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Started by Woolly Bugger, October 12, 2016, 21:08:58 pm

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Woolly Bugger



2016 - 74

PFF v.34 (VFS Southern States style bake)

Yeah, that's right, number 34! Twice a year for 17 years, whether we need to or not. Little storm off the coast kept a few hunkered down home in the low country to look after their family and belongings.

Matthew - Cat 4, first major to inundate the Carolinas since Floyd in 1999 the year before the first gathering of the Psycho Fly Fishers in Shady Valley TN.



Croaker was one of the unfortunates in the path of the storm and had to bail at the last minute, no low country boil this year. I stepped up and went shopping...

The first thing I noticed when I got my shopping buggy at the grocery store was that there was a cup holder mounted on the side, this required a trip to the Beer Den to get a pint of Stone IPA



Grocery list in hand I navigated the isles and picked up the ingredients for a batch of Staggering Red Beans and rice



Driving west, I finally got away from the rain and into clearing skies.



Arrived at the camp, no one was there, I popped a beer and unloaded the supplies.



Just as I was getting ready to pitch my ten, my phone rang and Rhody said they were in the raft with Jack above the island and for me to come on up and fish with then as they pushed Jack around and would float back on the 4 o'clock dam release.. "We have beer!" That was all it took.
Motivated, I pushed my way up against the earlier pulse. Several times, I pauses and took a swig from the pint of All Day IPA and wondered why I was passing rising fish while enduring vapor lock. What the hell, I continued on against the flow. Hell, they weren't even waiting for me, they continued to push Jack and the damn raft further upstream. I was a daunting task to catch up to them while drinking a beer.
When I finally caught up to them I demanded a fresh cold beer. I was not denied.



In-between sulfurs and bwos a slight hatch and minor rise rise occurred. Most of us managed to pick off a few of the picky punes, but mostly I talked with Jack and drank beers while taking a few pics of the day. Clouds scudded across the sky and it rained a bit now and then.

















Since most of us were on KP duty and a generation was coming we pushed on back to camp as the water helped us along our way.
Slicing and dicing ensued and the result went into the pot for a fine meal on Staggering Red Beans and rice.



Sunsets and campfires.





Sunrise the next morning.



Noting going on in the morning other than midges... had to get back across the hump so I split early.



You can't park there!



Good times for sure.... Till next spring.... And PFF v.35!

















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

me -There's a season?

Dee-Vo


benflyfishn

Hated I missed out on the meal and fire. Especially JT's mason jars!
What happens on the stream, stays there..........

Stone-Man


Stone-Man


Devinsdad

October 15, 2016, 22:19:46 pm #5 Last Edit: October 15, 2016, 22:23:48 pm by Devinsdad
Great Pics Woolly and Stone man,
Will try to get a few up soon.

Good trip for sure! Had a good crowd as well.
Thanks to all the cooks and their help- JT, Mud puppy, Woolly, good eats all the way around.

Thanks to ODG3 for doing what you do, you're the grease that keeps the wheels turning on this here shindig.

Thanks to all those who pitched in to help when our entire Saturday clean up crew got sick.
That was a first. Big Kudos to Don Harder who really put in a stellar performance lending a helping hand everywhere whenever needed.

First time in the past few years I was not several hundred miles away from camp, working on a project. I was able to get there early and set up camp. Then head over the mountain to catch up with JT and get some fire wood for the weekend.

Back to camp in time to unload, and head into Johnson City with Bamboo10 and Peddler to get Peddler the ultimate in tent comfort. Met up with the gang at Ming Dynasty for what has become the traditional Thursday night supper.

Friday was up to grab a quick bite at Prices and bring Ralph a biscuit. Then off to fish for a few hours. The bite was off and on, but managed to catch a few good ones before the rain started. Enjoyed fishing the weir as the rain really started in earnest and watching all the other folks leave. A little rain never hurt anyone.

Friday night we were treated to a fine stew and good fire. It was off to bed fairly early. Woke up about 2:30 when the rain moved in for good and the skies opened up. Happy to report not a drop of water in the new tent. Made for a great nights rest with rain falling on the tent canvas.

Saturday after a grand breakfast, courtesy of Mudpuppy and PHG. First PFF Breakfast I can remember being cooked in the pouring rain. After chow, caught up with my old friend Gqualls for a how to session. While he proceeded to catch a fish about every other cast, I struggled for the first bit with fishing the slack water. I told him I was trying really hard not to cuss  :mrgreen:  :mrgreen: . Finally got the old groove back and started catching a few, before getting out, thinking the water would come up and needing a pit stop.
Greg started feeling bad so he decided it best to pack up and head home. Lets do it again, sir when we both are feeling a bit better.

Fishing was slow the rest of the day, but I did get to watch peddler get his boat ride. He was grinning like a little kid. Back to camp to listen to tales of the day and help Woolly start dinner, then get relieved by Rhody ,Don and LeeDawg.

Good fire, good conversations around the fire. Got a 7 minute video under the cook tent of JT and his "give it up nymph" that catches fish every "4.2 minutes". It needs to go in the PFF archives somewhere. The skies cleared and the temperature dropped. Made for another good nights rest. Though I think streamer was borderline on the comfort scale due to the cold.

Sunday morning woke up to a typical leaving camp beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky.
Helped break down camp, and let my stuff dry a bit in the morning sun, then it was time for the hardest part of the trip. Leaving to go home.

Thanks to all who pitched in to lend a hand, everything pretty much went off without a hitch. Certainly missed our friends who stayed to guard the home front from Matthew. Glad you all weathered the storm well.

Can't wait for the next one. Thanks for the memories!

troutfanatic

Looks good JT.

One of these years, I shall partake. The dates always seem to coincide with midterm examinations, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

croaker

Thanks fer steppin' up Woolly & company!

Hated to sit this one out.
Glad y'all had a good urn!
I hate hurricanes and spiders!

Woolly is yer address still the same? 
If so I'll send yer chair to ya.

croaker
-you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.  Robert A. Heinlein.

Woolly Bugger

Don, wish you coulda made it, chair ain't worth postage


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

me -There's a season?

Peddler

The early bird may get the worm,
but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Woolly Bugger

Quote from: Peddler on January 08, 2017, 14:37:12 pm

Oh yeah... almost forgot...






Good to see that you learned to post photos, now post up a pic of that Psycho Mug you won a couple of years ago!


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me -There's a season?


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