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Wet wading already!

Started by Woolly Bugger, February 25, 2021, 10:59:37 AM

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Woolly Bugger

February 25, 2021, 10:59:37 AM Last Edit: February 25, 2021, 11:01:27 AM by Woolly Bugger

Feb 27, 2021

Gas $2.49 Temp 68 #6

Wet wading in February. After ice and rain and cold it was really nice to get out on a sunny warm day. There were reports of ice and snow up at higher elevations and I saw some up on the blue ridge on the drive. Many others took advantage of the weather as there were already 6 cars parked at the trailhead and two more drove in while I was gearing up.

I hiked in about a mile before jumping into the stream and fished up to the start of the gorge section. After four hours in the stream my feet were complaining of the cold and wet conditions. I didn't take the temp of the water but my hands said "Cold"! The fishing was pretty darn good, but I lost as many fish as those that came to hand and I flubbed a bunch of photos as fish wriggled out of hand and net and many just got off the barbless hooks. The battery on the TG died, so I was fumbling for the phone. Dry dropper, same flies all day, with only one knot retie. Oh, I should probably sharpen the hook on the dropper!

A few caddis and little black stone flies along with winter midges were hatching.

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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

I do adore those underwater brookie photos!   You need to market/sell some of those gems.

The pics take me back to my youth when I had a cheap mask and watched fishes and invertebrates for hours in the pool at the confluence of Back Creek and Little Back.

"Enjoy every sandwich."  Warren Zevon

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greg

Splendid day. What is that rod? Like the cork and ring reel seat.


Woolly Bugger

Quote from: greg on February 25, 2021, 18:44:43 PM

Splendid day. What is that rod? Like the cork and ring reel seat.

Orvis One Ounce - 6 1/2' 2 wt

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!

RiverbumCO

Quote from: Woolly Bugger on February 25, 2021, 19:01:49 PM

Quote from: greg on February 25, 2021, 18:44:43 PM

Splendid day. What is that rod? Like the cork and ring reel seat.

Orvis One Ounce - 6 1/2' 2 wt

Recent eBay postings say I stole mine. One for $750 and another with Abel TR for $1000

My real name is Chad Farthouse.

greg

I picked up a one weight superfine on eBay a couple of years ago. Those small orvis rods are a lot of fun.


brownhunter

Great report Wooly!

The colors on the underwater photos are truly spectacular! Thanks for allowing us a peek into the stream.

"Why, he wondered, did rich people call it sushi while poor people called it bait?"   -- Same Kind of Different as Me

Michael Toris

Damn great shots bossman.


Yallerhammer

Looks like a day well-spent.

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Phil

Love them brook trouts! Great photos, Woolly.  'c;


Stone-Man

Pretty damn good report.  Glad you found some clear water that was not up in the trees


bmadd


terrestrial

Which TG do you carry boss? Are the older ones worth a few bucks if I find a used one?

I guess this is my cue to start leaving the waders at home


tgoode

Love those little mountain gems.



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