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#836267 - 07/24/08 01:53 PM The Cold Hard Facts...
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Another thread got me thinking about this...

I started thinking about this in regards to another thread. During the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s I lived in either Casper or Laramie, Wyoming. I traveled the Rocky Mountain West a lot, going to and from rodeos. I fished a lot of trout waters.

I fished the Madison, the Yellowstone and Flaming Gorge. I fished the north and south forks of the Powder River and Crazy Woman Creek, too. I fished the Platte and I fished Boxelder. I fished everything around Bozeman and Missoula. I fished some lakes up the Tetons that probably didn’t have names. I fished the Wind River for two weeks solid. I fished private Indian lands.

I fished out there a lot.

I never caught a trout, brown or ‘bow over three pounds. That’s just an average Caney Fork trout. Don’t let the allure of the romantic mountains and the fabled streams cloud the truth of what you actually have right here.

Two years ago when I shared a boat with Tom McEntire (Field and Stream) on the Platte, the guide could not believe it when I told him it was normal to catch over a dozen trout above eight pounds out of the Caney in a year. Tom said, “Yeah, unfortunately that is true. They have three times the fishery we do.”
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#836351 - 07/24/08 02:55 PM Re: The Cold Hard Facts... [Re: bowriter]
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Hmmm? That's interesting.... and I KNOW they don't have catfish!
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#836357 - 07/24/08 03:01 PM Re: The Cold Hard Facts... [Re: rsimms]
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Well, they do but they aren't very big. Now sturgeon, that's a different deal.

Now the fresh water ling up on Pathfinder Res. Now that is good eating.
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#836481 - 07/24/08 04:43 PM Re: The Cold Hard Facts... [Re: ]
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CH- Just out of curiosity where do you rank the Little Red , White and Norfork in Arkansas compared to the western tailwaters?
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#836488 - 07/24/08 04:48 PM Re: The Cold Hard Facts... [Re: MFBAB]
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every post of his = FIGJAM

Google the term.

He's been there, done that, and done it better than anyone else.

Just ask him.


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#836494 - 07/24/08 04:58 PM Re: The Cold Hard Facts... [Re: ewc]
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Phillips or regular. Google that \:\)
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#836505 - 07/24/08 05:07 PM Re: The Cold Hard Facts... [Re: bowriter]
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That figjam thing is hilarious.
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#836517 - 07/24/08 05:23 PM Re: The Cold Hard Facts... [Re: ]
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I agree about the stockers in the Arkansas rivers, still it's nice to count on 50-100 fish per day with a few kickers thrown in. I'll have to get to the Caney and try some real fishing sometime soon.

Didn't mean to pile on woth the figjam thing, I really thought it was funny because of the reference on Google to Phil Mickelson being one, that was hilarious.
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#836790 - 07/24/08 08:38 PM Re: The Cold Hard Facts... [Re: ]
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Dunno about Arkansas. I don't have much experience catching them, but I sure have seen some behemoths on the Norfolk. I stood in a pool one day not 20 feet from a couple of fish that were so much bigger than anything I've ever seen that I can't even guess how big they were. I was peeing in my waders. If I had hooked one, I would have folded like a lawnchair. I must have floated those midges over their noses 100 times. You could just barely hear them giggling at me.

Some folks with a lot more experience than me sure think a lot of those AK waters.
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#836825 - 07/24/08 09:03 PM Re: The Cold Hard Facts... [Re: gil1]
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Gil, I haven't fished the Caney so I can't speak for it but if it really tops those 3 in Arkansas (which I've spent a lot of time on)it is something etremely special. The world record and #2 browns came from the Little Red and the Norfork, I'm just saying.
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#837564 - 07/25/08 11:01 AM Re: The Cold Hard Facts... [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: captain hook

I am not saying AR isn't good, but there is better much closer to home.


For people in West TN, AR is closer to home. If I lived in East TN, I don't think I'd make the trip to AR unless it was just to hang out with friends/family. There'd be no need to go to AR for trout fishing when Middle TN and East TN (as well as VA or NC) has just as good trout fishing.


Edited by moondawg (07/25/08 11:03 AM)
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