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Slim
02-13-2008, 11:33 PM
On a positive note, Monday (the 11th) I switched gears from the lake back to my roots... "the river".

I floated on the Stanislaus River below Goodwin. About 2 pools below the dam...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/slim1/Goodwin/02-11-08/GoodwinDam2.jpg

looking down river...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/slim1/Goodwin/02-11-08/DownRiverexperiment.jpg

Picked up 3 hard earned fish there, using small dry flies #22 and smaller, then floated down to the 3rd pool. On the way down I had to stop to photograph the fast waters inbetween.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/slim1/Goodwin/02-11-08/Fallnice6.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/slim1/Goodwin/02-11-08/Plantsnice.jpg
While in the 3rd pool a blue Heron flew by and thought he was hidden in behind the trees.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/slim1/Goodwin/02-11-08/Heron1.jpg

In the lower pool I caught 6 more trout using an olive wollybugger.

Couple of them...Love the color of trout here.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/slim1/Goodwin/02-11-08/Trout3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/slim1/Goodwin/02-11-08/Trout1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/slim1/Goodwin/02-11-08/Trout2.jpg

They weren't big (up to 13 inches) but even so.. it was very nice to catch some fish for a change. Almost forgot what that was like *;)

Slim

troutfan
02-14-2008, 02:26 AM
Thanks for the informative report and great pics Slim. 8-)

northriver_tom
02-14-2008, 06:42 AM
great pic....always a good time to be out...

steveo79
02-14-2008, 06:53 AM
Nice day on the water. Fish look great. I wasn't even sure where it was, and am surprised to see it is so close. Never fished there. Does it get a lot of pressure? Looks like a float tube is the ticket.

Fish_Bully
02-14-2008, 07:33 AM
Right on with the right on Slim. Your pics make me feel like I'm right there with you. I live about 30 minutes away from that area and those are indeed some gorgeous fish.

Were you stripping or drifting? If drifting, did you catch anything on the retrieve?

Thanks,

Flip

ducman
02-14-2008, 07:50 AM
Nice pics ;)

M2
02-14-2008, 09:47 AM
Wow Slim. Great pics and nice report. [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

NRSCOUT
02-14-2008, 09:55 AM
Very Nice!!!

Everyone a post card.

Makes me home sick seeing your pic's.

NRSCOUT

Slim
02-14-2008, 05:14 PM
Right on with the right on Slim. Your pics make me feel like I'm right there with you. I live about 30 minutes away from that area and those are indeed some gorgeous fish.

Were you stripping or drifting? If drifting, did you catch anything on the retrieve?

Thanks,

Flip


Thanks Flip.

While fishin the woollybuggers: using intermediate sink line, I would sit on one side of the fast water coming into the pool. Cast across the fast water, stick the rod tip into the water (4-5 feet deep) and strip 1 inch strips quickly. As the bugger finished it's swing I would slow the pace of the strips. Lot of the fish hit after the bugger had finished it's swing & was making it's was back to me. That's a technique I use to get the bugger under the fast water where normally biguns like to hang.

Slim

Slim
02-14-2008, 05:17 PM
* Nice day on the water. *Fish look great. *I wasn't even sure where it was, and am surprised to see it is so close. *Never fished there. *Does it get a lot of pressure? *Looks like a float tube is the ticket.


There's only a couple of pools that's float tube worthy. Yes it's gets lots of pressure, that's why floating is cool. Get's away from the crowds... Being it's all catch & release only there's allways lots of fish to play with..


Slim

steveo79
02-14-2008, 05:23 PM
Makes me want to go find my flyrod, that has sat unused for the last 20 years, and give it a go. Excellent job!

Fish_Bully
02-14-2008, 05:36 PM
Thanks for the information Slim. I don't know why the fish are hitting at the very end of the drift and even during the strip back, but that's what I noticed too. A lot of anglers will figure the drift is over and immediately cast back up stream.

Again, very cool report.

Flip

Chadzilla
02-14-2008, 07:29 PM
Slim... congrats on the back to back successful trips to the Lower Stanislaus. *You've sold me on giving that upper portion a shot instead of 2 Mile Bar. *Not that your info wasn't detailed enough, but were you using size 12,10, or larger buggers? *Thanks again for the info and congratulations on a great day on the water!

Slim
02-14-2008, 08:10 PM
Slim... congrats on the back to back successful trips to the Lower Stanislaus. *You've sold me on giving that upper portion a shot instead of 2 Mile Bar. *Not that your info wasn't detailed enough, but were you using size 12,10, or larger buggers? *Thanks again for the info and congratulations on a great day on the water!

The bugger was #10.

Years ago, the very first time I fished that area, I didn't do too well down stream. * Even though you can see the fish feeding on the surface all day. *They are taking very tiny flies and bugs, midges, gnats etc. #32 and smaller. But then I walked up the dam itself, and with a #14 Copper John nymph on the dry line, *caught *many fish in the boil from the water falling off the dam and hitting the pool. I was getting wet from the spray and my hearing was effected for a short while from the sound of the water. But it was a banner day. One cast, off on the right side, where the water was running down the rocks,
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/slim1/Goodwin/fdfb57be.jpg
something hit and ran like a bat out of h311 *;) for about 8 seconds then the fly popped out of his mouth. I have no Idea what it was but some tell me it might have been a large steelhead. (??)

*Even Monday, I watched fish after fish, come right up to the dry fly and reject it without touching it, and or, some even bumped the fly without taking it. It can be maddening.

Anyway, very small dries, even spinners smaller than #22 for dry flies. But buggers can be #8-#10-#12. One fishin buddy on this board, just lets the line out & keeps it out near the end of the pool and just twitches the line and does very well with Black Buggers.

Well, too much secrets now reveled...

Go get em! *:D

Slim

Chadzilla
02-14-2008, 09:46 PM
Thanks for the great info.... definitely making that my next stop. Whenever I break my own little Melones skunk streak, I'll be sure to return the favor. Thanks again!

SlamminAmador
02-14-2008, 10:15 PM
* Nice day on the water. *Fish look great. *I wasn't even sure where it was, and am surprised to see it is so close. *Never fished there. *Does it get a lot of pressure? *Looks like a float tube is the ticket.


steveo, you can get there just going up hiway 132 out of Waterford, go about 20 miles or so, you will see the old bridge and the new bridge, turn right there at the hiway towards merced and then turn left at the launch about 200 yards after you turn...

Slim
02-14-2008, 10:24 PM
steveo, you can get there just going up hiway 132 out of Waterford, go about 20 miles or so, you will see the old bridge and the new bridge, turn right there at the hiway towards merced and then turn left at the launch about 200 yards after you turn...

??? Sounds like U R talking about The Toulumne or the Merced rivers to me , not the Stanislaus River??

?? Slim ??

SlamminAmador
02-15-2008, 12:35 AM
steveo, you can get there just going up hiway 132 out of Waterford, go about 20 miles or so, you will see the old bridge and the new bridge, turn right there at the hiway towards merced and then turn left at the launch about 200 yards after you turn...

??? Sounds like U R talking about The Toulumne or the Merced rivers to me , not the Stanislaus River??

?? Slim ??



ok ?? I am truly sorry sir ??? Marty ??

red_perception
02-15-2008, 06:06 AM
Nice report there Slim ;) I recently broke the tip on my nicer fly rod and can't wait to get it back. Thanks again, and good luck, Eric :)

tortuga
02-15-2008, 04:29 PM
Way to go Slim. I haven't been out for a while. I'm green with envy.
Tortuga

jeffg
02-16-2008, 08:18 AM
Nice pics! Slim, those shots prove its not only about catchin.

Slim
02-16-2008, 02:23 PM
Nice pics! Slim, those shots prove its not only about catchin.

Thanks jeffg

Some times I like to think fishin is just an excuse to gettin out, but who am I kiddin.. ;D

Slim

Slim
02-16-2008, 02:27 PM
Nice report there Slim ;) I recently broke the tip on my nicer fly rod and can't wait to get it back. Thanks again, and good luck, Eric :)

Thanks Eric

That's tough on the rod. I lost my nice rod at Beardsley, so not havin much $ lately I just picked up a cheep rod at Walmart. Not as nice but it's workin for me so I don't have to wait till I can afford a better one.