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Rufus Woods Lake Report
Douglas County, WA

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01/01/2014
26° - 30°
Trolling With Fly
Rainbow Trout
Orange
Cloudy
Dodger
All Day
41° - 45°
01/04/2014
4
2267

I hooked up with Mcfisherson13 at 0600 and off to RW we went. Upon crossing the bridge below the dam I could tell there was very little water moving. We headed upriver to start trolling at pump #1. We worked our way all the way up to above pump 3. We tried flies of various colors,Rapalas of various colors homemade spinners as well. We were each running 2 rods. We fished from 0800-1600. Water temp was 41. There was patchy fog with high over cast. About mid-day it tried to spit a little snow. Mark hooked up as soon as we got going but that one didn't make it to the boat. An hour or so later he boated a 5LBS 8oz piggie. We took tuns letting a few go to grow for another day. Then it was dead for quite while. We retuned to the pump #1 and started upriver again. Mark told me I'd had a bump. Sure enough bump, bump, I took the pole out of the holder & on the next bump I stuck it to him. 9LBS. 8OZ. piggie! As soon as that fish was in the net the hooks popped out (thanks Mark for the quick netting as that pig was starting to thrash). We were able to pick up another @ 3LBS. 8OZ. along the can line to round out the day. We were able to stay warm with Mr. Heater in Marks boat. We fished long and hard. fishing was hit and miss. But quality rated it a four. I was able to get this fish smoked yesterday and canned today. I'll be able to send some to Minnesota with my oldest as he returns for(hopefully) his final semester of his senior year @ Macalaster!
Sorry for the late report but, Ive been down with the flu.


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salmonbarry
1/4/2014 8:13:00 PM
Great report and that canned trout looks awesome! I had Mr. heater with me today on Lake Sammamish and it was cozy but I am sure it was not as cold as over there! haha
hewesfisher
1/5/2014 6:06:00 AM
Nice report Andy and some beautiful looking treats. I've often wondered about canning my smoked fish but have not found a decent "how to" so have stuck with vacuum seal and freeze. How do you can yours?
afk
1/5/2014 7:26:00 AM
Hey Barry, as long as it is not wet I can deal with it. LOL
afk
1/5/2014 7:43:00 AM
Hey Phil, I do not completely finish the smoking/drying of the fish prior to canning. I can at 10 psi for 100 Min. Canning is far more time consuming than vacuum sealing. But, I like the fact that the pin bones tun to mush. I don't know if this qualifies for a decent "how to". But, this is how I do mine. Andy
gramps53
1/5/2014 8:51:00 AM
Nice report gotta love Rufus this time of year
Mcfisherson13
1/6/2014 10:33:00 PM
Look at the big grin on the little boy in the candy shop! Nice fish bud! Let's go again, can't wait!
afk
1/7/2014 6:50:00 AM
Candy shop it is! And boy do I have a sweet tooth! I'm on call now through the 12th. So that will allow me to get rid of this crud. By then it could be time to hit Roosy!
Mcfisherson13
1/7/2014 9:10:00 AM
10-4, keep in touch, I'm still fighting the grud too, so at least we should be on the same cycle and be ready to hit again about the same time. I'm open the 16th-19th pending what the Hawks do this weekend. Go Hawks!
Later
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