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Ryan Rachiele -

Mousing has to be the most exciting way to fly fish. The adrenaline rush you get after stripping a mouse fly through a deep pool and having it absolutely destroyed by a monster brown, is a feeling like no other. This is the reason I’m a mousin’ maniac!

A low profile foam mouse fly, such as, the Master Splinter are the best patterns in my opinion. They float like a cork and are easy to tie. A headlamp with a red light option is a must, but try to use it as little as possible, and do not shine light into the water. Red light does seem to spook less fish, but why risk it? Scout the sections of the stream you plan to mouse during the evening/night earlier in the day. While scouting, try to get a good feel for where your going to throw your fly. A 6-7 wt. rod is going to be your best weapon of choice with weight-forward floating line and a short, 5-6 foot, heavy leader. I use 15-20lb. fluorocarbon when mousing because the trout that feed on mice at night are not small and keeping them away from logjams or tree roots can be quite a chore with smaller tippet.

As darkness falls, big browns are on the prowl which means they can be anywhere as they search for an easy meal....

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After four cups of coffee, I was more than ready to throw some streamers. Today was different though. My girlfriend was coming along to watch me do my thing. She has been out with me before and wanted to see me hook up to a big brown so bad but it just never happened. This time I really wanted to make it happen. It took us about 20 minutes to get to the stretch I wanted to fish. I felt like it was going to be a rough one after putting my rod together and my fingers were already frozen. We start at a spot I had previously rolled a decent sized brown about a week earlier so I could up my odds a little. First cast....nothing. Second cast....nothing. Third cast....

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The craziest streamer eat I have ever experienced! My buddy, Anthony and I were coming back from doing a little evening musky fishing with no luck so he wanted to stop to do some mousing in a spot we know holds monster browns. I was all rigged up for musky so I was watching him miss a few blowups from some what sounded like decent trout from the splashes. I grew impatient and decided to strip an 8 inch musky streamer through the deep hole a few times just to see what would happen. Third cast into the hole and something huge smashes my streamer! After strip setting like my life depended on it, I heard Anthony say, “you have got to be kidding me!?”...

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I was stripping a sculpin pattern on one of my favorite small stream stretches. Riffles to deep pools. Perfect streamer water. I came to a spot where two streams came together and it had formed a deep pool. On the far side, there was an undercut bank with roots going every where. This is the perfect place for a streamer eater to hide. I toss my headbanger sculpin right next to the bank. I let it drop and stripped it three times. All of a sudden, a dark figure comes out from under the bank, looks at my streamer, and heads back to where he came from. Very disappointing but that’s the streamer game! A couple of months later, I headed to that same spot where I had seen him last. This time he will be mine! I cast to the same spot as before. Let it drop and stripped it three times, but this time he comes charging out and slams my sculpin. I see the streamer in his mouth so I set the hook. My streamer comes flying back at me and tangled up in the willows behind me. I drop to my knees. Pride crushed and many choice words were being said to myself. I was saying things like “that was your chance!” and “how can you screw that up? It was perfect!” Finally, I got myself together and crawled to retrieve my streamer out of the bush without him seeing me. Four or five minutes past but it felt like an eternity. I decided to give it one more shot. Once again I cast to the same spot. Let it drop and stripped it three times. He came out and absolutely crushed my sculpin with what seemed like pure hatred...

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He was born and raised in Potter County, PA and has been fly fishing for 4 years now. Fishing small streams with big, nasty streamer and mouse flies is his specialty and putting Potter County on the map as a world class fishery is his number one goal. Ryan currently lives in Galeton, PA with his girlfriend and his two children...

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