Zak's contest submission

by Zachary Brown
(Columbia, MO)

My smallest fish so far

My smallest fish so far

I actually started fishing with some of my own blue yarn creations before this contest started, so of course I was quite interested when Chris announced the blue fly challenge. In the interest of trying to keep things nice and neat, in addition to apparent issues with photo sizes, I will have most of my photos uploaded to my photobucket account.

Here is the link to the pictures --> http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Beowulf31486/library/Blue%20fly%20challenge

Unfortunately the smallest fish that I caught managed to partially swallow the size 26 fly I was using. I was forced to kill it in order to both put it out of its misery and to recover the fly. Sadly there was no way that he would have been able to survive even if I had cut the line since it was trapped in his gullet. It would have starved to death long before the hook would have rusted away. Any help in identifying what species of fish it was would be appreciated. I think it might be a Streamline Chub. I will be posting a picture with a ruler placed against my hand where I was holding it to try to get as best a comparison as I can for its size. It was a little over 2 inches long that much is certain.

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Jul 22, 2013
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Nice Micro
by: Levi Cain

Nice micro, I have to admite I am a little jealous. I have yet to catch that species. Thanks for sharing details of the tackle used as well. And hey I say as long as the hook is small then it counts as micro fishing. I think Ive used 10 lb test once or twice on my crappie rod while micro fishing because I forgot my tippet at home.

Jun 13, 2013
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Thanks
by: Zak

I neglected to mention that I was using an Iwana 12' rod with 12' of 3.5 hi-vis fl. orange level line and a little over 3' of 2# tippet line. So, the only thing micro was the size 26 fly.
I did recently get the Kiyotaki 18 (thanks for the included level line Chris) but the only day I have used it so far the water was too fast and dirty due to recent rains to catch anything. I might write a mini review once I seriously use it and have some success with it. I will say that it casted nicely after I adjusted to it.
Good luck and tight lines on your trip.

Jun 13, 2013
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This is inspiring.
by: Austin Smith

Thanks for posting this. I've recently become fascinated with micro-fishing. When I tell people about it at fist they think I'm joking, but when I show them the site and tell them about what a fun time it is they turn about face and want to learn more. I don't have real micro fishing gear yet, but have used my smallest hooks to catch some monster mini's. We're going to northern Michigan this summer and by then I'll have all my gear.

Jun 08, 2013
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possible ID as Blackstripe Topminnow
by: Zak

With some further research using the mystical powers of Google I think that I have identified the fish as a Blackstripe Topminnow. The book I was using, The Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Fishes, Whales & Dolphins, unfortunately does not have the Blackstripe Topminnow listed and the closest looking fish that also appeared to have the same habitat range was the Steamline Chub. Although, with further study it looks like it would found in SE Missouri and I am outside of that area by quite a bit.

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