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 Post subject: Warm winter weather, limestone streams, and special regulati
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:09 pm 
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Warpaint Shiner
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I decided to take full advantage of the heat wave we are experiencing and headed up to fish a little limestone special reg stream.

I started the day off with a fisherman's cup of coffee.

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Once I arrived at the stream, I though I would try a dry/dropper. It proved to be unsuccessful, just too cold and the dropper could not get deep enough to be in the feeding lanes. After about 20 minutes of nothing, I tied up a double nymph rig and started fishing my version of Czech nymphing.

First cast yielded this.

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Second cast yielded this.

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I fished on for a bit with nothing else happening. I came upon a slick pool with a slow run down the middle. I stood back and watched trout sipping bugs from the surface. I tied on a #22 dry and after a few casts, I hooked up with a rainbow. He came unhooked and I threw the dry for a few more minutes with nothing.

I went back to the double nymph, casted to the head of the slow run and nailed this.

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It slowed down for a bit but I did manage to spook 3 big deer. Actually, they spooked me pretty good. If you look real close, you can see a white tail in the middle of the pic. By the time I got my camera they were in the woods.

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These are more what I am used to catching.

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It had warmed up quite a bit so when I came into some shallower water and decided to try the dry/dropper again.

Wham bam, back to back

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This one was quite nice, at least I think so. It's the largest wild trout I have ever caught. I am guessing 15-16 inches, but I am not sure since I did not measure her.

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Oddball brown of the day.

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I caught these 2 guys from the same hole. Both were quite aerobatic, the last one made at least 4 leaps from the water, jumping at least 2 feet above the surface.

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All and all, a decent day for this time of year but I did not catch anywhere near as many as I would have liked. Spring is just around the corner, I can not wait for things to pick up.

All fish were caught on a #16 brown BHHE. I hooked 2 on the dry but lost them both. As usual, I missed a few hooksets, hooked and lost a few, and spooked a few.

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 Post subject: Re: Warm winter weather, limestone streams, and special regulati
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:08 pm 
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Nice report. This are some nice lookin wild rainbows.


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 Post subject: Re: Warm winter weather, limestone streams, and special regulati
PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:53 pm 
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Helluva report
Damn pretty fish especially as cold as the water is.

is this in N.C. or Tenn. ??

JT

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 Post subject: Re: Warm winter weather, limestone streams, and special regulati
PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:02 pm 
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Stone-Man wrote:
Helluva report
Damn pretty fish especially as cold as the water is.

is this in N.C. or Tenn. ??

JT


Neither NC or TN, but it is a Southern Appalachian stream.

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 Post subject: Re: Warm winter weather, limestone streams, and special regulati
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:06 pm 
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It looked like Abram's Creek in the Smokies to me, but you say it wasn't in NC or TN.
I'll bite. Send me the info on the stream via PM, please. Henheheheh.
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