Crowley 10/8 - 10/15

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  1. CrowleyDog
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    DaGarth and I met up with DaGoose for a week of Crowley kickin on Sunday the 8th about 11 Am at the Fitter. After we checked into the condo, we headed to...you guessed it...Crowley. We got into the water about 1:00. As usual the smack was flying and I was getting all this crap about my Beautiful new Tropical Lightning Net (Greg you missed a good one). "Gee you're aweful optimistic with that big net". "How many dinks can you fit in there?" Yea, Yea, Yea...we'll see. So I proceed to get skunked. I really showed them. DaGoose and DaGarth both caught several and I sucked.

    Not using this as an excuse, but I was having trouble with my tube. It got perched last time I used it and it kept losing air. I would have to go back to pump it up every hour or two. I had tried to find the leak before I left with no luck. So with my tail between my legs we head back to Mammoth. I couldn't buy a tube liner so I just bought a new tube. I wasn't going to deal with a crappy tube all week.

    So the question is: If you only fish a half a day and get skunked, does it count as a full skunk or a half a skunk?

    Monday is a new day and I survived the onslaught of smack from the night before. Here I am in my brand new tube with my brand new net and my new supply of hand tied flys and my new furled leaders and new loop-to-loop connections and knots. What could go wrong? I'm thinking lots of things.

    Or Not:

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    My First Fish - 24" Brown - Good thing I had that big net:rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Ahhhh...the silence from the peanut gallery...priceless!

    Anyway, I don't remember the exact numbers of fish, but generally the grabs were slow. We were all catching fish mostly legals, except DaGarth who seemed to like the dinks on the inside. Midgers were getting their share, but I didn't see them getting anything of size either. Mostly planters.

    So Tuesday, we wake up to this:
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    The forcast didn't look good, so we could be Iron men or we could get some of these:
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    and we could do this:
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    I think we made the right choice. How often do you have a chance to get together with good friends and just spend the day tying flies?
    The Crowley Cam was showing rain all day and it snowed all day in town.

    Wednesday, the weather was good and there was another storm forecast for Saturday. We fished Crowley everyday and we were getting fish even though it was still slow going for the bigs. We were getting several 18" kamloops footballs which are like kamikazes. At one point DaGarth hooks one and suffers the most humiliation of all. While he was fighting the fish it swam right up between his legs and jumped hitting him in the chest and face and then proceeds to land back in the water and swim off. Now that's fish smack:rofl::rofl::nutkick:.

    Because I can't remember what fish were caught on what days, I'll just show some of the fish:

    DaGoose's beautiful 21" Brown:
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    Another Brownie for DaGoose:

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    A Nice Brownie for DaGarth:

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    And another:

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    I got this nice fat 22" Cutthroat with chrome sidewalls.

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    Here is a typical 18" kamloops football.

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    So fast forward to Saturday 10/14. Forcast is for a storm. We head out to Crowley and DaGoose decides that he's going to fish a half a day and then head back home. DaGarth and I decide we will hang until Monday weather permitting. The lake is empty. We are the only ones around in sight. Things are slow and it's aproaching noon. I have one 17" kamloops and 3 dinks so far. DaGarth has a couple of legals and DaGoose has DaGoose egg. I revert back to my original question. Does a half a day skunk equal a full a skunk?gunzDeath_To_

    So DaGoose just barely gets out of sight and the kamloops go off. I had 5 fish in 5 casts within about 20 minutes. I was even getting hooked up when I didn't want to. I got bit while my rod was laying across my tube and I was busy reviving the previous fish for release. The fly was just laying on the top about 6 feet from my tube. So I have one on the rod and one by the tail....awhhhh...life is good. I ended up with 4 legals and 2 shorts. The weather was holding nicely and no wind. By the end of the day, I think DaGarth and I each had about 8 legals each.

    Sunday is beautiful and the place is a ghost town. DaGarth and I have the place to ourselves and the water is like glass. The grabs are about the same as the other days. Slow but we are still getting a few. I decide that this is the last day, so I try the old big bait big fish tactic. I tie on a #6 hairy bugger and go deep out by the channel. On the way back in as I was stripping, I felt what seemed like I hooked the bottom. The line just stopped. Then a head shake. I knew it was a decent fish so I called to DaGarth so he could kick over for a pic. About 15 minutes later, I got the fish to net. I had to raise the fish onto my stripping appron to get the line untangled from it's pectoral fin. As soon as I got it up there, it went bullistic and back into the water it went. Luckily it was still hooked and after another 10 minutes, I got it back to net. I still didn't know it's length, but I knew is must have weighted about 6 or 7 pounds. It fought better than the 24 brown and the 22 cut by far. When I finally got a chance to measure it, it was only 21.5 inches as officially measured by DaGarth. It really thought it was a much bigger fish as did I. Anyway here it is:

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    As a reference, the net is 19" across the long way.

    We could not see anyone on the lake except a rental boat way accross the lake up by Leighton Springs. As soon as we moved away from the spot this damn poacher zooms clear across the lake and anchors right on the spot. We weren't hooting or making any noise while on the fish except when I called out Garth's name to get his attension for the pic. He must have been glassing us. Damn Poachers:finger:

    All in all a great trip with great friends! Can't wait until next time!

    P.S. All fish were released safely.:)

    Howzat
    Rich
  2. DaGoose
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    Crowley Dog,

    It was way too much fun once again my friend. You were clearly the BIG KAHUNA for the pigs this year.....argggggggh....and to think I have to wait another year of suffering smack (you do need the practice though) for redemption!

    If this was a frigin perch tourney, I coulda been somebody :Exploding

    For the record, I did catch a bow the last day, so I didn't fly the stripe. I see you are still in getting skunked denial :nutkick: Had to work on Monday, so it figures the bite went off as soon as I left.

    Thanks for the invite and report!

    Rick
  3. CrowleyDog
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    Ahhh. This poses another question. I understand the bow was 8". So the question is: If you catch a half a fish does it count as a whole fish? Or maybe it's only half a skunk? Or would that be a quarter skunk?:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Rich
  4. DaGoose
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    Albert,

    A skunk is a skunk is a skunk. As I recall, you didn't even catch a perch. Zippity do dah bubba.

    Just ask Scarleg for clarification. He knows about these things.

    Rick
  5. CrowleyDog
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    PerchMaster,
    Then again, I wasn't trying to catch a perch or a half a fish either.:rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Rich
  6. phish_slaying
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    WOW.....Makes me want to go up there this weekend....ummmm
    Way to go....your the man.....those are some nice brownies....
  7. Scarleg
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    That was a killer report Rich :lux: You guys crack me up:rofl: :rofl:
    I can tell ya guys had a great time fishing and shit-talking.Hey Rich...a SKUNK is a SKUNK...Period:nutkick::Beat_Them :Beat_Them :rofl:
  8. Mot's Sr.
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    You guy's are killen me, Rich, great post and pictures man. :appl: :appl:

    A half a skunk, is still a skunk:rofl: :rofl: :cheers: :cheers:
  9. CrowleyDog
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    Yup. We had a great time! Now don't get me wrong. I owned up to my skunk or half a skunk. I mearly question DaGoose's skunk or half a skunk. Anything less than legal doesn't count as a fish. In fact as I recall, DaGoose was smackin before we left that "a dink should reduce your total fish inches per day by one inch per dink". He even made shreadsheets and flow charts to take out on the water. :rofl:So if that were the rule, he would have a skunk -1. Right? slap::nutkick::fight1::Beat_Them:rofl:
  10. DaGoose
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    It's a.............
    • Crowley 10/8 - 10/15-Skunk pic.jpg
  11. DaGoose
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    No such thing as..........
    • Crowley 10/8 - 10/15-Skunk pic.jpg
  12. CrowleyDog
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    Ok...then we both got a full skunk but you got a full skunk -1. I'm glad we agree!:appl:
  13. Mot's Sr.
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    You guy's are to damn funny:rofl: :rofl:
  14. Fishburger
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    Great report!!! And that's some funny shit!!!
  15. DaGoose
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    OK GrovelingDog.....I drew you a picture, and your still skunk definition challenged. :smoking33

    Upon further reflection, it all makes sense now. My first clue; the repeated "I have a happy ass" comments. Next year, I'm sleeping with one eye open. :rolleyes: gayz:

    Howzat?

    LOL LOL LOL

    DaPerchMaster
  16. CrowleyDog
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    Easy now Ricktor,

    Now you are scaring me! My ass was happy after I switched to waders that didn't take on water and you are bunking with DaGarth next year.:rofl:You just have trout envy. It's ok...I understand.:rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Howzat
  17. DaGoose
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    Dude, still definition challenged.

    Trout envy =
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  18. CrowleyDog
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    Ole Skunk -1,
    Ok...you got me on that one. But you are still bunking with DaGarth.:cheers: I think I need to take Pringles out with me next time though. Or maybe wear a yellow hat.:notworthy Oh and by the way...I'm sure all my trout look like that to you.:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Are you talking to me??????
  19. DaGoose
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    OK, I'll sleep on the couch :doh:

    As originaly stated, you were clearly the big fish happy ass KAHUNA of the trip. :appl: :appl: in spite of the day one full skunk moniker. Perhaps you should learn how to handle DaPerch better to prevent tube deflation issues. Fix a flat may work. Or better yet, perhaps Viagra.

    I'm happy for you.

    Redemption will be sweet.

    :notworthy :notworthy :notworthy :rolleyes: LOL LOL LOL :cheers:

    Rick
  20. CrowleyDog
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    Maybe...then again...
    I'm thinkin you are in skunk denial. I'm at one with mine....just not -1 by the way. With that I bid adieu!