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 Post subject: First outing 2020
PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:22 am • #  
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Got out fishing Monday, to a catch & release (trout) section of a stream. Took a couple new rods, I built over the winter, also a 204 & 308. Caught a half dozen, in about 2 hours. This 18" fatty rainbow was the 1st of the year.
Felt GREAT to get back out :sCh_fisherman:


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May your lines always be tight, Don


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:08 pm • #  
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Nice fish Don

Glen in Nova Scotia


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:19 pm • #  
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Hi Don,

A beautiful Rainbow Trout and it looks like a fantastic PA limestone stream.....I'm envious :clap - no trout fishing for me yet.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:51 pm • #  
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Hi Don , Nice catch , hope to get out soon with trout season coming . Also the shad will be returning to the Delaware to spawn around the same time that trout opens. John in Pa. :sCh_fisherman:


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Wow it's going to be around 68 degrees Monday, guess what I'll be doing.
John the Chester county delay harvest aren't far from you are they? I go to Brandywine, Valley, and Pickering.

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Is that spinner a Mepps?

Glen again.


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No it's a CP swing original type, not't to be confessed with a Swiss swing. This lure Panther Martin #1 catches me a lot of trout. But I like to mainly fish trout magnets, and gulp night crawlers on a trout magnet jig.


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Hi Don, great catch and pics. You're motivating me to pick-up my fishing license today. Thanks for sharing with us. Regards, Dennis2149


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With all my reels cleaned up and ready to go, I thought I'd be building rods waiting for good weather.
Dennis I have an old man license (lifetime) and buy my trout stamps for 3 years.
Well I got out yesterday gain, morning temperature was 42 & warmed up to 57 with low wind and sunshine when I left. Saw about 80 trout, but only caught 1 hook mouth rainbow about 15". They weren't taking the trout magnet, the CPswing caught the one.
But man they were breaking water feeding on flies.


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Hi Mates, weather has been winter like here in PA. More like February than May. I did manage to get out and put a Mitchell to work. Be safe out there, Dennis2149


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Hey Dennis, great to see you got out. What did you get it on, dare-devil?
Are you in the yellow zone part of the state, to open up. We're not near ready here in Philadelphia.
Ten days till NJ flounder season opens.
Stay safe!

May your lines always be tight, Don


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Coronavirus blues!!!!

Lost 6 weeks of fishing so far.

Glen in Nova Scotia


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Hi Don, my county goes into the yellow zone today. Regarding the spoon, I caught the fish on a "K O Wobbler" orange on one side and silver on the reverse. Wishing all mates good fishing, Dennis2149


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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 11:37 am • #  
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Dennis,
Get out their and get em. Looks like we'll be in the red for quite awhile yet. I just go off the beatin path, into the woods. I may see 3 or 4 guy along the streams.
NJ flounder season opens next Friday, I'll be heading to Point Pleasant. Not sure how the fish will be, water temperature is at 52o. The flounder seem to like at least upper 50's - 65.

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Getting ready for the 2020 flounder season Friday. I built a sweet 7' fast action rod with a #20 reel seat , for the old restore 406. The ole girl has held up good after 2 full seasons. Maybe we will get a chance to do battle with a stripper :sFun_eyescan: .


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Don, did you mean a Striper? As in Striped Bass?


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Glen my bad yes I did.
Went out for flounder yesterday, The inlet I go to was closed on both sides. Went to another spot, and people were shoulder to shoulder. People can be really crazy!!! My nephew and I went off to the side, and each got one, no keepers. I'll try again maybe in the middle of the week.

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Hey, I thought it was funny.

Glen


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Don,
Most all of the used old Mitchell 300 reels have had some grinding or filing done to the reel foot. This was done to make it fit into the reel seat on the rod.

Do all the modern reel seats you use come wide enough so you don't need to grind the reel foot any more?

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Bill :tup


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Though I am by no means an expert. I have built a couple trout rods with size #16 reel seat. Where I had to grind the foot of a 308 to fit, 300 also will not fit. But a 204 does. I would say most seats today are size #17 and larger and will fit most reels.
A ultra light maybe 4 1/2' may have a #16.
Hope this helps.

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Hey Dennis2149,

Thanks for your shares. [I didn't realize you were based in PA - like me (in Philadelphia).]

Hey Don,

Thanks so much for this post. It's uplifting!

A couple of my work colleagues (according to them, observing social distancing) went out fishing in the Philadelphia area last week and caught a few trout on small flies, like midges. Though, nothing like the monsters you catch.

I need to get out fishing.

John


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