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Started by JMiller, September 25, 2017, 11:42:20 AM
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There's a saying among fly fishermen that, "kayak fishing sucks."While it's true that they're not usually the best option, sometimes they're the only option. My friend Austin and I had been talking about running the Big South Fork gorge for a couple years. We've explored most of the place over the last couple summers, but the remaining sections we had not hit loomed large, with the promise of some really remote water holding lots of dumb fish; the kind of water typically only reached by the types of kayakers that don't carry fishing rods. Of course, the reason for this is that the stretch of river we wanted to float takes at least a couple of days, and there are dozens of class 3 and 4 rapids that just aren't conducive to boats loaded down with fishing and camping gear. At high enough flows, you can get through the gorge in a day with a white water boat. But in late summer/early fall you're not really supposed to float it at all. We did anyway with fishing kayaks. It was rough ride.
Unable to contain our enthusiasm, we decide to meet the night before our scheduled departure so we can ditch his Taco at the takeout, load up the trailer and be ready to head to the put-in at first light. Well we got to drinking beers and catching up, and don't find the sleeping bags 'til around 3 am.
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The first couple miles were pretty uneventful. The temp had dropped into the 50s at night, so it seemed to take a little while for the fish to warm up that morning.Once they did, we were into them pretty thick. We never got so many that it got boring, but we got enough that things were living up to our expectations.
The next morning, we're on the water by 7.
A remote and beautiful report. One of my favorites that I've had the pleasure of reading here. Excellent adventure. I'm glad you guys made it out okay. Memories that'll never be forgotten.
Gnarly. And painful. bd;0
Damn, took a lot of balls to belly up to that table. Kudos on the depussification of the of this chat room.
I've dreamed of doing something similar to this on a segment of the Gauley, but my testosterone level has dropped a bit in recent years.
Thanks for taking us all along for the ride!
Very nice. I'm impressed you made it back with the gear you did. please tell me no yeti was hurt in the process!
Possible report of the year candidate.
Any squatch sightings?
No 'squatch sightings, but there were two Yetis, neither of which were harmed in the making of this report.
The beer stayed cold.
Did the fly make it out ok? Glad the barb is not in the way. That's a great trip. Nice to see such remote places.
Hell yes 0:0 I love the adventure. The fly in the leg pic should be a poster for de-barbing hooks.
Thank you guys so much for the kind words. I try to take nice pics, so Im glad y'all enjoy them.Also, yea the fly came out on the river. I have set of pliers with some cutters on them, tried to clip off the point but the cutters broke, so we ended up smashing the barb down to pull it out.
Here's a few more pics I got in my email from Austin's camera:
Not gonna lie. Really do love fishing from my kayak.
Those huge boulders though. I miss kayaking/kayak fishing.
Jebus, that sandstone. Those boulders are as imposing as those on the Upper Gauley and the New Gorge below Cunard.
This is the TR of the year imo.
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Ok that was badass.
^^ Yep for sure.