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Woolly Bugger


Early Christmas Present from the local TU Chapter..

I won the "most colorful" trout in a virtual tournament for November 2020

Fly Box, with 6 dodgey flies, and a $15 gift card...  d:b





ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Dougfish

January 01, 2021, 06:40:21 AM #76 Last Edit: January 01, 2021, 06:54:52 AM by Dougfish

Finished up 2020 with a couple of scouting trips. It's the time of year to explore new water and new access. It's also a lovely time to dirty up the new truck. Hit up an area I had driven by many times, but never delved into. Not much intel from these lower elevation streams. Christmas Eve and New Years Eve trips. No hurry trips. Out after 8, hit and run, back by 2:30. Looked at 6-7 (and some small tribs), wet a line in 4. Wet waded both days. Never went over lower calf. Lots of sloppy fire road explored. Only folks out and about were bear hunters running their dogs, loggers and me.

A pretty big un.



Up a branch.





Tighter prospect. Does not need more rhodo or laurel!





Earl got dirty. (Doesn't everybody name their vehicles?)



Another tight one. With chunks of ice hanging from branches.
(!?!? Water has NOT been that high for a good while.)





This pool alone will bring me back come spring.



Size 8 stoneflies are promising.



Caught a handful, lost the same, missed a bunch on the light bite. Put 3 streams on the definitely return trip. A couple on the maybe list. I'm not a bird hunter, but I saw a bunch of good grouse habitat. And I saw more laurel and rhodo between 1500 and 2500 feet than I've seen in forever. Loaded with flower buds, too. 

May you find 2021 to be sunshine, unicorns, rainbows, and boring.
And be healthy, wealthy, fishy.



First smoke of 2021 on at 5:20 am.  :Dance



:cheers






"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? " -Oddball, 1970

"I don't wanna go to hell,
But if I do,
It'll be 'cause of you..."
Strange Desire, The Black Keys, 2006

Onslow

Some seem to be a bit disoriented due to the collapsing of the Smith, and the excessive rainfall in SW VA, and NW NC. I may need to start lake fishing, lol. Good to see some new water, and a different part of VA.

FYI, Bovine Meadow River I hear is quite the smallie river.

Dougfish

Quote from: Onslow on January 01, 2021, 07:39:09 AMFYI, Bovine Meadow River I hear is quite the smallie river.

Well, there are 3 that fit that name.
But the main one has more assholey land owners along it than the Jackson.
Access blows.
"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? " -Oddball, 1970

"I don't wanna go to hell,
But if I do,
It'll be 'cause of you..."
Strange Desire, The Black Keys, 2006

itieuglyflies

Go Doug and Happy New Year.

ryguy

Nice trip.  How do you like the new Tacoma?  I've got a 2011 but have been eyeing the new ones.

Mudwall Gatewood 3.0

Quote from: Dougfish on January 01, 2021, 07:48:30 AM
Quote from: Onslow on January 01, 2021, 07:39:09 AMFYI, Bovine Meadow River I hear is quite the smallie river.

Well, there are 3 that fit that name.
But the main one has more assholey land owners along it than the Jackson.
Access blows.

All true, plus intersex SMB in the "main one".
"Enjoy every sandwich."  Warren Zevon

Dougfish

Quote from: ryguy on January 01, 2021, 08:53:26 AMNice trip.  How do you like the new Tacoma?  I've got a 2011 but have been eyeing the new ones.
Got it in September. 6K already. Love it. I'm in the Toyo cult, now.
"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? " -Oddball, 1970

"I don't wanna go to hell,
But if I do,
It'll be 'cause of you..."
Strange Desire, The Black Keys, 2006

Onslow

Quote from: Mudwall Gatewood 3.0 on January 01, 2021, 09:16:52 AM
Quote from: Dougfish on January 01, 2021, 07:48:30 AM
Quote from: Onslow on January 01, 2021, 07:39:09 AMFYI, Bovine Meadow River I hear is quite the smallie river.

Well, there are 3 that fit that name.
But the main one has more assholey land owners along it than the Jackson.
Access blows.

All true, plus intersex SMB in the "main one".

It's hard to swallow this fact.  It is clearly apparent it doesn't take many female bovines to piss up a waterway. Some scary shit if you ask me. 

Mudwall Gatewood 3.0

Quote from: Onslow on January 01, 2021, 12:14:05 PM
Quote from: Mudwall Gatewood 3.0 on January 01, 2021, 09:16:52 AM
Quote from: Dougfish on January 01, 2021, 07:48:30 AM
Quote from: Onslow on January 01, 2021, 07:39:09 AMFYI, Bovine Meadow River I hear is quite the smallie river.

Well, there are 3 that fit that name.
But the main one has more assholey land owners along it than the Jackson.
Access blows.

All true, plus intersex SMB in the "main one".

It's hard to swallow this fact.  It is clearly apparent it doesn't take many female bovines to piss up a waterway. Some scary shit if you ask me. 

I don't think it is cattle waste in this particular watershed.  My hypothesis, after being out of the game for a while, is poultry waste and/or sewage treatment waste are responsible for the intersex.  This is my guess, only.  Who knows what hormones are entering the system?  And the culprit may not be in the particular river; it may be a result of migrating fishes from the major river downstream.
"Enjoy every sandwich."  Warren Zevon

Dougfish


I needed to get out. Fin wanted to get out, too.
But he did not want to be cold :;!
So I hit the road alone at 6am. Winging my way to a river that has always fished good, 365. Only knucklehead on the river. Air temp started at 30, water at 44. Euro'd. It was running about the perfect cfs. Looking for post spawn bows with a bonus brown or two.





It was going slooow. Perfect runs, good drifts, nada.

DSFK.





After a few hours, 2 beers and 3 fish, I lost my rig in a shrub across the river. Reeled up and hiked back to the truck.



The first bad outing on this water.  n!n
But it was good for the soul.
I'll be back soon enough.



"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? " -Oddball, 1970

"I don't wanna go to hell,
But if I do,
It'll be 'cause of you..."
Strange Desire, The Black Keys, 2006

RiverbumCO

My real name is Chad Farthouse.

Dougfish

Ugh, yeah. Rainbows have sex, too. (Sorta.)
"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? " -Oddball, 1970

"I don't wanna go to hell,
But if I do,
It'll be 'cause of you..."
Strange Desire, The Black Keys, 2006

RiverbumCO

Thought they did all their fucking around end of feb-march
My real name is Chad Farthouse.

Phil

3 fish is better than staring out the window watching it snow again. Aack. Good job.  :cheers


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