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About plecain

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  1. I've spent a lot of time fishing the beaches and not so much the mountains this season. Monday the weather forecast was for moderate rain, so that looked like the ticket for a trip to the mountains. I started at a small stream and caught the expected small brookies. Wooly buggers, my usual 'go to' fly, were completely useless today. Different sizes or different colors didn't work at all, so I switched to dries pretty early on. Because it was a small stream, I was using my 1 wt. TXL-F 7' 10" rod. Also, an excellent dry fly rod. I spent the morning on that stream (an hour of which was walking out. My mistake.) A number of people have said that I should try fishing for browns with dry flies in the Saco. I'd never done that. When I got to the Saco, it was raining more than 'moderately'. Nobody fishing, as I expected. I didn't take the time to switch rods, partly because it was pouring, so I fished the Saco with the 1 wt. I started fishing deep holes and caught two and lost one on a #14 Royal Wulff. All nice fish, 11-14". OK, but a little slow, I thought. So, I moved a bit upstream to a section of river that was fast ripples and pretty shallow, 1-3 feet. Things improved quickly. The river was full of willing fish. Same sizes that I was catching in the deep holes, but lots more of them. Although they were browns they jumped like rainbows, while hitting the fly and while hooked. Even though these are certainly stocked fish, they look pretty good. Altogether a fun day. Wet, but fun. PS: A bit of housekeeping. I've ditched Photobucket. These images are hosted on my own web site. If anyone has problems with them I'd like to know. Thanks.
  2. Great story. Happy to hear it turned out for the best.
  3. In Florida, you can have all sorts of company while wading the flats. Dolphins will scare the bejabbers out of you when they come up behind you and exhale through their blowhole. Then they circle around making a lot of noise to corral fish. They'll do this within 10-20 yards from you. There are sharks around, but I've never seen anyone worry about them too much. The thing people pay attention to are rays. Most everyone I saw wears waders and separate boots. They claim the barbs on rays' tails will go through a rubber bootfoot wader. The trick with rays is to shuffle your feet along the bottom to scare them before you step on them.
  4. I was in the mountains last week. The levels were, I thought, a little low. That's unless there was an overnight rainstorm. It's much better than last year when some small streams just disappeared. Overall, it looks closer to 'normal' than it was last year.
  5. No. They'll replace your images in this forum (and all other places) with their own ugly image called p500. If you pay the $400/year then they'll still display your images as before.
  6. Great looking place and fish. I love the variety.
  7. No surprise, but this has been a discussion just about everywhere. The ebay and Amazon folks are freaking out. Your photos are still there. They're not lost. You can download them to your computer and put them somewhere else. Updating the links in this forum and others after you move them will be a giant PIA. I'd guess that some really big users will just pay the ransom. I won't be among the payers, however.
  8. Joining the skunk parade. I put part of it down to the boats, both power and paddled. There were hundreds. Couldn't convince the kayakers not to go behind me while I was casting.
  9. Not quite. But,... I was fishing a well-known river in Maine where I watched a guy about my age talking to the fish as he swung a big streamer across a pool. It was like "OK. Grab it. You know you want to. Go on, fish. Come on, now...." It would be hard to believe that his talking had anything to do with it, but he was catching some big fish.
  10. Yes, you've got it. Sort of like going to your doctor and asking what's wrong with you. The answer is his best educated guess, with a non-zero chance of error. The science exists, but it's not much help when you're standing on a stream taking a picture of a fish.
  11. This is a surprise. I've been roasting when I was out early in the week. It reminded me of Florida where everyone wears waders because of the nasties in the water. It gets hot. This sounds to me like the 'boots too tight' problem. Probably 1/3 of the guys I see are wet wading. I was planning to do the same this week. I spent Thursday in the mountains in 52° water wet wading. By the way, you're younger than I am, so I won't listen to the 'old' excuse.
  12. This could be a long thread. The wild vs. stocked question comes up often on fishing forums. Telling the fish apart, assuming you're not a biologist with lab facilities to analyze the fish, can be tough. It's getting tougher. The hatcheries have been doing a much better job over the last few years of raising fish that look more and more like wild fish. The coloring is better, the tanks in the hatcheries are smooth plastic in place of the older rough concrete, etc. The first thing is geography. If you're fishing a stream that hasn't been stocked recently or maybe ever, then the odds go up that you're catching wild fish. You have to consider, though, whether your stream connects in some way to a stocked stream or pond. Maybe a stocked fish migrated from there. The second thing is appearance. As Brad (swamptrout) says, it gets easier after you've caught a few thousand of them. It's still more art than science. For me, it's mostly about the fins. The dorsal of wild trout is almost always perfectly formed. The dorsals in all three rainbow pictures in this thread look good, though. So, look at the other fins. Ragged or split fins usually mean stocked. In brook trout, the white leading edge of the fins is very white in wild fish. In stocked ones they will usually have some black spots or streaks. Then there's general appearance. Again, looking at the fish in this thread. The scales on the flanks of the 1st fish are slightly disturbed; some are missing. The other two fish show completely smooth scales. Complicating matters is the practice Maine has of stocking lots of 1-3" fish. Look in the stocking report. Randall (tightlinesmaine) said in another thread that he's caught browns that were stocked as tiny fish and can tell them from the wild browns he's caught. Look at his 'invasives' thread. Hope this helps. I guess the message is that unless you have expensive facilities it's still an art. If you want to read more, use 'how to tell wild trout from stocked trout' in Google and follow the links.
  13. Thanks. I try to move around. I really don't like fishing the same small stream more than about once a month. I don't think it's good for them. To find places like these, just drive around. If you see a spot that looks like it might have fish, stop and try it. If you're fishing a bigger stream and a small one empties into it, fish the small one. Most have wild fish of some kind.
  14. Feeling fine. Thanks. Maybe I'm just old. The fish were pretty spooky, even the stockers. I tried several colors of buggers - black, olive, pink, yellow. Got a couple on pink, nothing on olive or yellow, a few on black. Tried a couple streamers - nothing. Then I tried some dries and got some fish that way. Last, some more on muddlers. The only thing I didn't try was nymphs, but they're always my last resort.
  15. Good for you. Congratulations.