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 Post subject: Poking around the pilings
PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:41 pm 
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Went down to the French Broad River today for some bluegill and possibly some smallies. The water was stained but fish-able. Got up and under the bridge in down town Marshall ;)
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The bridge was casting a pretty good shadow over the pilling bases which usually hold a lot small and average yellow Breasted Sunfish. Started casting a black and lite green pencil popper #10. Got a few tentative swirls and no real commitment from the gills. Checked my pockets and realized I had left my nymphs back up the hill. Did not want to walk. Found a container in one of the pockets that had some #14 soft hackles (ginger body and grouse hackle) that I had been fooling around with tying last night. Why not. About a 12" drop with no weight. The flies weren't weighted either.

Cast, strip, strip, and the popper disappeared. Now I'm sure everybody else knew that a soft hackle was a good bluegill fly, but today I convinced myself. Small and medium bluegill were all over it. It doesn't take much to entertain me I guess.

Gonna tie some #12 and #10 soft hackles before I get back down there.

Did catch one fair smallie on a Woolly Bugger. Saw him chase bait a couple of swipes. Had to throw something at him.

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 Post subject: Re: Poking around the pilings
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:13 am 
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At least you got on the water and had a good time.
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 Post subject: Re: Poking around the pilings
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:57 am 
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I'm gonna go back down this evening if nothing comes up and fish the better smallie water around Blanahassett Island. Heavier rod and smallie caliber flies.

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