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I understand that but was hoping for a few that work. They make 16 different ones. I don't want to buy all of them.
 

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Pete u cant go wrong with rainbow trout color patterns where brown trout are concerned...also marabou jigs...plastics/gulp jigs...
That was my thought. Stick to the trout colors with the rainbow at the top of the list.

I've always used PM spinners, but I wanted to give a crankbait a try. Just for a change if nothing else.

I just use a fly rod on creeks now.
 

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I've caught 1000's of brownies using CD Rapalas in rivers . They kinda suck now because they are made so shitty nose breaks or the lip comes off and they cost about $9. Super gluing the lips seems to help a little. Tried a few of the Dynamic jerkbaits wasn't a fan to light and they want to pop out of the water when you rip them in. Stick to carp, sucker or whitefish colors. I picked up some Smithwick jerkbaits. First appearance they seem to be much better quality. Going to drill a hole in a few and see if I can turn them into sinkers fill them with water or something then reseal.
The HD Trout are pretty light at 1/10oz. They're made to just run 2ft deep, but the Ark is pretty fast and it might be hard to get even 2ft except in the slow parts of the river. I was thinking of adding some weight to get them down.
 

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The trebles bother me and I wouldn't use them in the past because I C&R. I got to thinking about that over the winter.

I would never kill an animal without eating the meat. It's why I hunt. Then why do I catch fish if i'm not going to eat them? Just for my pleasure? Not a good enough reason for me lately.

So, I decided to eat everything I catch from now on and treble hooks don't bother me now.

I've only eaten brookies and they're pretty damn good. What do rainbow and brown trout taste like?
 

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What about the fish that you have to release for legal reasons?? (Already filled your limit, fish does not meet size restrictions, etc) :/


Comparing fishing to hunting is like apples to watermelons IMO There is no C&R when hunting ......
The only size limit i've seen is lakers. I don't fish for them. When I reach my limit i'm done. Makes sense when i'm fishing for supper. When my hunting tag is filled i'm done too.

I'm not telling anybody else to do as i'm going to do. I only satisfy myself and really don't care what others do. My gramps wouldn't have dreamed of putting a fish back. So, what i'm going to do is not so strange.
 

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Trout patterns for sure. Also, Rapala makes a line of BX lures that are money. The "Russian Assassin" that I have alluded to is a Brown Trout pattern that is only available outside the U.S. via Ebay is well worth the extra few bucks it costs to get it here. It has produced large fish constantly on any river I have used it on.
So far i've had no luck in finding it.
 

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I know but I don't fish either section. I stay around BV. Fast in and fast out. Then go hike or scout the mountains with the pooch.
 

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I'd be happy if I never caught another slimer. Too bad cutthroats got wiped out in Colorado. I read there was a time in the distant past that the Ark was nothing but cutthroats. Pretty sad.
 

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Pete,
I spend most of my time on the South Park lakes now but whenever I river fish, mostly the Ark and the Pan, the only lure I really need is a Vibrax minnow in Brown Trout color.
Walmart as well as Bass Pro usually have them in stock, they are about $5 each and come in three sizes.
I have had 50+ fish 1/2 days on both the Ark and the Pan on this lure.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Rapala-Bl...20790&wl11=online&wl12=20611991&wl13=&veh=sem
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It looks pretty good. I'll give them a try. Thanks.
 

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What do you guys use for a rod and reel? I have an UL setup now, but was thinking something a bit stiffer might be better. Light or even Med-light.
 

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Thanks, Bill. Right now I have a Fenwick HMG 7'UL with a Pflueger President 25 reel and 5lb PP line. I'll use that for the Ark and maybe small lakes/ponds like Wright Lake.

The lakes near me don't have big fish. The Ark has bigger fish and it's also not full of small stockers like the lakes. Probably why I stick to the Ark and local creeks. If I get an itch for a big fish i'll go over to the Taylor River.

I'll get a med-light setup later to fish Taylor Reservoir. The pass won't be open until 2019, so no rush.

Thanks again.
 

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You guys keep it up and i'll have to get one of those tackle boxes instead of stuffing everything in my vest. :smile:
 

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Pete, I'm pretty cheap when it comes to my fishing equipment. My tackle selection is minimal. And, I'm hard on my stuff. I've gone through four President reels..each lasting two to three years before developing problems. Now, I've been using Mitchell 308s for a couple of years and no problems at all. They're cheaper than a President. I also love my Berkley Lightning Rods. I use 6'6 medium power rods for just about everything. From trout, to bass, walleyes, crappies, cats and pike. I think they work great. I do have a heavier rod for swim baits, but seldom use it.

$39 bucks for a Lightning rod and $49 for a 308..IMO $88 bucks well spent.

You got me curious, so I went and read a bunch of reviews on the reel and rod. I'm convinced. I have a bunch of hunting stuff to buy this year, so i'm trying to keep the cost of fishing down.

I still like to use a bubble and Pistol Pete on lakes. The Mitchell 308 and Berkley Lightning 6'6" ML rod sounds like a good combo for what I want.

Thanks for the info.
 
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