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One night a couple years back I was fishing and camping out in the mountains at a nice backwoods campsite that I have stayed at many times over the last 30 years it is situated on the banks of a river right at a nice big rock ledge hole, a big beautiful deep hole with a powerful swift run in the middle and nice eddy's back to the rock ledge on each side of the river the nicest being the one on the far side "of course".

I have always done fairly well at this spot over the years fishing the eddy on the close side also along the close side of the swift run and in the tailout always catching my share of 10-14 inch white fish the odd cutthroat and some nice bull trout up to 18 inches, back in the early 80's I was camping here with family and friends and one of the men landed a beautiful 23 inch bull trout and ever since then I always give this spot on the river some serious attention hoping that one day I would get my own big bully outta this great spot but it just never happened until this night a couple years back.

On this particular evening after a campfire supper I let my wife "finish up" the dishes as I snuck out behind the tent to try my luck for some twilight trout things were going kinda slow with my only action being a missed opportunity at a smallish trout that went for my adams after a while with the sun down and darkness setting in I heard and then saw some swishing and swirling going on in the eddy on the far side of the river as I watched I could see some big fins and a big grey back swirling and swishing amongst the clusters of small flies on and above the surface this got me really excited.

For the next half hour I tried to get my adams across that river and land it in that eddy but not being the longest of casters (by a longshot) my best attempts only got to the far side of the swift run and then ripped down the current on the one or two occasions I made it across to the eddy there was no time to mend before the current ripped my fly line down stream and my adams went skittering very unnaturally over the slow water where the big shark was feeding. Even with all this disturbance on the surface it never fazed that big fish from swishing and swallowing those surface bugs and those big fins and that big back just kept torturing me.

By now it was pretty much dark out but there was some moonlight poking through the trees and giving the black of night a little visible light on the river. I thought about crossing but it is swift and deep both up and downstream for quite a ways so I was about to give up even though he was still over there I could here him and still make out his swishes with my eyes then I got an idea although I could not reach the far side with my fly rod I new in the past when I was a spin caster I had cast across to that eddy with spoons and spinners but this guy was feeding on flies on the surface and that's how I wanted to catch him so I went back to the campfire and grabbed my wifes spinning rod and tackle then tied my adams to the end of the mono and attached a large red and white bobber about 3 feet above the fly, I used the biggest bobber she had for its weight so that I could get it all the way across the river when I was ready to go the swishing had slowed down but he was still at it.

It took me a couple tries before I finally landed it in the right spot and although the swift run still caught the mono I was able to hold the rod high and get some time with the bobber floating in the eddy I could not see my dry but I just kept my eye on the bobbers vicinity for a strike what happened next surprised me but it shouldn't have.... that big aggressive mountain shark ignored my adams and went violently after my big red and white bobber like 3 times I quickly reeled in my rig cut off my little mayfly and tied on the biggest ugliest thing I had in my box which was a great big chernoble ant and I decided I would give it "one last cast".

I got the big rig across on my first attempt and that big ole bull hit that ant the second it hit the water and the fight was on when he got into that deep swift run It felt like I had a 15 pound trout on (well at least that is what I imagine a 15 pound trout would feel like) but once I muscled him to my side of the river the rest of the fight was quite easy and within a couple minutes I had in my hands my own 2 foot trout, I had accomplished something I had been wanting for more than 25 years and I managed to do it the best way with a dry fly well kind of. It was a great feeling.

Thanks for taking the time to read my story my question for you guys is: Do you think I can count this as a fly fishing experience? and I would like to hear any of your stories about a makeshift success story for a great catch and even any stories about some of your "one last cast" memorable experiences or even just your thoughts and comments on my story thanks again for your time.

Cheers!! Diddy.

Here are a couple photos of my 2 foot friend.



 

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There's a Fishing Report forum. It's for those who like to see them.
 

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Diddy, Those are some excellent videos! However this is the COLORADO fly fishing section. We do have some bull trout (arctic char) here in colorado. They were stocked in Lake Dillon to combat an over population of Mysis Shrimp. We have lake trout which would have gotten the job done faster, but our fisheries managers and the lead aquatic resercher at CSU have a deep paranoia of Lake Trout and there predatory nature. Bull Trout, or Arctic Char do not seem to give as good of an angling opportunity as the almighty and beloved Mackinaw.

Have you made any killer Canadian lake trout videos? We don't care about no Bull trout around here.:biggrin1:
 

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Diddy, Those are some excellent videos! However this is the COLORADO fly fishing section. We do have some bull trout (arctic char) here in colorado. They were stocked in Lake Dillon to combat an over population of Mysis Shrimp. We have lake trout which would have gotten the job done faster, but our fisheries managers and the lead aquatic resercher at CSU have a deep paranoia of Lake Trout and there predatory nature. Bull Trout, or Arctic Char do not seem to give as good of an angling opportunity as the almighty and beloved Mackinaw.

Have you made any killer Canadian lake trout videos? We don't care about no Bull trout around here.:biggrin1:
fordo,
thanks for the compliments !!
In answer to your question I actually have no lake trout videos as of yet, we do have some great Laker fishing here in Alberta but I have not caught a laker as we call them. Lake trout, Golden trout, Arctic Grayling and Dolly Varden(Artic Char) are my 4 species that I have not caught here in Alberta. I noticed you keep calling Bull Trout ... Arctic char these are not the same species which is it that you have in Lake Dillon? All these fish we speak of are salmonids but some are True trout like Cutts and Rainbows and Browns and the others are types of CHAR like Bull trout, brook trout and your "beloved mackinaw"(Lake trout). so why is it you "don't care about no bull trout around here" but Lake trout seem to be ok? Just wondering smaller bull trout may not put up the best fight but these boys tend to grow big and the bigger ones can "take you places" plus they live in beautiful high mountain streams alongside my and im sure your beloved cutthroat. You can guys can dislike whatever fish you want I was just wondering why such hate for the bulls or was it for actual "Arctic char" ??

http://drowningworms.com/arctic-char-vs-dolly-varden-vs-bull-trout-vs-salmon-differences/
 

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fordo,
thanks for the compliments !!
In answer to your question I actually have no lake trout videos as of yet, we do have some great Laker fishing here in Alberta but I have not caught a laker as we call them. Lake trout, Golden trout, Arctic Grayling and Dolly Varden(Artic Char) are my 4 species that I have not caught here in Alberta. I noticed you keep calling Bull Trout ... Arctic char these are not the same species which is it that you have in Lake Dillon? All these fish we speak of are salmonids but some are True trout like Cutts and Rainbows and Browns and the others are types of CHAR like Bull trout, brook trout and your "beloved mackinaw"(Lake trout). so why is it you "don't care about no bull trout around here" but Lake trout seem to be ok? Just wondering smaller bull trout may not put up the best fight but these boys tend to grow big and the bigger ones can "take you places" plus they live in beautiful high mountain streams alongside my and im sure your beloved cutthroat. You can guys can dislike whatever fish you want I was just wondering why such hate for the bulls or was it for actual "Arctic char" ??

http://drowningworms.com/arctic-char-vs-dolly-varden-vs-bull-trout-vs-salmon-differences/
good read! thanks
 

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It was once thought. Arctic char and bull trout were one in the same. Some people still call the arctic char a bull trout. .........I was just razzin the dude for promoting his Canadian flyfishing in a sub forum that is for Colorado Flyfishing.
 

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It was once thought. Arctic char and bull trout were one in the same. Some people still call the arctic char a bull trout. .........I was just razzin the dude for promoting his Canadian flyfishing in a sub forum that is for Colorado Flyfishing.

No...I'm pretty sure you called him an idiot for saying Bulls and AC were different species. Idiot.:D


Who cares? Didmeister isn't trying to sell us anything, he is just posting up some fishprons. He ain't hurting nobody. I like it. Plus.....he likes super-cool-eighties hits! :thumb:
 

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No...I'm pretty sure you called him an idiot for saying Bulls and AC were different species. Idiot.:D


Who cares? Didmeister isn't trying to sell us anything, he is just posting up some fishprons. He ain't hurting nobody. I like it. Plus.....he likes super-cool-eighties hits! :thumb:
Chill out man. I said i liked the vids to. Just rszzin him little. He was the one calling me out for calling arctic char bull trout. Read the fuckin thread idiot.
 

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No...I'm pretty sure you called him an idiot for saying Bulls and AC were different species. Idiot.:D


Who cares? Didmeister isn't trying to sell us anything, he is just posting up some fishprons. He ain't hurting nobody. I like it. Plus.....he likes super-cool-eighties hits! :thumb:




There's no such thing as super cool eighties hits.
 

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Chill out man. I said i liked the vids to. Just rszzin him little. He was the one calling me out for calling arctic char bull trout. Read the fuckin thread idiot.
I read the thread, Dorfo. Including your deleted post. ;D








Just yankin' your chain, man.
 

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Well I must concede to slayer being an exception to the rule...there are a few exceptions. But generally speaking '80's music SUCKS!!!!!!!
 

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There's no such thing as super cool eighties hits.
Totally agree with this statement!
I lived through it once and that was enough for me.
If i never hear an eighties song again, my life will be just fine. Even with the few exceptions out there, very few exceptions. :cool:
 
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