Today on the water

I caught a bunch of tiger trout one day about 3 years ago. I didn’t know what they were. I could tell they seemed to be some kind of trout, but no clue what kind. Then another fisherman told me they are called tiger trout.

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I fished a local lowland small creek for a little under four hours on a cool but sunny day with my Mizuchi again. This time I fished a fork I hadn’t tried before (that might not be there next year) and took the other fork at a junction to make it a loop trip. I wound up landing 7 fish; a couple @ 10", one 9er, and the rest were 3" to maybe 7". I took them all at the middle 2.9m - 9’6" length with a 10’ #3 line with just shy of 1m of tippet. All but one were taken with an unweighted Takayama Pheasant Tail, and one fish took a Killer Bug soft hackle.

I’m starting to “get” this rod. I only launched one dink, and missed the hookset (didn’t get a solid hookup) on 4 fish (3 on the KBSH); much better than my first outing. It’s a markedly different rod than my 5:5 Watershed 300Z. The hookset is a quick flick and solid. The fight on a 10" fish in current doesn’t put the same bend in the Mizuchi which brings them in comparatively quickly.All in all a very pleasant day.

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I completed the Utah Cutthroat Slam yesterday by hauling this 13-inch Yellowstone cutthroat trout out of a super tiny creek.

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Awesome fish, where did you end up getting each one? I did one mile creek for the Yellowstone cutthroat but it was tiny. I wanted to find a better one and thought Johnson may be better.

Caught this beauty 14-inch Yellowstone cutthroat trout yesterday in SE Idaho.

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I made it up to a little creek that will be snowed in soon. It’s full of chubs which are a pain since they are aggressive and often beat the rainbows I was targeting. I had a chub on about very cast in the deeper holes, sometimes with double hookups.

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A little exploring yesterday. No fish caught but an enjoyable afternoon.

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The weather has been nice and the Provo River has been fishing great. Some of the fish caught, the old egg pattern and the thread frenchie were my most productive patterns.

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Caught some Bonneville cutthroat trout yesterday in a small, new-to-me creek in southern Idaho.

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Fished a new semi-local creek yesterday and caught some beautiful little Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Also got a flat tire on the way out as it was getting dark :rage:

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I fished the Upper Logan River before the snow closes it up. It was fantastic weather and I was able to catch plenty of Bear River Cutthroat trout. Brent recently posted a fly I’ve used in the past, but decided to tie since I know it to be a great pattern. I tied some on a Firehole 413 hook and then some on a dry fly hook. The cutthroats really went nuts for it, especially doing some manipulations with it.

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Yesterday i fished the Waikaioiti river. Unsuccessfully i might add. Saw two decent brown trout and two big eels. Good to see new water.

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Fished one of my favorite creeks yesterday for the first time in a year. Really small, steep creek with native Bonneville cutthroat trout.

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Beautiful area. Love the looks of that. Fingers crossed you are turning that into a video.

Well, that answers that question - I was wondering if April would be too soon to do a little fishing in UT. Thinking hard about a Southwest road trip. Kids can’t go to school, might as well put a couple K miles on the car. See stuff. Catch fish. Repeat…

But, back to the topic. That first fish is just gorgeous. The Bonnevilles I’ve caught in NV were much similar in coloration to that second picture. Pale, not nearly as brown/gold.

And yeah, I’ll be looking for the video too.

Got out on a mighty pretty Thursday myself. Beautiful day but no sign of fish. I think the Coastal Cutthroat are still in the salmon’s and their own spawning areas up high where there is little or no public access.

The waddlers were out in force today. Funny they just beeline to the deep heavily stocked pools and skip all the faster more technical water which is fine by me as the fast water is more fun and the fish quicker to cooperate. This year thes stocked fish have fantastic color. Some of the rainbows are wearing thier spawn patterns. Todays prize was not the biggest i caught…but rather this hansome model.

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I caught this surprisingly large native Yellowstone cutthroat trout today out of a truly tiny stream. This stream isn’t accessible in winter and is largely unfishable in summer and fall (too overgrown). Now apparently is the right time. Also, this was the first fish on my new Shimotsuke Kiyotaki 180 rod.

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Sweet!!

How you liking the Kiyotaki? I picked up a 210 not long ago, but not had a chance to use it on actual fish. Kinda feels a bit like the worlds lightest pool cue though.

At the same time I also purchased a Nissin Air Stage Hakubai 240. Worlds different. So very much better. The same model in a 180 is tempting me. I’ll just hand off the Shimotsuke to the kids as a bluegill abuse device.

For the 180 model, is that 180 cm?
If so, how is the casting and fishing on a sub-6 foot rod? And what line have you been using?