Fly Fishing: A gathering place for those who like to stand in a river waving a stick around.

I managed to sneak out for a few hours today before work. It was a beautiful day and I was more interested in being outside than I was in catching fish. Which was good because when I got to the parking lot around 11 this morning two guys were walking out. They told me they had had a pretty good day, both were holding Euro Rods so I was a little bummed. I walked in and fished upstream a ways with no joy, a bit farther up things turned on pretty good actually. All of these fish came from just a couple holes that were probably a little farther than the two previous guys walked. FWIW I paid attention to what they were driving per our previous discussion on this thread. One had a newer Silverado 1500 but he had a trout on his license plate the other guy had a BMW X5, and I was driving my F150 Lightning. So no Subarus or Tacoma were spotted…. Anyway on to the pictures.
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Hahahaha. Ok so I’m gonna poke fun at you for a second but please know it’s all in jest…

Leave it to a Texan to “lip” a freaking trout!!! WTF!!!! That’s not how you handle a poor trout!!!! On second thought look at those fins…. That poor fish has had a hard life in a concrete pond. In answer to your question no, I have not fished for trout in Texas. There are some AMAZING trout in AZ and NM though so maybe TX has some legit trout water. Now, no more lipping trout, it’s not a freaking bass!!! Hahahaha.
Hahaha first off, not me holding the fish. I did catch it but I took the picture and I gave me buddy (yes a Texan) a lesson on how to hold a trout. I myself am not a Texan, just happen to live here but either way I shared it so I will rightfully take the blame. Best picture I have of the actual fish.

Speaking of concrete ponds you couldn't be more right. There's a Trout Unlimited Chapter down in the New Braunfels area that has a river stocked down there every fall and the fish make it in that river until around spring time yearly. Watching them stock the trout from a truck is something else. I was happy to actually not have to go home to Colorado to fly fish for trout but thinking on the whole process I am not sure how I feel about it.
 
Got out again this morning. New spot I’d never been. Now these two fish are very unremarkable however these are the first two fish I have caught this year without my Euro rod.
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First dry fly fish of the year.
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First Dry Dropper fish of the year.

TBF even these tiny fish are fun on the little slow action 3WT I was using.
 
37 and raining for a day and a half sucked in northern California this past weekend.

Thursday I caught 7 fish in 2 hrs and it was 70*, then it turned to trash. Snowed 2' about 2000' up from where we fished.

Tremor crushed it, rain jacket did not.
 

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37 and raining for a day and a half sucked in northern California this past weekend.

Thursday I caught 7 fish in 2 hrs and it was 70*, then it turned to trash. Snowed 2' about 2000' up from where we fished.

Tremor crushed it, rain jacket did not.
hell yeah! Looks like paradise
 
37 and raining for a day and a half sucked in northern California this past weekend.

Thursday I caught 7 fish in 2 hrs and it was 70*, then it turned to trash. Snowed 2' about 2000' up from where we fished.

Tremor crushed it, rain jacket did not.
Was that off Hwy-50 east of Placerville?
 

I do some fly fishing these days..went down a rabbit hole built my own rod ect...these days I use whatever catches fish..I do enjoy hitting up farm ponds in my yak and fishing for bass with a 3 or 4wt. Redfish in the yak are fun too, finding non windy days is the trick.
 
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Love to see the Natural State Fly Shop Insta page in the post above! Lots of great fly fishing here in Arkansas for a lot of different species. I mainly target Smallmouth, Striper and Trout. My passion for fly fishing like many started in fresh water and has now developed into chasing saltwater fish on the flats with a fly rod like Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish. Just got back from a trip to the Keys this Sunday. My wife and I are in the picture with the two browns. I spend most my days playing guide rowing my boat or raft and untangling rigs for friends. If anyone is ever in Arkansas and needs some fishing advice let me know!

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Love to see the Natural State Fly Shop Insta page in the post above! Lots of great fly fishing here in Arkansas for a lot of different species. I mainly target Smallmouth, Striper and Trout. My passion for fly fishing like many started in fresh water and has now developed into chasing saltwater fish on the flats with a fly rod like Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish. Just got back from a trip to the Keys this Sunday. My wife and I are in the picture with the two browns. I spend most my days playing guide rowing my boat or raft and untangling rigs for friends. If anyone is ever in Arkansas and needs some fishing advice let me know!

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Amazing fish and photos!!! That first one looks like it should/ could be the cover of a magazine, it’s perfect! Amazing. Do you fish the White River? Is that where those big browns are from? I’ve been to the Keys a lot…. Where you wading/ self guided or did you take a guide? I really need to get back there.
 
Amazing fish and photos!!! That first one looks like it should/ could be the cover of a magazine, it’s perfect! Amazing. Do you fish the White River? Is that where those big browns are from? I’ve been to the Keys a lot…. Where you wading/ self guided or did you take a guide? I really need to get back there.
Yeah, the Trout are from the White River in the Cotter, AR area. We fish it and the Norfork a lot.

The Striper are on Beaver lake where I live in Northwest Arkansas.

When we go the Keys we hire a guide and fish from a skiff, but will get out and wade to bones if they are in really shallow water. Those saltwater fish just have another level of challenge and power to them. I love it all though!
 
Love to see the Natural State Fly Shop Insta page in the post above! Lots of great fly fishing here in Arkansas for a lot of different species. I mainly target Smallmouth, Striper and Trout. My passion for fly fishing like many started in fresh water and has now developed into chasing saltwater fish on the flats with a fly rod like Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish. Just got back from a trip to the Keys this Sunday. My wife and I are in the picture with the two browns. I spend most my days playing guide rowing my boat or raft and untangling rigs for friends. If anyone is ever in Arkansas and needs some fishing advice let me know!

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Yeah dude!!!
 
37 and raining for a day and a half sucked in northern California this past weekend.

Thursday I caught 7 fish in 2 hrs and it was 70*, then it turned to trash. Snowed 2' about 2000' up from where we fished.

Tremor crushed it, rain jacket did not.
McCloud River?
Edit: I see you already answered that 👍
 
Yeah, the Trout are from the White River in the Cotter, AR area. We fish it and the Norfork a lot.

The Striper are on Beaver lake where I live in Northwest Arkansas.

When we go the Keys we hire a guide and fish from a skiff, but will get out and wade to bones if they are in really shallow water. Those saltwater fish just have another level of challenge and power to them. I love it all though!
Caught my first striper in beaver lake when I was 10 was awesome. I had an internship in little rock and used to hammer smallies on my spinning set up.
 
Been lurking around the Catskills for a couple days. Super tough technical fishing but the scenery has been outstanding.
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Awesome thread !
 
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