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Started by 5xTippett, June 17, 2012, 17:15:23 pm

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Woolly Bugger

Plan B RiverRun film festival  d:b
ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!”

me -There's a season?


Brewed a pot of coffee and put 2 butts on the smoker at 6:15.
Headed out for the cold water.

Breakfast beer.

Euro'd it for a while. I was determined to practice, even though the flows were low. Some sulfurs were coming off in fits and starts. The trout were keying more on the emergers. I struggled but picked up a few on the anchor fly, not the fluttering nymph/soft hackle. I noticed the bossman above me a bit later. He was picking up some fish on the dry. I waded up stream, exchanged pleasantries and swapped my leader out. Puff daddy time.

I jumped around him and fished pretty quick up through some frog water. Picked up 3 or 4 on the way to the targeted run.

Hit the solid run and nothing in the back half. WTF?
Picked up a few in the head and called it a day before the water came up. Keith waded up, we hopped out and I spotted him a beer at the cars.
Another punearama in the books.


"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? " <br />-Oddball, 1970


Doug....Doug- just think what you would have caught without that banana!

Also just remember euro nymphing does not work.

Woolly Bugger

May 27, 2019, 17:29:12 pm #1593 Last Edit: May 27, 2019, 17:35:50 pm by Woolly Bugger

DF wasn't the only one that had the Smith on the radar with the only wading opportunity in quite sometime.

Several options were presented this weekend.. low 300 cfs sluice on the SoHo, carps and smallies on the Gnu, but the shortest route to dry fly satisfaction was the Smith. I was a little late in my start due to indication about my options.

I'm glad I picked the Smith because as soon as I got on the water there were a lot of trout rising, slashing as emergers. I tied on a puff daddy and started catching the punes of the Smith. This lasted for about an hour and then things started slowing down and by noon it was all over as far as dry fly fishing went.

this dude tried to high hole me, but I ran him of and made him surrender a beer in the parking lot

ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!”

me -There's a season?


Woolly Bugger

June 02, 2019, 21:50:28 pm #1595 Last Edit: June 02, 2019, 21:52:39 pm by Woolly Bugger

Sunday, still waiting on Spork to drop a pin on a map  <-;:

Took a while to get out the door and I got to the river late but the fish were rising all over the place. Picking bastads and I was out of Comparduns, puff daddy worked some of the time. Had to twitch it to get them to attack it. It lasted until just after 12 and then shut down... fished a little while longer, but was at Papa's Pizza before the water hit.

ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!”

me -There's a season?


June 03, 2019, 07:44:55 am #1596 Last Edit: June 03, 2019, 08:38:19 am by Woolly Bugger
You cannot see attachments on this board.Don't forget to thank Smith River TU for orchestrating some fishermen friendly flows.  We definitely got them to hold off until noon on Saturday for our clean up and it looks like they have us in mind for the remainder of the week. Not sure if it will continue. We are still in talks with them - we will see.


@Woolly Bugger - I almost hit it myself Sunday morning. About the time I realized I had an opportunity to fish is when I checked the release schedule and figured out that I wouldn't have had very much time at all to fish once I got there. Next time!

Woolly Bugger

June 16, 2019, 11:23:29 am #1598 Last Edit: Today at 10:06:21 by Woolly Bugger

So it was time for new tires, just a little tread left and that last puncture forced the issue, oh and that noise wasn't just from the tires, bad rear wheel bearing  n!n  All good now and the CR-V with 124K is rolling smooth and quiet again.

Saturday, let's go fishing I thought, check the damn dam schedule, go to Facebook, check Philpott lake page, scroll on down... there is is... Saturday NO generation, cool! No real hurry to get to the river, the little yaller bugs won't start popping in the cool of the morning. I'll get there by 9:30 and fish all damn day if I feel like it.

Stopped and got some Chorizo, Cheese, Beer (Sam Adams '76 is my new go to Summer brew). Two cars in the lot, one local and one Subaru from NC. Started the walk in... turned around 'cause the Trouthunter Tippet was left behind. Got to "Sally's Pool" and rigged up with trout smacking bugs in the background. A few birds were feeding and things were looking up. I tied on a compardun and went to work with a 8 ft 3 wt and despite the ever present wind on the Smith was getting some good cast and drifts in. But the fish were missing the fly! 1, 2, 3, a bump, a slash, a jump over, none hooked up, but I was determined to hook a fish on this fly, damn it! Time to sit down and have a beer! 4, 5, 6, 7, okay this is getting absurd. Maybe another beer will help. I set quicker, then slower, "God save the Queen" and all that rot. Got some good (for the Smith) fish to rise but still nothing came to hand. Worked another run and 9, 10, 11 failed to hook themselves.
Okay there is another fish rising on the far side of the current just past the tree. Cast and cast again, oh a rise, set the hook and fish on. Time for a celebratory beer!

As I sat on the bank and enjoyed slices of Chorizo and cheese chased by sips of Sam Adams '76 I noticed that the water was louder and oh crap looked like it was rising! Sure enough the damn dam was open and my fishing was over. I glanced downstream and saw an angler battling the strong current and flailing away. Surely he'll get out soon as the water continued to rise. Awe crap, I better go check on him. So I walked on down and bushwhacked in to the water's edge just above him and observed that he was just stubbornly containing to cast into the run of rushing water with his euro rig.
I walked back down the edge of the field and back to the car. There was only the Subaru in the lot now. As I was taking off my gear the other angler walked in and we talked for a while. Turns out Mark is from Clemmons and has only fished the Smith a few times. I gave him a BRFFF PSB sticker, invited him to join the forum and then he headed on down to the lover river and I drove home.

Turns out the FB schedule was from the previous week!  n!n  <-;:

Photos at 11.

@Mudwall, what? where? when? how?


ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!”

me -There's a season?

Woolly Bugger

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me -There's a season?

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