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Started by Dougfish, April 19, 2020, 15:46:20 PM

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I wanted to hit a stream that had no trail, no pub. No people!
I had the one. I had fished a couple hundred yards of the headwaters a couple of years ago. Then J and I tried to kill each other by rappelling down a stupid steep slope without a rope. Fished the lower reaches before barely scrambling out before dark. I thought I was gonna leave a lung on the climb out. But decent fish were caught both times.

So I went back to investigate the middle. I spied the stream below but thought I would just drive a bit further to the original entrance. It is spring gobbler season. And I was on NF land for most of the time. So, lots of orange. And Corona scruffiness.

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I hate to hike down along a stream.

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Lots of wood to maneuver while trying not to spook every fish.
The topo showed a remnant of a logging road I could pick up after about 20 minutes. How far would it take me?

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Well it took me about as far as I wanted to go today. But it looks like it crossed the stream, climbed the other side and petered out.  b';
Right below me the stream fell off the mountain.  :o
Serious work will need to be done. And a long day.

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Started here. It got steep and plungey, quick like.

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Old Phillipson and Pflueger Gem got the call.

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After a few pools of no strikes, I started to worry.
I had given this stream a 0% chance of a skunk.
Then little ones started coming to hand.

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False Hellebore

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Falls after falls!
Little fish kept coming. It was a 4-6" brookie day.

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Lady Slippers were a week away.

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I got to where I could angle up to the road without killing myself.
I'll come in at this point the next time.
About 15 cookie cutter fish. Meh. a few hours well spent distancing.
This section had more gradient than I thought, but it did not claim a carcass.
I'll drag back to finish up. Bigger fish leave below.  :Dance

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"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? " -Oddball, 1970

"I don't wanna go to hell,
But if I do,
It'll be 'cause of you..."
Strange Desire, The Black Keys, 2006

Woolly Bugger

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!

Phil

Most excellent work, Doug!  'c;

That's right at the edge of what I'm able to do anymore (and suffer through the knees and back the next day), looks like.  :bow

greg


driver

Thats some good looking water. I bet it will be on fire come May.

Dougfish

Quote from: driver on April 19, 2020, 19:05:39 PMThats some good looking water. I bet it will be on fire come May.

Agreed. It was May when I whacked it the first time.
"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? " -Oddball, 1970

"I don't wanna go to hell,
But if I do,
It'll be 'cause of you..."
Strange Desire, The Black Keys, 2006

Onslow

Wow, that is a pretty stream.

Big J

You weren't kidding when you said there was some elevation gain in the middle.  That stream never gets fished because its a pain to hike in and out of. Good choice!

Dougfish

 :Dance
300 ft gained in 0.33 miles. Steeper in the next 0.33 miles down stream.  :o
I woke up at 2am with a painful cramp in my hammy.
"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? " -Oddball, 1970

"I don't wanna go to hell,
But if I do,
It'll be 'cause of you..."
Strange Desire, The Black Keys, 2006

Stone-Man

Nice Report, Doug ----The flicks of that creek make my back and legs hurt

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