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Wader up, winter is coming

Started by Woolly Bugger, December 01, 2020, 21:44:41 PM

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Woolly Bugger


December 1, 2020 #53

Gas $1.83

Needed to get out. Trying to stay off the creeks and out of the parks on the weekends as crowds are a concern.

Listened to Neptune's Inferno; The U. S. Navy at Guadalcanal by James D. Hornfischer on the drive up and back.

The temperature continued to drop as I approached my destination. Only a jeep was parked there and I geared up putting on some layers and waders and even looked for a pair of gloves which were not to be found. The 3 wt was still rigged with a dry dropper and off I went. Hiked in for about a mile just after passing the three occupants of the jeep who were tossing rocks into the creek.
I jumped into my now regular starting spot. The water was a tad lower than last time, I guess the 2" that Philpott received missed this area.



There were just a few snow flurries every now and then the clouds were competing with the sun but it never warmed up in the afternoon and the occasional flurries continued. 



Trouts were mostly hiding under rocks and a few decent fish were hooked, hooked, landed, but not photographed as the wriggled free. The punes hit the dry fly and could be found in any deep slow run.



Some came out of faster water like this...



With the leaves off the trees I spied this interesting fellow up on the hillside and ventured off stream to have a closer look. I decided that it would be the "Tree of the Trip"

 

















Back on the stream I found some DSFK



And more punes





I thought about pushing on but when I reached the end of this beat I headed on back down the trail satisfied with a pune slam of brook, brown, and rainbow



I'm thinking that this is NOT one of douggies' Winter streams....
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

"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

The Dude

That stream looks unlike any of the streams I fish in my neck of the woods.  Very open, very flat, zero rhodo, and bowl like (whereas the streams I fish are a definite cut into the ground).  I guess it doesn't get much sharp water rises? 
It's very neat to see it.  If you go back, please take and post lots of pictures of the stream and surrounding valley, if you don't mind.  I like to look at it.
Also, did you really need waders?  From the looks of the photos, you wouldn't need to get more than ankle to calf deep at any point.
I was born by the river in a little tent,<br />And just like the river I've been running ever since,<br />It's been a long, long time coming,<br />But I know change is gonna come.

Woolly Bugger

December 02, 2020, 08:06:19 AM #3 Last Edit: December 02, 2020, 08:36:45 AM by Woolly Bugger
Quote from: The Dude on December 02, 2020, 07:55:38 AMThat stream looks unlike any of the streams I fish in my neck of the woods.  Very open, very flat, zero rhodo, and bowl like (whereas the streams I fish are a definite cut into the ground).  I guess it doesn't get much sharp water rises? 
It's very neat to see it.  If you go back, please take and post lots of pictures of the stream and surrounding valley, if you don't mind.  I like to look at it.
Also, did you really need waders?  From the looks of the photos, you wouldn't need to get more than ankle to calf deep at any point.

Wader pants were an added layer and protection from the wind more that the water.  d:b

Up off the creek just about where I stop there is a nice grove of Rhodo, I almost took a photo so Phil would feel at home...
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!

itieuglyflies

Nice to see someone ( the Woolly one)getting out. Sounds like you had a fine day.

Phil

Yesterday? Not me, by Gawd. It never got over 24 degrees, 40+ mph wind gusts, and 2 inches of snow. 16 this morning with continued high wind.
Good on ya, Woolly. Go get 'em.  V:;

ryguy

Looks like a great day outdoors!  'c;

Dougfish

Quote from: The Dude on December 02, 2020, 07:55:38 AMThat stream looks unlike any of the streams I fish in my neck of the woods.  Very open, very flat, zero rhodo, and bowl like (whereas the streams I fish are a definite cut into the ground).  I guess it doesn't get much sharp water rises? 
It's very neat to see it.  If you go back, please take and post lots of pictures of the stream and surrounding valley, if you don't mind.  I like to look at it.
Also, did you really need waders?  From the looks of the photos, you wouldn't need to get more than ankle to calf deep at any point.

Picks up a pretty good gradient a mile further up. And rhodo.  :Dance
"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

Woolly Bugger


12/7/20

Back for more punishment...

I finished up some chores around the house and headed up the road listening to Neptune's Inferno, which is pretty intense action wise. A bit hard to follow along without a map but the blow by blow account of the battles are engaging to say the least.

Only one car parked, another invader from the south

Hiked up to the end of my previous beat. I was cold, not much sun, but plenty of water, maybe a bit too much rolling down the creek.

Note to self; put the damn gloves in the car!

A handful of fish were caught and some punes to go along with them too.

Photo dump:

Tree of the trip:







Some rhodos for Phil..



The creek:









I'm done with this creek till spring...





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!

Onslow

Kinda chilly yesterday. How was the wind?

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