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Fly Fishing Reports => Warm Water => Topic started by: Onslow on September 17, 2017, 18:11:26 pm

Title: It's Smallie Time
Post by: Onslow on September 17, 2017, 18:11:26 pm
Was a full day

Made breakfast, washed dishes, went to church, donated some money for hurricane relief, went to a coffee shop, went to the second home (trailer), picked apples, ate lunch, took the wife to the park.  Oh, I went fishing for a little more than an hour.


I should've spent more time fishing this river in recent years.  I've floated this section once, but the water was too dingy.

(https://i.imgur.com/4aABJSN.jpg)

First in hand after quick releasing several.

(https://i.imgur.com/BobAEYe.jpg)

Came across a pool of Jesus. 

(https://i.imgur.com/UQj307Q.jpg)

The first of the duo simply wouldn't give up.  Best smallie fight I've ever endured.  Just 16.5 however.

(https://i.imgur.com/EAr2mc8.jpg)

This one was a tad larger.

(https://i.imgur.com/IKVkaAI.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yRP6hco.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dVDSZkG.jpg)

10+ fish in hand in just over an hour.  Thank you clawdad!

Rather peculiar sight to see Hemlocks that are not dead.  Even more so, ones at 830'!

(https://i.imgur.com/fRa5IOd.jpg)


Title: Re: It's Smallie Time
Post by: jwgnc on September 17, 2017, 18:59:51 pm
Great day!   'c;

I need to start hitting the French Broad near Marshall.
Title: It's Smallie Time
Post by: Dee-Vo on September 17, 2017, 20:06:38 pm
That's a hell of a stretch for smallies. I need to get back in there again.

Another stretch we need to cover for smallies upstream of that is on my list. Remind me to mention it if I haven't already. Some good ones have been pulled out of this place that I speak of this year. I haven't been to it in many moons.

Clawdad rocks. Told ya they were the shizzle. Smallmouth can help but kill 'em. I've got a BUNCH stocked up, so if you run low just hit me up. They're always in my truck, and you're welcome to them.
Title: Re: It's Smallie Time
Post by: DRIFTS on September 17, 2017, 20:25:42 pm
Nice work bro hoe

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Title: Re: It's Smallie Time
Post by: Phil on September 18, 2017, 08:03:34 am
Great fish, Onslow!  'c;
Title: Re: It's Smallie Time
Post by: Dougfish on September 18, 2017, 08:36:00 am
Nice time management.

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Title: Re: It's Smallie Time
Post by: Dee-Vo on September 18, 2017, 10:27:25 am
Quote from: Dougfish on September 18, 2017, 08:36:00 am
Nice time management.

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This ^^

He can work shit in like a boss. I need to work on that. You can get so much more done if you can manage time effectively. Many times when fishing is involved, if I don't have a lot of time then I don't try and get it in. Need to utilize time better in the future. Thanks for bringing that up, Doug.
Title: Re: It's Smallie Time
Post by: Onslow on September 18, 2017, 11:08:19 am
I've been trained by FW.  Truth be told, the best time slot to fish for smallies is 4-5:30 pm.  it's hardly worth the effort to plan an elaborate trip & shuttle at some far flung destination when one can top off a day with an evening quickie, and not squander one's capital. 

Dave, it is rather unbecoming for a man of your age to be referring to someone as a white trash skank in juvi slang. Perhaps you should start fraternizing with a different peer group;)
Title: Re: It's Smallie Time
Post by: Dee-Vo on September 18, 2017, 21:17:44 pm
Dude, now you got the bronze back in my brain.

Here we go again.
Title: Re: It's Smallie Time
Post by: Fishbug on September 24, 2017, 13:14:44 pm
You guys dead drifting the clawdads or stripping them in?


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Title: Re: It's Smallie Time
Post by: Onslow on September 24, 2017, 13:41:09 pm
12' leader

No added weight. 

Dead drift if possible.  Slooowwww retrieve in areas on no current. 

If you nymph without indicators, all of this should feel natural.
Title: Re: It's Smallie Time
Post by: Dee-Vo on September 25, 2017, 09:15:54 am
I'm generally working with a 9' or so leader length. If the run is swift enough I let it dead drift. Mostly, I cast, let it sink for a few seconds, (they sink perfectly) and strip back fairly slowly, but not dragging on the bottom. It works.