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#1
Warm Water Species / Re: Real Enough
Last post by itieuglyflies - February 26, 2024, 22:13:58 PM
An awesome day for sure.
#2
Local Trip Reports / Re: Six Segments
Last post by Woolly Bugger - February 26, 2024, 21:04:58 PM
Ken getting around  :cheers
#3
Warm Water Species / Re: Real Enough
Last post by Onslow - February 26, 2024, 20:48:50 PM
Definitely a strong start for 2024!
#4
Local Trip Reports / Six Segments
Last post by Onslow - February 26, 2024, 20:29:28 PM


Work was on the agenda, but a delivery issue forced me to abort.

Headed out to Ashe county to check out a several tracts of land.  Ended up alongside Three Top creek, but I did not fish there.  Headed on to Big Laurel Creek.

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Fished a couple glade bends near the confluence and went up the bridge a bit.  Nothing to report concerning catching.  Dead cow was in the middle of the stream in one spot.  Hadn't started rotting yet.

On my way out, a kid (12ish) was gathering his other rod w/streamer. Him mom was driving him around to various spots.  He'd just caught an 18" wild brown on the NF.

I rolled down the NF below the designated reach at a rock wall.  Fished a little. 
Spooked up a deep bodied chunk.  While it could have  been smallie, I doubt it was due to it being in a shoal behind a small rock.

Hauled ass to another steam I've never fished before.

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This steam was hot. Caught a fish within the first 5 minutes.  Landed 8 in an hour.

There were more stones out than BWOs.  Fish were looking up, but those were small.  The little guys were rising everywhere, especially under overhanging dead brush.

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Headed to Laurel Springs and tried to find  hole I hadn't fished in 10 years or more on Vitamin C creek. The stream has changed.

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Caught a few dinks.  This  is a wild trout stream that is treated like a put and take.

I veered off to a trib called Piney Fork.  I've never fished this stream, so here goes. 

Mostly quartz cobble with a occasional ledge pool.

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Cool, an untouched glade

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Lets stomp about in the blooming skunk cabbage.  The habitat for skunk cabbage is phenomenal in Allegheny county. Can grow 6' tall.

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I labored in this spot and almost gave up, but I dipped the rig tight to the opposing bank, and finally.

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I believe the other hits were wild brook trout.  Fish were small, bites were light and fast.

I'd gone up about a half mile.

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Drove up this creek to the 3k mark.  Brookies were at one time thick there.  Brookie water or dookie?  It was the latter.

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I tried to make one more stop, but the access was too sketchy.  Drove to another spot, and scouted an access to my fav river.  I almost made my way down,  but there was a very steep cliff near the bottom.  It would make more sense to drop in, and wade to the next bridge, and not to climb out. 

#5
Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Woolly Bugger - February 26, 2024, 19:21:28 PM
#24 — 17

Quick run up to hit a few roadside spots with a mission to cull some stockers. Caught 5 browns that were over 10 by a tad and one under and I ran into some rainbows one was too big for the birds at about 14" but I whacked two that were 10 and 11 or so!

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#6
Warm Water Species / Re: Real Enough
Last post by Woolly Bugger - February 26, 2024, 18:31:24 PM
Sweet — sounds like a great day!
#7
Warm Water Species / Re: Real Enough
Last post by trout-r-us - February 26, 2024, 13:32:51 PM
I loves them ol' Brown Bass.  👍👍

Thanks for sharing.
#8
Warm Water Species / Real Enough
Last post by Ronbo - February 26, 2024, 12:31:15 PM
I got an invite to a pretty well known winter smallmouth spot.  I won't name it out of respect for the invitation, but if you've been there it's pretty obvious.  We landed 22 SMB with the smallest being 16" and the largest a little over 20".  It may be an artificial fishery but the fish were real enough for me.

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#9
Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Woolly Bugger - February 25, 2024, 23:08:46 PM

#24 -16

I stopped at a lower boat ramp where I intended to catch some rainbows but there was some sketch activity going on and I kept on driving on up the road. There were several anglers on the river and I saw one trailer parked at another ramp. I didn't bother checking the MP lot instead choosing to drive directly up to the damn dam. Nobody parked in the lower lot but there were a lot of horse trailers in the next spot. I started gearing up, first rigging up the euro which I had fubared the other day and one of the reasons that I quit early. I was just tired of losing flies and rigging up the double nymphs A truck pulls in beside me and a family hops out three or four kid, (hard to count because they were running around crazy. The dad hollers out to me, "Hey Bossman, how are you doing?"  I get a kick out of that being the BRFFF Bossman and all.

I worked the runs and was not treated kindly, I didn't even feel a strike. I moved on to the lower "honey hole" and hooked but didn't land a 14" bow. It would probabley been too big for me to harvest anyway.

I had spent a couple of hours there and needed to find some fish, so I drove to the MP and was surprised to see it empty. I hiked on in and caught a handful of fish, some were just at the slot size, so they were released, but I took one nine incher. Moved on down and hooked a few more but it wasn't easy, and I was getting fed up with getting hung up in the diddymo covered bottom and I broke off a couple of times too. Time to tie up some more frenshies. 

Stopped at Sally's on the way out and caught another 10+ inch brown.

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#10
Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Woolly Bugger - February 24, 2024, 20:54:43 PM

#24 -15 Gas $3.26


Wayne Kramer, MC5 Co-Founder and Activist, Dead at 75


Drove up in the afternoon and found 5 vehicles in the lot, turned around and went up to the damn dam.

Two guys were spinning their way up though the run, but didn't get up too far before quitting. They didn't catch any. I rigged up the euro and geared up. It was cloudy and spitting rain on and off with a bit of wind. It felt colder than what the thermometer read. I caught a stockerbow on the second cast, and hooked several more in short order, but they managed to wriggle off the barbless hook as I stripped in line the leader knot got caught in the guides and the slack allowed them to escape. This happened several time and I'm going to get rid of the "competition" leader and go full mono rig.

The wind started blowing fiercely and a squall started dumping some rain and the temperature dropped, I headed back to the car with three rainbows in the cooler. I wasn't ready to quit so I hit a popular spot on the way home and caught a couple of browns, released one that was close to the slot limit and culled the smaller one.

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