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About Sully20

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  1. I use a dehydrator and think it works better than the screen method simply because I have more faith in the fact that all the moisture is getting removed. If I get a big haul I still use the window screens but don't trust the finished product as much for LONGTERM storage. After they're dried I store them in ziplocks in the pantry. I still have 2 quart bags full of dried morels left from last year and when I used some last weekend they still rehydrated perfectly. To rehydrate, I put them in a bowl with warm water for about 10 minutes, stirring them a few times. Then I pull them all out in a bunch and squeeze (hard) all of the water out of them with my hands back into the bowl. Surprisingly they are quite durable and this doesn't seem to affect their ability to keep their shape. On another note, the water that you rehydrate morels in is very flavorful, resist the urge to pour it down the sink! I strain mine then try to use it as liquid substitute if the recipe calls for any water.
  2. Here's some info on circle hooks for anyone who is interested: http://www.news-press.com/assets/pdf/A483941829.PDF
  3. Sully20

    How to again?

    This may sound crazy, but here's how I would attack this one: This tactic requires a two man team, but in a situation like this where options are limited, it is the best. After choosing the fly/lure of choice, with utmost stealth, have one of two guys position him/herself with the fly/lure in the upper left hand corner of the photo, further upstream than you would think is necessary. Have the second person (who is holding the rod) move around the bottom of the photo (out of sight of the hole) with the line held tight as they let more out. When person #2 gets to the bottom right hand corner of the photo, a signaled release lets person #1 drop the fly/lure into the water. This reduces the possibility of spooking fish with the line on a slackwater pool and ensures the first "cast" hits its mark. The retrieve begins and hopefully is followed by a hookup. I would keep the retrieve as close to the "chair" ledge as possible. Some might say this is a dirty tactic, but a situation like this calls for them. If it were me I would use either a # 2 olive wooly bugger on a sink-tip line or a # 9 countdown black and gold rapala. The rapala would probably be a better option because you could walk the line around the leaves easier. Good luck
  4. Just an FYI, as a non-resident you are required to hire an outfitter if you are going to hunt big game in a "wilderness" area. So for the hunt you wish to do (DIY), don't plan to hunt a wilderness area. There are plenty of non-wilderness areas in the state to hunt such as BLM, state forest land, etc. I haven't hunted WY so can't offer any suggestions for a specific place to start to check out. Good luck with your search
  5. Let's not get Borch confused, its the Flathead river and Flathead lake but I'm sure he would have figured that out when he got there. Beautiful river and a beautiful lake too. One thing I find funny out there is that there is a bon-a-fide Green Bay Packers bar on the road between Whitefish and Flathead lake. A must see for any Viking or Packer fan. Stop in for a beer and tell them where you're from, they are friendly folks. Also a good microbrewery in the town of Whitefish. From my experience, there are far less people on the east side of the park (east of going to the sun pass). Some good lakes and waterfall hikes on that side which see far less traffic than those spots on the west side of the main pass. Have a great time.
  6. That's a great looking smallie! Buzzbaits are a good time for those big ones. Do you have any info on the fishing below Yellowtail on the Bighorn. I am going to be floating it with a buddy next Friday and am hoping for a good trip. Flows have dropped to about 7200 cfs and I'm hoping it will come down some more in the next week. How early do you have to get to the launch to beat the majority of the boats down the river? We are thinking about putting in at 3 mile to get ahead of the people putting in at the dam. We are coming from Billings, so we're thinking of shooting for a 8am launch. Any info would be appreciated. I'll post a report when I get back in a few weeks.
  7. I too am a former MN guy who ended up in NE. At first I was a bit apprehensive about the opportunities, but after getting out for some researching, there are ample places to hunt and fish. For now I would suggest getting after the pheasants or ducks. Go to the local Game and Parks office and get a CRP book. They make a county by county book which lists all of the public ground in the state. There are tons of opportunity on the eastern side of the state (and throughout the state) for pheasants on public ground. Get out there and walk, there is more ground to hunt than you could cover in 5 years here. If you have a dog and want to ever get out, let me know, I am in the Kearney area. I am no expert in the state by any means, but as a newbie on my first season here, I am already getting into plenty of critters. Good luck.
  8. Since there isn't a state page for Wyoming, I thought this might be my best bet to get some advice on fishing there. I am heading to the Saratoga/Encampment area to fish the roadless section of the Encampment river in about a week. I have never been there before, I just know it holds some nice fish, is relatively uncrowded, and that is enough for me. I am having trouble finding information about hatches this time of year. Are they simiar to the hatches on the upper North Fork Platte? I would assume some tricos, caddis, and possibly hoppers in the lower sections, and bwo's if it gets cloudy, but am not sure. Are there October caddis in the system? Any help, tips, or info would be appreciated. Is it better to head in from the lower(riverside) or upper(hogback) access points? Flows are down to about 100cfs so it will be smaller water which could be good or bad. Thanks for the help if you have any, wish me luck!
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    Speaking of canoes...when I used to fish it a few years ago, I actually used a canoe and it was very productive. I had the best luck in the evenings casting small rapalas and spinners. I would paddle to the end of the lake where the wind was coming from and set up a drift across the middle of the lake. I would then cast in all directions from the canoe as I drifted the length of the lake. This was a productive tactic and I usually caught several trout and some big ones too. It was also nice because I didn't have to worry about interfering with any of the bank anglers out there. Hope you have access to a canoe and this post helps.
  10. It looks like I am going to be exploring yet another state for the next couple years. After moving to Idaho from MN and living here for the last three years, I am going to be moving to Kearney at the end of February to attend grad school for a year and a half. What kinds of things are there to do in that area? I have searched the web far and wide for info with few results, are there any experts out there? I have this much figured out so far...the central flyway pinches down in that area providing excellent waterfowling during the fall. I have a canoe which I love to hunt ducks out of, so I am thinking the Platte river will take care of my needs there for the ducks. Are there any bass in the main Platte near Kearney? I have heard from many that the pheasant numbers are good in the state, so I'm sure I will get out to chase them from time to time. How tough is it to figure out the snow geese there? I don't own snow decoys, so I imagine I am probably out of luck there. Are there any remote roadless sections in the western part of the state which offer good mule deer hunting? I would like to do a backpack hunting trip if it is feasible, but I have no idea if there are remote sections to do it in. How is the trout fishing throughout the state? I read up some of it on the Game and Parks comission HSOforum but it wasn't that informative. Are there streams/rivers in the western part of the state which offer those opportunities? I have also checked into the sandhills area and around Valentine. It appears that is a diverse area with lots to do. Has anyone out there fished the Niobrara, if so what's in there? I obviously have a lot more questions than answers, but I am fearing that my hunting and fishing opportunities may suffer if I don't get some of these things figured out soon. Any info would be appreciated.
  11. I moved out to Idaho three years ago from Rochester after I graduated college, and let me tell you, get ready to be in paradise! I can't even begin to tell you of all of the opportunities that there are out here for the outdoorsperson. Every weekend I have to make the tough decision of what activity I am going to partake in. From steelhead and salmon fishing, to world class trout fishing, upland or waterfowl bird hunting, 9 species of big game to hunt, antler hunting, rafting, biking, snowboarding, I could go on and on. It is a miracle I get anything done out here there is so much to do. You are going to absolutely love it. Sadly, I have to leave this wonderful place for the next year and a half to go to grad school in Nebraska. Hopefully I can find something to do over there to keep me busy when I am not in school. If I were going to be here I would be more than happy to show you around, but honestly you may never leave once you get here so we could hook up a year or so down the road. As far as the elk hunts go, don't worry about the licenses. If you are going to do a general season hunt, 90% of the time the nonresident "no quota" tags never even sell out. You can check the number of tags that are left for the season on the Fish and Game HSOforum under nonresident deer and elk tag quotas. The tags that do sell out are the wilderness area hunts which are very limited, but trust me, you will get into plenty of animals on the general season tags too. I wish I could be of more help to you here, feel free to e-mail me if you have questions about the area or good places to start scouting for the upcoming seasons. By the way, do you need a house to rent while you're out here? I am going to be renting mine out for the year and a half I am gone. It is in south Boise in a great location, let me know if that is a need of yours. -Chris [email protected]
  12. Don't give up out there! I have searched all of the farms which I regularly find morels (about 7 spots total) and I have only found mushrooms at one site in SE MN. Lots though, have picked over six pounds so far out of the one spot. Things should pick up this weekend I hope.
  13. I would say no to getting fished too hard. The water there is so big that an arsenal of people would have to be going through there and fishing it hard to pressure it too much. Most people just don't go to the effort to get back in there.
  14. I canoed the root this last weekend with a buddy and fished both flies and spinning gear. We were each in our own canoes, so we found the spinning gear to be more convenient while paddling solo. There are several spots along the route where it is easy to bank on an island or sand bar and cast from shore. I would recommend this method to thoroughly cover the water. The fishing was good last weekend, we caught about one smallie to every 5 trout. There was a pretty thick stonefly hatch going on to our surprise, so load up the fly box. Good luck
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