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 Post subject: November brookies
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:44 am 
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A good buddy of mine made an exploratory trip into the mountains Saturday to check on the brookies and see if the spawn was winding down. He made this trip while I stayed at home to watch my beloved Hokies take down the hated Miami Hurricanes and book their trip to the ACC championship game. There are priorites and then there are priorities I guess.

Anyway, he reported back that the spawn was definitely over so we headed out this morning for a blitz up a new to me crick on the Northern East slope of SNP. I had been wanting to try a new creek that I've heard good things about but we arrived at the parking lot to find a couple anglers already heading up the trail. Since you can access 2 creeks from the lot, we were forced to go up the alternate, adding some grueling distance to the hike in. I wasn't too bummed because the alternate was new to me also and I was in the mood for new water.

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It turned out to be a nice little stream with some good gradient in the upper stretches, which created some nice plunge pools and deep holes. The bottom of this one is pretty flat and good water is few and far between. We didn't start getting into fish on a regular basis until we got above the first waterfall. Even so, we caught a few small ones down low. I snapped a pic of this little fella because I admired his enthusiasm. I'm not even sure he could have swallowed that nymph...

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Things started to look a little better as we got higher up the mountain.

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And we started to pick up some slightly better fish. This was the best of the day for me.

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The fish seemed sluggish and a little worn out from the spawn and the takes were very subtle. Things should improve over the coming weeks, if the levels and weather hold up, as the fish start packing on the calories to recover.

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All in all it was a great day with another new stream checked off the list. We still have to get back out there and try the stream we originally intended but we've got all winter to get that done.


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 Post subject: Re: November brookies
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:08 am 
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Great pics. Love those colors this time of year! :D


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 Post subject: Re: November brookies
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:46 am 
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Beautiful :)

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 Post subject: Re: November brookies
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mmmmmmmmmmmbrookiebeauty.

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 Post subject: Re: November brookies
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:56 pm 
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You gotta love those brook trout! They are the ringneck ducks of the trout world. You miss them the first time, no big deal, they will let you try again. Pain in the rear to get to, though.


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 Post subject: Re: November brookies
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:30 pm 
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You should have posted this on Woowee board, those jokers love brook trout. Did you catch any big enough to eat? They will eat them all, legal size or not :twisted: :D


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 Post subject: Re: November brookies
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:39 pm 
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5xTippett wrote:
You gotta love those brook trout! They are the ringneck ducks of the trout world. You miss them the first time, no big deal, they will let you try again. Pain in the rear to get to, though.


Ain't that the truth on both counts. I hooked a fish this spring that fought for a few seconds before spitting the hook. Then he ate the same fly on the next cast. You gotta love em.

We have a few streams that are pretty easy to access but the best ones definitely involve some work. I keep thinking that I need to do something about the gut and get in better shape...


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 Post subject: Re: November brookies
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:58 pm 
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Flyman is right, they are the best eating of all the trout, even though it is a char.


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 Post subject: Re: November brookies
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:03 pm 
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There might have been a few eaters in the mix, but not many. Actually, now that I think about it, the regs are 9" in the Park, so nope I definitely didn't catch any big enough on this trip.


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 Post subject: Re: November brookies
PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:06 am 
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Great post. Thanks for the pictures.


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