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I'm spin fishing the DuPage the other day with Terry D, and cast my fluke to a really fishy spot. DOH! it wraps around a tree branch. I can't march into such a good looking area and free my lure, so I grab the reel's spool and pull to break the line. Tye on another hook and fluke, but in a different color. 30 or 40' upstream I hook a smallie and it goes airborn. When I land it and begin to remove the hook I first think my fluke is gone, but I see the tail of a fluke sticking an inch out of the gullet. Cool! I remove the hook and start to gently pull the tail of the fluke. The fish releases it, but the fluke is not the same color fluke I just put on.....and it has a hook in it..........and it has about an inch of red power pro. THAT'S MINE! That's what I had wrapped around the tree branch and broke off. Same fluke color, same hook type, and red power pro! What's the possibility to catch a fish and retrieve the lure lost just a few casts earlier?

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Cool story.

 

But wait.... do my eyes deceive me????

 

A fly fisherman using PowerPro and Flukes???

 

What's wrong with this picture??

 

What am I missing here....

 

I'm confused and bewildered....

 

Is this the same Michael T or an imposter....

 

More to this story....

 

 

 

 

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I'm spin fishing the DuPage the other day with Terry D, and cast my fluke to a really fishy spot. DOH! it wraps around a tree branch. I can't march into such a good looking area and free my lure, so I grab the reel's spool and pull to break the line. Tye on another hook and fluke, but in a different color. 30 or 40' upstream I hook a smallie and it goes airborn. When I land it and begin to remove the hook I first think my fluke is gone, but I see the tail of a fluke sticking an inch out of the gullet. Cool! I remove the hook and start to gently pull the tail of the fluke. The fish releases it, but the fluke is not the same color fluke I just put on.....and it has a hook in it..........and it has about an inch of red power pro. THAT'S MINE! That's what I had wrapped around the tree branch and broke off. Same fluke color, same hook type, and red power pro! What's the possibility to catch a fish and retrieve the lure lost just a few casts earlier?

 

That's why we call you - Cool Hand Fluke ;) ~ The K-brothers!

 

Good to see you post!

 

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Completely believable Michael (except for that strange spin fishing part). I had a Yum Big Show Craw yanked off by a smallie in a Fox tributary earlier this year. One cast later...same fish on and spit up the first plastic. They must taste pretty good ;) (to the fish that is)

 

Another time in Sylvania this year tossed a plastic and a smallie opened up my duo-lock snap on me. This time the fish had the jig in its jaw and still hit another plastic 5 minutes later!

 

 

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Is this the same Michael T or an imposter....

 

More to this story....

 

Well, I can confirm this was indeed Michael T, as Michael and Terry where just exiting the river as we where entering.

 

It was either Michael, carrying a spinning rod, or else someone that looks very much like him, that stole his hat!

 

 

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Now that Michael has come clean about using spinning gear and plastics in addition to using a fly rod, I can admit it too. I sometimes use spinning gear for smallmouth bass and I enjoy it.

 

I have caught fish that have had the same lure or fly that I have busted off more than once.

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"What's the possibility to catch a fish and retrieve the lure lost just a few casts earlier?"

 

It seems that the probability is high enough to make it worth another cast. I can add a story. Fishing for Brook Trout in the Ontario bush years back. A pesky hammer hnadle snipped my spoon off. Minutes later my buddy at the other end of the canoe caught the same pike on his Mepps. He landed the fish with my spoon dangling from his jaw. I got my spoon back.

 

Incidently, it was the same Daredevle I picked out of the mouth of a Small Mouth Bass a few years earlier. See KD's earlier post. Did I find the lure or did it find me. Once a lure is in the hands of Its true owner, will it strive to return if separated?

 

I would say that your Fluke has some powerful Mojo. Keep it as a go to bait. Don't throw it away, ever. that will bring a curse of snagged back casts, wind knots, broken rods, and endless fishless days. If you do not want to fish it, wear it around your kneck.

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You guys crack me up....except that Jude guy (get off the computer Jude; shouldn't you be sitting a your vise dreaming up another fly?). It's true, I do spin fish, not often though. Terry is a bad influence and I blame him for going over to the dark side more times than I'm likely.

 

I do find myself loading up on a variety of soft plastics on a spin trip, but the fluke is on 80% of the time. Don't get me wrong, it's not that they work or anything.... ;) .... 'cause they don't! :unsure: They just cast nicely. :P Cool Hand Fluke indeed!

 

It was nice to see Al O at such a chance meeting that afternoon. Glad to hear you had a productive afternoon.

 

Articficial fluke hatch, man if that's not mixing fishing styles! Come on Nick, fess up! You've gone beyond the dark side: fishing for those ugly greenies on still water (I shivver just thinking about).

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