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Fishing St. Lawrence tribs I happened to get my buddy on camera getting a small but fat fall fish just in time to go home and watch the game.

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Comment by John Jarosz on November 19, 2015 at 12:28pm

Do you guys ever figure 8 at the end?  I know Dan Scheda has gotten his doing the "8's" at the end of the retrieve.

Comment by Riley Vacinek on November 19, 2015 at 3:21pm

John, This was when we were first getting into musky on the fly. I suggest doing the first turn of the 8 at the end of every cast. More could be beneficial but ends up tiring me out by the end of the day and it could be a waste of time that could be casting at the bank. I have had a lot of fish come out of nowhere and hammer the fly. Rarely am I even the least bit ready for it and it rarely pans out the way I want it. 

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Comment by John Jarosz on November 19, 2015 at 3:50pm

You put it a good way: "rarely panning out the way you want."  I know Dan S had a surprising strike while he was doing the fig 8.  It shot out from under the boat but with a long rod, a short line & lightning speed it hit, ran & dropped in about 0.75 seconds.  I do about two of the 8's (is that a 16?) but might cut down to just one.  It does get tiring. 

Comment by Nate Carr on November 19, 2015 at 5:38pm

If I'm fishing stained water then I will usually do 1-3 eights or ovals depending on how I feel at the end of each retrieve, when fishing clear water I will usually do 1 eight or oval, unless a fish is following of course, in which case I go till I hook it or it looses interest. Even in super clear water on the UN I have had fish show up next to the boat right after I have pulled the fly out of the water and have even had one launch out of the water a second after I pulled the fly out.  One time this year I had a fish follow around the eight a couple times then disappear, I kept figure 8ing just in case he was still lurking and a new smaller fish showed up and followed around a couple times before spooking off.... that was a first for me.  I have had some success on boat side eats, especially when they take the fly going away from the boat, in which case I just hold on tight and let them set the hook on themselves.

Comment by Riley Vacinek on November 19, 2015 at 5:40pm

On one occasion last year I did one entire lap and sat for a second talking to my buddy and when I picked my rod up to cast again I noticed I was "snagged" and then the snag started swimming away. It stayed pinned for 10 seconds and we never did get a good look at it but the way it was horsing me it was likely solid. 

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Comment by John Jarosz on November 19, 2015 at 6:31pm

Man, those are good stories!!  Love hearing them.  When I was younger, we used to describe certain events as "hours and hours of sheer boredom punctuated by moments of stark, raving terror."

Now I get the same feeling doing muskies on the fly.  Actually, I had that happen pan-fishing (with an ultralight) out of a kayak a couple of years ago in the Cass.  Took the small crappie out of the water about 8" from me & a musky came right out & tried to grab it. The splash got me wet.  I had to go back to the launch ramp to empty the 'yak & change my shorts.


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