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Beat the heat TR (pic heavy)

Started by The Dude, May 22, 2011, 19:35:23 PM

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The Dude

May 22, 2011, 19:35:23 PM Last Edit: May 22, 2011, 20:02:54 PM by The Dude
I had to do some work on the outside of the house on Saturday, and after getting beat down by the sun, I decided that Sunday was a day for getting up high in the mountains where the temperatures wouldn't be quite so bad.  So, I told my partner to hop in the car and we hit the road to go get lost somewhere.

I got to the parking lot, got rigged up and set out by 8:30AM.  I just bought a new pair of boots and (foolishly) busted them out today to break them in.  I took a trail for a while and then just bushwhacked the last bit and was fishing by 9:30AM.  There was a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast, and once I started fishing, there was no turning back and I was committed to the end - rain or shine.

I started the day with a small green sallie dry fly with an ant dropped off the back.  The fish were mostly interested in the ant.  It wasn't too long before they changed their tastes to a 1970s Chinese pornstar - big, hairy and yellow.  The ole #10 stimulator.  I noticed that all of the fish I was catching had plump bellies, and I could actually feel something bulky in their stomachs on almost 90% of them.  I can't prove it, but I think the fish in this stream were gorging on crayfish.  I don't know if they are out molting right now or what.  I did see a few large dead crayfish in the water.  I didn't really want to squeeze their bellies too hard, but I did enough to feel something hard inside.  It was amazing how almost every one I caught had the same thing.

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I caught this dragon fly right after he emerged.
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Check this out.  I caught these two fish on the same fly.  The smaller one hit it first and as I was playing him, the bigger one started chasing it around trying to take the food from his mouth.  I ended up hooking them both.
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This guy had some upchuck in his mouth, but I'm not exactly sure what it was.  I let him keep it despite my curiosity.
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Stream lunch.
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Biggest fish of the day and I jacked up the photo - a nice 12-incher.......well, I actually decided to break out the tape measure to see just how big this brute really was..........and it only measured in at 9-7/8".  Wow, I need to get my eyes checked, because I couldn't believe this fish wasn't even 10-inches.  It was fat, though.
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I finally got to the end, where two springs come together to form the stream.  It was about 4pm and time to call it quits for the day.
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From there, I had a little bit more bushwhacking before I hit the trail.  I was back at the car by 5pm and heading back home - wore the eff out.  It never did rain until I got to the car, thank goodness.
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I was born by the river in a little tent,<br />And just like the river I've been running ever since,<br />It's been a long, long time coming,<br />But I know change is gonna come.

diaz dassie

Bravo! Good to see you boys get out and do em up good 'c; 'c; bd;0


benben reincarnated

awwww shit man, that's some awesome looking stuff.      y;


blue ridge angler

"OVER THE LINE!! I'm sorry smokey you were over the line, that's a foul..Dude mark it zero.."

Great report..If the fish felt like they had rocks in they're bellies they may have been eating snails..


The Dude

Quote from: blue ridge angler on May 22, 2011, 20:03:14 PM

"OVER THE LINE!! I'm sorry smokey you were over the line, that's a foul..Dude mark it zero.."

Nice pull for your 700th post, Buddy.  Solid.

I was born by the river in a little tent,<br />And just like the river I've been running ever since,<br />It's been a long, long time coming,<br />But I know change is gonna come.

OldDominionAngler

you both look like you had a good time.  solid work 'c;


lostnwilderness

That is one of the best looking streams I have seen pics of on here.  Makes the yaker in me start to twitch...  Damn fine looking gradient!  Never heard of anyone catching 2 trout on the same fly like that before...

Nice man!

"I read The Bible once. You know God and Jesus and all them apostles? They were all fishermen, just like me. Yeah, straight to heaven for Mick Dundee. Yep, me and God... We'd be mates."

matrat118

"I have laid aside business and gone a-fishing"... Izaak walton

Woolly Bugger

that is some top shelf stuff, great fishing buddy ya got there too, most excellent flicks and btw...

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lostnwilderness

what type of critter is that (sorry i cant figure out copy the pic here) its near the end?  Turtle?  Snake? Jacked up salamander?

"I read The Bible once. You know God and Jesus and all them apostles? They were all fishermen, just like me. Yeah, straight to heaven for Mick Dundee. Yep, me and God... We'd be mates."

The Dude

May 23, 2011, 19:05:18 PM #10 Last Edit: May 23, 2011, 20:52:00 PM by The Dude

It was just a common water snake.  Incidentally, can anyone give me a bug ID on that spinner?  I'm guessing march brown.

I was born by the river in a little tent,<br />And just like the river I've been running ever since,<br />It's been a long, long time coming,<br />But I know change is gonna come.

brownhunter

Epic report and very nice looking stream. Thanks fo sharing.

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FoulHook

Hot damn! I gotta get back out soon.  bd;0 'c; bd;0

Quote from: Transylwader on June 03, 2011, 21:56:17 PM
The Davidson. It's full of wild fish.

ScoutHikerDad

Nice chunky brookies there, John! And 2 on one fly-I've never seen that before. Buck looks like he wants a bite of that sammich, or maybe the brookie in another pic. Great report as always! bd;0


The Dude

Quote from: blue ridge angler on May 22, 2011, 20:03:14 PM

If the fish felt like they had rocks in they're bellies they may have been eating snails..

Buddy, you were right about the snails.  That's got to be rough on the ole digestive track!   ???

I was born by the river in a little tent,<br />And just like the river I've been running ever since,<br />It's been a long, long time coming,<br />But I know change is gonna come.


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