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Moving Slowly

Started by rbphoto, July 06, 2021, 10:02:27 AM

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I hadn't fished since the day after Thanksgiving.  Way past due.  I was somewhat hesitant, because my right medial collateral is acting up again.  Ortho doc told me 5 years ago he didn't know how long the fix would last.  I figured this was the best way to find out if it was going to be OK or if I was going to have to think about another surgery.  Screw it.  I'm going fishing.

Work is stupid busy but every now & then I manage to get out just a bit early.  Couple that with the wife telling me her best friend was coming over Friday evening and all day Saturday to help her re-organize a whole bunch of stuff, so I had the perfect excuse to get out of town.  A simple, "Don't throw any of my stuff away!" and I was in the garage packing up fishing gear that was strewn from corner to corner.

I overpacked (except for shoes), grabbed some clothes, checked the beer stash,  :cheers  kissed the wife goodbye and headed out.  Got to fishing buddy's house around 3pm and talked him into GSMNP vs bigger water  n!n and we hit traffic pretty soon:

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My truck was probably better suited to the trip, but full of stuff and he prefers to scare the everloving shit out of me drive.  So we have a comfortable, somewhat wild, if not a bit pretentious drive up.

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(NOTE: not the same pretentious snobby bastard that Wooly snapped a pic of on the Smiff - that's too damned far away!)

On the stream by 6:30 with enough daylight left to enjoy a peaceful evening.

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See that big green moss-covered rock on the left?  Just above that was an evening hatch with fish rising. In my hurry to get upstream to the rising fish, I slipped and popped my kneecap, so now it is hard to tell which is meniscus injury and which is a bruised kneecap  b';  Might be time for a beer.

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New growth everywhere.

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Fished until almost dark, catching punes along the way.

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Then I happened upon fishing buddy crawling around on his hands and knees in a riffle.  My first thought was, "If he lost the car keys, I'm gonna kill him."  Turns out he lost his phone . . . so we did this for another futile half hour.

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That was enough for one evening.

Woke up to 50* with a forecasted high of less than 70* for the day.  I'll take more July days like this!   'c;  'c;  'c;

Walked up a ways on a feeder stream to get away from what was a non-existent crowd.  Took fishing buddy's euro rig and no back up reel.  I figured I would satisfy his constant pestering to try this vs. tight line nymph fishing.  Having been a 35+ year veteran of doing things one way does not typically bode well when you change to less-than-ideal conditions (tight quarters, lots of overhangs, crystal clear water, a rod too long for the stream, etc), but I'm game to learn a few things.

I would have rather learned on bigger water, but those 35 years of learning to fish did not go to waste.

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We fished until we were both exhausted, realizing we needed dinner and he wanted to go to a phone store for a replacement, so we left with an intent to return in the Fall.

We had a stowaway for the ride home.

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I knew I had Monday off, so the discussion about where to fish was bandied about and I settled on a known Leroy stream.

Sunday to rest & relax.

Monday, the wife had to be at the hospital at 0700, which meant we were both waking up at 0500.

I was out the door by 0530 and off to the hills.

No euro rigs this time.

Bluebird skies, flashback nymphs, perdigons, green drake emergers and this was not what I expected.

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And this one shouldn't have even been there

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But this one was exactly where he should have been, along with many brothers, sisters, cousins and children.

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Big boy put up a fight and nearly exhausted himself in the tussle.  I spent a few minutes reviving him, but he still hid behind a rock to recover upon release.

Until October . . .

"maybe procrastination is another word for fishing..." ben
"Just butchered my first silk kitty...." Wooly Bugger  January 26, 2018, 12:41:27 PM

hcrum87hc

Looking good!  I'm glad you made it up there. As you know, I fished that first stream for the first time a couple weeks ago.  It's a wonderful area, and I would have liked to have more time on it.  I'll also try to be back in the fall. 

Jeremiah 17:7

Dougfish

Go Raymond!

Now, if I could find my Audi. :laugh:

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rbphoto

Quote from: hcrum87hc on July 06, 2021, 10:35:30 AM

Looking good!  I'm glad you made it up there. As you know, I fished that first stream for the first time a couple weeks ago.  It's a wonderful area, and I would have liked to have more time on it.  I'll also try to be back in the fall.

You let me know when you want to go in the fall.  I could spend a lifetime fishing up there!

"maybe procrastination is another word for fishing..." ben
"Just butchered my first silk kitty...." Wooly Bugger  January 26, 2018, 12:41:27 PM

greg


Woolly Bugger

July 07, 2021, 10:32:59 AM #5 Last Edit: July 07, 2021, 10:34:53 AM by Woolly Bugger

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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!

joe friday

hope your knee heals well.  thanks for sharing those pics.


Yallerhammer

Ye. It is good. Very good.

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