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Dave last won the day on July 16 2016

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  1. Its been fishing REALLY slow, the glory days are over.Still I have caught some of the biggest fish in a few years...On average 1 bass per hour, you have to fish hard now... Dead drift with a rabbit leech,rubber legs, bead chain eyes...Go down to 3X flouro tippet....Or swing Sculpins in the faster riffles...
  2. I agree with Fly Carp,if you post a pic we might be able to find you a substitute..Try Canadian Llama as well, they have a few exotic materials...
  3. I've fished this stretch for years and this year its been terrible, as others have mentioned...Even the rest of the lower Grand is fishing the worst I've seen in years..What can we expect with the lowest water levels and highest water temps we've seen in along time...What concerns me is some of the reshaping of the river.Its just fishing much flatter this year...Apparently lots of winter ice has scoured the river, then throw in some extreme blow outs and you have a disaster.What I've noticed in the last few years is we've had a shortage of dinks and those 8-10 inch fish....Only time will tell when the river returns to "good" fishing conditions how the Bass population really is... Personally I don't fish the smaller trib of this stretch...For me they are my future "steelhead nursery" which also went in to decline a few years now...
  4. Hi Guys,My buddy ended up leaving a tackle bag at the Crystal Beach boat launch Tuesday June 26...Not sure to the exact contents but we were on Erie fly fishing so could contain some fly gear as well....I appreciate any help...Thank you..
  5. Very nice and congratulations!I just landed my PB last Saturday which was the twin of your fish....I've fly fished for a lot of species but the Carp are the toughest buggers to hit....It helps when you have someone experienced giving you pointers thou...
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    Do you guys find that the bite is better when the water is rougher?Any wind directions that are preferred for our shore?Now that I'm retired I won't bother fishing an Easterly...
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    Thanks steellee
  8. I would imagine the bulk of the Erie Smallies are in deeper water at the moment.I usually fly fish for them in the first few weeks of the open season with great results.I've read and seen Bob Izumi shows where they again target Bass in the shallows during the late summer,early fall.Do some come back in to cruise the shallows and feed??I did make an attempt years a go but I felt I was fishing in a dead zone out there...Covering water and searching for fish in a Kayak is tough.. Any shallow water potential in Late summer?
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    Would there be a particular time of night that produces better?The only success I've had is early morning just before day break..I always have the dream of catching an open water Nookie on fly gear but last year they never showed up to my spot...I had some baitfish patterns tied with Glo-In-Dark materials and all my Striper fly gear but felt it was such low odds I gave up...Gets spooky out there in the dark LOL...
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    Kayak Repair

    Early in the season I punctured my kayak using a scupper mount carrier.The damage is in the scuppers so access to the puncture is not very easy...I've already been in touch with the manufacturer and the only solution is plastic welding.There are lots of demo's of the technique on you tube but it does look a little intimidating for a newbie.Both the scupper holes are probably one and a quarter inches in diameter,so really tight spot to fix... Thanks
  11. I forgot to mention an exercise that was beneficial for this kind of tendinitis.Collapse your hand so that all 5 finger tips touch.Wrap an elastic band around your fingers,so that the elastic band is closer to your finger tips...Now open and close your fingers with the rubber band surrounding them.You will feel the stretch through the forearm and in to the elbow area.I have a buddy who swears by this exercise and I did use it in my tendinitis recovery..When you start doing this it will actually feel like you are worsening the condition but after a while it begins to relieve the pain....YMMV....
  12. I've been fishing with a shoulder injury and what I believe is a torn bicep since the beginning of the season.It all started with swinging a 10 wt. salt water stick in April.I've also had the tendinitis in the elbow that you speak of several times.It doesn't take long to get a tendon injury, especially early in the season but it takes a heck of a long time to get rid of..The last time I got the elbow injury was trying to single hand a 13 ft. spey rod...Some say to rest it completely which is probably 3 months or I just try to fish through it.Fighting Carp and casting with an 8 wt. is really stressful for this injury.........I've noticed when I'm hurting even a 6 wt. is much more of a relief.....
  13. An interesting read.......... http://archive.onearth.org/article/lake-erie-death-watch
  14. Another angle to consider is the various pollutants that Lake Erie is exposed to.In the US the Smallmouth populations have been decimated in the Susquehanna (once world class Smallie destination) and Shenandoah rivers.These are large tributaries draining vast amounts of land.The cause of these fish kills have been a combination of various threats.You have the fertilizer phosphorous run offs from farming.When farm animals poop in the fields their waste is not processed and eventually run off in to the water ways.Now you have endocrine disrupters (e.g.. estrogen and other pharmaceuticals) that aren't filtered 100% through processed waste.This plays havoc with the reproductive abilities of the fish species...Sometimes leading to asexual fish..You can find all the information you need by Googling the Susquehanna river bass crisis.Which really should be a warning to what can happen in all water ways... The only bass I did catch in Lake Erie on the opener had the black mottled patches that is right off the pages of the Susquehanna crisis, as a Bass that is diseased from environmental factors....Then there is the Algae bloom dead zone growing in the south western basin of Lake Erie,which can be viewed from satellite ....Lets talk about the Lake Erie Steelhead returns or should I say lack of any both NY and Canadian sides.Yes, WE SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED. Did you know that the Grand river has a high level of artificial sweeteners....just another example of chemicals that are not extracted from the waste water...I believe the article states "the highest levels in surface water recorded any where in the world".Just one of many tribs flowing in to Lake Erie... http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0082706
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    New pb bass

    Great fish,I love Smallies.....Now that's how you hold a Bass for a photo....How deep of water were you in?
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