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#21
The Gravel Bar / Re: Durn Tick Bite
Last post by jwgnc - August 10, 2022, 09:57:27 AM
Tiny little ba$tard on a standard Q-tip.  Dug the other mandible? out with a needle.

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#22
Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Woolly Bugger - August 10, 2022, 08:29:23 AM

#98, 99

Hot, Thunderstorms, Gas $3.72

I didn't expect all the rain on Sunday. I waited out a storm along with Doug. While driving through town I noticed the river had muddied up, so when the rain stopped, I went upriver.

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I swung flies and caught nothing. Are the sulfurs done for the year? The hatches this year were not as prolific as years past. I moved again. After I waded down into the riffle, thunder boomed loudly, and I got out and sat in the car waiting for the storm to pass. I finally gave up and drove home.

Looking for revenge, I packed the euro rod. I was getting ready to gear up when a storm blew up and I sat in the car for a half hour. There was still some thunder in the distance, but I hiked in anyway.
Swung up a few before switching over to nymphing.

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After cleaning up at Sally's, I moved on down to see if I could get into some dry fly action. Unfortunately, the bugs never really got going and the fish were pretty darn picky, but I managed to pick of a couple of handfuls before heading back upstream.

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Back up at Sally's at 7:30, there was a bit of bug magic and finally I had some satisfying dry fly action before it shut down at 8:00.

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There was a flock of ducks in the flats above the run, but the fog was too thick to identify them.







#23
The Gravel Bar / Re: Durn Tick Bite
Last post by Phil - August 10, 2022, 08:00:22 AM
Quote from: Trout Maharishi on August 10, 2022, 07:32:02 AMI heard that new monkey pox looks like a like  a tick bite.

 :Dance  :laugh:
#24
The Gravel Bar / Re: Durn Tick Bite
Last post by Trout Maharishi - August 10, 2022, 07:32:02 AM
I heard that new monkey pox looks like a like  a tick bite.
#25
The Gravel Bar / Re: Durn Tick Bite
Last post by Woolly Bugger - August 09, 2022, 22:05:07 PM
You and me both!
#26
Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by creakycane - August 09, 2022, 16:47:40 PM
Any day spent along the Smith or the blue lines is a winner, fish or no fish. Looks like you had a great time and covered new territory.  Good for you.

Friends all over — from the south of England to Catskills to Montana - have stayed away from rivers recently due to low flows, high temps or both.  We're pretty lucky in hard scrabble southern Appalachia Henry and Patrick Cnty that things are as good as they are in 90F august.

Have fished the early am shift a few days over past 2 weeks, and caddis abound and fishing has been so so.  Wet wading makes it more bearable, but still rather chilly anywhere above MP.  Cooler weather is coming this weekend, but rain might Dirty w-f flows.
#27
The Gravel Bar / Durn Tick Bite
Last post by Phil - August 09, 2022, 16:22:59 PM
Went to the weekend camp/fish on the New for smallies. I caught fish, but also a tick that I finally discovered yesterday evening. Doctor's office today, 14 days on doxycycline. Aaack. I hate a friggin' tick!

I went for this --
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and also got this --
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#28
Local Trip Reports / Re: Smith-Continued
Last post by Dougfish - August 09, 2022, 15:02:39 PM
45,46,47

I've had a forgettable fishing week.
Poor judgement, bad luck, sketchy conditions, hardheadedness?
All of the above?

I passed on a muddy mid-lower river last week and went high.
Zero happening. Could not buy a fish.
Finally caught a pune to save the skunk.

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Limped out to the headwaters of a brookie stream the next day.
I had fished lower and done well.
But intel told me that as the gradient picked there were big pools with big fish.
After the rains!? Lets go see.

Got to the trailhead and noticed it was not as wet as I thought it should be.  ???
Hiked in a mile and dropped down to find pools.
And fish. And 63 degree water.
But the flows were low. I observed as I went uphill.
I never strung the rod up.
I didn't want to fish them.
The stream petered out 100 yards above the last good pool.
I broke the rod down, put it into the pack and turned the day into a nice, hot 3-4 mile circuit hike.
I'll be back in the fall.

Went back to the Smiff yesterday. Expected muddy water.
Planned on dealing with it.
Planned on a 25% chance of an afternoon Tstorm.
Three miles from the lot I hit rain.
Then pouring rain.
Backed in next to Bobby's car as  way too close lighting and thunder greeted me.
Sat there for 20 minutes and WB crept into the lot next to me.
He had been semi-patiently waiting here and there for an hour.
It slowed as another fisherman hiked out.
WB backed out.
Joe had retreated from the river to the back steps of the mirror plant to wait the worst out.
I suited up as he changed from his soaked clothes.
Headed down. Would WB return?
Uber foggy and well stained water.
Found Bobby down at the lower and he was wet.
He got trapped on the far side when the lightning started and hunkered down in some rhodo.
He was euroing and doing OK.
Did I mention I left my Euro rod in the truck?  b';

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Swung soft hackles below him and picked up a couple of fish.

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He moved up and I hit some of hit the water he left.
Caught a couple more.

I gathered my stuff and moved up as he disappeared into the mist.

I caught up to him as he was re-rigging and fish started rising behind him.
He started casting to them as the sky darkened and booming started up again.
Some risers stared on the far side and I waded out.
Soft rain started and I got connected with a comparadun.
The the sky opened up.
I got the fish to hand, a strike hit up on the ridge behind us and we scurried out.
And stayed 20+feet away from big trees.
By the time I got out I was soaked. Pulled out the raincoat and stove off any more rain filling my waders.
The rain started to let up and we moved up.
Bobby was super wet. No rain coat, fallen in face first trying to exit the river.
He boggyied across the field and I moved up to Sally's run.
Saw a few risers and cast to them.Finally got one on a blind cast as the booming started again.

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Decided I had pushed my luck enough and scooted at 6:30.
The orchard grass is already 5' tall again.  :o

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And there are a lot of bales still out there.

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Til next week....

 :cheers


#29
The Gravel Bar / Re: Corona Virus
Last post by Big J - August 09, 2022, 08:34:01 AM
Speaking of Mar-a-Lago.......  :o
#30
The Gravel Bar / Re: Corona Virus
Last post by Trout Maharishi - August 08, 2022, 16:16:03 PM
He said the one side effect he was the most worried about was developing micro penis. :drum  <-;:
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