Arizona Fishing Report

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by jessejames, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. jessejames Flyslinger

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    Finally got out to do some fishing. I hiked 17 miles into a secluded lake. The timing was perfect, the lake had just thawed and the fish were ravenous. rising to a hatch of unknown origin. In my excitement to start fishing I scambled down a steep embankment and fell in the lake. I still had my back pack on and damn near drowned before I got out.
    It was a bright sunny day so I stripped off all my clothes except my boots and laid them out to dry.
    I tied on a size 12 yellow stimi and proceeded to catch 30 to 40 hungry rainbows up to 22" long all on the same fly.
    By this time I figured my clothes were dry and I was getting sunburned in places that hadn't seen the sun since my wild teen age years so I began walking back to where my clothes were.
    There had been some mischief whether by man or beast I do not know, but some of my clothes were gone and others torn to shreds.
    All I had was my hiking boots that I was wearing and a tie died bandanna.
    The sun was now high in the sky and Arizona hot, the 17 mile hike out was miserable.
    I will eventually recover from the 3rd degree sunburn that I suffered, but the embarr-ASS-ment of walking into a crowded trailhead parking lot dressed in hiking boots and a loincloth made of the Jerry Garcia vintage bandanna will scar me forever.
    BTW The camera got wet in my near drowning so there are no pics.
  2. Robert Engleheart Robert

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    Too Funny! I'd trade the clothes for the fishing. Vinegar for the sunburn. Where'd you end up settling?
  3. Mike Ediger Active Member

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    Great, Jesse!:p
    Glad you are getting out and "exposing" yourself to some of the locals, I mean local fishing opportunities.;)
    I hope all is well.
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  4. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Reminds me of an old ditty. "Pardon me Roy, is that the cat that ate your new shoes?"
  5. Josh Stroud Active Member

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    Sounds like a much cooler weekend then I had...
  6. formerguide Active Member

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    This is an awesome report, hope the burn salve doesn't burn in certain areas, ouch!

    There's some nice lakes out that way. I did a lot of work for TEP at the Springerville plant, and for SRP over at Coronado. Used to stay in Show Low on occasion, liked eating at Licano's.

  7. wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    Pics or it didn't happen ;)
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  8. Travis Bille Active Member

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    What day is it today?
  9. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    It makes you think.
  10. GAT Active Member

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    Well, my April Fools trick went nowhere... and this report does seem out there. 17 mile hike both ways, 22-inch fish, fishing in the nude, shredded clothes, no photos??? Hmmmmmmm

    Three guys so far fell for it.
  11. Robert Engleheart Robert

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  12. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    April fools prank or true report, but either way, I laughed. Glad you didn't drown.
  13. Mike Ediger Active Member

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    Come on know Jesse......:p
  14. IveofIone Active Member

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    The fact that Jesse fell down lent a certain air of credibility to this entire tale.....

  15. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    April Fools nonsense, or Post of the Year! Brings back memories of when I began hiking into Hanakapiai Valley alone (1974) and had only gotten 200 yards up the trail and ran into a cadre of a half dozen nude hikers returning to civilization wearing only hiking boots and backpacks. Quite the visage!
    The experience sort of prepared me for the valley, where I dared to bodysurf wearing only a borrowed Voit Duckfoot, until I spotted some Portuguese Man-O-War drifting in. Yikes!
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  16. IveofIone Active Member

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    .....34 mile round trip? I'm thinkin' about 5 days altogether
  17. IveofIone Active Member

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    :confused: a nude Jesse through 17 miles of wilderness? Doesn't Arizona have some statute on the books for the criminal harassment of wildlife?
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  18. jessejames Flyslinger

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    I am surprised that the veracity of this report has been brought into question.
    Especially by some of my closest friends and fishing buddies.
    Ivan I am surprised that it took you three posts to bring up the issue of my nudity being a public menace. You should have seen the panic at the trailhead: women screaming and running to cover their childrens eyes, men scrambling to find blankets to cover me up, it was quite hilarious, though laughing was a little painful. However, there was one senior lady that did give me a second and I think third look before her husband whacked her.
    There were some pictures, taken by the policeman that showed up, but they are probably not part of the public record until all the charges are filed. Pubic nudity, fishing without a license (shredded with my clothes), no valid ID or drivers license, see last item. I am sure that the desecrating a National Park will be dropped.
    Happy April 1st my friends.
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  19. Travis Bille Active Member

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    Pubic nudity or public nudity?
  20. kmac Active Member

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    Sounds like the fishing was great. Hmmm...I guess fishing that good would make a sunburn and embarrassement in front of strangers worthwhile. Maybe you could start a new Groups forum titled fishing in the buff!