Pretentious Snobby Bastard Fly Fishing!!!!

Fly Fishing Reports => Warm Water => Topic started by: itieuglyflies on March 27, 2021, 09:43:58 AM

Title: Yep, it's Spring
Post by: itieuglyflies on March 27, 2021, 09:43:58 AM
Lots of these have shown up this week.
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Title: Re: Yep, it's Spring
Post by: Dougfish on March 27, 2021, 16:55:00 PM
Did I mention I'm vaccinated. And have free time midweeks?  -+;
Title: Re: Yep, it's Spring
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 28, 2021, 12:27:02 PM
i'm fully vaccinated too! and am Free (or reasonable) most of the time.... <-;:

First Fishing with Fred was Five Years Ago :drum
Title: Re: Yep, it's Spring
Post by: bmadd on March 28, 2021, 15:52:41 PM
Nice looking Tennessee tarpon!
Title: Re: Yep, it's Spring
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 31, 2021, 11:19:26 AM

March 30, 2021 #14

Gas $2.69

44 ~ 70  Sunny

Itieuglyflies (ITUF) posted up a TR saying that the James River Shad run was in full swing. Being fully vaccinated, I replied, noting that I first fished the run with him 4 years ago almost to the day and lamented the missed 2020 run.

Texts flew back and forth and soon was faced with getting up there the following day. I pushed some work out the door and loaded up the car after searching for the reel with the sink tip.

Since his boat leaves the dock at 6:15, I drove the up in the afternoon. No trains blocked the road this year and I met him shortly after he arrived as he was prepping the boat for the launch.

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We were on the water by 6:15, the first to launch from this ramp. ITUF navigated in the dark, avoiding the early morning skullers already on the water.

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After anchoring up, we waited for the first light of the day. ITUF caught one on his first cast and I followed a few casts later. Let the catching begin.

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Other boats began lining the shore above and below us, at one point there were about 10. They were all fishing, but we were catching.

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The catching was pretty much nonstop, but it did slow down to the point where we took a lunch break. Who knew Patagonia had a provisions branch? https://www.patagoniaprovisions.com/

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The Lemon Caper Makerel packed in Olive Oil are damn tasty.

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Then it was back to catching until we really didn't want to catch any more. Sore arms and cut fingers were the result of over 116 fish caught.

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As the tide began to come it we headed back to the ramp where there was a short line of boats coming and going but it didn't take to long to get in and I was on the road home by 3:30

Title: Re: Yep, it's Spring
Post by: ryguy on March 31, 2021, 13:18:22 PM
Nice!  Hopefully this makes my to do list for next weeks days off.
Title: Re: Yep, it's Spring
Post by: Dougfish on April 19, 2021, 20:09:20 PM

Fred and I were scheduled for Wednesday the 12th, but a big slug of dirty water came down from the hills and fukkered that up. Then he beached it with the kids and Gkids and I got busy.
Were we too late???
It was pronounced a go on Saturday, and I drove down to the hotel after work on Sunday. 5:30 put in and ITUF was backing the bote in when I arrived on time. Well, the water was still up and slightly stained. And the weather had gone from 60's w/AM showers, to off and on rain, cloudy, windy and low 50's.
We got anchored up, caught a few fish, got rained on and a rainbow came out.

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Then the weather got really shitty.
Urban fishing at it's best. Eagles, Ospreys, Cormorants, Ducks, Geese and more entertained us.
And I-95 traffic for the background music.

I had the wrong mode on for a lot of pics. I suk.

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It got windy, we got wet. No rain pants for either of us. We suk.
We did not have enough layers. We got cold. We suk.

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The catching was never bang bang, but it died off appreciably. So after we had an early lunch that we shared, then we motored down towards plan B.
A fellow Fred knew was Striper fishing in a kayak up near us before we left, and was getting skunked.
"The Stripers weren't in yet.", he said.
Well, on the way down, I commented about a river feature, and Fred said that was a money Striper spot. We turned up along side, cut the engine and he hooked up with a dandy on the first cast. 3-5 casts later we had 2 more to the bote.
We anchored up and did not have the right angle. Motored up a bit higher to the right and bang. I'm not sharing the technique, but Fred was wacking em and I caught one.
I'm gonna blame my soft old glass rod.  :laugh:

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"The Stripers aren't in yet."

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We quit at 3PM.
45ish shad, 12-15 Stripers, a handful of white perch.
The heater in the truck felt real good.
Picked up a Banh Mi and Pho in town and was home by 6:30.  :Dance
Thanks Fred.

Title: Re: Yep, it's Spring
Post by: Big J on April 20, 2021, 06:05:19 AM
Nice! Stripers were a nice surprise too. Surprised they are already in that far.   d:b
Title: Re: Yep, it's Spring
Post by: 22midge on April 20, 2021, 07:31:56 AM
......and hybrids also
Title: Re: Yep, it's Spring
Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 20, 2021, 08:21:54 AM
Fred is the Man!  :cheers

He's got that river dialed in!

Title: Re: Yep, it's Spring
Post by: driver on April 22, 2021, 11:42:56 AM
Im going to have to get in on those stripers.

Looks like a fine time guys.