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 Post subject: Aaron is a popular guy TR
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:20 pm 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebWm_76riIc

After staying up way too late for a 5:00am alarm, some early morning Dead and some stiff coffee got me going in the morning. This was the first song I heard and it was in my mind all day. I thought the warm weather would have the brookies looking up a bit early this year. So after a year or so of talking about it, Aaron and I finally synched up to go fishing. He told me that he was also heading out on Tuesday(see Blueline Blues report) with Fleming. Somehow he avoided a chess tournament on Sunday and fished twice in three days.

We timed out the rain perfectly and it was just finished when we got to the pull off. I'll never got tired of this view:
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Geared up, we headed down the hill to the water
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Neither of had fished this stream before, and it looked real good when we got there
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It started out real good and I was able to land a few like this on top and a few on the dropper. I hope I never stop getting excited about a 6 inch brookie hitting a dry fly...
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and this:
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It got slow for a while, but this stream has to hold some brutes
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We found mother nature showing off more than once
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Definitely got a work out on this trip
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We called it a day here and bushwhacked our way back out
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Well deserved, might have had more than one...
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We got back to the car, right before this mother of a storm hit
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Then saw this around the next bend
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Fishing wasn't outstanding, but the potential is there once it warms up a bit more. The water was very cold still. Fish, were caught, but not what you would expect from a stream like this. I need to give it another chance some day.


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 Post subject: Re: Aaron is a popular guy TR
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Nice. They were sluggish for us today too. Had to stop for lunch to let them warm up. Things picked up a bit after that. That stream holds a lot of fish from what I have heard. It's also occasionally attacked occasionally by locals that keep a few more than they should. it's on my to do list. :D


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Good stuff. I enjoyed the pics and the read.


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 Post subject: Re: Aaron is a popular guy TR
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Well done gents!!

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 Post subject: Re: Aaron is a popular guy TR
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Good stuff and great photos.

Damn dangerous looking place to fish. I would never go in there alone for obvious reasons.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:03 pm 
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That was a great trip. The stream might have some of the most beautiful pools I have ever seen. And perfect alleys for casting. Seemed like the fish population was surprisingly low but the company was excellent.

JT, I don't know that it is possible for a photo to do justice to how rugged this place was. The hard part of about steep streams without an exit trail is climbing DOWN the stream and/or bushwacking out. I love solo fishing, too, but would never go back to this spot on my own.

Excellent photos and trip report, Jeff. Looking forward to the next adventure.


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Getting out was definitely a challenge. Those waterfalls were much easier going up than down them. Some of the quotes on the way out:

"I think I found a game trail" (We never really found a game trail)
"Maybe if we go higher up the ridge is will be easier" (it wasn't)
"Damn, we still have a long way to go"
"I'm really not interested in spending the night in here"
"Any suggestions on how to get around this waterfall?"(slide down and try to grab a hold of something)
"I hope this rain holds off" (thankfully it did)

Good time for sure, can't wait to do it again!


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On the plus side, from the time we left Jeff's house to the time we first hit water, it was only 5.25 hours. :o


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5.25 hrs. Holy smoke -- what state is this creek in ???

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Here are a few pics, didn't take as many on this trip as I should have.

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Like they say -trout don't live in ugly places.

The trip time was a bit longer than maybe it should have been, but by the time we found our parking spot and the trail head, then hiked it, it was already 10:30 am before we arrived at water. I bet would could cut it down to 4 hours now that we know where we are going. :o


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