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Back up plan C - Return to the Mudwall Gatewood Manor

Started by Big J, March 30, 2015, 08:40:59 AM

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Big J

March 30, 2015, 08:40:59 AM Last Edit: March 30, 2015, 13:17:34 PM by Woolly Bugger
Well this trip had changed a couple times.  Plan A was to camp on a certain stream and fish it for a couple days, but the weather decided to be in the single digits at the altitude we would be fishing.  So Plan B was to just camp at a campground and fish a few streams in the area, but they added snow to the mix and dropped the temps in the valley as well.  Also got a stomach bug early last week and my body wasn't at 100% or in no condition to be in those temps.  Plan C was to stay at Mudwall's place and have heat and access to the NCAA tournament games.  Plan C ended up being a good choice.

Hit a stream on the way to his place, treated me well.

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Nice long snakey brookie.  One of the only skinny trout I caught, most were real chunky.

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Hemlock growing out of a Hemlock stump.

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Some action on the dry.

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Kiss my tail.

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Got this guy out of a nice run.  Surprised by the size of some of these fish in this stream.  Thought it was a stocker that traveled a heck of a distance, but think it was a wild bow after looking at the picture.

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Love the chalky color of this stream.

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Headed up to the cabin and beat Mudwall there so admired his son's deer.

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Seared a steak.

We woke up the next morning to 21 degree temps and snow.

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Boots were frozen solid.  Had to unthaw them in the stream.  Hit the stream around 10, at 2 pm it was 28 degrees out and the stream temp was 32 degrees.  Cold wasn't what was bad though, it was the 20 mph winds that made the day interesting.  The zippo hand warmer helped a lot today and a mid day fire.

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Virginia Pine Doug?  If not, it was Hiner's bad ID.

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But the fish didn't care about the wind and cold.

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My brute of the day.  Lost one that was a whole lot bigger, Mudwall can attest to it.

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Mudwall's big fat brookie.

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Fire break.

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Getting the stream temp.

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Some good cowboy coffee.

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As far as Mudwall's camping gear made it.

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Sad Aaron couldn't make it so we watched some of his Kin on tv.

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Woke up Sunday to 12 degree temps.

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I look forward to returning to that area.  Thanks for having me Hiner and letting me pillage your home waters.


benben reincarnated

Hell of a nice trip Jacob and Muddy.   'c;

I really wished I could have made it up there, hopefully next time.
BTW, I think that rainbow in question is a stocker, he's got a pretty flattened beak and some of his spots look suspect to me.  Although I could be wrong.

Big J

Quote from: benben on March 30, 2015, 08:46:40 AM

Hell of a nice trip Jacob and Muddy.   'c;

I really wished I could have made it up there, hopefully next time.
BTW, I think that rainbow in question is a stocker, he's got a pretty flattened beak and some of his spots look suspect to me.  Although I could be wrong.
Yes, I hear ya, only thing that made me doubt it was his tail and fins.  If he is a stocker, he had a heck of a journey and that is all I'm saying on that matter.

Grannyknot

enjoyed your pictures big J.  Looks like place C was a good time.
Mudders got a haircut!

Wish we could pull him out of his beloved Virgina to come down to Brevard in a few weeks.
Would've enjoyed sitting around a campfire with him.

Flea is not the best bassist of all time.

Dougfish

You too did really well for the conditions. Especially the water temps.  bd;0

I'm voting wild bow. I know how far that fish had to go to get there.  :o Stockers aren't that ambitious.
And lordy what a brute of a brookie, Jacob.
Sorry I missed out.

I'll do Plan A, though.


sanjuanwormhatch

Either a helluva spunky stocker or big wild guy but I'll defer to y'alls expertise.  Looks like a damn solid weekend.

We should all chip in to get muddy a selfie stick.


Big J

Quote from: Grannyknot on March 30, 2015, 09:10:48 AM

Mudders got a haircut!

Peer Pressure got him.
Quote from: Dougfish on March 30, 2015, 09:17:34 AM

I'll do Plan A, though.

I'll be game in May.
Quote from: sanjuanwormhatch on March 30, 2015, 09:28:54 AM

Either a helluva spunky stocker or big wild guy but I'll defer to y'alls expertise.

That was my thoughts as well.  Deserved to go back into her run even if it was a stocker.  If it was a stocker it made her journey even more impressive imo.

Dougfish

BTW, the boot pic is priceless.

And is Mudders shrinking? YOU made him look short.


ptfranze


JMiller

"The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence."


― Charles Bukowski

The Dude

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.

Aka

Fantastic.

Let's make it happen once later this spring or summer once it's warmed up enough to camp and I'm not homeless.

I'm not so sure about those "Alaskan Bush People" The only experience I have with Alaskan Bush People comes from here.

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Mudwall Gatewood 3.0

It was warm enough to camp this past weekend.  The air temp at fishing time was ~28 – plenty warm so I did not wear gloves or ear protection.  J. was recovering from stomach condition brought on, I am sure, by infantcomingsoonitis.  I was glad we did not camp because on the chilly walk in, J alluded to having a shot of whiskey if I had any, to warm him.  I told him he could ask, but even if I was carrying, I would not give him a drink.  You never contribute to another's delinquency when they're in a tender condition.  I cheered the boy by amusing him; he seemed to perk when I told him I was sure that the majority of fly anglers within 100 miles were pussies this particular morning, and we were tough adventurous souls.

It is always a hoot to fish with J.  And we actually learned something, truly several things.  But I must come clean on the cowboy coffee.  J did fib; he made it and it SUCKED!

"Enjoy every sandwich."  Warren Zevon

Big J

Quote from: Mudwall Gatewood on March 30, 2015, 12:31:52 PM

It was warm enough to camp this past weekend.  The air temp at fishing time was ~28 – plenty warm so I did not wear gloves or ear protection.  J. was recovering from stomach condition brought on, I am sure, by infantcomingsoonitis.  I was glad we did not camp because on the chilly walk in, J alluded to having a shot of whiskey if I had any, to warm him.  I told him he could ask, but even if I was carrying, I would not give him a drink.  You never contribute to another's delinquency when they're in a tender condition.  I cheered the boy by amusing him; he seemed to perk when I told him I was sure that the majority of fly anglers within 100 miles were pussies this particular morning, and we were tough adventurous souls.

It is always a hoot to fish with J.  And we actually learned something, truly several things.  But I must come clean on the cowboy coffee.  J did fib; he made it and it SUCKED!

:laugh:  Thanks Stephen for keeping me on the straight and narrow.

And yes, the coffee was bad.  I did drink it though.


Grannyknot

is cowboy coffee where you just pour hot water onto grounds?  no filter besides your teeth?

Flea is not the best bassist of all time.


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