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  1. Small sheepies are ubiquitous and pretty easy to catch. The state record is 35.32 pounds. Where (as in what part of the water column and around what structure) do the double digit sheepies hang out? Anybody able to catch larger drum consistantly?
  2. Scouted the shoreline of a nearby lake today and saw none of the usual tailing carp or tell tale waves pushed by spooked carp heading for cover. No shallow sunnies, basses, etc. Are we done sight fishing for carp? Or are we going to see a few more days of carp available in the shallows? Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer so I'll check again. Was out on Rice creek this last weekend and got a few small ones on the fly but nothing really to brag about. No large ones seen. What say all you carp experts?
  3. gotta see if my avatar works
  4. Thanks again. It was a bit tough to find as it is out of print. I did find a copy through 'Abe Books' in the U.K. After that purchase, I went and bought a copy of 'Carp on the Fly' through Amazon. I've been having some success in targeting the 'golden sided salmon' but I am interested in learning more about their habits and biology to increase the number of large fish hooked. I am looking forward to others responding as there seems to be a wealth of knowledge in this forum.
  5. There are bazillions of books on bass/muskie/trout/walleye/ ad nauseum. Charting their lives and habits from the egg to maturity, spawning and beyond, location as well as food and prey items, etc. Are there any similar tomes about carp? Sign me: eagerlyawaitingyourinput
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    rush stocked?

    Have seen several mentions here and on fly fishing forum that WI fisheries was not going to stock the Rush for two years due to budget constraints, etc. The last three visits to the creek have seen large numbers of three inch browns. Especially near some of the bridges. Two days ago, near Martell, I had a couple of dozen of these parrs actively feeding near my feet. The thing I found most interesting was that these fish showed little wariness/fear of something large and clumsy invading their space. Maybe they have been there all year and I am as obtuse as my wife says I am. Or they are a recent addition. Maybe WI DNR had some extras. Any WI fisheries folks out there? Anyone else with some insights? ------------------ stu [This message has been edited by nkambae (edited 09-18-2004).]
  7. The grebe has good advice. The only thing I would add, is to consider using a circle hook for bait. All I can say is that they work. When you feel the fish, don't set the hook, just tighten up on it and it will be hooked almost invariably in the corner of the mouth. If you do get a swallow just cut the line. The design of the hook is such that it will probably pass through without harming the fish. Do a google search on circle hooks and see what you come up with. ------------------ stu
  8. Hey Marc, A challenge for you. The next time you go out use nothing but woolly buggers. Well, unless there is a major hatch coming off. Bring a bunch of them cuz you're going to lose some. The rule is: If it looks like you will lose your fly, that's where you want to fish. Undercuts and snaggy dark water. Runs near deep water are good too. Dead drift it, strip it, and swing it. You probably won't catch as many fish, but I think you'll find that the fish you do get will average larger than with 'regular' flies. Speaking of hoppers, I saw my first baby hopper near a Wisconsin creek about a month ago. It won't be long 'til those Madame X, Dave's hoppers, and muddlers will bring those normally cautious big 'uns rocketing to the surface. Think hopper, dropper as a searching pattern. Have fun. ------------------ stu
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    Christmas Lake

    If you are fishing bait, you might consider using a circle hook as there is a smaller hook mortality rate because the fish are generally hooked in the corner of the mouth. Don't set the hook! Just tighten up on the fish and it will be hooked. They're quite popular among the salt anglers and gaining in popularity elsewhere. I've used them with great success before. ------------------ stu [This message has been edited by nkambae (edited 06-26-2004).]
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    Who Smokes?

    Just an hour or so in the brine for small fish, longer for larger fish. All the brine does is to remove water and hasten the curing process. Too long in the brine and you'll have anchovies(!). Herbs and spices added to the brine can enhance or over power the flavor of that lovely smoked trout. How long to smoke? How hot is your fire? Over 160 degrees and you have a hot smoke which melts the fat and partially cooks the fish. Less than 160 dgrees and the fat congeals and you have a cold smoke. Hot smokes are faster but don't keep as long and the opposite is true for a cold smoke. For a hot fire, maybe a 30-60 minutes for the size fish you described. Just 'til the meat flakes easily. For a cold fire, maybe an hour. It depends on how much smoke you have, how close to the fire you are, and whether or not you have a water pan to help keep your meat moist. You are going to have to experiment with your particular smoker. Be careful though, too long in the smoker and you'll have trout jerky. Too little time and you'll have sushi. Hope this is somewhat helpful.
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    Brook Trout

    Are we sure it's a brook tout and not a splake? It can be difficult to discern the difference. S'pose it doesn't matter in the long run. It's a beautiful fish. Congrats. stu [This message has been edited by nkambae (edited 12-01-2003).]
  12. Ren, Just curious, how could you tell they were resident browns and not lake runs? ------------------ stu
  13. Ren, Just curious, how could you tell they were resident browns and not lake runs? ------------------ stu
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