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Q:Need some advice on a fishing problem. I do quite a bit of trout fishing in the small cold-water streams near where I live in Iowa, and for the last couple of years I have been having more and more issues with losing hooked fish. It's gotten to the point where at least half of my strikes get off. And I'm not talking about fish that are just on for an instant; many of these fish are almost close enough to net when they get off. I've tried everything I can think of, like making sure my hooks are sharp (I use in-line spinners), keeping the rod tip up to mantain pressure on the line, etc., but the problem seems to be getting worse. I lost two ~15" rainbows and several smaller fish just this morning. Anyone have any tips to prevent this?
Q:As I fish lakes more than streams for trout, I find myself getting frustrated and overly bored with my lure/baits of choice rather quickly, and continuously switch them out. When do you feel is a good time to keep trying a certain bait/lure or to call it quits and change, or even change spot as well? This is probably why my fishing stories are non-existent.
Q:Need some opinions here guys; there's a little hill-country trout stream that flows through a large state park near where I live. There's not a lot of trout in it, but there are tons, almost literally, of little 6-10 inch creek chubs - you can easily catch 50+ out of a single pool. They are too small to eat like normal fish, but we were thinking of canning or pickling them like sardines or herring. Anyone think they would be good like that? Or if anybody's done it, I would be interested to know the recipe.
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