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General Discussion / Re: Pond Renovation.
« Last post by chunting on September 28, 2017, 07:20:45 AM »
We are harvesting fish now and the key to continued growth will be successful management/manipulation of the population.  We've had several family eatin' gatherings and the first thing folks do upon arrival is head for the pond.  After the first two events, all are well versed in what to keep and what to put in the "eating" bucket.  They have seen what we have accomplished in size and really enjoy catching and releasing the larger bluegills.  Basically, they have "bought" in to the deal.  Results can win over the most skeptical. 

Yesterday the bride wanted to fish so I grabbed scale and measuring board and walked down to the pond as I'd not sampled the population for a month.  She was using worms on a light spinning rod, which is the best method to sample fish that are being feed regularly.  The second fish she caught put on a pretty good show before I slipped the net under it and when it first flashed that broad side, I knew this might be the one we have been waiting on.  I quickly measured and weighed the bluegill.  It was a large female, taping 9.75 inches and weighed 16 ounces and a hair on the kitchen scale I have been using.  I was controlling the bluegill while the bride checked the weight.  I asked her "How much?"  She replied casually, "Sixteen ounces."  I glanced up and told her we needed to weigh it one more time.  The answer was the same, "Sixteen ounces and a hair."  I leaned over and read the scale myself.  YES, 16 ounces.  :)  The next we weighed was a large male that taped 9 inches and some, pushing the needle down to 12 ounces.

The thickness, mass and width from top to bottom of this fish could not be captured by the camera, one had to hold the sucker in your hands to fully appreciated the size of a 16 ounce bluegill.  My wife is holding the first "pound" bluegill from our pond and in the other is my scale with the 12 ounce male she caught.  The scale is shows about 16 ounces but I had rotated the bowl so she could take a photo and in doing so, it moved the scale some.  You can get a pretty good look at the mass these big gills are developing.  Our gills haven't added much length since they reached 8 inches but are gaining lots of weight with each increment in length. 

We set out to grow 16 ounce bluegills and it only took two summers after stocking the fish in our pond.  They will have been in our pond two years in late February 2018.  Basically, they are three year old fish. 

Now, we will see just how big they will grow.

   

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Fishing Reports / Re: Fishing 9-22
« Last post by breamchaser on September 23, 2017, 02:36:01 PM »
Sounds great, Rick. Weather has been HOT and windy, after the wife got her back problems smoothed out. Weather forecast is better for the end of next week and a fishing trip is in the works. Will give you an update on results. Take care, John. :smile:
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Fishing Reports / Fishing 9-22
« Last post by Rick Z on September 23, 2017, 08:05:20 AM »
Went out to a pond yesterday.  Wind blowing out of the south about 15 mph.
Cast flies into the wind and then let them drop.  When the line moved to side side I set the hook.
Worked like a charm.  Caught a lot of fish and gave some to two friends that showed up at the pond.
Have not converted them to fly fishing.
Got fish on a Godlie Jr. boa yarn flies, furl tailed mohair leech and a woven bodied fly.

Rick
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Fly Tying / Re: Fishable and Fanciful
« Last post by StippledPopper on September 14, 2017, 01:34:41 PM »
Thank you.  Good for you finding ways to add your own ideas into your work.  I just had cataract surgery in both eyes and still having frequent visits to my opthamologist until the pressure in my eyes goes back to what it was before surgery.  I've been on drops(successfully so far) to prevent glaucoma damage for years.  Were I farsighted rather than nearsighted I'd probably have more problems with painting than I do.

I have glaucoma too. My surgery went bad.

Ouch!  Was your surgery for cataracts or glaucoma?  If for cataracts, laser of surgeon knife?
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Fly Tying / Re: Fishable and Fanciful
« Last post by HmooseK on September 11, 2017, 09:53:22 PM »
Thank you.  Good for you finding ways to add your own ideas into your work.  I just had cataract surgery in both eyes and still having frequent visits to my opthamologist until the pressure in my eyes goes back to what it was before surgery.  I've been on drops(successfully so far) to prevent glaucoma damage for years.  Were I farsighted rather than nearsighted I'd probably have more problems with painting than I do.

I have glaucoma too. My surgery went bad.
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Cane Country Fly Casters / CCFC Sept. 18 meeting
« Last post by Catch on September 11, 2017, 11:55:34 AM »
Cane Country Fly Casters monthly meeting
* Monday, September 18, 2017
Casting 6:00pm, Meeting 6:30pm
Westside Baptist Family Life Center, Hwy 1 bypass, Natchitoches

* Please note the date change. For September, we've moved the meeting from our usual 2nd Monday to the 3rd Monday.  More details to come.

As always, bring a friend!
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Fly Tying / Re: Fishable and Fanciful
« Last post by breamchaser on September 10, 2017, 08:39:31 AM »
Just as I have come to expect of you, ''Awesome.'' I admire you work and see you have way more patience than I do. I enjoy seeing your work, but I'll stick with foam and leave the pro/artistic work to you, you are definitely better at it than I could ever be. Thanks for sharing all your work with all of us, we appreciate it. Take care, John. :smile:
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Fly Tying / Re: Fishable and Fanciful
« Last post by StippledPopper on September 10, 2017, 08:13:42 AM »
Thank you.  Good for you finding ways to add your own ideas into your work.  I just had cataract surgery in both eyes and still having frequent visits to my opthamologist until the pressure in my eyes goes back to what it was before surgery.  I've been on drops(successfully so far) to prevent glaucoma damage for years.  Were I farsighted rather than nearsighted I'd probably have more problems with painting than I do. 
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Fly Tying / Re: Fishable and Fanciful
« Last post by HmooseK on September 09, 2017, 11:57:17 AM »
Ronald,

I've always admired your work. I read your how-to a few years ago and made all my tools as you described and adapted a few of my own ideas. I can't see very well anymore, but I find dotting Poppers relaxes me and helps with my anxiety even if they don't look so great. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
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Fly Tying / Re: Time for a laugh?
« Last post by breamchaser on September 08, 2017, 09:17:51 AM »
Trust me Flyfish, she does, she tries her best to keep me out of trouble. That works, more or LESS. You two take care, John. :smile:
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