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by raffensg64
Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: Fly Fishing presented by Northwest Fly Anglers Club
Topic: Winter Flies
Replies: 9
Views: 2146

Re: Winter Flies

I used small (size 16-20) zebra midges, hare's ears, and PT nymphs on Crab Creek and others with good success. Remember to keep em small and fish em slow.
by raffensg64
Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:11 am
Forum: Fly Fishing presented by Northwest Fly Anglers Club
Topic: Looking for streams and rivers to fly fish in E.W.
Replies: 20
Views: 3860

Re: Looking for streams and rivers to fly fish in E.W.

A buddy and I found a small stream south of Sprague, say maybe 8-10 miles past Fourth of July Lake. It's Cottonwood Creek if memory serves. He was good about this stuff....sniffing out trout where nobody else could. Sorry, I can't remember the state route as I've been gone a couple years, maybe Rout...
by raffensg64
Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Fly Fishing presented by Northwest Fly Anglers Club
Topic: E. Washington Lakes
Replies: 8
Views: 1979

Re: E. Washington Lakes

Thanks, Dave! Bummer on the indicator fishing.....I know how much you love it! Like we've discussed before, I believe fish feel more secure in 20-30' of water and will feed there instead of the shallows, if there is a food source present deep. Glad to hear you and your father got into them, even if ...
by raffensg64
Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: Fly Fishing presented by Northwest Fly Anglers Club
Topic: E. Washington Lakes
Replies: 8
Views: 1979

Re: E. Washington Lakes

Slackers.
by raffensg64
Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: The Pacific NW Fish ID Corner
Topic: Artic Grayling
Replies: 6
Views: 8789

Re: Artic Grayling

Here's an arctic grayling I caught last year on Piledriver Slough near Eielson AFB, AK. These fish are chicken noodle soup for the fisherman's soul, as they are they first fish to arrive after several months of winter!
by raffensg64
Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:31 pm
Forum: Fly Fishing presented by Northwest Fly Anglers Club
Topic: E. Washington Lakes
Replies: 8
Views: 1979

E. Washington Lakes

You E. Washington fly guys are killing me! Every day, day after day, I check WALakes.com for fishing reports on 3 of my all-time favorites......Amber, Medical, and Coffeepot. But NO, 20 days of nothing since March 1st. I have to wait until mid-May or possibly later up here in AK to toss a line, so I...
by raffensg64
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Fly Fishing presented by Northwest Fly Anglers Club
Topic: Fly fishing in winter?
Replies: 14
Views: 2098

Re: Fly fishing in winter?

I have fond memories of drifting size 18 chronies and nymphs in Crab Creek during January and February. The water was lower then due to little runoff and the fish were podded up in the holes. Some days were colder than others but the fish always cooperated......and the rattlesnakes were thankfully a...
by raffensg64
Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Ice Fishing!
Topic: Hog Canyon / Fourth of July - How's the fishing???
Replies: 42
Views: 7270

Re: Hog Canyon / Fourth of July - How's the fishing???

In past years, folks have gotten their vehicles stranded there during icy/greasy conditions. That hill is very steep. Vehicles were left for days until the weather warmed and the road melted to a muddy mess!
by raffensg64
Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:45 am
Forum: Ice Fishing!
Topic: shallow trout
Replies: 5
Views: 1988

Re: shallow trout

Makes sense, as a trout's food supply is in the shallow and weedy areas. I've seen many an ice fisherman get skunked in 15-20' of water while my buddies and I have nailed em in 5-6' of water. Same thing applies here in AK. During a major feed the majority of char are caught in 3-7' of water, right o...
by raffensg64
Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:31 pm
Forum: Ice Fishing!
Topic: Ice Reports 2011-2012
Replies: 76
Views: 15101

Re: Ice Reports 2011-2012

Very true, Mark.....dangerous cold. We haven't been above -25 in the last week. Overnight lows still dropping to -40. Locals are saying this is abnormal for this time of year, as these temps don't usually arrive and stay until January. It's so cold in the interior that people aren't ice fishing. I'm...
by raffensg64
Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:11 pm
Forum: Ice Fishing!
Topic: Ice Reports 2011-2012
Replies: 76
Views: 15101

Re: Ice Reports 2011-2012

-40 up here in Fairbanks! Wish I could send you guys some of it......you'd be drilling holes within a week! I want to go out again but it's just painful, frightful cold up here.
by raffensg64
Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:15 pm
Forum: Ice Fishing!
Topic: First Ice, First Fish!
Replies: 11
Views: 2194

Re: First Ice, First Fish!

I managed to talk my youngest boy into an ice fishing trip this weekend. Headed back to our local lake for a few hours. I set up the Eskimo shelter and heater for him so the cold wouldn't ruin the experience! We didn't throttle em, but the boy got first fish, most fish and biggest fish honors. It wa...
by raffensg64
Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: Ice Fishing!
Topic: First Ice, First Fish!
Replies: 11
Views: 2194

Re: First Ice, First Fish!

Five of them, Marc. One in each bedroom, one at the dinner table, and a large therapy light right beside my recliner!!!
by raffensg64
Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:46 am
Forum: Ice Fishing!
Topic: First Ice, First Fish!
Replies: 11
Views: 2194

Re: First Ice, First Fish!

Oh yeah, it's brutal, Marc. I've never experienced weather like this at this time of year, of course. We had all the vehicles winterized upon our arrival. Thankfully we have a heated 2-car garage but I'm having to "plug in" the third one! Honestly, as long as there is no moisture in the air and now ...
by raffensg64
Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:53 pm
Forum: Ice Fishing!
Topic: First Ice, First Fish!
Replies: 11
Views: 2194

Re: First Ice, First Fish!

Not this year, G-Man......Alaska.
by raffensg64
Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Ice Fishing!
Topic: First Ice, First Fish!
Replies: 11
Views: 2194

First Ice, First Fish!

I may have to drool with envy in the Spring while you guys are hammering fish, but at least I'm the first one with good ice! Definitely the first time I've ever ice fished on Halloween! My local lake, Polaris, has 4-6" of solid ice, due to our overnights lows in the single digits and daytime highs i...
by raffensg64
Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:58 pm
Forum: Ice Fishing!
Topic: any new ice fishing equipment this year???
Replies: 17
Views: 4441

Re: any new ice fishing equipment this year???

We're iced up now in interior Alaska! I'm heading down to my local char and pike lake tomorrow, where I'll drill some holes and check ice thickness. After our arrival here late last March, the Sportsman's Warehouse in Fairbanks had it's usual spring clearance of ice fishing equipment. As I suspected...
by raffensg64
Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Fly Fishing presented by Northwest Fly Anglers Club
Topic: Wright McGill Eagle Claw Featherlight
Replies: 6
Views: 2418

RE:Wright McGill Eagle Claw Featherlight

Thanks, Joe.....but that's a different rod. I'll post a pic of the 5-piece pack rod that I DIDN"T BREAK!!! lol. Try as I might, I can't find another. Sometimes companies come out with a good, quality product for a year or two then discontinue them. I bought two of these Eagle Claw Trailmaster III pa...
by raffensg64
Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:30 am
Forum: Fly Fishing presented by Northwest Fly Anglers Club
Topic: Wright McGill Eagle Claw Featherlight
Replies: 6
Views: 2418

RE:Wright McGill Eagle Claw Featherlight

Keep the fish small, Joe! I've never used one but have read about them, more of a small stream rod. I have 2 Korean-made Eagle Claw Trailmaster III 8.5' 5/6 fly rod combos that I bought a dozen or so years ago. These 5-piece rods came complete with smooth, fully functional reels w/awesome drag and c...
by raffensg64
Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:40 am
Forum: Beyond the Northwest -Bud N Mary's Marina, Sponsor
Topic: More Char
Replies: 0
Views: 1227

More Char

Another batch of 16-17" arctic char for the smoker! FYI, these fish are cousins to lake trout, bull trout, and eastern brook trout (actually a char). I miss those fat, fighting e. Washington rainbows, however these fish continually save the day!