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 Post subject: Sinful pleasure
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:47 pm 
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I hope this post won't get me banned nor will it require me to turn in my blue line card.. but I had a chance to fish BlackHawk Flyfishing on the Soque River this week. I was able to get an invite with a group that recieved a substantial discount on the rod fee. I'm not usually a fan of contrived fishing, but I have to say that it ... was...Awesome!!

There were 6 of us, and the stretch of stream is about 1.5 miles long. They seperate it into beats so you actually have a bit of solitude. The fish are all managed(ie pellet fed) rainbows and browns and I would say they average about 18". I got a few pics, but since I didn't have a net(the nets that BlackHawk supplies were all broken) it was nearly impossible to subdue one long enough for a photo by myself. We caught 18-22" fish all day long and I measured several at 25". The couple that run Blackhawk, Abby and John, are top notch folks. Abby made us chili for lunch that was delicious and kept us entertained with conversation. I can't imagine paying full price for a day, but I will gladly go back on the cheap if I get the invite. You knew the fish were there, but they didn't come easy and they didn't overfeed them. I saw a couple of bruisers that were pusing 30" and I had one on that snapped my 3x tippet. My 6 wt definately got a work out.

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The Soque
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Some of the small ones
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Here is as close as I came to getting a picture of one of the beasts.. I had just measured him at approx 25" on my fly rod and he flopped back in the water as I snapped the photo
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accidentally took a video instead of a pic of this guy...
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Not something I would want to do all that often, but it was a fun day catching some pigs.


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 Post subject: Re: Sinful pleasure
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:51 pm 
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JFey wrote:
I can't imagine paying full price for a day

Yup....I was hoping to go with our TU chapter until I learned what the rod fee was for a day....way outta my price range....and the only time my wife has ever looked at me and blatently said "No way!" I'm sure its fun as can be....but considering the Cherokee Trophy section is $14 a day....thats where you'd more than likely find me if I'm paying to fish. :oops:


Glad you had a good time though :D

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 Post subject: Re: Sinful pleasure
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:45 pm 
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I hear you, I wouldn't be there under normal circumstances. The rod fee is silly.


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 Post subject: Re: Sinful pleasure
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:35 am 
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JFey wrote:
I hear you, I wouldn't be there under normal circumstances. The rod fee is silly.


Well....yes and no....I have no idea what they had to pay for the property or what it takes to maintain it....I just know I can't afford what they charge....but I can't afford a trip to Patagonia or Argentina to go trout fishing either.....does'nt mean some folks can't or that it is'nt worth it.....in all fairness to them. Like I said...glad you got to experience it...and thanks for sharing the pictures with us! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Sinful pleasure
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:11 am 
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Agreed, the owners do a great job of keeping the stream and fish in great condition and hard to fault people for making a living based on the land that has been in their family for generations.


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 Post subject: Re: Sinful pleasure
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Sounds like a lot of fun. Glad you got to experience it, and thanks for sharing.


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 Post subject: Re: Sinful pleasure
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:10 am 
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Way to go jfey, Good for YOU 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Sinful pleasure
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Just curious . Jeff ..

What is the retail rod fee ????
My guide fee for Stoney Creek may be going up :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Sinful pleasure
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:52 pm 
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275 a person

I think you are undercharging :D


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 Post subject: Re: Sinful pleasure
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:02 pm 
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JFey wrote:
275 a person

I think you are undercharging :D


Thats a lot less than I was told?? maybe they were talking about getting a guide?

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