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Old 05-02-2017, 01:08 PM   #581
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Well a 6 is a good all-around rod and you can probably make it work just fine. The tough part is if you get into something huge. The challenge with some of those weights though is firing out the big streamers. You can make it work with a 6 though and I've done that for sure on rivers and streams for trout. I think that a 6 would work though and it has a good amount of backbone.
Sweet, we are going to give it a shot this weekend. Hopefully the weather stays warm for the weekend! And I don't have a very expensive rod, so I am not too worried if I get a fish large enough to break it, that will be a great story!!
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Sweet, we are going to give it a shot this weekend. Hopefully the weather stays warm for the weekend! And I don't have a very expensive rod, so I am not too worried if I get a fish large enough to break it, that will be a great story!!
Look for the warmer bays and there should be pike there. Ideally you would have a thermometer and the temperature would be around 20 celcius and they should be quite active. But, try out some top water, big chunky streamers and enjoy!

Really, you shouldn't break your rod. It can happen, but you shouldn't have to have that kind of pressure on them. Just let them run and play them a bit and you should be fine. My fishing buddy landed a 20" Rainbow on a 3wt last year. It was kind of touch and go for a spell, but it worked out!

(And if you do break your rod, I know a local guy who has a thread in the Power Ring who could get you a new one)
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Awesome video and just reminds me how badly I need to learn to fly fish. It looks incredibly fun.

Maybe this is finally the year I just do it. I've been meaning to do some lessons for a while and just haven't got up the gumption yet.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:26 PM   #584
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Awesome video and just reminds me how badly I need to learn to fly fish. It looks incredibly fun.

Maybe this is finally the year I just do it. I've been meaning to do some lessons for a while and just haven't got up the gumption yet.
You could tag along with Troutman and I this summer if you're interested. I have extra rods and reels and such and all you need to bring is lunch. You'll almost certainly catch fish, and the price is right!
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You could tag along with Troutman and I this summer if you're interested. I have extra rods and reels and such and all you need to bring is lunch. You'll almost certainly catch fish, and the price is right!
You're on.
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Let's do this. I have an extra rod and reel too.

We might have to blindfold IFF, before we lead him to the special waters.
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I'm heading up to Ribbon Lake for some camping. Has anyone ever fly fished cutties there (or any other mountain lake from the shore)? What works? I'm probably not going to bring my waders and boots as it's a decent hike in/out and I'm already packing in a bunch of stuff.
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I'm heading up to Ribbon Lake for some camping. Has anyone ever fly fished cutties there (or any other mountain lake from the shore)? What works? I'm probably not going to bring my waders and boots as it's a decent hike in/out and I'm already packing in a bunch of stuff.
Been a long time since I've been up to any high-country lakes, but in the past I have had great success with yellow humpies (14-16), or smaller elk hair caddis (16), and old faithful yellow/orange stimulators (12-14). If the cutties are small (typical in most high-country lakes), you will need to use smaller than above.
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I'm heading up to Ribbon Lake for some camping. Has anyone ever fly fished cutties there (or any other mountain lake from the shore)? What works? I'm probably not going to bring my waders and boots as it's a decent hike in/out and I'm already packing in a bunch of stuff.
Long time since I been at Ribbon Lake. Seem to remember small fish up there. Fortress Lake has a better reputation I think. Any dry flies should work - these fish have to eat before the lake freezes again.
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Long time since I been at Ribbon Lake. Seem to remember small fish up there. Fortress Lake has a better reputation I think. Any dry flies should work - these fish have to eat before the lake freezes again.
I don't have high hopes to catch anything significant but simply casting in the mountains is a pretty good consolation prize.
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I don't have high hopes to catch anything significant but simply casting in the mountains is a pretty good consolation prize.
With luck, those fish have barely seen anyone and almost any fly will work! (Which isn't really a stretch, and those days are the best fishing for a lot of reasons)
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I fished Winchell Lake recently. Didn't catch anything. Nice place though.

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Ribbon Lake update: Caught a couple little cutties (~8-9") with size 16 brown elk hair caddis flies. Not crazy fishing but I'm stoked with the two since I usually have terrible luck in the high altitude lakes.

Oh, and the hikes in/out are ok too.
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Just wondering if anyone has a recommendation for me. Taking a zodiac out tomorrow for a little fishing. Was thinking of hitting up either Spray Lakes or Upper Kananaskis. Anyone had good luck at either of these spots or have another suggestion? Typically I fish down in the crowsnest area and never use a boat so tomorrow will be a change.
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