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JBMasterAngler

Rush River 2017

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My first venture of the season to the Rush River, and the parking lot was full! One of my favorite qualities about this place though, is even if the lot is full, you can still escape and never see another person the whole day. I got plenty of exercise in, carrying my kids across each river crossing. Conditions weren't ideal for trout fishing...water was very low, and gin clear. Bright sunny day. Luckily it was very windy, providing a nice chop on the surface. As has been typical so far this season, kids lost interest in fishing after a few casts, and played in the woods the whole time. I caught 9 chunky brown trout, all in that 11/12 inch range. Also caught 1 brook trout. All fish caught on black panther martin, with brown dots (which is quickly becoming my favorite lure). Despite a lot of bugs flying around, I didn't see any of the fly fisherman catch anything. They were getting stuck in the trees a lot though :grin:

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My wife suggested that I go fishing today, instead of tomorrow. And I could not thank her enough for that! The Rush was nothing short of phenomenal today! Got there about noon, was a good bug hatch going on upon arrival. Water was still low, with just a touch of cloudiness. But with the overcast skies, wind, and occasional rain showers, conditions were perfect! 

 

Caught 35 trout, which is a new single day record (33 was the old record, from same location). 27 brown trout, and 8 brook trout. The size of the fish were impressive as well. Most brownies ran about 13 inches, and had fat bellies. Biggest ran 17 inches. Biggest brook trout was 13 inches. Every fish caught on black panther Martin with brown polka dots. Had to quit at about 5, against my will, as my wife called me to come home. I reluctantly obliged :crazy:

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