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Started by TheYiman, July 12, 2014, 23:16:30 PM
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Every summer my in-laws plan a short getaway for my wife, her grandfather, and myself. The five of us usually head to the mountains of WNC. I am always down since I know the area well. This year they switched it up and rented a cabin a little closer to home. They like to vacation by chilling at the cabin, reading books, enjoying the view, and generally staying put. That is not my idea of fun. Gratefully, they understand my outdoor addition and give me no grief about getting out and exploring while they rest. Every year, I am able to track down some nearby waters to spend my time upon.
I was fortunate that this year's destination held the possibilities of chasing a small bass known as the Redeye or Coosa. I have had these on my list to land for awhile and was stoked to finally have the opportunity to fish for them. A nearby drainage was supposedly loaded with them and, even better, they were natives.
Dogger was glad to join us. She spent 9 days at camp while I went to the Keys last month, so we couldn't leave her behind this time.
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I had planned to fish alone as I frequently do, but at the last minute my FIL wanted to join. He had never fly fished before so I knew I would spend much of the day in instructor mode, but I was cool with it. We hiked down into the gorge and were greeted by a clear stream with willing Coosa Bass. I landed one on my first cast. Nice.
While teaching him to cast, this pretty Bluegill came to hand.
The numbers were not high that day, as I spent quite a bit of time helping him with the many of the nuances of fly fishing that we don't even think about anymore. He did land a few. And looked like a kid in a candy store in the grip and grin with his first fly caught fish.
The cabin we stayed in must be owned by an avid birder. It was loaded with great taxidermy. This gobbler looked over us in the living room every evening. My wife's grandfather thought it was really creepy, but I thought it was awesome.
The following day, my wife wanted to do some exploring and I purposely left the rod at home. We checked out the sights and enjoyed some flora that we do not have back home.
Winged Sumac - one of my favorite little trees.
Found a bunch of these that were ready to go. Picked them till we had purple fingers.
The last day of the trip, I woke up at 0500 to get in a few early hours of fishing before we headed home. I was rewarded. I reached the stream a little after 0600 and spend the next 2 hours catching tons of Coosa. At times it was unbelievable. Most of these fish were tiny - in the 5" - 7" range. It didn't matter. They were the species I was looking for and they are not known for getting big. I finally landed one a bit bigger then two more of substantial size for this small creek. Most of the time, I felt like I was trout fishing for bass. Fast water with quick runs and turbulent pockets. I fished a popper all morning.
Upon further investigation of the photos when I got home, I believe these two larger fish to be a Spotted/Coosa hybrid. They had most of the markings of Spotted Bass with the distinctive blue coloration of the Coosa's. The blue doesn't show well in the photos but in person their faces and bellies were a bright blue hue.
Last fish of the trip
I hiked out with a shit-eating grin on my face. Made it back to the cabin just in time for a big breakfast of eggs, ham, biscuits, and blackberries. My in-laws are already planning to book the same place next summer. Sweet.
Mixing it up, I like it. Good stuff Yi.
Cool stuff there Yiman. Aint a damn thing wrong with bassin in Alabama.
More weird bass TRs are need on this forum. Still haven't seen a decent Shoal or Roanoke bass pic on this forum. I'm chasin spots after breakfast today.
Most excellent report and photog.
Some pretty water!
Good to you for taking your time to instruct the FIL...nice reportage
Brookie bass. Cool y;
Does that river eventually flow into Smith Lake near Cullman,Ala ??
Damn nice report w/ good pictures. Nice looking green sunfish also
This TR was a lot cooler than expected.
Thanks, y'all. I can't wait to get back.
No on the Smith Lake, although I bet you could find some Coosa's round there too.