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 Post subject: Snow, melt, hot, tornado watch, cold.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:59 am 
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Monday morning we measured a few inches of snow in the back yard. Later it began to melt. By Tuesday it was gone.

Wednesday was a boring 65-degree day.

Thursday was 70 and I wrapped up work early to see what the mountain trout were up to.

Parked at the gate and hiked for 30 minutes at a brisk pace. Putting in a mile or two before flinging a fly proved smart as I met another angler returning to his vehicle about 20 minutes into the walk - talked for a few minutes, told me where he cut off his adventure and swapped a few flies. Soon after, I found a seductive pool sequence and couldn't take it any longer.

There were a few of these around:

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And it was dries all afternoon...

Fished up the mainstem and above the falls on a tributary, picking up too many fish to count. Missed and turned as many if not more.

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I doubt this raccoon will wake up from his slumber. Not the best place to snooze:

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Had to turn around way too early to pick up the little one in time way back in Richmond, but ended the day with this feller:

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Friday brought 81 degrees and tornado watches all over the place, with the wind bringing another cold front. Barely 40 degrees as I type but what a way to kick off what we might as well just call spring. Hard to believe it's going to get even better shortly!


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 Post subject: Re: Snow, melt, hot, tornado watch, cold.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:19 pm 
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Dadgum. As a confirmed brook trout junkie, it appears that I need to move to Virginia. Yours are bigger than mine here in high country NC. :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Snow, melt, hot, tornado watch, cold.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:47 pm 
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Very nice Mean Bro Green. I like that 2nd shot and it's good to see some Quill Gordons making a showing.


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 Post subject: Re: Snow, melt, hot, tornado watch, cold.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:01 pm 
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waiting til tomorrow for this wind to lay down, huh? alright. well, see ya later! yeah, I couldn't get any blue quills to slow down enough to get a shot but the QGs were around and much slower. bigger 'n fatter, too. we need to make a full day of this one - fish up the trib a ways AND get another few miles farther up the river, well into the Park.

Phil, when you comin up here to sample what we got?


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 Post subject: Re: Snow, melt, hot, tornado watch, cold.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:09 pm 
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Yeah, this wind is crazy today. Would not have been an ideal day to be out - and I had to go out and check on the house progress anyway. I'm hoping tomorrow will be a little better.


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 Post subject: Re: Snow, melt, hot, tornado watch, cold.
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Damn nice report.
The two warm days we had here put a few Blue Quills on the water, but a lot of rain and snow melt ceased that activity.

Getting cold again also. Time is 4:40 PM and the air temp is 34 degrees

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 Post subject: Re: Snow, melt, hot, tornado watch, cold.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:42 pm 
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Good stuff Marty....we had a tornado hit about 3 miles from the house....can you imagine that? How does a tornado even finds its way to Wagener?? :o

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 Post subject: Re: Snow, melt, hot, tornado watch, cold.
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Tom, hope you guys are OK. Damage to property? WInd's been going all day long here - started last night and has helped us decide whether to keep or take out a few trees, bushes, etc. Saw your other post from a few days back and wanted you to know we're thinking of you all.


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 Post subject: Re: Snow, melt, hot, tornado watch, cold.
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MFTG wrote:
Tom, hope you guys are OK. Damage to property? WInd's been going all day long here - started last night and has helped us decide whether to keep or take out a few trees, bushes, etc. Saw your other post from a few days back and wanted you to know we're thinking of you all.


Thanks Marty! Apparently it was a pretty isolated tornado....from what my wife told me it took down a lot of trees in a small area and one house that we know of. Its a pretty rural area so hopefully that is the only loss.

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 Post subject: Re: Snow, melt, hot, tornado watch, cold.
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20 degrees colder but the fish were still on dries out there today. I fished from the trib to well past that pipe you were telling me about. There's some real nice water right around there.

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