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Buffalo on the fly [updated w/pics 11/25/2008]

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Made it out for the final trip of the season. It was cold and blustery, but it paid off with some of the biggest fish of the season.

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Full report posted on my blog.

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Lakes are locked up tight and overnight lows are supposed to be at or below 0 degrees (F!) tonight. That's cold enough for me to pack it up and gear up for ice fishing.

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Yeah DH. You know this is when I start getting out after them. Maybe next Monday. Warm water discharges!

Now you've piqued my interest. Please share some tactics. I need to catch some of these beasts.

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Originally Posted By: Tyler Holm
Yeah DH. You know this is when I start getting out after them. Maybe next Monday. Warm water discharges!

Now you've piqued my interest. Please share some tactics. I need to catch some of these beasts.

RW, I fish for roughfish all winter long at a couple warm water discharges around Rochester. I've never caught a buffalo thou.

Basically sucker fishing with the same tactics as we do in the spring. 1/2 crawler on the bottom. Nothing too it. Many species of fish are attracted to this warm water. It's nothing to catch 5 species of fish in a hour or so.

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Do Catfish also flock to these warm water discharges?

I know down in Mankato their is a place with warm water being discharged and I have heard of a Paddlefish being snagged at this location.

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JP, that last Buff is a tank. What flies were you getting them on? One of these days I'm going to have to get up there and find some similar water. Looks like you are having way too much fun.

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one popular fly was a giant zebra midge pattern.

give me shout next time you want to head up this way. always a fun outing...

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