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 Post subject: Early Winter Escapade
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:19 pm 
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Warpaint Shiner

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The weatherman said it was supposed to be close to 70 degrees in Charlotte. I don’t know how much more prodding I needed. When Sunday rolled around my gear was already packed and I was ready to go. I went to a stream that, based on elevation and latitude, is at the extreme edge of trout habitat. The fish don’t grow big here, but they are plentiful and colorful. What they lack in size is made up for by the natural beauty of this watershed. It is a classic southern Appalachian stream consisting of pocket water, runs, pools and cascades, encased in rhododendron as it weaves its way down hill. It’s a great place to go to have some fun.
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Occasionally one would fall to the dry, but most came on the dropper.
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The best one came from a small, gentle eddy off to the side of a cascade. I tossed my flies into the foam and let them casually rotate. Suddenly, the dry went under when an 8 inch ‘bow took the nymph.
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I did battle with a 10 incher from another lazy eddy at the head of a deep run, but we parted ways prematurely. I can’t complain though – it ended up being a 35+- fish day, and a great day to be on a small stream in the mountains.


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 Post subject: Re: Early Winter Escapade
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:35 am 
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Awesome Sir!


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 Post subject: Re: Early Winter Escapade
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Gotta love them little wild 'bows! Well played, sir! Thanks for the pics. That's real pretty water.

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Streamer

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 Post subject: Re: Early Winter Escapade
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Love wild bows !!!!!

Good photos also

Thanks for sharing !!

Did most come on a dry or were they under the water ??

JT

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 Post subject: Re: Early Winter Escapade
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:04 pm 
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Stone-Man wrote:
Love wild bows !!!!!

Did most come on a dry or were they under the water ??

JT


Probably 6 or 8 came on the dry. The rest were on the dropper.


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 Post subject: Re: Early Winter Escapade
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:57 pm 
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Mouth watering pools, hold your breath during the first cast and be ready. Great rewards and photogs.
Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Early Winter Escapade
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:40 pm 
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Good Stuff!! Water levels looked pretty good. We sure need rain up here.

TC


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 Post subject: Re: Early Winter Escapade
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Trout Chaser wrote:
We sure need rain up here.

TC


What's rain??

Nice stuff....can't even remember the last time I was small stream fishin' ....Oh yeah....it was when I broke my ass falling off a 20 ft rock before even getting started and then Smokey and Aaron tried to leave me 200 miles from home :twisted: We should do that again!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Early Winter Escapade
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:29 am 
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Thanks for the report. Glad to see you had fun!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Early Winter Escapade
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:55 pm 
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Purty creek, purty fish!

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