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Title: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on March 05, 2017, 10:06:49 am
Figured this needed this needed to get started. This report is from last week.

Heard some good reports of whitey being caught, so I made a quick 5min driver for an afternoon trip.

Wet wading in February
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Hurricane Matthew turned up some new artifacts along the river. Nothing worth bringing home.
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Found a few of these
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And just as many of these.
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Drank a few of these
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Lots of signs of spring.
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I expect good things to come.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 05, 2017, 14:03:01 pm
Looking forward to whitey and stripey showing up...will settle for anything though https://youtu.be/EEBYMFdcQwc

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Title: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on March 05, 2017, 15:30:24 pm
Hell yea to both posts! Nice bronze.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on March 05, 2017, 20:24:22 pm
Against my better judgement I went out today.  Despite cold the cold front and bluebird skies. Loaded 9the yak for a quick float.

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on March 05, 2017, 20:32:52 pm
Whitey. You are what you eat.  'c;
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on March 05, 2017, 21:02:20 pm
Delish.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Big J on March 06, 2017, 09:40:22 am
I approve of all of the above.  Nice work.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on March 06, 2017, 10:45:00 am
All of this goodness may compel me to take a trip due east.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Yallerhammer on March 08, 2017, 12:35:21 pm
Whitey should be starting to run here in a couple weeks. Y'all are whetting my appetite.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on March 08, 2017, 13:50:16 pm
Quote from: Yallerhammer on March 08, 2017, 12:35:21 pm
Whitey should be starting to run here in a couple weeks. Y'all are whetting my appetite.


Sent you a message.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 09, 2017, 06:36:36 am
https://youtu.be/tR1d64xPKyQ

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 09, 2017, 06:37:07 am
Had a blast Keith!

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 09, 2017, 10:53:02 am
Quote from: DRIFTS on March 09, 2017, 06:37:07 am
Had a blast Keith!

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Hell yes!


Early Whitey Scouting Reportage
A little prep work at the Wise Man Brewery
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Early start, 145 mile drive.
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You can tell when you cross over into Virginia where they still fly the stars and bars high.
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Getting ready, Corona and 12th of Never.
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Cheers.
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It was about this big...
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I caught it on this.
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Maybe it wasn't quite that big.
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But it was bigger than Dave's
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Cool li'l store
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Strange things in VA.
(http://www.brfff.com/btwc/ff2017/3-17/030817-11.jpg)

No white bass were spotted. Still early but the trees are budding out and it won't be long.









Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on March 09, 2017, 11:50:47 am
Again - Lucky bastards.   y;
Title: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 09, 2017, 14:55:56 pm
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Some troubles yesterday 

Now cutting out 15' of bad line and I'm going to loop to loop it :-)



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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: RiverbumCO on March 09, 2017, 23:57:47 pm
You'll hate those loops. Overlap about 3" and whip finish both ends, then hit knots with some UV goo of any variety.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 10, 2017, 01:02:48 am
Quote from: RiverbumCO on March 09, 2017, 23:57:47 pm
You'll hate those loops. Overlap about 3" and whip finish both ends, then hit knots with some UV goo of any variety.



It be done loop to loop will test it out tomorrow and if it sux real bad I'll give your method a shot -- might have to spring for a new line :-(


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 10, 2017, 07:38:04 am
https://youtu.be/7Ux2Qnfp1GM

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 10, 2017, 07:38:25 am
They're here!

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 10, 2017, 08:52:47 am
Looks like a little better day! Better fishermen? Better flies?


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 10, 2017, 15:46:03 pm
jis the weather settling in

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Stone-Man on March 10, 2017, 15:47:30 pm
Driver,
Is that last bass in your flicks a Cosae. or a shoal bass ?/

  Nice trip BTW  !!
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on March 10, 2017, 16:52:11 pm
Quote from: Stone-Man on March 10, 2017, 15:47:30 pm
Driver,
Is that last bass in your flicks a Cosae. or a shoal bass ?/

  Nice trip BTW  !!


Nope. Just a regular ole salmoides micropterus (Big Mouth Billy Bass)
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 11, 2017, 06:35:25 am
Quote from: Stone-Man on March 10, 2017, 15:47:30 pm
Driver,
Is that last bass in your flicks a Cosae. or a shoal bass ?/

  Nice trip BTW  !!
I believe its a spotted bass...so i was told. Dont see any spots though?
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on March 11, 2017, 08:25:56 am
Quote from: DRIFTS on March 11, 2017, 06:35:25 am
Quote from: Stone-Man on March 10, 2017, 15:47:30 pm
Driver,
Is that last bass in your flicks a Cosae. or a shoal bass ?/

  Nice trip BTW  !!
I believe its a spotted bass...so i was told. Dont see any spots though?


Belly lines, bright orange eyes, tongue patch = Spotted Bass.  If my memory serves me correctly, Kentucky Spots were stocked in the Falling river which feeds the Staunton.....very dumb decision.  In Carolina, we have Alabama Bass, formerly known as Alabama spots are in the Catawba watershed, and Kentucky Spots in the Yadkin, and Cape Fear.  It appears Kentucky spots are ubiquitous in the Staunton.

Roanoke Bass have been stocked in the Deep river tribs, and are now well established in the Deep between Coleridge and High Falls, as well as the Little River in Montgomery County, and the Uwharrie. 
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on March 11, 2017, 08:35:27 am
Who wants to do a float on Good Friday, and the following Saturday?  Kinda leaning towards fishing the Pee Dee below Blewitt Falls, or perhaps bassin on the local. Wouldn't rule out a Piedmont float either.  Just wish I had room in may kayak for camping gear!  Anybody interested?
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on March 11, 2017, 10:07:59 am
Quote from: Onslow on March 11, 2017, 08:35:27 am
Who wants to do a float on Good Friday, and the following Saturday?  Kinda leaning towards fishing the Pee Dee below Blewitt Falls, or perhaps bassin on the local. Wouldn't rule out a Piedmont float either.  Just wish I had room in may kayak for camping gear!  Anybody interested?


You can use that yak that I use if it'll help. Quite a bit of room for packing on a load. If you need it just let me know, and I'll bring it to the store for you. I'd love to float -- shoulder is going to keep me from doing much paddling, however. I'll likely have to stay on my feet.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Stone-Man on March 11, 2017, 18:16:23 pm
I have caught a zillion bass and that fish with those extremely red eyes is not a largemouth. I think that a spot is correct.

Cosaes also have red/orange eyes

JT
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: natureboy on March 16, 2017, 21:11:08 pm
The SC lowcountry is growing on me a little...

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on March 16, 2017, 21:30:54 pm
I'm looking forward to some bassin'. Nice!
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on March 16, 2017, 23:26:43 pm
Quote from: Onslow on March 11, 2017, 08:35:27 am
Who wants to do a float on Good Friday, and the following Saturday?  Kinda leaning towards fishing the Pee Dee below Blewitt Falls, or perhaps bassin on the local. Wouldn't rule out a Piedmont float either.  Just wish I had room in may kayak for camping gear!  Anybody interested?

Intrigued
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: RiverbumCO on March 17, 2017, 20:54:28 pm
Fished for musky today.  Had one follow.  Didn't make a video.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 18, 2017, 12:51:55 pm
Quote from: RiverbumCO on March 17, 2017, 20:54:28 pm
Fished for musky today.  Had one follow.  Didn't make a video.


musky videos are all the rage... banjo music optional...
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 24, 2017, 17:09:09 pm
https://youtu.be/_6Z8FZzN_z4

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 24, 2017, 17:10:53 pm
Will be drag'n d Ditch this weekend...Report to follow

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 26, 2017, 20:48:26 pm
https://youtu.be/o2QVhPfRB7E

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 26, 2017, 20:50:36 pm
Stripers will be in soon...my buddy picked up one apx 4 miles below where i have to take out...this coming week should get us into them

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Big J on March 27, 2017, 08:55:02 am
Quote from: DRIFTS on March 26, 2017, 20:50:36 pm
Stripers will be in soon...my buddy picked up one apx 4 miles below where i have to take out...this coming week should get us into them

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That is good to know.  /'/
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 27, 2017, 11:11:14 am
no whitey??? wth?
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on March 29, 2017, 09:05:37 am
With this nice streak of warm weather I figured it will get whitey pushed up the rivers good. The low water has limited how many are getting further upstream. But I knew a spot that has always produced in low water. I tried the usual spots upstream with just a couple here and there.

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When down to the spot and caught a couple. Then I saw some busting bait about 100 yards up stream in the shallows. So I high tail it up there and tie on a shallow water clouser an had a blast. Nothing huge but fun none the less.

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Had a huge school of threadfin swimming a circle around me. With a whitey darting in every so often.

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If you are looking to get in on whitey in my neighborhood, now is the time. I did see some spawing activity in the shallows.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 29, 2017, 13:36:39 pm
Like riding a moped!


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 30, 2017, 04:47:28 am
Nice!  0:0  Hope'n to get into a whitie today, but would rather jack up a striper or three.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 31, 2017, 12:12:19 pm
https://youtu.be/gUmB5bLn1V8

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on March 31, 2017, 12:16:30 pm
Dave, How the water level looking?
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Big J on March 31, 2017, 12:21:31 pm
Quote from: driver on March 31, 2017, 12:16:30 pm
Dave, How the water level looking?


I can guarantee you levels are a lot different today.  That river can get muddy fast with a sprinkle.  That area got well over an inch according to reports last night.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on March 31, 2017, 12:48:38 pm
get in da net @ 3:15! good to see you out an catchin 'em
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on March 31, 2017, 18:49:51 pm
https://youtu.be/UYuvCsybDTs

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on March 31, 2017, 22:47:21 pm
I suspect the water might be a bit murky mañana
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on April 01, 2017, 07:50:54 am
Last weekend would've been a great time for someone to fish for stripers in the Yadkin down around Rt. 801/ Rt. 64 area.  I've never seen the river run so low and clear as it has been this past Winter and early Spring.  As luck would have it, as soon as it's time for the fish to do their thing, the mud starts a rolling.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on April 05, 2017, 05:36:51 am
Jason...jis saw your inquiry...water nasty ass rite now, but usually is. It still fishes well at 3kcfs or lower

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on April 11, 2017, 21:14:59 pm

Caught a couple of whitey and a couple smaller LMB
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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: ryguy on April 12, 2017, 07:26:35 am
Fished the Rappahannock on Monday for shad.  Water was higher than normal and murky.  I caught 0, my dad caught 2.  Saw a lot of fish being caught so I know they're running.  Best part of the day was watching a Bald Eagle chasing a Falcon.
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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: ptfranze on April 17, 2017, 11:32:34 am
After hearing from Jason hit the river on the way home from floating with my dad and brother.  Got on the water at 11 and caught a few fish, a catfish, white bass and 2 white perch.  Didn't have quite the same day Jason and Keith had but still great to fish on back to back days.

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This guy hung out and watched me for a while

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on April 17, 2017, 14:30:54 pm
Groundhog? Lol.

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: ptfranze on April 17, 2017, 14:42:51 pm
Quote from: Dougfish on April 17, 2017, 14:30:54 pm
Groundhog? Lol.

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That would be my guess as well.  I have only every seen them quickly standing on the side of the road on the parkway.  But it definitely was not a beaver, the tail had fur on it and wasn't flat.  He was living under a tree in the bank, had dug out under the roots. 
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on April 17, 2017, 15:36:47 pm
Definitely a groundhog. Lot's of tasty bit for him to eat around there.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Yallerhammer on April 19, 2017, 08:09:53 am
Good stuff. I love catching catfish, for some reason. And those groundhogs are pretty damn good on the smoker. :)
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on April 20, 2017, 05:39:42 am
Quote from: driver on April 17, 2017, 15:36:47 pm
Definitely a groundhog. Lot's of tasty bit for him to eat around there.
They say groundhog rite tasty too!  0:0
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 21, 2017, 08:12:43 am
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Cheers!


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Native Fisher on April 21, 2017, 10:33:03 am
Get a job! You suck!  etc, etc.
Title: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on April 22, 2017, 11:55:10 am
I'm beginning to think that fishing the Staunton is a lot like fishing for musky

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Just noticed the UPS typo


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Title: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Fishbug on May 18, 2017, 22:17:51 pm
Had some unusual weekday free time and went on a smallie mission at a local spot.

Birds at the house are growing, baby cardinals:
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Spot the snake:
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Success:
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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on May 18, 2017, 22:47:29 pm
Thats a nice fish!

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Fishbug on May 20, 2017, 11:57:24 am
Quote from: driver on May 18, 2017, 22:47:29 pm
Thats a nice fish!

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Thanks!


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: bmadd on May 22, 2017, 10:27:10 am
I backed out of a weekend trip in the mountains to stay home with a tired wife and a house in the middle of several stages of remodel. I was able to get about an hour and a half worth of fishing in yesterday afternoon though.
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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Fishbug on June 01, 2017, 21:57:30 pm
Swung by the Local powerbait club after work. Fished a nymph for a bit and caught a small bass. After nymphing boredom settled in, I threw a terrestrial and met some perty gills and a monster bass:

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Could catch these all day:
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Beast, Roanoke bass from the Roanoke:
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Obligatory beer:
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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on June 01, 2017, 23:14:51 pm
The redbreast are looking good. They are becoming scarce in my local flow due to being overrun by green sunfish.

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Yallerhammer on June 06, 2017, 06:27:43 am
I love catching redbreasts. And those Roanoakes look almost identical to our local rock bass to me.

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on June 06, 2017, 06:52:29 am
Good beer, neighbor.  'c;
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: BrookieHunter on June 08, 2017, 16:02:21 pm
I had a new to me vintage Fenwick HMG to test out so I headed down to the local pond but decided to check out the drainage ditch that flows out of the pond into the creek. This proved to be a good move as it was full of all kinds of fish species.

(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii615/dobbinsautokd/20170608_12142120-20Copy_zps5vzqsdhx.jpg)

(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii615/dobbinsautokd/20170608_11264520-20Copy_zpsloztosdy.jpg)

(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii615/dobbinsautokd/20170608_11295920-20Copy_zpsj8egr9xo.jpg)

(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii615/dobbinsautokd/20170608_12135120-20Copy_zpspvc34xst.jpg)

(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii615/dobbinsautokd/20170608_11444720-20Copy_zpszkvwbi0z.jpg)

(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii615/dobbinsautokd/20170608_11300420-20Copy_zpszngnxtbi.jpg)

(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii615/dobbinsautokd/20170608_11295520-20Copy_zpsehrmvx8i.jpg)

(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii615/dobbinsautokd/20170608_11330620-20Copy_zpsnueu8uhw.jpg)

(http://i1262.photobucket.com/albums/ii615/dobbinsautokd/20170608_12161620-20Copy_zpszwxcfvdh.jpg)

The Fenwick was a keeper for sure! 0:0
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: NCsporksman on June 08, 2017, 18:03:02 pm
This micro shit has me eyeing the koi pond in my neighbor's yard

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on June 11, 2017, 20:52:01 pm



Flow:  270 cfs

Watershed:  Pee Dee

Drainage size:  230 sq. miles

Altitude:  880'

Flows were a bit higher than what I typically prefer for this river.  170-200 cfs is prime

(http://i.imgur.com/4adyrIs.jpg)

Took a neophyte fishing.  Homeslice happens to me a ASM for our BS troop

Within 15 minutes into the trip, my paddle entered the water unsupervised, and slipped into the unknown.  After about a 40 minute search, it was found.  This wasn't good considering we put in a 2:45 PM

Back on track!

(http://i.imgur.com/UzY2dEz.jpg)

Homeslice caught a bass before I had mine pulled in.  It was a largemouth about 15.5 inches.

(http://i.imgur.com/lK6RSwp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/COnnK2G.jpg)

The rod across the pic is one hanging off the kayak.  The one engaged is almost invisible on the right.

(http://i.imgur.com/mOccGcm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/mRiW6x1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YzpomVE.jpg)

Twas a splashy good time with the elevated flows. 

(http://i.imgur.com/bNOIP9y.jpg)

The noob did well with his gear.  He landed a couple bucketmouth, a decent smallljaw, and a 15' bow.

What a splendid day to be on a local stream.



Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on June 11, 2017, 20:59:23 pm
 'c;
J got 3 small smallies. I lost a nice one (no witnesses, of course) and took the skunk on our short wade trip.
Water felt good. beers tasted good.
Flows need to drop a hundred or so. I almost swam.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on June 11, 2017, 21:13:38 pm
Doug, tie up some intruders.  Those are some of the most effective smallie streamers that I've used to date.  They go deep, but don't snag like articulated streamers tend to do, thus making them a top choice for throwing from a bote, or wading for that matter.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on June 11, 2017, 21:17:50 pm
I'm tying everything hook up. Even articulated.  y;

Except the wiggle minnow that boy jumped today.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on June 12, 2017, 09:49:29 am



This week's West Virginia smallmouth trip has been cancelled due to an employee being written out by her doctor......bitch. I headed to a small river nearby to me yesterday. My new G3 boots haven't gotten here quite yet, so I'm still on my busted-ass Freestones. Felt is all but gone. I'm going to try the wire brush trick and see if that'll help some.

Nailed several small smallmouths, largemouths, and sunnies. At one point a dozen or so kayaks came floating down. One dude is coming down a set of rapids backwards. He's fighting a fish that is 50 yards upstream over rapids and boulders. I was like WTF. I asked if he needed my help. He says hell yea, I've got a big one. Grabbed his yak and told him to hold her steady. The fish wouldn't fit in my small trout net. I wrestled the damned thing to the surface and threw it in his lap, meanwhile tearing my knees all to shit on the rocks beneath me. The fish ended up being a 24" 4.3lb stocker rainbow. That fish made his day. Interesting.

Good fishin', fellers.


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on June 12, 2017, 10:08:00 am
Add "humanitarian" to your resume.  :P
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on June 12, 2017, 10:25:03 am
Quote from: Dougfish on June 12, 2017, 10:08:00 am
Add "humanitarian" to your resume.  :P


And "Inadvertent killer of stocked trouts." That guy was like, "This one will eat real good!"
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Yallerhammer on June 12, 2017, 16:30:03 pm
24" doughbelly rainbow fillets are salmon, just sayin'. :D
Title: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on June 12, 2017, 18:30:16 pm
Quote from: Yallerhammer on June 12, 2017, 16:30:03 pm
24" doughbelly rainbow fillets are salmon, just sayin'. :D


The dude caught it on a 4" plastic bass lizard while he just trolled it behind his kayak. I'd say that thing has eaten all kinds of creepy-crawleys. Mini-salmon, indeed.
Title: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Fishbug on June 15, 2017, 19:31:38 pm
Had an hour to kill....went to the local parkway where you can often sight fish for bass, panfish, and carp. Carp sightings were slim at first spot. Red eye were aggressive though:

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170615/f378d58c67dff9f2049bb1c3cbdef0e4.jpg)

Spotted a decent smallie---cast the ole popper upstream of him and he slurped it in typically smallie fashion on the drift, then took a shitty pic:
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170615/1242d5417b02ceae3f0ee7fa72a0731b.jpg)

Rolled upriver and spotted two large carp feeding. Looked up and this was rolling in fast:
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170615/6c2c2654772df49cc92718473da7a935.jpg)

Figured holding a lighting rod trying to catch fish I wasn't going to catch was a bad idea....I bailed.


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on June 15, 2017, 19:59:30 pm
Neighbor!

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Fishbug on June 15, 2017, 20:19:13 pm
Quote from: Dougfish on June 15, 2017, 19:59:30 pm
Neighbor!

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Where do you live?!


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on June 19, 2017, 16:29:31 pm
what a weekend https://youtu.be/Cjdw06-n8D4

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on June 19, 2017, 16:30:39 pm
https://youtu.be/W5oGFWbzY4Y

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on June 19, 2017, 16:31:41 pm
https://youtu.be/AWjCC71CNnI

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on June 19, 2017, 16:34:48 pm
Musky really handing me my ass...4 follows, 4 blow ups/eats, and still missed em...the other fellows had multiple follows but no eats...so they stuck it to the smallies

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Big J on June 19, 2017, 16:39:26 pm
Well you cannot say you didn't try for the musky.  Smallie action looked good in last video.  Happy Birthday Drifts.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on June 19, 2017, 16:43:34 pm
Thanks J, hollar when ya want to float

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Al on June 20, 2017, 11:08:03 am
Just saying .......... ;D 

Actually I didn't catch it but the lovely in the 2nd photo who is my Wounded Warrior neighbor did - am I a good neighbor or what???
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 20, 2017, 11:56:51 am
Quote from: Al on June 20, 2017, 11:08:03 am
Just saying .......... ;D 

Actually I didn't catch it but the lovely in the 2nd photo who is my Wounded Warrior neighbor did - am I a good neighbor or what???



ulterior motives!

jis say'in
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Yallerhammer on June 26, 2017, 11:13:47 am
https://youtu.be/SBoLRCcuSVQ
Hit the river behind the house for a couple hours. Water was a little high and stained. I wanted to pop the cherry on a new-to-me 9' 7wt TFO that I got from TF a while back that was still unblooded/slimed in my possession. I paired it up with an old English-made Cortland multiplier that I had lying around the house, and hit the water.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll173/yallerhammer/6-16-17/river1_zpsybx76imh.jpg)

Nothing of any immense size caught, but fish were hitting good. I caught probably 25 or more smallmouth, with a couple of them big enough to make the rod feel good, and perform some aerial acrobatics.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll173/yallerhammer/6-16-17/smallmouth2_zps3wxsaerz.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll173/yallerhammer/6-16-17/smallmouth5_zpsjbflehij.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll173/yallerhammer/6-16-17/smallmouth4_zpslq6tkae0.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll173/yallerhammer/6-16-17/smallmouth3_zpsnzatfstk.jpg)

Also caught few rock bass and several nice big rooster redbreasts that bent the rod nicely.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll173/yallerhammer/6-16-17/rockbass_zpspindhxz2.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll173/yallerhammer/6-16-17/redbreast1_zpsw9a5bnpu.jpg)

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll173/yallerhammer/6-16-17/redbreast2_zpsqu1nul1f.jpg)
(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll173/yallerhammer/6-16-17/redbreast3_zpsj1nvkm11.jpg)

As I was standing there wishing I had brought some water or beer, I felt something bump against my leg and discovered this gift from the River gods:

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll173/yallerhammer/6-16-17/rivergift_zpslvcz7fe6.jpg)

I was impolite and declined it. :D I continued fishing thirstily. I think that TFO 7wt paired up with that reel is going to be almost an ideal river bass setup. Enough backbone to cast heavy streamers easily, but light enough that a foot-long smallie bends it nicely, feels good wiggling, and makes the line sing. The rod will throw satisfying amounts of line with ease, and the multiplier Limey reel gobbles line back up in a flash. I think I'm gonna like it a lot.


Soon, dark clouds rolled in, raindrops started spitting, and thunder rumbled. I waded out and began the long journey of a couple hundred yards back to the house.

(http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll173/yallerhammer/6-16-17/river2_zpsrp8bhsu4.jpg)

Fin.
Title: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on June 26, 2017, 11:17:43 am
Right on. We went out for smallies yesterday as well. Caught a few punes, but nothing larger. No pics were taken.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on June 26, 2017, 13:22:31 pm
Free beer rules!


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on June 26, 2017, 15:14:02 pm
Multipliers rule!

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on June 26, 2017, 20:10:16 pm
Them ain't shabby at all.  Good fighting size.  You ever fish the lower dries?
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Yallerhammer on June 26, 2017, 21:01:58 pm
Quote from: Onslow on June 26, 2017, 20:10:16 pm
Them ain't shabby at all.  Good fighting size.  You ever fish the lower dries?


Lower dries? If you're talking about the riverbed, yes. Mix of smallies, trout, bream, and sauger.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on June 27, 2017, 05:44:24 am
Nice water to have in the back yard!  0:0
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: NCsporksman on June 27, 2017, 08:06:00 am
Dope

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Phil on June 27, 2017, 10:43:24 am
Like!!  0:0
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Big J on July 05, 2017, 09:20:31 am

A dump from the past two outings at my local.  She isn't producing for me yet.  Caught 3 small smallies first time.

(http://i.imgur.com/hN2dJsM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zR11BfB.jpg)

And yesterday I caught two, one with some tail parasite action going on.  Doug had about the same luck.

(http://i.imgur.com/wzSrSrR.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/V6wBKe9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QWaYrWj.jpg)

I really need to figure out the carp game.  Just not spotting many, needs to clear up a little more I'm thinking.

Fourth Fatty for bonus.

(http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m144/BigJSV2/8F8E2A4A-00CC-47AE-8C4E-45308F7091E4_zps5dnfs93i.jpg) (http://s103.photobucket.com/user/BigJSV2/media/8F8E2A4A-00CC-47AE-8C4E-45308F7091E4_zps5dnfs93i.jpg.html)

(http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m144/BigJSV2/2A93EE19-59D2-4B10-97AF-06033B11389C_zpsxwf3elrc.jpg) (http://s103.photobucket.com/user/BigJSV2/media/2A93EE19-59D2-4B10-97AF-06033B11389C_zpsxwf3elrc.jpg.html)


Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on July 05, 2017, 10:28:02 am
Errrrbody be harassing these river bass!
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on July 05, 2017, 12:18:14 pm
 :banana072:

(http://i.imgur.com/RAAsMgU.jpg)

Crushing em.  :laugh:
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on July 05, 2017, 22:24:28 pm



Evening pond photo dump after a brief Power Wheel yard excursion. Dropped by and scooped up my dad and headed to a pond.

The boy had a blast. Patience is lacking. Throwing rocks in the water is his favorite. It doesn't help the catching.

A popper was all we needed.

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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170706/b793a0d5f9d4e6e5232eb87c79c6af13.jpg)

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: rbphoto on July 06, 2017, 07:27:47 am
Those are the best times, right there!

Teach them well and teach them early!
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on July 06, 2017, 07:32:51 am
Extra nice!  y;
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 06, 2017, 18:29:05 pm
Lunchtime fun at the local pond

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on July 08, 2017, 07:02:53 am
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on July 06, 2017, 18:29:05 pm
Lunchtime fun at the local pond

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Keith, being that largemouth are more inclined to hit topwater than any species of viable gamefish in NC, why are you using clousers, particularly since you are the most determined topwater dude here?  Haul your ass out in that pond with a float tube, and show those bass whose boss with some foam frogs, and poppers!

Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 08, 2017, 07:28:05 am
Quote from: Onslow on July 08, 2017, 07:02:53 am
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on July 06, 2017, 18:29:05 pm
Lunchtime fun at the local pond

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Keith, being that largemouth are more inclined to hit topwater than any species of viable gamefish in NC, why are you using clousers, particularly since you are the most determined topwater dude here?  Haul your ass out in that pond with a float tube, and show those bass whose boss with some foam frogs, and poppers!



Fished topwater first, no bites, went back around with clouser and boom! Got the job done!


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Al on July 09, 2017, 16:05:49 pm
Doing my duty to make sure our current crop of vets don't feel neglected - Took my Wounded Warrior neighbor out fishing again yesterday. First time with a fly rod. Got the next Joan Wulff in the making.




Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: croaker on July 10, 2017, 10:15:06 am
Grand job Al!
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 12, 2017, 09:48:01 am


2017 - 64

So I was fishing a local semi-private pond looking for some bucketmouths and discovered that there were tailing carp in there too. I had seen them cruising out in the middle, but they were right up on the bank mudding around. With some high shrubs and trees in the way they weren't easy targets. I managed to get a couple of cast off to the five that were in close enough to get to. The muddy water in the pond makes it difficult if not impossible to see them eat and all I managed to do was spook them out into deeper water. I called it quits mostly due to the heat and decided that I needed to  step into some cool water to cool off. So I hit the road only to be turned back by a work call. While at lunch they called again and canceled the rush work and said wait until the project is reviewed by legal. Back on the road I made it to the river by 5. Two spin guys were coming off and they reported catching "Lots". Nothing of size but "Lots". 
Straight off I got a couple of hits on the wiggle minnow, "this could be good" I thought. I missed a few more and was beginning to get a bit frustrated. Had a follow by a big boy who chased the fly out of the pool but didn't strike. Damn. Had another "citation" fish smash the fly and come completely out of the water throwing the hook before falling back in a belly flop splash. Damn, damn. At this point I'm thinking about selling all this fly fishing junk! Can't buy a fish. Missed a few more and then I saw a nice on hit the surface. I move into position and sling the fly into the pool. The fish exploded on it and went airborne, but shook the hook free. Damn, Damn, Damn.

(http://www.brfff.com/btwc/ff2017/7-17/071117-1.jpg)

(http://www.brfff.com/btwc/ff2017/7-17/071117-2.jpg)

(http://www.brfff.com/btwc/ff2017/7-17/071117-3.jpg)

Drove home with a spectacular sunset in the rearview, might try for carp again today... maybe some more wet wading in the new too...


Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 12, 2017, 10:35:45 am
@Al, we all can see why you volunteer!   -0-
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on July 24, 2017, 07:00:20 am
https://youtu.be/IC-KGujc9LM

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on July 24, 2017, 07:40:14 am
George Clinton? High five!

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Fishbug on August 05, 2017, 20:41:27 pm
Topwater smalljaws out of the Roanoke.

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on August 05, 2017, 22:02:24 pm
Right on. I should've kept the pressure on the smallies.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: troutfanatic on August 06, 2017, 10:55:07 am
Quote from: Dee-Vo on August 05, 2017, 22:02:24 pm
Right on. I should've kept the pressure on the smallies.


For a change. I think I have caught more bass and different species of bass this year, than any previous year since I gave up spinning gear. I am probably close to triple digits on smallmouth this year from all my trips up north, but I don't think I have caught one over 13" this year. Same goes with Largemouth, caught plenty this year, but I have yet to break 4 pounds.

That said, if I can ever get my academic life unfucked, you and I should go hit the Uwharrie. Perhaps you can also wrangle up that reclusive guy that lives near you and get him in on it. He seems to be more familiar with the waters around there than I am.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on August 06, 2017, 12:02:27 pm
Quote from: troutfanatic on August 06, 2017, 10:55:07 am
Quote from: Dee-Vo on August 05, 2017, 22:02:24 pm
Right on. I should've kept the pressure on the smallies.


For a change. I think I have caught more bass and different species of bass this year, than any previous year since I gave up spinning gear. I am probably close to triple digits on smallmouth this year from all my trips up north, but I don't think I have caught one over 13" this year. Same goes with Largemouth, caught plenty this year, but I have yet to break 4 pounds.

That said, if I can ever get my academic life unfucked, you and I should go hit the Uwharrie. Perhaps you can also wrangle up that reclusive guy that lives near you and get him in on it. He seems to be more familiar with the waters around there than I am.


Hopefully i'll be back in business soon.  I've been helping my parents manage their affairs, clutter & whatnot in preparation for a move from Loserburg NC to central Texas for the last couple months.  Just got back from TX this past week.  Got a troop committee meeting today.

I'm down for a float on the U, but Dee don't flote.  I want to take my reclusive arse up to a river in Floyd county for a solo overnight escapade.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: troutfanatic on August 06, 2017, 14:56:41 pm
Yep. Enjoy the parents while you have them. I lost mine far too young.
As for floating, I have a two man hard bottom raft that can accept a motor. I don't have a motor though. It would probably do well up there. I am not much of a floater either (ask Al.) It's about to get a shit ton of rain over the next week.
Title: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on August 06, 2017, 19:18:46 pm
Recluse, ha!

I'll float if not much paddling is in order. Shoulder surgery years ago has my right shoulder fucked good when paddling. I really miss the kayaking.

I was on a nice roll with smallies. Then went back to checking out some blue lines.

At Carolina Beach right now. Anybody that may be close by, come see me.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 06, 2017, 20:41:37 pm
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Still chasing pond carp, this is all I have to show for it


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Big J on August 07, 2017, 08:58:41 am
Quote from: Fishbug on August 05, 2017, 20:41:27 pm
Topwater smalljaws out of the Roanoke.

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That's better than anything I've caught from that river this year.  Caught one 8 inch smallie yesterday and a sight of a naked man swimming in the river.  Things you see on the Roanoke.....
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Fishbug on August 08, 2017, 12:40:09 pm
I try to stay away from the super busy areas---saw truly a monster smallie come up and sniff a popper/lots of carp there too--PM me if you want details of where


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on August 08, 2017, 21:13:20 pm
Quote from: troutfanatic on August 06, 2017, 14:56:41 pm
Yep. Enjoy the parents while you have them. I lost mine far too young.
As for floating, I have a two man hard bottom raft that can accept a motor. I don't have a motor though. It would probably do well up there. I am not much of a floater either (ask Al.) It's about to get a shit ton of rain over the next week.


The Uwharrie is not well suited for floating large boats I've gone down it in a 14' Jon twice, but we carried many cobble-rockgarden shoals.  The best way to tackle the U is to simply paddle or wade upstream/yak or canoe in tow, and fish a couple miles upstream, and drop back down.

The U will be running 2x-3x what this gage is running depending on which section one floats
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nc/nwis/uv/?site_no=02128000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

Lotta draggin at this level
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on August 10, 2017, 04:48:45 am
https://youtu.be/_8iBvntajqU

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on August 11, 2017, 06:49:53 am
https://youtu.be/rvoY54QaitU

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on August 11, 2017, 07:58:07 am
Thanks, Dave!

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 15, 2017, 12:51:44 pm
nice dave! but my phone didn't ring...
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 20, 2017, 11:00:19 am


2017 - 65

The Spork and I were supposed to go chase after some prehistoric fish in eastern NC, but when a seat in a boat became available, I bailed on that trip. What a difference a day can make. Friday float planned but with a catch, we would be putting in behind a guide who would have been of the river five days straight.. So we figured that it would difficult following after him and we might not get the top water action we were looking for. So Plan B was implemented, it required a longer drive and an earlier start. At the take out at 7:15, boat in the water thirty minutes later. First beer cracked before eight. What we didn't realize was that we would be riding a cold water pulse for the next eight hours. "I thought it took three days for the water to get here, not two." At first the river rose then it turned muddy and as it began to fall we were left with grass floating everywhere fowling the flies on almost every cast and it was hot. Still in the morning shade I broke a sweat casting! Once the sun rose above the trees it really got hot and any breeze felt hotter that the air around us. Around 10 we realized that things weren't looking good and we had better ration our beer. (we drank the last ones around noon) With a severe afternoon thunderstorm warning we planned to be off the water early and I was headed home in the rush hour traffic.

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on August 31, 2017, 18:03:20 pm
https://youtu.be/3rTk2FvEgHI

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on August 31, 2017, 18:04:19 pm
https://youtu.be/SDqQSVOuUoc

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on August 31, 2017, 18:04:46 pm
Looking forward to southern musky fishing

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on September 16, 2017, 19:08:51 pm
https://youtu.be/BmxA-hH9S30

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on September 16, 2017, 19:10:38 pm
Need to start working these small jaws before time runs out

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: sanjuanwormhatch on September 19, 2017, 12:03:09 pm
that was vury nice.  out of curiosity, when does time run out?
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on September 19, 2017, 14:17:37 pm
Foe me, bout November...then it's  musky / trout time.

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 23, 2017, 12:17:29 pm


2017 - 74

Drifts sent a text on Monday about float'in the New on Friday... worked late on Thursday to push a project out the door. Then went to the Venture Café for some networking (free beer) which lead to more beer and a late night... when the alarm went off at 5:30 I thought I was going to die. All the way up on the two hour drive I was thinking "you're too old for this shit". Pulled in to the river take-out at 7:56 where Dave and Aaron were waiting beers in hand with the Boulder Boat in tow.

Transferred my gear and stashed some beer in the cooler. The theory was that with the recent warm days this would be one of the last times we could float for some top water smallie action. The short shuttle put us on the water by 8:30 and the water was low and clear. (we later found out that they had cut the water at the dam and the river was dropping all day long, with reports that it fishes better with steady
higher flows)

The bite was on early and we doubled up on the first fish, a pair of scrappy "fun-sized" smallies. I drank some water. We switched seats and everybody got a spell on the sticks. More fish came to hand but the action was slowing down as the sun rose and beat down on us. I drank more water and passed beers to Dave and Aaron. In one of the rotations I got the front seat and after trying a cicada pattern switched back to a white gurgler. We had be targeting the banks and most of the fish we caught were sitting right up against it. But we didn't neglect any structure or fishy channels. I cast into one of those spots and a fish inhaled the gurgler, a fight was on as this was the best fish of the day by far. It jumped thrice as Dave tried to capture it in slo-mo. It measured over 18",  I drank more water and returned to the rowers seat and went out of my comfort zone by taking the Boulder is some of the biggest rapids I've navigated to date.

Dave, fishing sub surface got into a smallie or two and several red eye as well as the bite really shut down in the afternoon. My cold pizza had revived me a bit, and I still drank more water.

At the take-out, my hands full of gear, I donated the four Full Nelson beers that I had brought along to the boat's Yeti.

My photo dump below, stay tuned for Dave's slo-mo banjo music video.

Starting out with Dave rowing and Aaron in the bow.

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Casting requires tongue action.

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on September 23, 2017, 13:43:02 pm
Glad u could make it after the net working party...thanks for all the work on the sticks so I could wet a line! Was a blasts...as usual !!!

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on September 23, 2017, 13:44:14 pm
https://youtu.be/BGOh4-KcOUg

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Fishbug on September 24, 2017, 13:11:53 pm
Good stuff


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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on October 02, 2017, 09:05:41 am
https://youtu.be/3DjoQRy2vxk

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: jwgnc on October 02, 2017, 12:10:17 pm
Well done.  'c;

I gotta go fishing.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on October 02, 2017, 15:23:47 pm
https://youtu.be/QSF0MPFSHFk

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on October 08, 2017, 16:02:00 pm
https://youtu.be/_kOsFFZdHDI

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on October 08, 2017, 16:05:39 pm
Was the lowest water float I've ever done...we dragged the boat at least a 1/4 mile or more! The fish'n was worth it though...saw many musky, with numerous follows...the smallie fish'n was on fire

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on October 08, 2017, 17:20:49 pm
Lookin good.  Hoping the smalljaws will keep on until frost.  That may be a while!
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: wildmttwalleye on October 08, 2017, 22:06:03 pm
Post first Frost is my favorite time for big smalliea

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on October 23, 2017, 09:54:48 am
Buddy of mine did a little floatin last week on a central NC river.  I like the looks of these greenies

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: itieuglyflies on October 23, 2017, 18:24:45 pm
Fat fish! The summer has been good to these guys.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: jwgnc on October 23, 2017, 18:53:09 pm
Oink
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on October 26, 2017, 06:59:15 am
Quote from: jwgnc on October 23, 2017, 18:53:09 pm
Oink
https://youtu.be/X4FJC37zRoQ

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 26, 2017, 10:10:22 am
"oink, oink, oink"
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Native Fisher on October 26, 2017, 13:38:21 pm
Drifts,

47" Musky caught on the fly in the New last Friday.

https://www.facebook.com/NewRiverFlyFishing/photos/pb.368699820399.-2207520000.1509039261./10156284654345400/?type=3&theater (https://www.facebook.com/NewRiverFlyFishing/photos/pb.368699820399.-2207520000.1509039261./10156284654345400/?type=3&theater)
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Big J on October 26, 2017, 13:53:20 pm
Quote from: Native Fisher on October 26, 2017, 13:38:21 pm
Drifts,

47" Musky caught on the fly in the New last Friday.

https://www.facebook.com/NewRiverFlyFishing/photos/pb.368699820399.-2207520000.1509039261./10156284654345400/?type=3&theater (https://www.facebook.com/NewRiverFlyFishing/photos/pb.368699820399.-2207520000.1509039261./10156284654345400/?type=3&theater)


Not saying that it isn't a 47 inch fish or that I wouldn't be tickled to death catching that fish, and it could be the angle, but that is the smallest looking 47 inch fish I have seen.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: JMiller on October 26, 2017, 16:26:32 pm
Quote from: Big J on October 26, 2017, 13:53:20 pm
Quote from: Native Fisher on October 26, 2017, 13:38:21 pm
Drifts,

47" Musky caught on the fly in the New last Friday.

https://www.facebook.com/NewRiverFlyFishing/photos/pb.368699820399.-2207520000.1509039261./10156284654345400/?type=3&theater (https://www.facebook.com/NewRiverFlyFishing/photos/pb.368699820399.-2207520000.1509039261./10156284654345400/?type=3&theater)


Not saying that it isn't a 47 inch fish or that I wouldn't be tickled to death catching that fish, and it could be the angle, but that is the smallest looking 47 inch fish I have seen.


Was gonna say, did he mean 37 inch fish?

Looks like a standard 40 around here, honestly.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on October 26, 2017, 16:48:26 pm
Quote from: JMiller on October 26, 2017, 16:26:32 pm
Quote from: Big J on October 26, 2017, 13:53:20 pm
Quote from: Native Fisher on October 26, 2017, 13:38:21 pm
Drifts,

47" Musky caught on the fly in the New last Friday.

https://www.facebook.com/NewRiverFlyFishing/photos/pb.368699820399.-2207520000.1509039261./10156284654345400/?type=3&theater (https://www.facebook.com/NewRiverFlyFishing/photos/pb.368699820399.-2207520000.1509039261./10156284654345400/?type=3&theater)


Not saying that it isn't a 47 inch fish or that I wouldn't be tickled to death catching that fish, and it could be the angle, but that is the smallest looking 47 inch fish I have seen.


Was gonna say, did he mean 37 inch fish?

Looks like a standard 40 around here, honestly.
Man oh man, I'd take it...doesn't look like 48 to me either...more like 38!?

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on October 26, 2017, 18:17:31 pm
Drifts, please respond to the following:

1.  Was the green bass a spotted bass/largemouth hybrid?  Largemouth do not typically have strips on the belly. 

2.  How much did that bass (.40) weigh?

3.  What did you have on the line at 3.40, big Walleye?
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on October 26, 2017, 20:03:02 pm
Also pm me the location. I need to eat some of those walleye

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on October 27, 2017, 06:29:10 am
Quote from: Onslow on October 26, 2017, 18:17:31 pm
Drifts, please respond to the following:

1.  Was the green bass a spotted bass/largemouth hybrid?  Largemouth do not typically have strips on the belly. 

2.  How much did that bass (.40) weigh?

3.  What did you have on the line at 3.40, big Walleye?
Hey Ken, that bass was 4lb4oz, but I'm not to keen on what type...thought it was just a largemouth, cause he had a large mouth! That fish was a large walleye/saugeye...but broke us off as did several others. I did keep two and they are scrumptious  0:0
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 05, 2017, 12:09:36 pm


https://vimeo.com/241399582

2017 - 86

Passed up on a second albie trip on an eighty degree day ... had a previous engagement and ended up watching the new Blade Runner and drinking a couple of bottles of wine. But the alarm went off at 5 and I was out the door and on the road by ten after on the way to meet up at a boat ramp on the Staunton in Hurt for a floaty trip on a rainy chilly day. The GPS indicated that arrive 10 minutes before 7. When I left Greensboro it was in the mid-sixties, but the temperatue dropped all the way. Drifts was waiting and Troop was on his way. We ran the shuttle as the rain came down in earnest. As we got to the ramp and floated the boat we opened the first beers of the day. We were looking for Saugeye, and Smallmouth, but we found a real mixed bag in this fishery. Started to take photos with the charged TG-3, wtf, forgot the CF card, crap. First to the boat was a hefty large mouth and then a chunky crappie. Then we got into a few a couple more of those chunky LMB, one each, so the day was looking good. The rain stopped and the skies lightened up a bit the bits slowed down and the temperature continued to drop. A saugeye rolled on my fly at the boat, and we all missed a few fish here and there. We were discussing what could be the problem, drop in temperature, the front moving in, the rain stopping, the full moon and all the other factors that can turn the fish off, but then at the end of the day we switched up seats again and drifts got the bow. He was in the right place at the right time with the right fly and caught four grand fish in the last 20 minutes of the float. Three smallies and a saugeye for his dinner.

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on November 05, 2017, 17:58:45 pm
Yessir, largemouth make me a happy boy.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on November 05, 2017, 18:08:33 pm
Diggity!

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on November 06, 2017, 07:15:32 am
Quote from: Dougfish on November 05, 2017, 18:08:33 pm
Diggity!

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on November 06, 2017, 07:15:52 am
Quote from: DRIFTS on November 06, 2017, 07:15:32 am
Quote from: Dougfish on November 05, 2017, 18:08:33 pm
Diggity!

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Take two

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on November 06, 2017, 07:57:50 am
Did the fish @ 1:00 have orange eyes, and a tongue patch?  That looks like a monster Kentucky Spot.  Damn, ya'll are killing it! 

DGIF stocked Kentucky spots in the Falling River years ago, and now they're really making their presence know in the lower Staunton.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Big J on November 06, 2017, 10:10:09 am
You all did well.   V:;
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on November 06, 2017, 18:26:36 pm
Quote from: Onslow on November 06, 2017, 07:57:50 am
Did the fish @ 1:00 have orange eyes, and a tongue patch?  That looks like a monster Kentucky Spot.  Damn, ya'll are killing it! 

DGIF stocked Kentucky spots in the Falling River years ago, and now they're really making their presence know in the lower Staunton.
I don't recall any orange eyes...and didn't stick my finger in there...to many teeth!

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 11, 2017, 11:32:18 am


2017 - 87

https://vimeo.com/242375777

Musky 1, WB 0

From sunrise

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Smallie bite still on

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19 7/8"

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16"

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Nice tail

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to sunset

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: driver on November 11, 2017, 14:11:40 pm
#nobananas

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on November 16, 2017, 08:10:18 am
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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on December 04, 2017, 07:28:47 am
Quote from: DRIFTS on November 16, 2017, 08:10:18 am
Like  0:0
Christmas float https://youtu.be/mCZUMLWQmEc

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on December 04, 2017, 08:13:16 am
Man, that is awesome.  I entertained the idea of fishing the Yaddy yesterday.  In hindsight, I should've.  Sure was a beauty yesterday.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dougfish on December 04, 2017, 09:36:41 am
Nice!  -0-
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Big J on December 04, 2017, 09:58:09 am
You did well Dave.   /'/
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on December 04, 2017, 10:07:08 am
Kickin' my own ass now for not chasing smallmouth yesterday.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 04, 2017, 13:32:59 pm
Hell yes!!!
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on December 10, 2017, 21:45:31 pm
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on December 04, 2017, 13:32:59 pm
Hell yes!!!
https://youtu.be/zALvb7H0Mn0

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Onslow on December 10, 2017, 22:00:00 pm
  :o  Damn, this is some interesting chit.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Dee-Vo on December 11, 2017, 07:41:54 am
Sweet. Good haul.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 11, 2017, 12:50:17 pm
good floaty bote trip report video right there on some not so warm water....
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on December 19, 2017, 06:13:19 am
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on December 11, 2017, 12:50:17 pm
good floaty bote trip report video right there on some not so warm water....
https://youtu.be/sIHqyZCq_SQ

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Woolly Bugger on December 19, 2017, 11:35:04 am
good stuff Dave!
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: JMiller on December 19, 2017, 11:59:02 am
Cool sauger. My favorite fish.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on February 11, 2018, 08:20:45 am
Quote from: JMiller on December 19, 2017, 11:59:02 am
Cool sauger. My favorite fish.
https://youtu.be/KbCvK7JUaJo

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: itieuglyflies on February 11, 2018, 10:13:27 am
Who said they were only northern fish......good stuff. Keep drifting.
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Phil on February 11, 2018, 10:44:43 am
Very Good banjo arrangement of "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" there, Drifts. I got sidetracked and didn't pay attention to the video for awhile.  bd;0

<edit> Do you mind me asking who the banjo player is? Is it you?
Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: DRIFTS on February 11, 2018, 18:54:18 pm
Quote from: Phil on February 11, 2018, 10:44:43 am
Very Good banjo arrangement of "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" there, Drifts. I got sidetracked and didn't pay attention to the video for awhile.  bd;0

<edit> Do you mind me asking who the banjo player is? Is it you?
Sadly it is me...I've been keeping at it...u helped me a few years back at one of  those psycho fish'n events...said to try to hum or sing to it...would help me out...so that's what I been doing ever since...thanks!

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Title: Re: 2017 Warm Water
Post by: Phil on February 11, 2018, 21:05:39 pm
Man, you have really improved! Sounding good in all your recent videos for sure.  /'/