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Jim C.

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November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« on: Dec 05, 2017, 09:49 AM »
The first half of November continued the trend of splake, splake, and more splake.  My son and I seemed to have these guys on speed dial.  They were the dominant species in my catch for both October and November.  A definite first.  A typical outing consisted of working the steep drop-offs until the sun started to drop, then sneaking back into the coves to hit fish that had either turned on or moved in shallow, or both ;D



The splake's numbers dwindled and their colors faded late month, but my son did get this guy after Thanksgiving.  The photos never seem to catch all the color.



Late month and early December so far, it's been about the brookies.  Mostly sight fishing in the shallows, with the evening bite being replaced by the best action at mid-day.











As the water temps dropped into the 30's, crankbaits, streamers, and egg patterns have fallen out of favor.  Small nymphs have proven to trigger fish in the ice water around the skim ice.



Cold weather appears to be ready to settle in.  I'll see if I can keep my open water streak going in the challenging 3 months ahead.








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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #1 on: Dec 05, 2017, 10:59 AM »
awesome Jim, you're right about the cold weather coming up, night temps in the 'teens aren't far away, I'm not happy about it!  ;D  Looks like we have one more week or so from now of good fishing than things are going to get tough.  I'm gonna make the most of it. 

Great pictures, Like the brookie & fly rod pic especially.

Is that a caddis larva nymph you have there in the last picture? can't tell. 

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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #2 on: Dec 05, 2017, 01:48 PM »
Very nice!

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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #3 on: Dec 05, 2017, 03:41 PM »
Thanks, Randall. 

It is the overall fly pattern you mention, but tied with a lot of tinsel.


awesome Jim, you're right about the cold weather coming up, night temps in the 'teens aren't far away, I'm not happy about it!  ;D  Looks like we have one more week or so from now of good fishing than things are going to get tough.  I'm gonna make the most of it. 

Great pictures, Like the brookie & fly rod pic especially.

Is that a caddis larva nymph you have there in the last picture? can't tell.

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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #4 on: Dec 05, 2017, 06:34 PM »
Those are some beautiful fish, Jim. Good job and thanks for sharing.   ;D
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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #5 on: Dec 05, 2017, 07:02 PM »
You've had another banner year Jim. You certainly had a variety of species and covered a lot of territory, even leaving the state a few times. I enjoyed your great camera work.
Save a date this winter for a smelt trip to my tidal shack. :)
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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #6 on: Dec 05, 2017, 07:57 PM »
Thanks, Bob.

Smelting sounds good. I will have a lot more time by February  ;) 8)


You've had another banner year Jim. You certainly had a variety of species and covered a lot of territory, even leaving the state a few times. I enjoyed your great camera work.
Save a date this winter for a smelt trip to my tidal shack. :)

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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #7 on: Dec 06, 2017, 06:56 PM »
  Nice post.  Good luck keeping the streak alive.

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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #8 on: Dec 06, 2017, 08:40 PM »
Some more great fish Jim. Nice work!!
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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #9 on: Dec 07, 2017, 08:21 AM »
Wow great pics Jim.
And impressive fish too.
Congrats.

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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #10 on: Dec 07, 2017, 06:46 PM »
Jim, Way to keep the open water season going. I hope to see more of your beautiful fish before the freeze up. Awesome!

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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #11 on: Dec 07, 2017, 10:56 PM »
Thank you for sharing the pictures.

I always wondered since splake are not sterile if there is any worry about backcrossing with native brook trout?
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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #12 on: Dec 08, 2017, 05:28 PM »
Nice fish Jim. I think we fished the same spot a time or two late last month.

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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #13 on: Dec 08, 2017, 08:27 PM »
Small world sometimes, Nick!  I hit the close spots when I'm short on time  :laugh: 

Nice fish Jim. I think we fished the same spot a time or two late last month.

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Re: November Wrap Up and December in the Books
« Reply #14 on: Dec 08, 2017, 08:31 PM »
I believe the biologists here consider the splake to be sterile.  I've always been curious though because the Great Lakes seem to have reproducing splake in Copper Harbor and other spots. 


Thank you for sharing the pictures.

I always wondered since splake are not sterile if there is any worry about backcrossing with native brook trout?

 



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