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Started by 5xTippett, June 17, 2012, 16:15:23 PM

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Since I didn't win anything, I thought I'd try my luck on the river.

I glanced at the radar as I left town and cell service, it looked good. Since it was already late, I headed for easy access up the damn dam road. The skies were clear enough that I left the raincoat in the car and eased on down to the lower run. It was very foggy and difficult to determine if there was anybody else down there or if fish were rising. Fortunately, I had the spot to myself and shortly after I arrived the sulfurs appeared. A trout rose, I cast my fly, fish on! Damn, that was easy.

Then a light rain began to fall, I Thit off. I was certain that the sun would return, and I would dry out. The wind kicked up and the skies darkened, the rain began to fall harder. Still unconcerned I fished on, doing my best to keep a dry fly floating. Then it began to pour and I started thinking about a dry shirt and rain jacket in the car, but I fished on. Thunder crackled and boom, ok, I can take a hint. I made my way out and up to the car as the storm intensified and then just as suddenly as it appeared the clouds broke and sun began to stream in as I reached the car, well damn. I changed shirts and thought about going back out, but the storms persisted and I tried to wait it out sitting in the car. Time passed.

I headed downstream to catch the evening rise, but thunder was too close for comfort down there too. I waited in the car and was about readiy to get in the water as the skies cleared and the thunder was moving off, but then a visible ground strike coming from out of the blue changed my mind and I stopped for the day.

Started a new podcast series on the drive home; Mill House Podcast.

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ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!
me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.
My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Woolly Bugger

#2566

#95



Friday's draw didn't make me a billionaire, so my plans to buy a ranch in Montana are on hold.

blazing hot and humid on an afternoon hike to the river. I had to stop half-way and cool off in a shaded pool. Dougfish came along with a beer in hand as I watched for a fish to rise. They were in the far run and I waded out as far as I could without topping my waderpants.  With long hero cast, I managed to catch a fish and a little later we doubled up on pune brown trout.

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Having cooled off enough, I said goodbye to Doug and headed downstream.

I didn't see any birds or fish working, so I drank a beer.

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Doug said the best chance for a thunderstorm was around 4:30 and he wasn't far off. Fortunately, it stayed south.

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I swung up a few and even managed a couple on top, but the hatch never got going like I remember last year.

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It was just a feckless day on the river, but oh so slow. I finally began to hike out, checking spots along the way. Nothing. Last stop, Sally's, nothing, oh, wait, a rise. hmmmm. I'll give it go. Well, it turned on for a bit and some good fish were caught, but as usual, the best one didn't make it to the net.

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It slowed down as the sun was setting.

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ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!
me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.
My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

troutboy_II

Great Sunset shot!  Bravo!

TB /'/

Dougfish

#2568
44

Thunderstorms later?
Against my better fishing judgement, I went early.
At least the hike in wasn't ballz hot.

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As I surmised, not much was happening.
I decided to see how the new rod threw a medium-large streamer.

After all, how else am I going to catch those big meat eaters? :;!

I dredged a few deeper runs and got just one bump.
Drank a beer in the middle of the river.

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Turned around and drifted/swung a bugger back downstream.
A few more bumps, a solid hookup and a SDR.
After an hour, I was fishless. But I had seen a muskrat and a beaver.
As well as cedar waxwings and hummingbirds taking the few bugs in the sky over the river.

As activity picked up, I tried my new, top secret emergers.
Nothing.  :laugh:
Tied on a comparadun and started picking up some fish.

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I puttered up and down a few good runs with the same lukewarm results.
I finally decided to gather my shit and head upstream to see if the gods would smile on me up there.

I found this guy.  :laugh:

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(Beer for Fishbug.)

Keith hooked up and I quickly followed for a sort of double.

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I continued upstream and he went down.

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I ended up at Sally's Run and the hole below it.

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Managed a few more feesh before the rumble started to approach.

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It was close to my planned quitting hour, so I scooted across the field with my new lightning rod
and boogied for home. Bye July.

:cheers


"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? " -Oddball, 1970

"I don't wanna go to hell,
But if I do,
It'll be 'cause of you..."
Strange Desire, The Black Keys, 2006

Fishbug

The Golden Lager looks delish  :cheers

Whats the new lighting stick?

Woolly Bugger

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ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!
me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.
My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Woolly Bugger

#2571

#96



Ran up late to catch a hatch

85 some clouds — gas $3.72

Went directly to Sally's - didn't look like there were bugs yet, so I cast where I've found them before... three cast laster - fish on!

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That first fish came easy, things got tougher for a while but the more bugs started to appear and the fish began to show themselves
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Got a number of fish to rise and miss or refuse the fly at the last moment. Most didn't take a second look.

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The sulfurs came in small short waves cycling on and off.

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There were fish rising under the rhodo, I caught a couple, then snagged the fly and waded out into that deep fast run, almost topping my waderpants while getting pushed downstream.  Next to my fly was a tangle of leader, large yarn indicator, pheasant tail nymph and shot on what felt to be 2x. I yanked it out and packed it out.

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Pretty time of the day, but it became too foggy to fish around 7:30

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I had caught enough to satisfy my tug addiction.

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ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!
me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.
My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Woolly Bugger

#2572

#97

Hot - clear skies - Gas $3.68

Went in early, so the smithfly guide and his dudes at the lower lot.

I was on the water by 10:30.

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It looked like a desert, quiet and lifeless, but hidden beneath the surface pune trout were feeding and I swung up a few. It was so slow that I finally switched over to nymphing with split-backs. I got a couple of browns and a stockbro came to hand. In the big pool I hooked a good fish that gave me some trouble on the one wt., probably a big stockbro, but I won't know for sure 'cause the sumabitch wrapped up in a submerged limb and broke me off.
A pair of yakers came down, both hit the same rock in the middle of the river the women almost got pinned.

I moved on down to lefty and dredged up a few more, then headed on down to the lower pool.  When a saw a few fish rise I switched back to a dry, actually a sulfur emerger that can be fished wet or dry. It worked both ways.

There were bwo, midges and occasional sulfur, but it was slow, slow slow, I took a break and waited for the evening hatch to get going. The troutpros came by at 3:30, chucking bobber rigs. Lots of false casting and not much catching.

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I decided I better take some fish pics despite the diminutive size they still are colorful.

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Waited until 6:45 at the lower pool, still not happening, so I hiked on up to Sally's.

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Whole different ballgame up there, bugs, fish, fun, which lasted for about an hour.

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I fish 7x with the dries and popped off a good fish (rewarding cast if nothing else) with a little too much pepper on the hook set.

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They were working up in the field today. Progress.

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ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!
me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.
My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Dougfish

#2573
45,46,47

I've had a forgettable fishing week.
Poor judgement, bad luck, sketchy conditions, hardheadedness?
All of the above?

I passed on a muddy mid-lower river last week and went high.
Zero happening. Could not buy a fish.
Finally caught a pune to save the skunk.

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Limped out to the headwaters of a brookie stream the next day.
I had fished lower and done well.
But intel told me that as the gradient picked there were big pools with big fish.
After the rains!? Lets go see.

Got to the trailhead and noticed it was not as wet as I thought it should be.  ???
Hiked in a mile and dropped down to find pools.
And fish. And 63 degree water.
But the flows were low. I observed as I went uphill.
I never strung the rod up.
I didn't want to fish them.
The stream petered out 100 yards above the last good pool.
I broke the rod down, put it into the pack and turned the day into a nice, hot 3-4 mile circuit hike.
I'll be back in the fall.

Went back to the Smiff yesterday. Expected muddy water.
Planned on dealing with it.
Planned on a 25% chance of an afternoon Tstorm.
Three miles from the lot I hit rain.
Then pouring rain.
Backed in next to Bobby's car as  way too close lighting and thunder greeted me.
Sat there for 20 minutes and WB crept into the lot next to me.
He had been semi-patiently waiting here and there for an hour.
It slowed as another fisherman hiked out.
WB backed out.
Joe had retreated from the river to the back steps of the mirror plant to wait the worst out.
I suited up as he changed from his soaked clothes.
Headed down. Would WB return?
Uber foggy and well stained water.
Found Bobby down at the lower and he was wet.
He got trapped on the far side when the lightning started and hunkered down in some rhodo.
He was euroing and doing OK.
Did I mention I left my Euro rod in the truck?  b';

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Swung soft hackles below him and picked up a couple of fish.

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He moved up and I hit some of hit the water he left.
Caught a couple more.

I gathered my stuff and moved up as he disappeared into the mist.

I caught up to him as he was re-rigging and fish started rising behind him.
He started casting to them as the sky darkened and booming started up again.
Some risers stared on the far side and I waded out.
Soft rain started and I got connected with a comparadun.
The the sky opened up.
I got the fish to hand, a strike hit up on the ridge behind us and we scurried out.
And stayed 20+feet away from big trees.
By the time I got out I was soaked. Pulled out the raincoat and stove off any more rain filling my waders.
The rain started to let up and we moved up.
Bobby was super wet. No rain coat, fallen in face first trying to exit the river.
He boggyied across the field and I moved up to Sally's run.
Saw a few risers and cast to them.Finally got one on a blind cast as the booming started again.

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Decided I had pushed my luck enough and scooted at 6:30.
The orchard grass is already 5' tall again.  :o

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And there are a lot of bales still out there.

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Til next week....

 :cheers


"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? " -Oddball, 1970

"I don't wanna go to hell,
But if I do,
It'll be 'cause of you..."
Strange Desire, The Black Keys, 2006

creakycane

Any day spent along the Smith or the blue lines is a winner, fish or no fish. Looks like you had a great time and covered new territory.  Good for you.

Friends all over — from the south of England to Catskills to Montana - have stayed away from rivers recently due to low flows, high temps or both.  We're pretty lucky in hard scrabble southern Appalachia Henry and Patrick Cnty that things are as good as they are in 90F august.

Have fished the early am shift a few days over past 2 weeks, and caddis abound and fishing has been so so.  Wet wading makes it more bearable, but still rather chilly anywhere above MP.  Cooler weather is coming this weekend, but rain might Dirty w-f flows.

Woolly Bugger

#2575

#98, 99

Hot, Thunderstorms, Gas $3.72

I didn't expect all the rain on Sunday. I waited out a storm along with Doug. While driving through town I noticed the river had muddied up, so when the rain stopped, I went upriver.

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I swung flies and caught nothing. Are the sulfurs done for the year? The hatches this year were not as prolific as years past. I moved again. After I waded down into the riffle, thunder boomed loudly, and I got out and sat in the car waiting for the storm to pass. I finally gave up and drove home.

Looking for revenge, I packed the euro rod. I was getting ready to gear up when a storm blew up and I sat in the car for a half hour. There was still some thunder in the distance, but I hiked in anyway.
Swung up a few before switching over to nymphing.

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After cleaning up at Sally's, I moved on down to see if I could get into some dry fly action. Unfortunately, the bugs never really got going and the fish were pretty darn picky, but I managed to pick of a couple of handfuls before heading back upstream.

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Back up at Sally's at 7:30, there was a bit of bug magic and finally I had some satisfying dry fly action before it shut down at 8:00.

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There was a flock of ducks in the flats above the run, but the fog was too thick to identify them.







ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!
me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.
My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

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