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Post Posted: 12:18pm - Sep 23,17 
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I set the alarm clock, awoke at 6am, fed the dog and did the usual stuff and got onto the west branch @7am. I was going to bring my 5wt and a clouser minnow and had rigged it, last night, but because the 3wt is so much fun, I took it instead. It was rigged with a black, booglebug popper and hanging in the garage. Good choice because the fish were rising in the large pool I walked to and they were not hesitant to banging the popper. It started out with palm-sized bluegills as I cast upstream and allowed the popper to float. I cast into an eddy of faster water and latched onto a nice smallmouth which leaped 3 times during the fight. I measured it against my rod and, much later, measured that to be 15-16". I caught 2 more smallmouth but in the 10" range. After working that pool for an hour, I decided to walk downstream to the next pool. Again, the popper attracted fish and I caught a largemouth as big as that nice sized smallmouth.
The bluegill would hit a floating popper but the bass liked the plop the booglebug made it when I twitched it.
I had one fish come out of the water and try to hit the popper and it was a big one....easily bigger than my biggest fish. I watched in awe as it just rolled atop the booglebug.
About 9:30, the bite stopped and I could see fish swimming by and not being interested in the popper. Also, the party poopers, the carp, started to roil the pool with their jumps. So, I caught one small bass here and there as I waded downstream and to my parked car.
It was time to get off the river as my right leg and hip were crying out and causing me a lot of pain. At the van, I could barely bend my knee to get my waders off. It's getting close for me to start planning a knee replacement.
But it was a good time on the river. If any of the fly fishers go out the next few days, I would also suggest blue-winged olives since tiny flies were bringing the fish to the surface. The river is reallylow but the fish are there.

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Post Posted: 01:48pm - Sep 25,17 
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Great report!

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Post Posted: 04:41pm - Sep 25,17 
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As always, great report Chuck.

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Post Posted: 05:36pm - Sep 25,17 
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Sounds like a memorable day! Great report. Thanks for aharing.

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Post Posted: 09:50pm - Sep 25,17 
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I need to create a Wonder Bread fly so I can get the carp to bite. They seem to be disinterested in any top water or underwater fly I cast to them. But they will take Wonder Bread or French fries as I have caught them at the riverwalk on spinning gear.

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Post Posted: 03:12am - Sep 26,17 
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I've seen some big Carp pulled out of the Fox with Wheaties, the breakfast of champions.

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Post Posted: 06:02am - Sep 26,17 
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That's time well spent on the river. I gotta stop sleeping in :)

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Post Posted: 08:29am - Sep 26,17 
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chuckt wrote:
I need to create a Wonder Bread fly so I can get the carp to bite. They seem to be disinterested in any top water or underwater fly I cast to them. But they will take Wonder Bread or French fries as I have caught them at the riverwalk on spinning gear.

Find a white foam beer koozie. Cut a small chunk of foam off. Thread it onto an appropriate size hook :D

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Post Posted: 12:31pm - Sep 26,17 
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??? What is a beer foam koozie, Great One?

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Post Posted: 12:32pm - Sep 26,17 
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Oh, like Wonder Bread, it must sink and not float.

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Post Posted: 06:48am - Sep 27,17 
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chuckt wrote:
??? What is a beer foam koozie, Great One?

http://www.calicoink.com/product_view_i ... 1458096922

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTGuHFL ... C_&index=3

The about 3:00 min in, video cites using this to imitate berries. But white foam should stand in for bread decently.

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Post Posted: 10:21pm - Sep 27,17 
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Oh, the foam insulator for a can....
And from that same site;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt-NfpM ... _&index=58

Making berry flies.

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