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Started by Onslow, September 27, 2020, 18:55:42 PM

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September 27, 2020, 18:55:42 PM Last Edit: September 28, 2020, 04:46:29 AM by Onslow

J and I hatched up a plan to hit some water that is largely inaccessible by 'civilians'.   I'm not one who has desired to trout fish with others, but I thought it may be worth a try. 5 years ago, this trip would have not been feasible due to rhodo thickets, but presumably due to hardwood canopy choking out sunlight, the rhodo died a few years back, and the dead material is breaking down. Remote access in and out.

We headed out after seven, and ended up at the starting point not long after 8. Things were a bit awkward at first.  New water, new fishing companions, and the going was slowish at first, but things started to move better the second half of the day. About 3 miles of water was covered.  We were greeted by a bald eagle, saw some monster coyote tracks, and some bear scat. Not unfriendly signage was seen.

Stream was ok, prime habit was scattered, but we caught fish. Lotta cookie cutter browns around 8-9 inches, but some nice ones were lost.



My first, and largest.





A slightly bird eaten apple from my yard.  This was an Arkansas Black.











J tied on a streamer for this pool.  This happened to be one of the better ones.



Purdy one in hand.



I lost one around the 15-16ish earlier.



The leaf hatch has started.



No mishaps today.  This stream is rather slick, we had spills, and feet are stressed.

streamereater_101691

Nice going bozos. J didn't get the message to wear earth tone colors. Ken, you are a sneaky bastard for sure. Doug will be jealous and may have to visit the land of the damned.

Woolly Bugger

Ken, brining the goods...  :cheers
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.

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greg

Glad you got them. Looks like a great day.

Yellow_Rose_Fly


Onslow

Quote from: streamereater_101691 on September 27, 2020, 20:12:07 PMNice going bozos. J didn't get the message to wear earth tone colors. Ken, you are a sneaky bastard for sure. Doug will be jealous and may have to visit the land of the damned.

This stream is a 5 on a scale of 1-10. Meh.

Big J

Echo what Ken said.  This stretch of stream has been on my radar for a while.  Haven't found anyone dumb brave enough to fish it.  Ken and I talked and hammered out the details on entry and exit for a few weeks.  Entry was rough but not as bad as I was thinking it was going to be.  Bushwhack down to a trib and then follow the trib down.  The stream fished good.  Couple dozen cookie cutter 8-9 inch browns with a handful bigger.  Ken stung a nicer one and I moved a couple bigger browns.  Stream was one of the harder streams to wade that I've fished.  Lots of ledges and smooth angled rocks.  Ken and I both took a couple solid falls. 


Bushwhack in


Fun fun fun










A washed down ugly stocker brook.  Only non brown caught.












Worked a deep run and Ken and I got nada.  Tied on a woolly bugger and this guy hammered it.




"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." Hemingway

Dougfish

Solid work, Gents.
Smiff River browns with a trailer park thrown in, jus sayin.
"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? " <br />-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

Big J

Quote from: Dougfish on September 28, 2020, 08:25:10 AMSolid work, Gents.
Smiff River browns with a trailer park thrown in, jus sayin.

I promise you these fish were easier to catch than Smith River browns  :laugh:

Ken had one brown eat 3 times 1 ft in front of him because he kept talking to me not paying a attention to his fly.  set the hook, slapped it back down, turned to say something to me, brown took fly again, I yelled at Ken to set the hook, missed him, slapped it back down, turned to me laughing, yell set the hook because he ate again, and repeat  :laugh:
"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." Hemingway

troutboy_II

Nice!  -+;

Is that a Ross Colorado reel?  Use a #0 on 3 wt. that I love.  Great reels.

TB

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