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  1. I fished the Dupage for the first time this year, it's not very close so I don't make it there as often as I'd like. It was hot! I fished from around 6:30-noon, downstream and then back up the way I had come with a bit added on the upstream portion. Weeds were pretty bad, loads of hairy clumps tumbling down fouling your hook when fishing down. Very slow morning with only a single smallie spotted among the numerous small carp. As I was wading upstream toward the end of my wade I saw a fish break the water near a mud bank so I tried drifting a hopper pattern with no luck. Then I switched to a very sparse Clouser to work the subsurface zone of the same area and I noticed a small ball of baitfish moving downstream past me in the current, my fly was the perfect size if they start keying on those. A few minutes later I looked upstream and saw several fish busting the surface, by now I had assumed everything was carp because I had be relegated to carp herder for the day but there's actually a good chance it's actually smallies busting bait. I waded up to get in position and false casted to keep from fouling in weeds when all of a sudden I had half the rod in my hand. The tip and second section had separated from my 6 weight and I was frantically gathering line hoping that my fly snags the tip, it did and then I had to just as frantically pull the line through the tip to get my rod to it's full 9' again. A quick look showed that the fish were still active, I settled in and managed to go 4/5 until they cooled down(or I spooked them). That's really what you live for fishing smallies on a fly, great to be there! Pardon the bad pics but they fish were busting and I wasn't going to waste time.
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    ll bean

    whoa, I didn't realize that. I concur
  3. Nickk

    ll bean

    really? do you think that a rod company is obligated to replace an accidentally broken rod? Sounds to me like they went above and beyond by replacing it for a nominal fee.
  4. Clouser's Deep Minnow and Wooly Buggers, it's nice to have a top water too. Those will get you fish for sure, for Wooly Buggers I usually go with Olive tones and with Clouser's just tie them sparse. Carp I can't help you though I have seen them heavily feeding on top for caddis flies on the Fox so maybe some larger Caddis patterns (size 12,14)
  5. anyone doing this? I'm thinking about getting a line and heads for my 6wt and I'm looking for recommendations. Rio 250 grain?
  6. it's good to hear of an expansion of a shop. Trout and Grouse is closing their doors today.
  7. is that the same type of grass that's on the Dupe?
  8. I stumbled upon the Golden Gate Casting club in 1990 with my then girlfriend(now wife) while walking through Golden Gate park. There were only 2 people casting, a man and a woman. The guy could shoot line like you wouldn't believe, or at least I couldn't at the time. It had been a good 12 years since I had tried to fly cast(fish), watching that was one of the things that got me fishing again later in life.
  9. thanks for asking for me. Great looking fly Michael!
  10. Sweet!!!! New stuff rules. I haven't thrown any line with those rods but have heard good thing. Are they selling replacement line now? I had initally heard that they're really set up for the specific line for the rod.
  11. hahahahahaha if you ever need to round it out I'm probably about a 2.5 trying for 3.0
  12. I have a friend who intentionally says "the Jewels" in an ironic fashion and now his kids say it with no irony intended. Steve, we should wack some yellow balls some time. Don, Are you going to start the smallie noodling league?
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    my first really decent sized bass was on a blue/purple Nick Creme pre-rigged worm when I was a kid. It was at the National Bureau of Standards in Gaithersburg MD. We used to sneak under the fence, probably get shot these days trying that.
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