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So I like to fish.

Or rather, I like the idea of fishing. Getting up to a mountain lake or maybe taking a logging road to the mouth of a stream is almost as much fun as the fishing itself. Anyways I was using a Fenwick four piece rod and a Abu Garcia reel only to realize that it was taking up too much space for what I am actually doing.

So I recently invested (?) $40 Cdn in a cheap-ass (am I allowed to say that?) Shakespeare telescoping rod and Zebco 33 micro reel with 4 lb test on it.

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That photo is taken on a 12" x 12" tile.

No one is ever around to impress anyways, and I think that the fish are equally miffed on whichever rig I use. I generally thank them for their participation and let them go. Unless they beg to be eaten, and I have a fire going.

Someday, I will fly fish, but I am just not bored enough or stable enough on my ADHD meds to try it yet.

Anyone else use their TWs as an escape to go fishing?
 

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Oh yeah! Up at my elevation, we have mostly trout. You can find yourself some nice Northern Pike...but the trout fishing is WORLD CLASS in South Park! I'd share some pics... but most are taken by a friend and contain my face - don't post those...
 

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Here's Donzo pulling up at Crater Lake on one of our group rides, have pulled a few trout out of there myself in yers past


I also like the quick deployment a telescoping pole offers. I was given a 3 meter light action one in South America that just fits in a large day pack but have never seem something comparable stateside. Too bad as I would think there would be a market for better quality telescoping rods.
 

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Just about 3 weeks since I got my rod and reel and haven't used it yet...

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I've been waiting for the free time coupled with good weather to ride myself past Lake George and head into Eleven Mile Canyon for some trout action! I usually fish there in mid-winter when everything else is frozen solid. The turbid water keeps most of the canyon ice-free. In Febuary, I saw so many fresh Otter tracks in the snow I felt like they were watching me! I'll get eyes on them one day...But anyway, here is a video of a very special catch from the local river several years back - the North Fork of the South Platte River. It's a Tiger Trout! Which is actually a sterile hybrid caused by the fertilization of a Brown Trout's egg by a Brook Trout's milt. The good 'ole "Fishing Rod Ruler" marked the fish at about 13 and 1/2 inches.

 

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I've been waiting for the free time coupled with good weather to ride myself past Lake George and head into Eleven Mile Canyon for some trout action! I usually fish there in mid-winter when everything else is frozen solid. The turbid water keeps most of the canyon ice-free. In Febuary, I saw so many fresh Otter tracks in the snow I felt like they were watching me! I'll get eyes on them one day...But anyway, here is a video of a very special catch from the local river several years back - the North Fork of the South Platte River. It's a Tiger Trout! Which is actually a sterile hybrid caused by the fertilization of a Brown Trout's egg by a Brook Trout's milt. The good 'ole "Fishing Rod Ruler" marked the fish at about 13 and 1/2 inches.


Very nice. I caught my first tiger trout last summer in a high mountain lake.
 
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