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Old 11-14-2011, 10:06 PM
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Default Wind, moccassins, and leaky waders

We had our fly club annual banquet/auction Friday night. Great food, some cool things auctioned off, but I came home with only a TVFF club hat and a year of Florida Sportsman magazines. The framed fly plates and rod/reels went for quite a bit more than I was willing to pay. All the fishing talk had me dead set on fishing all weekend. Decided that I would stay relatively close and hit my usual trout stream.

Woke up at 5:00 am Saturday morning and got on the water by 7. It was a slow day. I felt like a retard trying to pick nymphs, because I had gotten so used to fishing dry flies. I have only fished during the spring and summer, where all I needed was dry flies. So I had absolutely no clue what to try first, and it didn't help much that I had a box full of options. Missed a few hits on beadhead hare's ear and prince nymphs. Pulled out the streamer box and still wasn't quite sure which one. Tried a white zonker, no particular reason, just always heard white was a good color. Finally got a hit!
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Couldn't buy another bite, so I decided that was it for the day. Plus, my waders had serious leaks (in the seams) of both legs. My feet were ice cold and I pretty much couldn't feel them anymore. On my way back, I took a quick detour to check out my brown trout spot.
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Just walked around watching the water, I saw a few small ones swimming around, but just didn't feel like trying.

By the time I got home, I turned the heat up, brought out a space heater and lit a fire.
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I had also rushed back to catch the Auburn/Georgia game. Hind sight is 20/20, but after watching that game, I wish I would have stayed in the water catching no fish in leaky waders. **** poor performance. After the difficulty pulling my waders down to drain my old man bladder and the leaks, I went ahead and bought new waders online. They should be here Tuesday. Ended up getting the Redington SonicSeam zip fronts.
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Once I thawed out, I just called it a night and hoped for better things tomorrow.

Fast forward to Sunday morning

Got on the water about 8, it was calm, water was low and I was dead set on fishing one fly. Went with the standard small olive wooly bugger.
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Took about 3 minutes before I had a fish on....
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Then another...
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And another...
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It just kept going and going.....
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Also caught one too many of these little thieves...
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Around 11, the wind picked up to 30-40 mph gusts. Casting became difficult, my waders were still leaky, and I had caught fish. So I decided to call it a day. On the way back to my car I was inches from stepping on a big fat water moccasin on the river bank. It was cold enough that I thought I wouldn't have to worry about my no-legged serpent friends. I was wrong. I decided not to take a picture and just get the heck out of there.

I caught probably 12 or 13 trout today. Missed and/or lost about as many, including once nice one that had my 5wt bent pretty good. It was nice to show the bows some love since I have been all brown or brook trout for the past 5 months.
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