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 Post subject: Western Carolina 4th of July
PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:53 pm 
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Went to a well known western Carolina stream to do a little hiking, fishing and mostly to beat the heat. Got started in the early afternoon Satruday and couldn't get things going. caddis, sallies, midges all flying around, but couldn't buy a strike in the first hour or so. At the same time, I seemed to hang my fly on every tree branch, rock, or bush within a few feet of my position. Finally, though it didn't make sense I tied on a big bushy #14 gray caddis and flipped that out there even though there wasn't anything like it in the air or on the water. WHAM! A fish. WHAM! Another fish. and so on. Who knows why.

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Max is a good dog. I'm not a big fan of taking a dog fishing, but my wife was out of town and there was no one to watch the bowzer. Fortunately Max understands the word "back" and will stand behind me while I fish...until the hooked fish jumps. He won't go in after it, but he can't help but to take a few steps forward. Max likes fish. Probably a little too much for their safety.

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The next day I headed up to the brookie water. Nice hike. Found a couple of vehicles abandoned either down the side of the gorge or up on the old railroad grade. When junk like that has been around for sooooo long, I almost consider it part of the environ. ALMOST.

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The waterfalls are beautiful in this locale. They also provide a natural barrier to keep the brook trout safe. Bows below, brooks above. Nice.

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Other than the cahnge of species, the fishing was just as good upstream with the same oversized caddis and a prince too. I consider the prince to be the plaid suit of flyfishing, but it works well.

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One fall into the drink and several fish later I hopped out of the creek to head back to camp. Found this guy "clinging" to my ankle. He was nice enough to pose on my thumb for the picture.

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Good times. Wish you could have come along.

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 Post subject: Re: Western Carolina 4th of July
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good report Tim, nice pics too....


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 Post subject: Re: Western Carolina 4th of July
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Very nice :) Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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 Post subject: Re: Western Carolina 4th of July
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Nice report and the car gives that crik away :D ...good lookin' fishin' buddy.


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 Post subject: Re: Western Carolina 4th of July
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I could sit in a place like that all day....very cool....thanks for sharing!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Western Carolina 4th of July
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"Finally, though it didn't make sense I tied on a big bushy #14 gray caddis and flipped that out there even though there wasn't anything like it in the air or on the water. WHAM! A fish. WHAM! Another fish. and so on. Who knows why.

That's usually what I do on wild streams like that one. Look around for hatches, scan the water, and then tie on a #14 EHC. It usually works. :D


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