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 Post subject: Checking out the Dan
PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:59 am 
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On Thursday, I hooked up with David Adams, from Triangle Fly Fishers, and we drove over to Surry Co. to check out the upper Dan R. It was an interesting trip, although not very productive.

The first 3 accesses are stocked trout water, but stocking season is over for the year. The river access was good, and the river was wade-able, but the fish weren't cooperating. I didn't expect much from the few remaining trout, but I did think there would be sunfish, and maybe some small mouth. We spent a couple of hours wading around during which I managed just 2 small sunfish.

Toward noon, we moved downstream to the Jessup Mill access. This is the first canoe launch, under the bridge just below the Jessup Mill dam. Access here isn't as good. You can get in at the bridge, and go upstream to the dam OK, but downstream, at least for the couple hundred yards I waded, there's no access, just very steep and very overgrown banks. I did managed to catch 2 suckers in this stretch, but nothing else.

Around 4pm, we headed on down to Hanging Rock State Park to check out that access. Down there, the river was red with run off and unfishable. We did try fishing Hanging Rock Lake, which was in good condition, but had no more luck there than elsewhere. I got several splashy takes on poppers, but no hook ups.

So the day was a bust, fishing wise.

I didn't bother taking any pictures, it just didn't seem worth it.


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 Post subject: Re: Checking out the Dan
PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:05 pm 
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Yeah , but you now know the lay of the land and your next trip will be more rewarding. Plus you may want to put a floaty boat in the lake and go for bream

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