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January 1, 2003:  It today was any indication of the fishing to come this spring, I would have to say it will be phenomenal!  Steve Payne and I, along with my faithful fishing dog, Christmas, proceeded to Lower Shoshone River to hopes of breaking in Steve's new fishing rod.  It didn't take long.  The weather has been unseasonably warm and sunny, which has caused the water temperature to rise.  The insects think it's spring!  We were greeted with midges, mayflies and a few caddis.  We caught fish after fish on dry flies (small parachutes, sparkle duns, CDC midge patterns, and the X-caddis).  The water was clear, low, with just enough vegetation for the fish to hide.  The conditions were perfect.

Steve's best fish was an 18 inch rainbow, which he caught with a parachute.  The fish bent his new fishing rod in half.  After 3 hours of non-stop catching, we decided to quit, come home, and spend the rest of the day with our wives.

     

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My friend Jeremiah Mackmiller gave me a unique Christmas present this year, the J. Austin Forbes Micro.  The Micro is the smallest working fly rod known to man.  The rod is 30 inches in length, with an extremely soft action.  The reel is just larger than a quarter.  It holds 15 feet of backing, 13 feet of fly line, and a 7.5 foot leader.  Needless to say, casting for trout in Wyoming is quite the challenge with this outfit.

On our first day out with the Micro, Steve and I managed to hook numerous fish.  However, landing them is the real challenge.  The best fish we landed was 16 inches long, weighing a pound and a half.  Steve hooked one that looked 18 inches that spooled him in less than a second.  That put a huge grin on his face!

I would not consider the Micro to be my primary fly rod, at this point, but it is a heck of a lot of fun.  Everyone that has seen it so far has been slightly skeptical, but positive.  I see there is a future for a "Micro Club" in Cody.  we hope to break the Micro world record soon. 

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