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Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:24 pm 
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Just got back from Maine after a week's fishing at historic Tim Pond where many of the early rod makers went to test their new wares. The meet was hosted, as always, by ORCA member, jeff Knapp and many other ORCAns were in attendance, including Dan Brock, Lorne Hirsch, Jerry Girard, and Jim Higgins. The theme was more about fishing antique bamboo, but everyone brought classic Montague, JVH, EVH, Hardy and other classic reels to match with those rods.


The target? Brook trout...a most beautiful fish:



The reason the Brookies were game to fall for our efforts? Hexagenia hatch was on:




The competitors for us folks, standing in boats and waving sticks? Loons! Excellent fishers..excellent thieves if you dally too long bringing in a hook-up:



As with most fishing, it was pretty slow in the afternoons, but mornings, and especially evenings, were the times when things got active. Fish or no, it was just so beautiful, it hardly mattered whether we hooked up or not (okay, I'm lying there):



We also took a field trip to the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Rangeley, to see a New F.E. Thomas display put together by Bob Stewart and Jerry Girard. That's author and all-around good guy, A.J. Campbell on the left and part of Bob on the right. Jerry also has a magnificent early gun display at the museum and there are scads of other displays about Carrie Stevens and her flies as well as a Stan Bogdan display. If you are anywhere close to there, a stop is a must!



jeff also was kind enough to put me up along with my Left Coast fishing partner and sometimes surgeon, Rex Eads...the MontyMan...before and after the trip to the lake.


We got in a side trip on the way home so Jeff could show us the burial site for the object of his recent rod making research, Charles Wheeler:





Jeff and wife, Cathie, have quite a menagerie...I got to know their latest edition, a very friendly Lioness:



(I did a mirror test on her just to be sure....incredible mount!)

The intrepid Bob Golder, who took several of the above pics (thanks Bob!) not only used his favorite Payne rods, but occasionally enjoyed the peace and serenity of his canoe.




I'm already saving up my miles for next year! Thanks much, Jeff!


Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:43 pm 
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Always a special place with a special history, its first guests were hosted in 1877. The trout are native in every sense and are descended from the same fish taken back in the early years.
John, you and Rex are always welcome here at Chez Ralphie. Rex departed with an armload of my rods today (but I wouldn't sell him any reels)and Dan and Lorne are due for a visit tomorrow afternoon. Once a year isn't often enough for these get-togethers. Right now, we're at 353 days and counting for the next one!


Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:01 pm 
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Wow, beautiful, beautiful scenery! Looks like a great time.


Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:51 am 
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Now that's what I call a great fishing trip.


Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:22 am 
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Thanks for bringing us along, it looks like it was a great time.


Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:47 am 
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That was a great picture essay! Enjoyed every minute. Brookies were the fish that made me a fisherman! And when I looked at the pic of you and the lioness, I first thought "man! what a big dog!". Great show, John!


Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:33 am 
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What a trip and inspiring images! Thanks, John.


Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:19 pm 
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Great bunch of pictures John ! We have hunted Moose and Bear around Tim pond but have never actually seen the pond. Also have been all around Rangley on snowmobiles and every where in between it is GODS country !!! Nothing like waking up in the morning to silence other than Loons and other critters talking !!! Great trip !
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Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:43 am 
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Thanks for sharing. Looks like you had a great trip. Brook trout is one the most beautiful in the world to me. Hard to beat!


Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:07 am 
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Left coast to right coast...and a good reason why. Thanks for the pictures and commentary. Starting your own show on the fishing networks? I can suggest a title for the show...sorry this is going to be bad....PHD PHishing PHor PHish. Again, I apologize!


Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:01 pm 
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:D hey, at least you tried, Mr Benson! Where you been, wayne?!


Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:37 pm 
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Just sitting on the sidelines for a while. My success at finding any new reels of any consequence is very limited. I keep bidding on Scott's reels on eBay but can't keep with the prices he gets. He's got the golden touch.


Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:44 am 
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John- I just saw this thread. The photography is really great as is the subject matter. I particularly loved the fish plaque in the photo with AJ.

Thanks.

Mike N


Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:04 am 
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Don't know how I missed this seeing as it was posted in July - sure looks like a wonderful trip and a great experience and, like you say, catching fish is just the icing on the cake. Thanks for sharing John!


Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:09 pm 
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we have a December hex hatch in s. Texas. Since 70% of the biomass in our tailwater is tiny midges, we still usually fish a thread-midge dropper tied to the hook bend. Skittering those big size 6 hex dries will often work the fish into a frenzy and draw attacking strikes.
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Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:30 pm 
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Boy, that reminds me of the hatch of what we call the "White Drake" here in WNY each spring! They are big flies (yea, I tie them on #8XL), and they seem to have a lot of trouble getting off the water! During the hatch, they will, as you said, "skitter" across the surface for some distance. The trout seem to key on this action! They will ignore a drag free float, but charge across the water at one dragging across the surface! I tie mine on little white porcupine quills for the body- they float like corks!

Geez- Mayfly hatch in DECEMBER! Only in Texas! Go have fun! Best--- JoeW (ORCA)


Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:29 am 
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well that was a bit extreme


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Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:50 am 
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Thanks, Mike and Ed...''twas a great trip...third year and about to send in res for 2018... great camp, good company and even fish!



Ps...Ron, take your hijack elsewhere


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