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Last Hurrah

Started by hcrum87hc, August 05, 2019, 11:28:53 am

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August 05, 2019, 11:28:53 am Last Edit: August 07, 2019, 08:31:21 am by hcrum87hc
The wife and I are expecting our second child in about a month, so I told (asked) her I needed to get out for a last hurrah and some solitude before life gets hectic.  She agreed, so I decided to hit up a different section of a river I fished on my birthday last year. 

There were a few vehicles at the pull off for the trail head when I got there, but I was hoping they'd just be hikers or backpackers.  I started down the trail and realized I was following someone pretty closely based on their foot prints.  Dang. So much for the solitude. 

I figured I'd take a page out of some of y'all's books and actually take a picture of some plant life.  I have no idea what it is, but they looked interesting.

Getting close now.

Finally here.  I caught my largest wild brookie to date out of this hole last time I was here.  I pulled three more out of it Saturday, but none of them rivaled the big one.

Sadly that's the only fish pic of the day.  They were voracious, and I hooked many but only got a few to hand. Of those few, most of them ended up back in the water before I could capture their resemblance.  I hope you're ok with scenery pictures.

I was just upstream from where I got in when I caught some movement out of the corner of my eye while looking downstream.  Another fisherman!  b'; .  He greeted me and proceeded to move above me.  I was cursing him in my mind the whole time.  I was hoping he'd move a ways up and give me some room, but he started fishing just a couple holes above me.  Solitude officially ruined. 

After a couple more holes, I decided it was time to pass him while he spent a lot of time on one large hole. As I approached him, he offered to let me try the hole he was working.  He'd already pulled a few out of it, but I declined.  We spoke for a few minutes, and he turned out to be pretty cool.  They were actually his prints I'd been following on the trail.  He just happened to enter the water farther downstream.  He gave me a nymph he'd tied and we talked fishing for a bit.  I decided to move on up well past him to give us some breathing room and thankfully didn't see another soul until returning to the truck.

The sun had come out and it was warming up.  I noticed the fish had slowed way down and the holes were pretty empty, from what I could see.  I did stop to observe one hole and saw this guy down on the bottom feeding.  Everything up to this point had been hitting my dry fly.  I tied on the nymph the other fisherman had given me and let it drift past this guy a few times.  He swiped and missed it twice.  After each swipe he'd go under a little overhang for a minute before coming back out.  I kept trying every time he'd come out.  Finally, after a dozen drifts or so, he nailed it!  He was a feisty thing and put up a good fight.  Sadly, he flopped out of my hand, down the rock I was leaning against, and into the water where he stopped for a rest so I could snap a photo. 

I just knew this beautiful hole was going to be ripe with brookies, but I didn't see a single one, which was disappointing.  I almost took a dive twice in this hole while trying to get around it.  Thankfully it'd have been deep enough not to break my neck.

Sorry USFS, no night rescues this time.

It'll probably be spring by the time I can get back out, so I'll be living vicariously through you guys until then. Give me something good.   
Jeremiah 17:7

Woolly Bugger

congrats on enlarging the family unit.  0:0 

nice scenery -- don't know if that sign will have any effect on the general population.
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!


Nice work, and congrats on your second child.  Our second is due in 8 short weeks, and I have a float planned before then and maybe some fishing in Colorado this week while I'm here for work.

I'm just happy that my 4 year old keeps asking to go fishing.


Nice! I like that creek. The flowers are scarlet bee balm. And congrats on the soon to be new addition to your family!
Women want me, doughbellies fear me.<br /><br />Little Debbie Prostaff


Quote from: Yallerhammer on August 05, 2019, 19:10:38 pmNice! I like that creek. The flowers are scarlet bee balm. And congrats on the soon to be new addition to your family!

Thank you!

It's certainly becoming one of my favorites.  I need to explore the very upper end as well as a couple of the tributaries in this section once thing settle down at home; maybe in the spring. 
Jeremiah 17:7

Big J

Congrats on number 2.  And pretty looking stream. 
"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." Hemingway


More congrats! 'c;
In about 18-20 years you'll be fishing like a bandit. d:b
"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? " <br />-Oddball, 1970


Quote from: Dougfish on August 06, 2019, 17:48:45 pmMore congrats! 'c;
In about 18-20 years you'll be fishing like a bandit. d:b

That's the plan, as long as my joints hold up.   
Jeremiah 17:7

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