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Started by Woolly Bugger, May 19, 2010, 20:57:22 PM

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Woolly Bugger

May 19, 2010, 20:57:22 PM Last Edit: May 23, 2010, 10:29:35 AM by Woolly Bugger

lines of severe thunderstorms and flash flood warnings over the past week have put the kabash on chasing trouts. But today was perfect, 55 degrees in the morning and a projected high of 70, with cloudy skies.

I was hoping to make a deep penetration trip up through the gorge, but that will have to wait for now as work and family life forced me to make it a short day on the stream.

I started in the lower reach and tied on a nymph with a soft hackle dropper. First cast into a sweet little run brought a nice flash and a slow hook set forced a long distance release.

Up at the next little tail out I watch another brown eat the nymph, after a brief but hard fought battle the fish came to net. The forest canopy, early morning light and cloud cover forced the use of flash to take pictures.

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Yellow sallies and green drakes were the big flies hatching, there were also a plethora of mating midges flying about too.

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I was catching fish in a lot of places where I've not had success in the past, I was thinking the cloud cover was really helping out. All of the fish were taking the nymph so i clipped the dropper.

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I was enjoying the day and the solitude along with the wood thrushes song and the sounds of the river. The trout were hungry and the catching was non stop.

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on one run I actually saw a fish rise! I tied on a dry and caught it on the second or third cast. I stayed with the dry for the rest of the trip.
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I was feeling pretty confident so I set up the video to capture some action.

I lost the first one, and missed the second, video must have jinxed me. On the second clip you can see the fish hit the dry fly in the far right of the screen..

I took a few pics of the woods and just reflected on the beauty of this special place.

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the only other foot prints that I saw

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nice pano of a favorite stretch .

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dobson fly... I just might have to try tossing a hellgrammite pattern next time

the last time i was up this creek i couldn't find my dinsmor shot, search of the car failed to find it, I fished up to the run about the pano shot and there in the water was the red ring of the container. sweet!

I turned back and headed downstream. There by the stream was a scratched out area and some scat. Fresh scat. Just up the game trail there was another larger pile of scat and more disturbed ferns all balled up in a pile and just on down the trail 20 feet further was more! WTF?

Okay you scat experts... tell me what defecated
in the woods!

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hot crap -- ordoriffic horrendous

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ran into a pare of red efts, got a shot of one..

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won't be too long before these are ready to eat...
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!

jwgnc

Thanks for sharing the trip -         

Stalk softly and carry a green stick.

blue ridge angler


OldDominionAngler

Gorgeous creek, gorgeous fish.  Those drakes are so cool looking, I'm intent on finding some this year.


flynhokies

hot damn, everyone's getting very tech savy with these vids   ;hb

"The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration."
-Claude Monet

blue ridge angler

BTW-

that nymph looks mad tasty..

caddis?


Get Bent

Nice work! Gotta love small crik'n..no crowds etc... ;D

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Konichiwa Bitches!

jwhop3

"I was hoping to make a deep penetration trip up through the gorge," ...that's what she said.  lol

And sorry about the scat, didn't think anyone would find it that deep in the woods.

Seriously, great trip report and the video is a nice touch. I gotta get a hero cam!

JayDubYa

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