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    Odd Catches on the SBR

    The evening started normal enough, I started fishing with an Iso Parachute and a small caddis emerger on the dropper...caught a few fish on a caddis emerger, landed a nice brown on a Iso parachute and lost a hog that took the Iso..But then things got strange...I was casting to an upstream pocket when I notice my fly dangling above the water..I looked for the tree branch but there was none..I thought it must of been caught in a spider web but my fly started to fly away, right over my head...Now I could see what was happening, I caught an Iso with my dry fly and he was flying away with my rig attached..I gave a soft yank and the bug and rig hit the water but he immediately took off again this time flying strait at me and tangling the line around my head...Oh it was a sight to see...
    Just at dark I came to a pool that had a few rising fish as well as a good amount of bats swarming just over the water..Yep, my first cast into the pool and I catch a bat. He was flopping around and was completely tangled..I tried to unhook him but the hook was too deep...I cut the line about 2 inches from the bat, hopefully he frees himself..

    So i caught a few browns and a couple rainbows and 1 brookie, a bat and a mayfly...Interesting evening on the SBR....


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    Re: Odd Catches on the SBR

    Quote Originally Posted by bkill View Post
    I gave a soft yank and the bug and rig hit the water but he immediately took off again this time flying strait at me and tangling the line around my head...Oh it was a sight to see...
    I think you need to draw another picture to support this story. What would have been wild is if the bat had taken the dry fly while the iso natural had it wrapped around your head.


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    Re: Odd Catches on the SBR

    I've come close to hooking a bat at the gorge.

    The strangest thing I've ever hooked was myself. Strange indeed.


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    Re: Odd Catches on the SBR

    Sounds like it was quite the night. You can't make up stuff like that!!! Just like they say, truth is often stranger than fiction...

    Everybody has to believe in something, I believe I'll have another beer.

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    Re: Odd Catches on the SBR

    Nice catch...is that a "trifecta" twice?


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    Re: Odd Catches on the SBR

    I have had ,on numerous occasions, bats pick my Dry Fly off the water. But this year was the first time that I ever knocked a Bat out of the air and on to the water, with my backcast.
    In fact this happened to me twice this year, once on Pohatcong Creek and another time on the SBR at Browns corner.
    Must be a good year as far as the bat population goes.


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    Re: Odd Catches on the SBR

    John,

    As far as the bats go in CT there is a big decline in the bat population. There is some disease that is killing them. My good friend Alain has been keeping track of it. I have also noticed less bats on the same streams like the Farmington and Housatonic.

    As for NJ I don't know if the same disease is getting to them.

    When you hook a bat it has a very strange feeling... kind of like throwing a salmonfly pattern out west! You could cast them quite far with a 7 weight! What would be even funnier is hooking a bat and it hits the water and some big a** brown hammers it!

    www.troutpredator.info ... fishing reports, techniques, etc...

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    Re: Odd Catches on the SBR

    I found a link referring to the disease
    Disease Deadly to Bats Spreads in Northeast U.S. : NPR

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    Re: Odd Catches on the SBR

    That sucks, they eat alot of mosquitos (tons) per night. Alot of people I know get freaked out by them, but I look at it as part of the overall experiance of being out on the water in the evening and they don't bother me in the least.
    Sad to hear that some disease is killing them.


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    Re: Odd Catches on the SBR

    I was on the Farmington one thisummer and I was literally being eaten by mosquitoes. It was some of the worst mosquito action that I have seen outside of being out west. When I said to hm they were bad... he simply told me the old, "I told you so!"

    www.troutpredator.info ... fishing reports, techniques, etc...

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    Re: Odd Catches on the SBR

    I read about that disease last year and did notice a BIG decline in the bat population along the SBR last season, but this year there seems to be a population boom..I have been kicked off the river a few times this year because there were just too many bats (sometimes about 50 plus bats feeding over a SBR pool can get to be too much in tight quarters)..I also had to remove bats twice this season from nesting under my window shutters...

    Hopefully this disease has run its course and you will experience a population boom in CT over the next few seasons..


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