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#1 Nov-10-15 6:51PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
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11-10-15, James River (Arcadia to Alpine)

We (John Nguyen) went musky hunting today...with the fly! We hired Matt Miles who is a very good musky fly guide. He said that if we got one in the boat, it would be success!! Usually get to see a few.....

Holy smokes.....my arms are on fire! 1000 casts of throwing a 10" fly on 10wts and we only saw ONE fish all day! I have NEVER worked so hard on a fishing trip.....EVER!

But it was exhilarating. The anticipation is ridiculous. The one fish we saw took a look at John's fly. He came from deep, made a dash and pulled away. You have to stay on your game the entire time, both mental and physical. It's addictive! It's demanding!

We drove down in the rain Monday night and found a nice BBQ place.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/IMG_0076_zpsf3mjyatc.jpg

We met Matt at 0630 for the Arcadia to Alpine float on his drift boat.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/IMG_0078_zpsrl2iiiyl.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2008.58.53_zpsxamfej1f.jpg

It was cool and misty but temps were in low 50s.....OK by me!

The scenery is spectacular!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2009.01.59_zpscimznvye.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2011.17.29_zpslfroruvi.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2011.17.40_zpsfj8omdgg.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2011.20.05_zpsjup6hlca.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2011.20.37_zpswpq5b4vl.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2015.22.22_zpsvfys85zm.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2013.53.16_zps2jujixcf.jpg

No clue what these two were doing....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2013.50.03_zpshtkmngjc.jpg

The arsenal is wicked!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2009.24.05_zpszfsnefn2.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2010.47.20_zpsc1tsrud8.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2012.21.53_zpselbb83xp.jpg

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/New%20Kiko/2015-11-10%2014.04.42_zpslhppe5xd.jpg

We fished a Major and never saw a fish. We did see two big boils bit never saw the fish. Could have been carp, big smallie or musky.

It got sunny and nice after lunch but that did not help the catching any....

Give me a couple of days to recuperate and I am ready to go back and try again. Truth be told is that it takes time to get your 1st musky. And I am ready to put in the time! What a rush!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Nov-11-15 7:53AM

Bryan
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From: Bealeton, VA
Registered: Mar-18-11
Posts: 959

Re: 11-10-15, James River (Arcadia to Alpine)

I'm always jealous of your fishing adventures, even when the bite isn't great. Thanks for the report.


tight lines

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#3 Nov-11-15 1:36PM

captmikestarrett
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From: Potomac River
Registered: May-06-08
Posts: 1837
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Re: 11-10-15, James River (Arcadia to Alpine)

A 10wt will sore your arm/shoulder in 20 minutes and you did it all day??? Amazing I say simply amazing. Dues must be paid for that fish on the fly.

Thanks for sharing..

Capt Mike


Light Tackle Fishing Guide on the Potomac

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#4 Nov-11-15 2:01PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13120

Re: 11-10-15, James River (Arcadia to Alpine)

Don't know how many casts but only stopped to pee, float to the next spot and eat lunch.

My 10wt is a custom St. Croix Legend Ultra made by Joe Cap. Performed admirably.

Luckily I used both the forward and back cast but forearms and hands are definately sore. But a good sore.

I now have the fever to get one.....could get expensive but it will be worth it.


Time to go fishin' again!

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#5 Nov-11-15 3:21PM

firemunkee
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From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: May-23-13
Posts: 1522

Re: 11-10-15, James River (Arcadia to Alpine)

I like how you always include a picture of the food. YUM! Looking forward to some musky reports on this forum!

Last edited by firemunkee (Nov-11-15 3:21PM)


Together we'll fight the long defeat.

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#6 Nov-11-15 3:53PM

drxfish
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From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1514

Re: 11-10-15, James River (Arcadia to Alpine)

Looks like an awesome trip!


Always wishin' I was fishin'

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#7 Nov-13-15 5:37AM

hookup
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Registered: Jan-31-12
Posts: 1082

Re: 11-10-15, James River (Arcadia to Alpine)

Nice.

Try the New next time ;-)

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#8 Nov-14-15 7:44AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
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Posts: 13120

Re: 11-10-15, James River (Arcadia to Alpine)

hookup wrote:

Try the New next time ;-)

Perhaps in the future. But not sure it will increase the chances with a fly......


Time to go fishin' again!

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#9 Nov-16-15 5:53AM

hookup
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Registered: Jan-31-12
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Re: 11-10-15, James River (Arcadia to Alpine)

The New's being over run by Muskies.

I 'accidentally' hook on everytime I'm down there, but w/ my light tackle, never land them.

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#10 Nov-16-15 6:19AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 13120

Re: 11-10-15, James River (Arcadia to Alpine)

The New is beyond my normal travel reach but perhaps I can try to schedule a trip down there to perhaps accidentally hook one. I have friends who say once you get one, you are hooked!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#11 Nov-16-15 6:50AM

firemunkee
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From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: May-23-13
Posts: 1522

Re: 11-10-15, James River (Arcadia to Alpine)

If you "accidentally" hook a muskie every time, count me in on that trip!


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#12 Nov-16-15 1:56PM

Bass Hunter
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Registered: Oct-19-07
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Re: 11-10-15, James River (Arcadia to Alpine)

Great pics Ernie!! Looks like you had a great time. I think those crawdads were wrestling, lol

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