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Arkansas River 10/24

Well, Keystone Dam released some water yesterday, and sure enough, there was a good bit of water coming downriver when I got to my spot.  I walked down the emergency boat ramp and saw two swarms of seagulls diving on bait in the water; good signs.



I get out there, and a gent I know catches three before I can get a line in the water.  Started out with a Powerbait swimshad, and managed to catch a small Sandie on that.  Then, after seeing a bunch of fish hit top, I switched over to a…

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Added by Allen Morgan on October 24, 2012 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Arkanss River 9/17 Zebra Mussels!

Headed out this morning, first full day of my 2-week vacation.  I had three goals that I wanted to accomplish today:

 

1)       Catch some minnows to take home for use as bait.

2)      Catch some Shad, again, for bait.

3)      Catch some Skipjack, to process into cut bait for catfish.

 

I knew it was going to be LOW, as I’ve been watching the level on the internet.

 

BOY, was it low! I haven’t seen it this low in awhile.  Walking out, I…

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Added by Allen Morgan on September 17, 2012 at 2:40pm — 6 Comments

Arkansas River, Keystone Dam

I decided to go up to Keystone Dam and throw out some of the cut Skipjack Herring I have, and see if any cats were feeling hungry.  I didn’t know how the bite was going to be, as there was no water moving, and we had a cold front come through the day before.

 

I rigged and baited one of my surf rods.  I tossed that bait up near the turbines, and set the clicker.  I then baited up a smaller rod that had a float rig on it.  I knew from previous experience that I can at least play…

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Added by Allen Morgan on September 14, 2012 at 4:27pm — 1 Comment

Had to go back today....

And see how the size 8 BH Wooly Buggers that I tied up last night work.

 

I started off with a size 6 Gurgle-Pop as an indicator bug, with a size 8 BH Wooly Bugger on a dropper about 2’ below the Gurgle-Pop.  The first fish decided to go for the Gurgle-Pop:

 

[IMG]http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/4117/20120712hybridsunfish1.jpg[/IMG]

 

After a little while, I realized…

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Added by Allen Morgan on July 12, 2012 at 5:11pm — 4 Comments

Fished the Pond at work, 7/11

I had tied up a deer-hair bass popper that I wanted to try out, so off to the pond at work I went this afternoon.  The popper works, although nothing decided to sample it.

 

I was seeing a few surface hits here and there, so I decided to put on a foam hopper and see if any of the sunnies were hungry.  I didn’t get any hits on top, so I tied a dropper onto the hopper and dangled a BH Wooly Bugger below the hopper.

 

I got a few hits, but didn’t connect with…

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Added by Allen Morgan on July 11, 2012 at 6:09pm — 2 Comments

On Tying "New to me flies", and aggressive sunfish!

Yesterday, I was tying up a storm, since it was my day off.  Several different GFA Hopper patterns, to round out the basic color variety that we get here in OK.  Green, yellow w/ green, yellow w/ brown, and brown.  I might tie up some yellow w/ white, as my son Logan caught a yellow hopper with white wings this morning when we were fishing.

I also tied up some Gurgle-Pops in different colors, and a couple in size 6, intended for some LMB's.  I took a stab at tying a size 12…

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Added by Allen Morgan on July 9, 2012 at 10:55am — 8 Comments

Pretty Water Lake, OK

I had to take my kayak out today.  It was a beautiful morning, with light winds.  Perfect morning to take my fly rod out to play with the sunnies.  Here’s a shot of the first spot I was headed to:



[IMG]http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/7460/20120624prettywaterlake.jpg[/IMG]



I tossed a bug around for a bit.  Had a few takes, but only connected with one fish, a Warmouth.  It hit the popper a…

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Added by Allen Morgan on June 24, 2012 at 3:29pm — 1 Comment

Pretty Water Lake, Sapulpa OK

I bought the city permit for this lake today.  I went up there to fling a fly around, and maybe dunk some minnows if the fly fishing slowed down.



As I walked to the spot I was going to fish, I noticed a bunch of small grasshoppers in the grass.  I made a note to try my hopper pattern, but I wanted to start off with a chartreuse popper.  I got set up on a floating platform, and since it's in a corner, I have access to two banks, plus the shaded side of the walkway leading to the…

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Added by Allen Morgan on June 11, 2012 at 3:16pm — 5 Comments

A couple of Firsts today....

A few days ago, a friend loaned me a 5wt fly rod a few days ago.  I've been practicing, and immersing myself into the addiction of waving the Fairy Wand.



I've been struggling.  Wind knots, bad/sloppy technique, etc.  I need practice, encouragement, and possibly a tutor.



I was able to escape out of the house this afternoon, supposedly to go get some food for dinner.  I ended up stopping at the pond in the park here in Sapulpa.  Winds were light, the surface was fairly…

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Added by Allen Morgan on June 3, 2012 at 5:46pm — 17 Comments

Arkansas River 5/28

Headed out to the hole I’ve been hitting pretty hard that past couple of weeks.  I checked the website before I left, flow rate is 52 cfs, temp 73ºF, maybe 74ºF.

 

This time, I took one of my minnow traps and a little dog food.  I knew the water had been clearing up, so using the dip net for minnows is out of the question.  The mesh on my cast net is to big; they swim right through the netting.

 

I get to my spot, and boy, is the river low!  No more than…

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Added by Allen Morgan on May 28, 2012 at 3:51pm — No Comments

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