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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
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Baetis

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Report at a Glance

General RegionWisconsin
Specific LocationNorthwoods
Dates Fished08/17/2013
Time of Day7-6
Fish CaughtMusky

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Kschaefer3
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Kschaefer3 on Aug 19, 2013August 19th, 2013, 5:26 am EDT
I floated a river in northern Wisconsin. I caught this fish out of my inflatable pontoon. It was a serious cluster f*ck, but the fish was safely landed and returned to the water. I had yet to break 40", this fish was 42". I was very excited! Now off to try and break 50"...


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Wbranch on Aug 19, 2013August 19th, 2013, 6:06 am EDT
Wow Kyle your pretty awesome! Great job of hooking, fighting, landing, and releasing a mighty muskie on a fly rod! Probably there are not many fellows on this forum that can say they hooked and landed a muskie of similar proportions out of a pontoon boat. What weight rod were you using and how long was the streamer? What color?
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Kschaefer3
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Kschaefer3 on Aug 19, 2013August 19th, 2013, 6:28 am EDT
Thanks, Matt! I caught it on a 10 wt with a 9-10" articulated streamer. It was a mostly white pattern with some lighter blue flash and a gray head. Unfortunately I didn't tie it, but I'm ordering some Whiting 8-11" schlappen packs soon so I can start. I may have to tie a few with flash tails before the feathers come.
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Jmd123 on Aug 19, 2013August 19th, 2013, 6:30 am EDT
WOW!!! Well done Kyle! You have officially reached "Fly Fishing Stud" status! And doing it all on your own out of a personal pontoon! Congrats! Gee, maybe I could wrangle one of those things in my little yellow banana boat...

Jonathon

P.S. I do believe that the term "cluster f*ck" is military terminology - at least, I first heard it in Army Basic Training at Fort Knox...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Jmd123 on Aug 19, 2013August 19th, 2013, 7:29 am EDT
P.P.S. 42" is both the legal limit for musky in MI and an automatic Michigan Master Angler Award (minimum size for catch-and-release category). Just FYI... ;oD

Jonathon

P.P.P.S. Can't figure out who's grin is toothier, Kyle's or the musky's...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
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Adirman on Aug 20, 2013August 20th, 2013, 8:27 am EDT
Awesome fish and awesome experience Im sure!! Nice job!!
Kschaefer3
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Kschaefer3 on Aug 20, 2013August 20th, 2013, 9:44 am EDT
Thanks, Adirman! It definitely was an awesome experience. I suggest trying it sometime if you get a chance.

Jonathon - Not quite a stud, or master angler, just damn lucky. I only hope I get lucky again soon...but, don't we all?
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PaulRoberts on Aug 21, 2013August 21st, 2013, 3:20 am EDT
Wow! Great fish. Great photos. Great experience. Now that's living. Way to go, Kyle.
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Gutcutter on Aug 21, 2013August 21st, 2013, 2:48 pm EDT
Atta boy!
All men who fish may in turn be divided into two parts: those who fish for trout and those who don't. Trout fishermen are a race apart: they are a dedicated crew- indolent, improvident, and quietly mad.

-Robert Traver, Trout Madness
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Roguerat on Aug 21, 2013August 21st, 2013, 2:58 pm EDT
WOW, that's a massive fish! Makes me think about hitting Murray Lake, just east of home here in MI, and throw some bucktails or divers...wonder if my 8-wt is up to it??!


Roguerat

I Peter 5:7 'Cast your cares upon Him...'
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Oldredbarn on Aug 21, 2013August 21st, 2013, 8:27 pm EDT
The alligator of the north woods!

Good job!

Spence

In case no one has noticed...I'm posting tonight because it is the first time I've had a good connection to the web in 21 days or so...:)

When I get back to snivel-ization I'll bring you up to date...
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

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Kschaefer3 on Aug 22, 2013August 22nd, 2013, 5:18 am EDT
Paul - Thanks! It's an experience I won't soon forget.

Gutcutter - What's the biggest you have caught on the fly? Ever fish musky in rivers?


...wonder if my 8-wt is up to it??!

Don't see why not, just be careful and let them run if they need to. You can catch king salmon on an 8 wt. Different type of fight, but a very strong, heavy fish nonetheless.

Spence - Looking forward to reading about it!
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Martinlf on Aug 22, 2013August 22nd, 2013, 6:01 am EDT
Good work; beautiful uglymean fish!! The second photo with the bluegreen filter is especially cool.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Crepuscular on Aug 22, 2013August 22nd, 2013, 6:59 am EDT
Kyle that's a great fish! Way to go. Looks like you had your hands full with that one.
Kschaefer3
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Kschaefer3 on Aug 22, 2013August 22nd, 2013, 8:55 am EDT
Good work; beautiful uglymean fish!! The second photo with the bluegreen filter is especially cool.

Thanks! I am lucky my fishing buddy is a photographer.

Looks like you had your hands full with that one.

Very much so, both literally and figuratively. I wish there was video of me fighting and landing the fish.
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Crepuscular on Aug 22, 2013August 22nd, 2013, 11:01 am EDT
I wish there was video of me fighting and landing the fish.


Ha! I bet. I've had some truly comical moments trying to fight and land some fish. Sometimes things just go awry.
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Roguerat on Aug 22, 2013August 22nd, 2013, 12:00 pm EDT
The traditional origin(s) of the name Muskellunge is from an Ojibway word,
Maskinonge- or versions thereof...they all refer to 'big ugly pike' which is somewhat appropriate given the fine choppers and malicious glare most Muskies sport.
I humbly admit the one- and only- Musky I've caught on the fly measured a full 19" when stretched. I hooked him/her in Muskellunge Lake, located near downtown Trufant, Michigan which is well-known as the Stump-fence Capital of the World. It IS on the map, and it's a nice little lake.

That is one admirable fish, again. This is inspiration to do some research and flog the water for other species.

Roguerat

I Peter 5:7 'Cast your cares upon Him...'

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