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    A couple days of rain and moderating temps have lessened the smoke so it's time for one more trip to put a wrap on the season. Once again, the neighborhood turkeys are there to see me off




    Nice to actually see the sky again






    Fires in the Park are still going strong, though; here's the one at Paola, just outside on the southern flank




    Clear sailing at the pass




    Still a few spots open at the campground; base camp established so it's time to go fishing. Lots of trico spinners flying around but by the time I get rigged up that's pretty much over so I head for a hopper/dropper spot






    She could show me a thing or two about fishing




    But I manage to stumble across some brown fish anyway




    Who show a preference for pink

    Just a tourist passing through


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    Evenings and I find heads up on something




    Turns out to be trico duns



    of which I have none, and they definitely don't want the spinner; finally find something approximate (a greased softhackle)




    Which finds it's way in front of one stupid fish




    Next few days it's chasing heads/bankfeeders in the morning during the spinner fall








    Hoppers in the afternoon, and trying to coax them into eating the wrong flies in the evening (mostly softhackles). The caddis are very active but I can't seem to find too many fish looking up for them, or I'm just timing it wrong (don't seem to be on the same schedule as the emergence in Aug)



    Weeds are present, but manageable, until the last morning when every fish I hook burrows in like a muskrat; 6x tippet, while necessary = popoffs


    Time to leave the flooded parking lot and head for some different water. Get the trailer set up again and enjoy the view (every time I step out for a photo, the mosquitos take a pint of blood)




    Hooter on the crapper

    Just a tourist passing through


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    Again, the age old question "why did the cormorant cross the road?"




    Heading for the canyons




    Early September and still a good flow






    Usually good for a fish or two here and they don't disappoint




    Didn't see any of the orange bugs but the fish were still interested in foam things





    Just add water



    And there you go; action wasn't frantic but for about 2 hours it almost seemed I knew what I was doing




    Last night out

    Just a tourist passing through


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    Next morning I take a quick spin around the grounds; cruising for protein




    Interrupt a Merlin eating breakfast (sorry for the crappy windshield pic; forgot to turn the flash off and everything smeared)



    I'm guessing either a Wilson's warbler or Common Yellowthroat (many sighted this morning)




    Back thru the big gap




    Stiffy at Two Med (with respects to Ivan Doig)




    Nearly t-bone a black bear coming around a corner, luckily his brakes were in good working order. Decide to take a little rest and explore the possibilities






    Speck




    A bit cool and they're not jumping at everything I throw; this works as well as anything




    Home stretch, heading for the barn




    Regards,
    Scott
    Just a tourist passing through


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    thanks scott, great trip and wonderful pix ! We surely do enjoy your reports and tying sequences
    "Tap her light and she'll always be fresh"

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    MANY thanks Scott......GRAND report!
    ....lee s.

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