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Reel maintenance and service; the when, why, and what about…..

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 08-03-2017

Short Desc:                                       Reel maintenance and service; the when, why, and what about…..                                                                     By Dan Isaac ReelEx Express Reel Service Reel maintenance, sometimes written about, often discussed, seldom followed through on. Certainly, some are better than others when it comes to this discipline, then there are the rest of us, and we are the ones that never loosen our drags, never wipe our reels down (even the magnesium ones), and never check or clean the line guides. We merely take them out, use them, and if they're lucky, we put them back in a rod locker. Ah, then something happens, and we wonder how, or scramble to ask anyone who will listen why it did? Hmmmm, sound familiar? I admit I've been convicted of this far too many times. My excuse? Well, I'm always too busy performing service on everyone else's reels. Thus mine suffer! …Anyone buying this? Didn't think so. Oh well, at least ...

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Pyramid Lake Legend

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 05-25-2017

Short Desc: I met Craig Drummond in the strangest of ways.  Me and a buddy rescued him from the jaws of death at Pyramid lake in April of 2017.  He had tripped and fallen while moving his ladder in chest-deep water and his thick, buoyant neoprene waders and heavy, water-logged jacket had kept him pinned face-down in the heavy swell.  He told us later that he was blacking out and had “fought all he could” when we finally got to him.  We dragged him to shore and after some scary moments of coughing up water and heaving breaths to recover oxygen he was stable enough to strip down and get blankets on to reduce the chance for hypothermia.  In the end, he fully recovered.  It was a very sobering experience. I learned later that he was an LA fire chief for 25 years and had saved hundreds of lives.  He had pulled people from burning buildings,  resuscitated babies, lived through both LA riots and had had been shot at twice.  But, after everything he had been through, he said the Pyramid Lake near-drowning was the closest he had ever felt to death. After the incident, I was able to talk with him more and ...

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Manifesting a Monster Cutthroat

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 03-01-2017

Short Desc:   My good friend Jerry. Happy as always happy An old friend of mine named Jerry stopped by to visit me the other day.  Jerry is a local lake trout and brown trout fisherman who I would consider a little bit of a local legend in northern Nevada.  He is the type of legend that people talk about, but no one really knows his name.  Simply put, Jerry is known as the "Bigfoot of trophy trout fishermen in the Sierra Nevada."  You see, he is the type of guy who is always fishing in mountain lakes in the worst possible conditions.  For instance, I would get reports from people who would drive their snowmobiles up to Stampede Reservoir located in northern California to learn about the lake conditions and also find out when the roads might be plowed in order to find out when I might be able to fish the lake.  To my great surprise, I would hear reports that there was already someone on the lake even though the roads had two feet of snow on them.  Over the years, I would continue to receive reports of a light green truck with a camper shell parked near the dam.  Near ...

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Records

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 01-31-2017

Short Desc:  Record are meant to be broken  By Brad Stout Some trout are trophies but some are records. Arguably one of hardest trophies to catch is the brown trout, it is the most coveted trophy trout out there among West Coast trout geeks like myself. Most specialist chasing giant trout often tell me that out of all the trophies, the brown trout is the one that eludes them.  Here are some of the brown trout records that I have seen come and go in my life timetime. I have saved news paper clippings, built scrap books, and searched the internet for decades to find some of the photos. Oregon  It was a rainy afternoon on May 21,at 5:00 pm when Guy Carl (at the ripe old age of 22) broke the previous state record of 25.2 pounds. Guy's record catch was 27 pounds 12 oz, 36 inches long by 24 inches in girth and at that time the largest brown trout caught in in the western states of Oregon, California, Washington and Idaho.  On October 4, 2002, Ron Lane broke the Oregon state record by 9 oz, just before dark. The 28 pound 5 oz, 37 1/2 inch behemoth was hooked using 15 pound test line. California  A 26 year old ...

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Angry Seas

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 11-08-2016

Short Desc: A few minutes ago, we were laughing and catching fish on the east shore of Pyramid Lake in Nevada.  Now things had changed.  Angry clouds were quickly obscuring our view of the sun and winds were whipping the water into a froth.  Huge dust clouds kicked up at the needles, signaling it was time to head back to the west shore.  We probably waited a little too long to leave but we figured we would be able to make it across no problem.  Things were fine until our main motor cut out halfway across the lake.  That is when things got interesting .. and not in a good way. I have been fishing in the ocean my entire life and have seen it all.  I have been in party boats in 10 foot swells chasing tuna 80 miles out, fished the boilers at Clemente in our 18-foot whaler and bucked many nearshore swells in a 16 foot Klamath.  Heck, I have even been out 4 miles in a kayak.  But this was different.  The swells were all mixed up and the interval was quick… very quick.  We were in a bad spot.  We scrambled on our hands and knees and could ...

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Big Trout Goals!

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 08-31-2016

Short Desc:   Mike Sadar, August 2016   Growing up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, trout were the only option for anyone who fished.  I was no exception and I remember the day my dad brought home my first fishing rod.  I was four or five years old I had tears of joy because I knew that I would get to go fishing with my dad.  That first trip was incredible and I remember catching my first stocker rainbow trout.  It was my first real trout I could not believe its colors and markings.  Even at such a young age, I found trout fascinating in how they could live in such cold water.  What a mysterious environment they come from, I thought.  Little did I know that this would evolve into a life long passion I hope to carry until the last day I walk this earth.  A few years later I was at the local hardware store with my father.  One of the local customers brought in a big rainbow trout he had caught and had mounted. I could not believe my eyes.  I had gotten used to catching stocker trout and had no idea a trout could grow to this size.  This big ...

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Searching for Gold Part 2

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 08-15-2016

Short Desc:  The Early Bird Catches More Trout I woke well before dawn to the dancing beam of Brad’s headlamp as he left his tent and gathered fishing gear. He told me he wanted to get the sunrise bite, but my body told me I needed more shut-eye so I burrowed back into my sleeping bag and returned to dreamland for another hour. Then I rose, quickly dressed and grabbed my spinning rods and tackle bag then headed down the steep hill from camp to the lake. I cast out my secret dough bait on one rod, and then started fan-casting with a Kastmaster spoon on the other. I had no action for a few minutes, then as the sun crested the eastern edge of the glacial bowl surrounding the lake and the first rays of direct sunlight hit the water near me, I caught a twelve-inch golden on my ½ ounce gold spoon. Then on the next cast I hooked something bigger, a fish that fought hard, pulling drag from my reel loaded with 6 pound test monofilament. It took several minutes to bring this trout close to shore, and during this time I saw the tip of my other rod, which ...

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Searching for Gold

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 07-31-2016

Short Desc: Part 1 By Mark Wiza  If you've lived any kind of full life, if you're at all adventurous, you have had at least one moment where you've said to yourself: "What the hell am I doing? I should be home in bed!" I've had more of these times than I care to count, and over the years I've learned that unless you actually do just stay home every day, they are inevitable. A person who goes out of the house is more likely to get hit by a bus. The key is not to try and avoid these moments but to know when to listen to your inner mommy, and when to just tell her you'll be home later. If you're drunk late at night and find yourself about to engage in a misdemeanor or on the verge of making love to a woman you wouldn't date in the sober light of day, by all means, heed that nagging inner voice! Go home and go to bed! Without the woman, you knucklehead! But if you are engaged in a more honorable yet daring activity, say running a marathon, there will be a similar voice, telling you that you are exhausted and you should go home ...

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Looking East

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 06-29-2016

Short Desc:  By Brad Stout  This spring, I had the pleasure of making a trip to fish East Lake with my buddy, West. We normally fish for brown trout in the lakes of Northern California and for cutthroat trout in the lakes of Nevada but we were both ready to fish new waters so we decided to give Oregon as try. As we investigated which lakes would provide us with the best opportunity to catch both size and numbers of brown trout, we narrowed our picks down to three lakes: (1) Wickiup; (2) Paulina; and (3) East Lake.  Brown Trout from one of my favorite Oregon lakes Wickiup   The three lakes are located within a few miles of one another near the little town of La Pine.  Wickiup has always been one of my favorite lakes in Oregon and in the past, that lake has produced several double digit brown trouts for me , but West and I really wanted to fish somewhere that neither one of us had been to. Since East Lake and Paulina are within five miles of each other, we decided to fish them.   I am blessed to have a large network of friends who were able to give me some advice ...

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Brown Baggers

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 06-02-2016

Short Desc: The Patch What if I told you there was a secret society of fisherman… an obsessed group of anglers who are willing to drive anywhere, use any method, spend any amount of money, lose any amount of sleep, deprive themselves of any amount of food and pretty much do anything humanly possible to catch a west coast brown trout over 10 pounds.  Would you believe me?  Yes, they exist and there is a club to celebrate their achievements.  The club is known as the “Brown Baggers”. In 1974 Allan Cole and Richard Reinwald were fishing at lower twin lake in California.  They were throwing out ideas about fishing tournaments and Allan came up with the idea of forming a club.  Richard came up with the name for the club… the Brown Baggers.  They agreed it was a good idea and the obsession was born!  The rules were simple, an angler had to catch two verified west coast browns over 10 pounds to join.  The original founding members were Allan Cole, Rich Reinwald, Bob Beach, Ray Patterson, John Tallon, Ron Lane, Ed Baun and Brian Shipley. Old BrownBagger List from 2000 Just how hard is it to catch two legit ten pound west coast browns?  ...

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