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Thanksgiving and Trophy Trout Fishing

Posted by stephen on November 26, 2016

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I want to start off by saying that I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  We are spending our weekend in Northern Arkansas for Beau’s birthday this Monday.  There is a trophy trout stream below Norfork Lake that is only open to fish if you are under sixteen, so Beau wanted to take full advantage while he still can.  We went last year and he managed some really nice fish on 2 8 weight fly rod which is quite the fight on the light rod.  It’s been a busy week thus far, but we’re happy to be able to spend some time together up here around Norfork.

 

This past week I made the trip out to Kansas for our annual deer hunt.  Regardless of the hunting, it’s always a good time seeing old friends and spending some time in the woods and some cheap gas prices.  The weather this trip was still pretty warm.  The deer have their winter coats and when it’s eighty degrees out they don’t like to move around too much.  You can only pick days and don’t know until you get there whether you’ll get lucky with the weather.  We did see some deer including one decent sized one, but never did take a shot.  One of my buddies that I hunt with there is a fishery biologist so we got to talk about some fishery management along with wildlife management.  They’ve had some bad droughts in years past and it seems they are just now seeing the full effects.  There have been some big deer taken, but from those drought years, they seemed to have lost a year class of deer.  I’ve seen this happen with fish as well and it just takes to time for everything to stabilize and get better.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the house as more new ICast products trickle in.  I’ve got my two new St. Croix glass rods and will be putting together a couple videos for them.  My son Beau has taken out the new 6’10” target cranking rod and has told me already that it’s “the deal”.  The other is a 7’10” H which I’m going to play around with throwing some ¾ oz lipless cranks and do a little open water fishing with Z-Man chatterbaits.  I’m anxious to get the out on the water.

With our season starting earlier, I’m trying to get my ducks in a row.  Unlike most years, we don’t have February off so everything is just condensed a bit.  I’m setting up my schedule for boat shows and waiting on my new boat to come in.  It’s looking like it should be here in a few weeks and then my old one will go out the door.  I signed up for the Central Opens again for 2017 so I’ll have another busy schedule.  We have a good mix of fisheries on the Elite and Central Opens schedule and I’m looking forward to some new challenges. -SB