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When the wife is away TR

Started by Big J, July 09, 2019, 09:19:40 am

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Big J

Wife and girls were out of town for a week so I had a weekend to plan fishing.  I was planning on hitting the local river Saturday for carp but all the rain had it blown out.  Decided I should take advantage of the morning and all this excess rain and hit a trout stream nearby.  It was a good call.  I've been worried about this stream the past couple year as every year I fish it, it gets worse and worse.  Smaller fish, less numbers. Use to catch a 10" fish pretty regularly, and in the past 3 years I've maybe caught 1 or 2.  Saturday showed me what that stream could do on a good day.  Fished for 4 hours in the morning and caught easily over 100 fish.  I couldn't believe how teeming with trout all the pools were so for an hour I decided to count the trout I caught.  Caught 39 in an hour.  And I wasn't even in the best stretch of the stream at that time.  Also caught one that was around 11" mark. Dry/Dropper rig did the trick, with most of the fish coming off the dropper.

Saw boat loads of these newts.

Best fish of the day.

That fish was sitting right in front of the two rocks in the water in about 6" of water. 

Then Sunday Doug and I decided to float the Jackson.  Water was stained so we pretty much threw streamers all day.  We both caught a fish.  We both loss some nice fish.  Fun float even if the catching was slow.  Doug is getting better at rowing. 

Doug on the board while nymphing during lunch.

Then around 1, the heavy rain came.  We were getting slashes at the streamers at an okay pace, but after the rain came, fish activity went to 0.

Fawns impressed us by leaving bed their momma left them at and darting across river.

Now I have to adjust back to married with kids life.  It'll be a rough week. 

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." Hemingway

Woolly Bugger

mighty fing efting reportage... looks like your big brokie was bigger that Doug's rainbow ...
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!

Mudwall Gatewood 3.0

Good job guys!

"Doug is getting better at rowing."

I had a pal on that section of river.  I alerted him that you guys were coming through and keep an eye - just in case you needed anything.  Who was on the tiller when the boat hit that sycamore sweeper sideways?     
"Enjoy every sandwich."  Warren Zevon


Women want me, doughbellies fear me.<br /><br />Little Debbie Prostaff


Muddy ain't got no intel. I did stick us on a big flat rock that jumped in front of us.  :laugh:
It's a pigboat, OK? Not every boat can tote a bike on the back.
We suk. The water was funky. But the scenery was pretty. The fawn spook was cool.
The lightning spared us. The rain, not. I wish J posted his bike shuttle ride videos.
And it was a yuge brown I caught, not a bow.

"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


Good stuff......looking forward to my next adventure on the USSDOUGFISH.

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