somewhere so I could unhook the fish which wouldn't be as handy as just using a shorter rod....
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    Tenkara Fishing in Weedy Ponds

    I was out on a weedy pond with the fly fishing club last night. I was in the tube using my tenkara rod because a long cast, in most cases, was just going to mean your fly was going to get tangled in...
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    I have found using a little heavier line and the...

    I have found using a little heavier line and the shortest dropper you can get away with helps minimize tangles but most of the time I am fishing for bluegills or bass which aren't that line shy. I...
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    Looks like a white crappie to me too.

    Looks like a white crappie to me too.
  6. My first fly rod trout, or any trout for that...

    My first fly rod trout, or any trout for that matter, was a stocker caught in a local municipal lake and I think I caught it on a black wooly bugger. I caught that fish the first year the Iowa DNR...
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    Hmm, I think I might have a few wrenches in the...

    Hmm, I think I might have a few wrenches in the toolbox I could spare. Wonder if any of them are light enough to cast with a fly rod.
  8. Thread: Fish ID

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    Dave, where did you catch your shiner? I looked...

    Dave, where did you catch your shiner? I looked in the Peterson Field Guide to Fresnwater Fishes and the shown range for the striped shiner abuts but doesn't go into Iowa. But the easiest way to tell...
  9. Thread: Fish ID

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    I'm going with golden shiner also. It looks like...

    I'm going with golden shiner also. It looks like the lateral line goes strongly downward and it's appearance, from what I can see, is a better match for a golden than any of the other species...
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    Last fall I had one good day when I caught five...

    Last fall I had one good day when I caught five small and one medium catfish on the fly. You're right, they are a lot of fun!
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    Looks like El Ni?o is having at least one good...

    Looks like El Ni?o is having at least one good effect.
  12. How true. This is just the way any true trout...

    How true. This is just the way any true trout fishermans mind works.
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    Thanks for the info Scott.

    Thanks for the info Scott.
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    Big Dan, I know about the fabulous pheasant...

    Big Dan, I know about the fabulous pheasant hunting that can be had in South Dakota. I live just across the river from South Dakota all my life and have hunted deer in the middle of the state, fished...
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    I saw a lot of dead trees in some of the...

    I saw a lot of dead trees in some of the pictures. Are they dead because of the drought or did the pine bark beetle get them?
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    That article doesn't depict the real South Dakota...

    That article doesn't depict the real South Dakota which is flat-as-pancake plains and nothing but fields of corn and soybeans.
  17. Thread: Grass Carp

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    Them are some enormous fish!

    Them are some enormous fish!
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    Two of those gills came last Sunday during the...

    Two of those gills came last Sunday during the fly club's one fly contest at a public pond near Sioux City. We caught at least 6 bluegills in the nine inch and above category and probably more....
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    Some Bluegills I Have Caught Lately

    I've had a run of good luck with big bluegills lately. I don't think I have caught any 10 inchers but some have been dangerously close.
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    I once had an excellent day fishing largemouth...

    I once had an excellent day fishing largemouth bass when they were feeding on dragonflies. There was a hatch going on and they were rising and jumping out of the water to get at them. All I had to do...
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    Dave, I'm wondering if that bass wasn't thinking...

    Dave, I'm wondering if that bass wasn't thinking "How the hell could that bluegill that I just swallowed pull that hard?" :-)
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    It is nice to have some top of the line stuff, I...

    It is nice to have some top of the line stuff, I have some of it, but since I retired I find myself looking at lower end gear or even seeing if I can make it myself.
    And there are times when top end...
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    I have heard that, at least in some cases, when...

    I have heard that, at least in some cases, when stocking was stopped trout fishing improved. Could this new policy be in response to that? Just to be clear (and prevent some flaming) I'm not against...
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    In the town where I live we had an unusually good...

    In the town where I live we had an unusually good turnout for a Pearl Harbor memorial service.
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    Short droppers on a fairly stiff tippet minimizes...

    Short droppers on a fairly stiff tippet minimizes tangles for me. I like to use 2X or 3X tippet when I'm fishing two flies on a conventional rod. I have a lot less trouble when I'm using a tenkara...
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