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  1. It's been unusally warm last weekend, so I knew there would be some carp around at the usual ponds connected to the Bonneville Pool on the Columbia River. At two I struck out, but one had a number of carp milling around, acting pre-spawn. The water was a little high, just above the tops of the culverts. I crept through a flooded grassy flat with just enough blackberry snags to piss me off. Some carp were behind me in the grass, but there was no way I could sneak up to them, and no way I could keep them on. I finally got one to bite a beaded San Juan Worm. Drug my line through lots of grass
  2. http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/00207/wdfw00207.pdf Mentions Ben Hur Lampman's Coming of the Pond Fishes. "In that year [1880], a Troutdale, Oregon sea captain received from California a shipment of 35 “genuine German carp and perfect beauties.” These fish soon spawned in their Troutdale pond, and before the year was out the Captain estimated his increase at 7,000 carp. In late May of 1881, Mother Nature played a cruel trick. An unusually high spring freshet invaded the carp nursery, and several thousand “perfect beauties” escaped into the Columbia River. Within 12 years, the Oregonian newspa
  3. You must have powers of invisibility to get in position to drop to fish like that. Where is the Carp Lodge?
  4. Dang. That's what happens when I don't check this forum for weeks in the winter.
  5. Does shaking the mulberry tree count as chumming? Never did it, never wanted to. When carp are hanging out under a mulberry tree, I want my fly to be the only berry they see.
  6. Hmm, no waders. Interesting that he casts left handed, cranks with his right, but transfers the rod to the right when netting.
  7. Wonder why he uses that indicator when sight fishing is such shallow water.
  8. I like it. I never thought of a two fly rig. Our fish are eager to take the floater.
  9. I was back at it today, this time with more flies. There were lots of berries dropping, lots of fish. Caught lots of fish, including this big one. I didn't think he was ever going to give up: That's a solid 36 inches long. What would that weigh? Had a huge grass carp notice my fly, and slide over to push it with his nose, but I couldn't get him to bite.
  10. I went down to the mid Columbia last Saturday, June 25, to see how the mulberries were coming along. The water was still high but you could see a one foot ring around the shorelines. Some mulberry trees were almost dead from the root inundation, but the ones that were slightly damaged were squeezing out some ripe berries ahead of the trees on higher ground, and the carp were eagerly waiting for some fruit drop, delayed by this cool spring. I positioned myself downwind of a tree hanging over the water, and after three or four casts, put my fly right into the branches, too far out to reach with
  11. What's the Black Betty? Didn't find it on your blog. Edit: Found it. http://themrpblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/gerhards-questions-and-few-answers.html Black dyed pheasant could work well in some of my Intruders for steelhead.
  12. Window shopping.
  13. Interesting, Josh, I'll have to try that. I have some fuzzy foam berries that refused to float. Also, no grassies seen. Weird.
  14. I tried out the mid Columbia yesterday. Not very windy, but it got cloudy and even rained a bit in the afternoon. The water level in the Bonneville Pool is even higher than last week. It is getting close to the old high water mark painted on some rocks. The culverts are now 5-6 feet underwater and produce vortexes as the water drains out like someone pulled the plug on a bathtub. Many of the mulberry trees are standing in several feet of water. The ones high ground still have hard green berries. The most depply submerged trees have curled dying orange leaves and the fruit production disrup
  15. I was out there Saturday. That was enough. I didn't go back Sunday or Monday. A caught a nice smallmouth, but the high water and low temperatures have the smallmouth fishing delayed and normal flats are too deep. I'm working on a project on characterizing backwater habitats along the Columbia and which are connected to the main reservoir, but the water is so high, I can't locate the culverts. And it will get worse: http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local/story/Oregon-and-much-of-Northwest-brace-for-flooding/Kr7gx6-LR0OGjW7xN5s_VA.cspx
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