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#1795052 - 09/06/20 03:07 PM Labor Day Smallies 9/6/20
Tall 1 Offline

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Registered: 05/02/03
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I fished the CT River this morning and the water was high, swift and loaded with floating grass and weed debris.
I had tied on a Whopper Plopper 110 and on my first cast had a blowup that missed the bait. I cleared the grass and floating weeds off of it, and fired it back in the vicinity of the strike and surprisingly, he ate it. It was nice to start the day with a fish on the second cast!

After that, every cast resulted in grass and had I had to constantly clear the bait after every cast, and most casts were ruined by grass or weeds on the bait.

I stayed patient knowing that this was going to be part of today’s adventure. I tried to avoid the grass going subsurface with a soft jerk bait and a swim bait but the current was moving too fast and I never had a touch on it, plus it was still getting grass anyways.

I switched back to a Whopper Plopper 90 for a smaller profile with less chance to pick up grass, and continued moving upstream. I was rewarded with 2 quality fish and 5 smalls..

So despite the tough conditions, I was still able to land seven fish and had a few other strikes that never hooked up. It was a beautiful morning, the weather was great, and the water wasn’t too cold too still wet wade.
Good times!


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#1795056 - 09/06/20 04:33 PM Re: Labor Day Smallies 9/6/20 [Re: Tall 1]
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Registered: 01/03/02
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Nice trip Jon. I really miss doing that. I started wading that river 50 years ago. Don't think I could do it any more. I did try once last year up by the canal.


Edited by Don D (09/06/20 04:34 PM)

If there are fish to catch. I'll be there to my end.
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#1795065 - 09/06/20 08:50 PM Re: Labor Day Smallies 9/6/20 [Re: Tall 1]
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Way to go Jon!

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#1795076 - 09/07/20 05:27 AM Re: Labor Day Smallies 9/6/20 [Re: Tall 1]
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jon,
check out ct streamflow for info on flows in the river- 4000 cfs is my benchmark for wading the river.
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#1795080 - 09/07/20 07:27 AM Re: Labor Day Smallies 9/6/20 [Re: Tall 1]
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Great job Jon!

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#1795083 - 09/07/20 07:33 AM Re: Labor Day Smallies 9/6/20 [Re: Tall 1]
Don P Online   content

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Registered: 05/03/07
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Another great trip & pics Jon!

Your fish and grass pics are my favorites.

Love the patterns, colors, movement, etc
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#1795091 - 09/07/20 08:44 AM Re: Labor Day Smallies 9/6/20 [Re: Tall 1]
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Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 1956
Loc: Boat in Niantic
great looking fish!
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#1795102 - 09/07/20 09:47 AM Re: Labor Day Smallies 9/6/20 [Re: Tall 1]
tommy Offline

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Registered: 04/23/05
Posts: 3657
Loc: Danbury
Nice job, keep those reports and pics coming.
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#1795120 - 09/07/20 12:31 PM Re: Labor Day Smallies 9/6/20 [Re: Tall 1]
Tall 1 Offline

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Registered: 05/02/03
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Thanks for the tip Skunkedalot
Looks like it was about 3500 yesterday.
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#1795178 - 09/08/20 10:59 AM Re: Labor Day Smallies 9/6/20 [Re: Tall 1]
MikeV Offline

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Registered: 07/07/03
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Loc: Tolland
Jon,

Great trip. Way to adjust to the adverse weed condition. When it is like you described, nothing is weedless. I spend more time and effort waiting for the right time to cast to get slightly less weeds in the flow then I do fishing when it is like this. There are also a few dead falls that catch the weeds and provide a parking spot size place of weedless water to fish. Problem is they are very few and far apart. They also get worked like rented mule by all the other kids fishing. I was also bothered by weeds on Monday at Mansfield. I did not catch didley. Great job.

MikeV
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