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Started by AL trout bum, February 05, 2012, 23:22:49 PM

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AL trout bum

February 05, 2012, 23:22:49 PM Last Edit: February 05, 2012, 23:25:07 PM by AL trout bum

Before I get to that, I tried out a new creek Saturday that is in the middle of town. I am liking it's potential for spring. It hold panfish, bass and catfish.
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First cast...
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Unfortunately there were also lots of these...
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There was no lack of fishy looking water either. There was a foamy eddy at the bottom right of this pic that I'm sure held fish, but I couldn't get to it because of the current dragging my line out.
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I caught one more fish and called it a day. I had a long drive ahead of me, and I needed to hit the road.
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This next trip was all about redemption. The last time I was there, I caught one of the famed sulphur hatches the river is known for. It was most certainly a sight to see. However, I only caught one dinky fish out of the dozens rising around me.
Replay from a few months back:
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Fast forward to this weekend. I needed to experience this river again. A second chance to put into practice what I learned the last time.

Almost as soon as I got on the road, there was a deluge of rain. I don't know why I was surprised though, that's standard weather when I decide to go on a trip.
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I pressed on and hoped the trip wouldn't be a bust. I arrived late, checked into the hotel and tried to sleep. I say "tried" because the anticipation of what the next day held kept me awake for most of the night. No matter how many fishing trips I have been on, and no matter how small any one trip may be, it feels like the night before Christmas every single time.

I arrived to find the water dingy, but not murky, and just a little high.
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First few casts produced a nice spawning rainbow. Not what I was targeting, but a nice fish nonetheless.
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Fishing was slow, I hooked and lost several more nice rainbows. Finally, I felt a familiar tug on the line.
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It didn't stop there...
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Another rainbow to keep the variety going..
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Then another brown...
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After quite a few browns and rainbows landed and lost, my stomach told me it was time to eat. All of the browns were caught on this:
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Hit up a local hole in the wall for a hot meal.....
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After lunch I headed to another area.
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I could tell some other fisherman had already been there..
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Glad they practiced catch and release..

Soon after getting on the water, BAM!
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Further down there were quite a few fish rising to BWOs coming off. I tied on one and picked my target.
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The grassy area in the middle right of the below picture had a fish that was rising pretty consistently. I made several drifts before making one final cast. I watch him slam it that time! Cool to fish dries in February on high water. Not an easy thing to do.
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As the day was drawing to a close, I admired the nice scenery and picked up maybe the nicest brown of the trip on a zebra midge.
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I love these colors...
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No lunkers were caught, but I bested my previous attempt and caught lots of nice fish. Total fish count was around 30. 2/3 of those were browns, which made me happy. I'll be back for sure!
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Interesting...DSFK
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"Sloppy and rough wading have saved more trout than any regulation written by man."

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Aww man! That's good stuff!  'c;

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The Davidson. It's full of wild fish.

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Redemption is good indeed.


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Nice Matt, I got a calendar from the NCWRC this past weekend and noted they claim the rainbows are starting to spawn in a few weeks. Either the northern hemi is way off on seasons or us "true" southerners have a messed up calendar. Nuthing wrong with pulling cockroaches off their reds. If I had my way, I would extirpate rainbows from the wilds of WNC, they are a nuisance and take over too many streams >:D


AL trout bum

Quote from: Transylwader on February 06, 2012, 10:38:15 AM

Nuthing wrong with pulling cockroaches off their reds. If I had my way, I would extirpate rainbows from the wilds of WNC, they are a nuisance and take over too many streams >:D

Yea, this section just opened after being closed for 3 months. So I was fishing for browns, but had some rainbow by-catches. If I had my way I would never have one on the end of my line. I didn't see many fish on reds. There were some reds from the browns spawning, but none had fish in them. However, they were colored up, so I guess their spawning has begun.

"Sloppy and rough wading have saved more trout than any regulation written by man."

Jfey

Good stuff. 'c;   Try standing upstream and feeding your line down into that eddy when your streamer gets to the end of it, strip it back up throught it.   Just a thought.

Yup, going fishing

Holmes


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AL trout bum

Quote from: Woolly Bugger on February 06, 2012, 21:54:50 PM

Like crazy, man!

I know you fish that water A LOT, and I thought about telling you I was going to be up there if you wanted to fish, but I didn't know I was going until last minute. I'll be back though  -0-

"Sloppy and rough wading have saved more trout than any regulation written by man."

Woolly Bugger

Quote from: AL trout bum on February 06, 2012, 22:26:01 PM

Quote from: Woolly Bugger on February 06, 2012, 21:54:50 PM

Like crazy, man!

I know you fish that water A LOT, and I thought about telling you I was going to be up there if you wanted to fish, but I didn't know I was going until last minute. I'll be back though  -0-

couldn't of gone this w/e anyway...

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!


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