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Steve Fraley, BBT
Co-owner & Guide

March 23, 2017

Well, you’ve heard it before, but burning the candle at both ends hardly describes it! I’ve been having an absolute blast since last report and between long days on the river, some pole barn time afterward and eating out at Barski almost every single night with clients I haven’t had much free time at all to sit down and write…

The Winkle group!

Had a few days off since my last real report on the 9th. Went down to Warren for the fly fishing show with Stealthcraft and then had a few fair weather fishermen bail out due to cold weather… Got going again on the 15th however and spent the next several days on our annual group trip with the Winkle crew. Below is a few random shots of some of the fish we caught…

John and I made an exception for a friend and went out on Saturday also, great having you and the crew Larry!

Normally, Tom and I do three days in a row to include St. Patrick’s day every year, but scheduling got mixed up last year so he snuck up again for a few days anyway and I took him on Sunday, John K on Monday and John R on Tuesday. (We are back on schedule for next year however!) A little tougher bite on Sunday, but we managed to put a couple to hand and get it handed to us several more times… ;^)

Ron and Russ joined me for our annual trip on Monday. Pretty much the same scenario. Put a few to hand and lost our share of others…

John and I had the Messerlie crew the past two days and the fish we were hooking from the pools have been new and HOT for the most part! Had our share of heartbreakers for sure, but managed to put a few to hand.

We’ve been seeing our fair share of fish out spawning on most days, but thus far haven’t had to spend much if any time at all targeting them as the pools that we prefer to wet a line in have fished well with new fish showing up daily. If sight fishing is your thing you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a few in the low light of dawn and dusk, but during the day it can look rather barren save a few of the big popular gravels with fish mostly taking cover during the bright days in the low and clear water.

Smaller clown eggs, pink and chartreuse nukes as well as fry patterns, stoneflies and hex nymphs have all produced well. We are still seeing bare hook and bead rigs in the fly water folks, please keep in mind that these are not legal there, but can be very effective if you like fishing them anywhere below Gleason’s. Spawn, spinners, hot-n-tots and the like are also producing fish in the 60 plus mile of river below the flies only that is open if you care to go that route!

So far everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and respecting other anglers so, let’s keep it that way. Any legal method of fishing is a great method of fishing in my book and we’re all out there to relax and have a good time!

I’ve got tomorrow blocked off for a little R&R as I somehow wound up with another Saturday booked and it turns out I needed to block that 29th off as well for some blood test my doctor has ordered. My next open day to book is Monday, April 10th for anyone interested and odds are we can find you a guide for most other days. The shop is fully stocked and we have motel rooms available on most days as well. I hope you will consider us for your purchases, lodging and guides. We truly appreciate your business!!

That’s all I’ve got for now so, till next time… Tight Lines!

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