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SAFFA heads slightly north.

Started by Big J, July 22, 2013, 07:30:00 AM

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Big J

Shot TW a text to see if he wanted to get back into VA and fish this past Saturday.  We changed our plans a couple times to avoid rain and streams that were iffy.  Finally decided to hit a local stream in the AM and then hit a stream we were questioning had brookies.  A source who I won't name had told us he was told had brook trout  b'; but in all honesty, wasn't his fault and it was good to finally mark that stream off the list for good.  Luckily I had a back up stream close by.  Was a good time, and between the two of us I'd say we caught a hundred fish.  Mike took more pictures then me, but here what I got from the trip.

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Turned out to be a great day weather wise.

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Best fish of the day, not a beast by any means, but a solid 8 inches.  Mike had one that was around 11 inches come up and look at his dry, but no commitment.

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A dead decomposing snake corpse.

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A live Timber Rattler.  It was on the troutless stream we hiked to.  Mike about 20 minutes after this stepped on a snake while we were bushwhacking out and had the snake make a swipe at him.  I heard a yelp and saw him running saying he stepped on a snake.  We have no idea what kind it was, but we weren't going back to see.

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Back up stream.

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Dougfish

Nice.  'c;

Looking forward to TW's pics.

I wonder who that peckerhead was who gave you bad thirdhand intel?  ;D


Big J

Quote from: Dougfish on July 22, 2013, 08:23:38 AM

Nice.  'c;

Looking forward to TW's pics.

I wonder who that peckerhead was who gave you bad thirdhand intel?  ;D

IDK, but I've given him a smite for it   >:D


Transylwader

Had an awesome time! Thanks for the invite dude. Rock Castle Creek is a shithole. Bleak! Photobucket & Flickr are banned at work. Got internet disconnected at the house because it is shit. No pix. Anyone who is friends with me on facebook can see the pix there. I espeically like the sticker Big J sports on his ride "just say no to weenies" courtesy of Mudflap. There is a "gatewood" road in Yanceyville, NC.

Doug, peckerhead is an understatement! More like chub chucker! That was a pretty crick but I just cannot see trout living in it because the James is no place for them to retreat in winter.


Dougfish

Quote from: Transylwader on July 22, 2013, 09:22:52 AM

Had an awesome time! Thanks for the invite dude. Rock Castle Creek is a shithole. Bleak! Photobucket & Flickr are banned at work. Got internet disconnected at the house because it is shit. No pix. Anyone who is friends with me on facebook can see the pix there. I espeically like the sticker Big J sports on his ride "just say no to weenies" courtesy of Mudflap. There is a "gatewood" road in Yanceyville, NC.

Doug, peckerhead is an understatement! More like chub chucker! That was a pretty crick but I just cannot see trout living in it because the James is no place for them to retreat in winter.

Keep telling everyone it's a shithole. Less people for me to run into.  ;D

Maybe there are trout in that chub crick? Hmmm. I will rub it in if I score.

FB pics are awesome, BTW.


The Dude

You could have at least picked up a case of Our Dog Blue or Black Dog whilst you were up thataway.

I was born by the river in a little tent,<br />And just like the river I've been running ever since,<br />It's been a long, long time coming,<br />But I know change is gonna come.

Mudwall Gatewood 3.0

It appears you guys had a great time.  Good job!

But I just can't stand it anymore.  I've got to inquire about the identity of your live snake on the rock.  That is the oddest rattler I have ever seen.

Big J., I know you are a man of faith and conviction.  Let me suggest a short jaunt across the state line to witness real poisonous serpents.  I suggest dropping Mike off in Princeton, if he accompanies you.  His faith tracks differently and he would surely get bitten and die.

"Enjoy every sandwich."  Warren Zevon

Big J

Quote from: Mudwall Gatewood on July 23, 2013, 05:21:16 AM

But I just can't stand it anymore.  I've got to inquire about the identity of your live snake on the rock.  That is the oddest rattler I have ever seen.

I agree with you.  I thought it was just a water snake until Mike pointed out the rattle.  You can see it on the end of the snakes tail in the picture.  I thought they were more brownish with patterns in them too like this.

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But they also can be very black like this.

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flatlander

Too many snake pictures!  Glad you didn't get bit, Tranny.


benben reincarnated

I can hear Mike screaming what I imagine he said when the 11" brookie rejected his fly... "DID YOU SEE THAT!?!?!?  Jesus Christ!".

Snakes.    b';

Mudwall Gatewood 3.0

July 23, 2013, 06:30:17 AM #10 Last Edit: July 23, 2013, 06:35:11 AM by Mudwall Gatewood
Quote from: Big J on July 23, 2013, 05:55:18 AM

I thought it was just a water snake until Mike pointed out the rattle.

I don't see any "rattle".  I see a shiny tipped tail from exiting the water.  I don't see a "rattler" head.  I don't think this is a "rattler".  I think you relied on the senses and pseudo-Appalachian familiarity of a South African that smokes his socks, carries way too much tippet, likes mammoth reels, drinks like a fish, etc.  I enjoy Mike; he's one of the BRFFF'ers I will enjoy meeting someday.  But, in this case, I think he sold you a bill of goods.  How much had Mike consumed when he made this ophidian identification for you?   

"Enjoy every sandwich."  Warren Zevon

Big J

Quote from: Mudwall Gatewood on July 23, 2013, 06:30:17 AM

Quote from: Big J on July 23, 2013, 05:55:18 AM

I thought it was just a water snake until Mike pointed out the rattle.

I don't see any "rattle".  I see a shiny tipped tail from exiting the water.  I don't see a "rattler" head.  I don't think this is a "rattler".  I think you relied on the senses and pseudo-Appalachian familiarity of a South African that smokes his socks, carries way too much tippet, likes mammoth reels, drinks like a fish, etc.  I enjoy Mike; he's one of the BRFFF'ers I will enjoy meeting someday.  But, in this case, I think he sold you a bill of goods.  How much had Mike consumed when he made this ophidian identification for you?

:laugh: I don't know what snake it is anymore, but it's a snake.  I wasn't going to get close enough to it to confirm it was a rattler either.


Beetle

As much as it pains me to say this, I am going to have to agree with Mudwall........  that's a nice water snake though   -0-

Glad you guys had fun!   But I'm sure it wasn't as much fun as cutting grass (hay) all weekend. 


tomato can

Yeah that is a water snake.  I'm glad you tried that creek.  If its the creek I am thinking about, I hope you tried bombing your 10 weight at the confluence.  supposed to be a good place to catch a muskie.


Transylwader

 :laugh:

:-*

:P

Mudders you are a laugh mate.

I never take time to study a snake. I am pretty scared of the slithery bastages as anyone with a brain should be. Get Bent woulda picked it up and probably hurled it at me and say, "see, he didn't bite, pussy". No thanks all the same. I was slightly inebriated when we came across the snake. Warm PBR, profusely sweaty Saffa ass and 90F 300% humidity makes for a tough time. The main thing is that the larger river has musky and I am amped to sling the 10 soon.

Yesterday I got my ass handed to me by 4 x 40"+ gar. I am humbled, baffled, gutted, but most of all frustrated. Let the bastards swim off with the clouser long enough to get them to swallow. I shall retreat to using a rope fly and hopefully my fortune changes. At work scheming up a plan. Whats with work anyway? I spend a good 6 hours a day on here talking shit, thinking of fishing, then dipping out two hours early and actually going fishing. Strange shit...



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