First Fish of 2011

Discussion in 'Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming reports' started by MeCrankMate, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. MeCrankMate

    MeCrankMate TheLegendOfTheLuckyScale

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    Scott
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    Today was my only day to hit up some of my local spots since the new year and I only had a small window to get it done. Bundled up the boy and we headed out into a sunny 28 degree day. We also had a separate mission apart from fishing today, bring some trash bags and try and pick up some of the crap that other careless fisherman have the habit of leaving behind (and by careless I mean stupid and inconsiderate). Before fishing even got started, almost a whole shopping bag of styrofoam worm containers and Ice House tall boys was picked up in two spots of looking. Pretty sad that there is so little respect for this wonderful gift that is right in our own back yards. Water levels are up due to the release of water from Lucky Peak Res so the water was big this afternoon and there was a decent amout of debris looking to find a new winter home. This, of course, means the fish are out doing the same. Last years weapon, the infamous Gold Phoebe, was riding higher in the water column with the increase in flow and wasn't in the target range of where I wanted her, so switched it up to a Lazer Eye minnow for some depth. What happened on the 2nd cast was close to impossible.... Fish hits in deep water, strongest part of the current. Big head shakes, a blistering run down stream, a massive breach 20+ yrds from where he was hooked. I'm shaking at this point... it's a big one, don't horse it. My sons on the bank above going nuts, "calm down dude, you're gonna fall in kiddo, stay up there and tell me when you see the fishy." 40 yrds out now, approaching a huge draw to a down stream run, this is getting scary. Another breach, tail in the air, 3 ft from the draw of the white water, if he goes I'm screwed. Palm the drag and pray to turn him around in time... NO WAY!! Got em turned and headed towards the opposite shore, smoother water, less current. Making up room now, back to 20 yrds out. Back into the big water, another couple runs, but he's tired now. Back and forth, up and down... please God, no line fatigue. Got him workin' towards me, comin' up through the eddy. 5 ft out now, gotta do this right. PAY DAY, my hands are shaking and I hear Logan, "Daddy, I see the fishy!!! Whoa!!! Cool!!!" Yeah, way cool. We called it after that, mission accomplished for one day. Got a couple of bags of trash picked up from one of my favorite spots to fish, and wound up with one hell of a fish for the effort. After the 15+ min fight on 2 lb the fish didn't want to go back home, so I offered him a place to stay. Would usually let one like this go, but damn, times are tough and didn't look like he was gonna swim off on his own so he'll have the place of honor at the dinner table tonight. Wish I would have had my waders on... might have been a different story with the release. Fish measured out at 22"L x 6.5"W and weighed in at just over 4.75 lbs on my rusty rapala spring scale. This is the biggest rainbow I have caught on the Boise since moving here. and in the dead of winter no less. Here's the pics...
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  2. yot_fish

    yot_fish Newbie

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    Sick fish....
     
  3. m_mcgourty

    m_mcgourty Handsome Devil

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    They sure don't look like that in the lakes around here...
     
  4. MeCrankMate

    MeCrankMate TheLegendOfTheLuckyScale

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    I've never seen such beautiful trout in my life save for a few nice Cutthroat and large native rainbows in the Eastern Sierras. So wierd to catch so many native trout on a body of water and MAYBE catch a definable stocker, and even the stockers fight hard and don't look beat up, just different colors. Every once in a while a stocker will have the front two fins a little rounded, but you don't know it's a stocker by the fight of it, not until you see it. A 5 lb rainbow or brown on the river is the equal to a DD trout on steroids in a lake or pond... it's a knock down drag out fight to the end.
     
  5. DaveR

    DaveR Newbie

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    Nice... what a beauty. :boobies:

    In comparison it's funny here in SoCal that we have guys catching hatchery-raised fish in local pay-to-fish "lakes" (really ponds) and they post pics too... :rofl:
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  6. Derfsondeck

    Derfsondeck DUMBASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Man what a gorgeous fish.
     
  7. MeCrankMate

    MeCrankMate TheLegendOfTheLuckyScale

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    Yup... that used to be me. I hit those lakes from time to time, although Big Bear was my lake to choice. I threw my hat in that ring earlier... and I take back what I said. The act of fishing remains the same no matter where you are getting you line wet, regardless of what the target species is. The stoke of pulling on a fish, even at LNL or SARL, is still the same if you are a true fisherman. These are beautiful fish up here and I am blessed, but no better than anyone else on the forum regardless of what the catch is. Fun is fun, fish are fish. Or is it fish are food? Either way...
     
  8. DaveR

    DaveR Newbie

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    Yeah, whatever... so you sure that's a 'bow? Interesting colors
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  9. MeCrankMate

    MeCrankMate TheLegendOfTheLuckyScale

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    It's a rainbow in winter colors... they start to get real dark this time of year when the ice is around the banks and the trees are bare. In summer/fall they lighten up a lot and get silver, but the red on the fins, cheeck, and sides stay pretty much year long. I know what you mean, looks like a hybrid Cutbow, but I've seen Cutbows and they look different. Also, the fingerlings go through the same changes. According to the DFG website the stocked rainbow species are a Kamloop breed. I'm sure it's not a pure rainbow by any means, but probably not mixed with a Cutthroat. Come spring and summer they'll look much more like we're used to seeing.
    Also, the river they are caught in (elevation and food supply) also dictates the color. This rainbow of pretty much the same size was caught an hour North of here, but during fall.
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    This time of year the same fish would look a lot like the one I caught yesterday.
     
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  10. chefboom

    chefboom Newbie

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    One of the most beautiful Rainbows I've ever seen! I have never caught a Bow that big but have a few browns over 22" caught up in Oregon. I have a real good buddy that lives up in Boise whom I fished with this summer and had a blast up near Idaho City, can't wait to get back up there. One question I have, what rod and reel are you using?
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  11. MeCrankMate

    MeCrankMate TheLegendOfTheLuckyScale

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    9' Phenix Elixir series 2-8 lb rod and a Shimano Symetre 2500 spooled with 2# Pline CX Premium.... best set up I've ever had.
     
  12. MeCrankMate

    MeCrankMate TheLegendOfTheLuckyScale

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    Funny thing happened today... went fishing and the lure that I caught this fish on broke!! The body detached from the lip and all I got back was the ring and the plastic lip!! So glad that didn't happen while I was fighting the fish.... I only used that lure like 2 times prior with no caught fish. Sucks!!!
     
  13. Bill A

    Bill A Newbie

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    You are having an experience like I did twenty years ago when I moved to Oregon from Southern Calif.. Prior to moving, my personal best trout was A 7lb. hatchery trout from June Lake with a stubby little tail from the hatchery. Besides that I would have to fish Irvine Lake and catch stubby tailed hatchery trout that taste like shit because they were raised on trout pellets.
    Now you are finally in a place where there is a nice variety of lightly fished water where bigger naturally grown trout are available. I was like a kid in a candy store. All of a sudden you are seeing larger and larger trout. It changes your point of reference quite a bit.
    I've caught dolly vardens ( bull trout ) up to twelve and a half pounds, and browns up to ten and a half. Not trying to brag, but you lose track of the four and five pounders.
    Good going picking up the garbage and enjoy your new home.
     
  14. MeCrankMate

    MeCrankMate TheLegendOfTheLuckyScale

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    Kid in a candy store is a great way to put it... seems like it just gets better!!! This next year is going to be epic, gonna hit some legendary streams and resevoirs this year and have high hopes.
     
  15. Bill A

    Bill A Newbie

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    Start fishing Much Larger plugs with heavier line and be prepared to be blown away.
     
  16. BakerStBobby2

    BakerStBobby2 GET BIT

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    That'll do, i guess...hehehhe NICE GERMANIAN!!!
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  17. maddox51

    maddox51 Newbie

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  18. BOATSODA

    BOATSODA Team Boat Soda

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    :hali_olutta::hali_olutta:Sounds like when you boat a Dodo on a jig and lay it on the deck and they go apeshit....Alot of times they beat down an iron pretty good. I've seen jigs break at the top and you only have the ring in which you tie onto....
     
  19. Albacrazy

    Albacrazy NUCKIN FUTS 4 2NA

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    Man the colorings on that fish are insane. Never seen one with the white markings on the anal fins like that. I've only seen those on Brookies
     
  20. Gaji Lures

    Gaji Lures Member

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    AWESOME Job Scott!!!!!

    Having just moved from Hawaii 9 months ago, I recently posted a thread on the Fresh Water Fly Fishing forum... I have received advice from so many people too!

    I am however, in a dilema as to what type of set up to purchase, that I am soo confused at the moment. 5-6 weight 6-7 weight set up etc.???

    I too live in Meridian and don't really know wher to start... Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks for the great post Scott and thanks for doing your part in keeping our the areas around Boise, neat and clean!!!! Great dad to be teaching your youngster the ropes of future fishing and conservation!

    Allan
     

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