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Fished Waterton on Wednesday....what a great day to be outside!!! I didn?t have much time to bike that far up so I only went a little past the pipeline. It seemed like behind every boulder and at the base of every plunging pool there was a fish ready to hit a prince (my point fly), RS2 (second fly) and especially any type of black midge pattern which I always use as my final fly. I run three flies and they all seemed to get hit fairly regularly. If I had to choose one though, a 22 black beauty is the fly to replace all flies at waterton. Surprisingly decent size fish as well for waterton. Usually I average 8-10 inches but this time I caught a dozen or so around 13 inches. As a final note, right at the base of a canyon I say a guy walking out with a real nice brown of around 20". Unfortunately that brown is probably in some poor shmucks freezer going to waste right now.
 
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I was strongly considering hitting Waterton today, but I didn't have time, so I hit the South Platte Park ponds with no luck.

Sounds like a good day.
 

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  As a final note, right at the base of a canyon I say a guy walking out with a real nice brown of around 20".  Unfortunately that brown  is probably in some poor shmucks freezer going to waste right now. 
Jeez! Talk about the stereotypical high brow -"holier than thou"flailer attitude.If its legal to keep the brown then so be it! If you dont like people keeping trout then dont look.Later-
 
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I gotta agree with slayer on this one. Thats probably that poor old shmucks biggest fish hes ever caught and if its legal why not go show the grandkids and have a good meal.
 

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Remember once you get past the Marston Dam the regulations change to artificial fly/lure only and a 2 fish limit. Fish must be 16-inches or over to keep.



Lots of unique wildlife in this area. Be mindful and enjoy.

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Quite frankly I don't care what ya'll will say. I believe places like waterton canyon have every chance of producing bigger fish. But there are very few because every time someone does hook one of the true trophies for waterton standards they never are released. I started this post slayer and I apologize for murmoring about the pics you posted from the powerplant. But I'll have you know, this weekend I saw more people fishing the reef and the powerplant from your pics then I have ever scene. If you wanna talk about "hollier then thou" I don't post pics for that reason all so I can get a few "way to go's" on a fishing forum. This was my post, and if you have a problem with me returning fish then you can kiss my ***.
 

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I apalogize for my remarks. I guess when someone comes after me about my passion and love for fish then I take it personally. In the future, I will bite my tongue and jus accept the fact that not everyone will catch and release with a grain of salt.
 

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Nice report I really hate to see big fish like that go. It stinks but what are you gonna do? The best thing we can do as anglers is to try and educate others that releasing larger fish of any species (especially panfish, lakers, and pike) is a good thing. Maybe with some kind words to him and teaching him a bit about ecosystems, that "poor schmuck" would learn and release the big fish next time.
 
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