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Monday, March 7, 2011

Dukes 3/5 & 3/6

Chad Peters and I decided to head over to Dukes on Saturday to see if we could find some happy trout. With all of the rain, we knew that the water would have some stain and we were hoping the big fish would come out to play. We fished the afternoon session on section one. When we first stepped in the water we were into fish, but the bite slowed down as the day went on. We managed to bring eight fish to the net with the largest one being 20 inches. All of our fish we caught came on Pat's Rubberlegs, Hot Pink San Juan Worms, and Peach Eggs. The fish were hugging the bottom and it took large amounts of weight to get down to them. I did manage to pick this guy up on the rubberlegs:

With more rain blowing in, I decided that I would try my luck again on Sunday. It rained all night and the river was really high which made the fishing rather tough. I did manage to catch fish in the eddies and in the slow water (which was hard to find). When I found some slower water the fish seemed to be stacked up, hiding from the current. The flies of choice were still the rubberlegs and san juan worms. I did manage to catch this guy in the rough water, I was as suprised to see him as he was to see me:

Dukes is fishing really well right now and this transition from winter to spring can produce some really nice fish. Tight Lines!

Jake Darling

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