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Old 02-02-2012, 04:44 PM
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I headed up to the hills today to fish one of my favorite brown streams. The weather has been in the 60's all week, but I was still a bit concerned about how the stream would fish. I have always fished this stream in the fall and have never tried it in the winter.

The fishing started out very slow. I had a brown follow my nymph on my first cast of the day, but that would be the only fish I would see for a while. I did have a pretty good strike a few minutes later, but that was about it. I kept switching back and forth from a double nymph to a dry/dropper. Finally, I decided to just fish a dry/dropper.

After an hour or so of no action, I was starting to lose a bit of focus on my fishing. I would watch my dry drift for a second or two, then scan the woods for bears and Bigfoot, then look back at the dry for another second or so. After scanning the woods, I looked back to see no dry, I set the hook and the fish came unhooked almost immediately. A cast or two later, same thing happened. I was a bit frustrated at myself.

I moved on up to the next run, which was almost identical to the one where I had just lost two fish. I decided I should pay a bit more attention and I actually caught a fish this time. I was happy, I was starting to think I might get skunked for the first time in more than a year.

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I kept fishing. I was all fired up, thinking things were picking up. Well, I was soon scanning the woods for bears and Bigfoot again. There was no action for quite a while.

I came upon this deep and turbulent hole. I dapped my flies in and my dry quickly went under. This brown swam around the hole for a bit, then rode the small waterfall down to the next hole, tangled himself up in a big stick, after I got him out of the stick, he was all over the place, back and forth, up and down, and under the rocks. Finally, I netted him. I was happy to see he was decent size, especially for this small stream. I will say I was a bit surprised, I thought he was bigger based on the fight he gave.


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A few minutes later, I nailed a small brown on the dry but he refused to have his picture taken. I had several other strikes on the dry then this little guy inhaled my nymph, ending the day.

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All and all, not a bad day, especially considering it's February. I will be very glad when Spring gets here.
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Great post and pics, thank you for sharing as it has been high water generation here for the last 3 months and it helps the nerves just seeing a freshly caught trout.

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That was so cool! You jogged memories of my old haunts in the mountains of North Central PA. with the story of the second fish. When they leave a pool like that they are just like a giant salmon when you put everything into perspective. The size of the stream, the size of the fish, and then the dramatic run down river! Outstanding! I miss those days, there are some exciting days when I am on the waters here but your experiences in those mountains is every bit as exciting and challenging.

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Ard, you are right! I look at those beautiful pics and it looks like my "back yard" here in the south/central PA Appalacians. It always amazes me how similar different areas of the country can look. My trickles are full of Brookies, not browns.....but those browns are beautiful.

I must say though, the small streams in my neck of the woods don't look like that at the moment! PA winters are a bit different than NC! Although as far as winters go, this one has been pretty nice so far!

Thanks for a great report, Possessed!
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It was quite slow on the chattooga as well over the weekend. the fishing didn't turn on until after 1 and lasted only till about 4. I thought that with the warmer weather it would be better. I did catch fish but I was really working for every one of them.

Great fishing report and lovely pictures and stream.
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Nice fish. All these winter pics are making me want to get out for a day...maybe this weekend.
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Come on up to Buffalo, Eunan, we'll get out there and fish for some winter browns
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Ah yes, it reminds me of the little streams and brookies of PA, a massive fish in the smaller creeks of the Appalachia mts of northcentral/eastern PA is 8 inches but the smaller 4-5inchers put up such a fight! Can't wait to fish those this summer again, unfortunately there was a massive flood this past September and it radically altered stream beds, I have not had a chance to fish any of them yet but hopefully the brookies will be fine.
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Those are some beautiful fish, I have a special spot in my heart for browns (first fish caught on a fly rod).
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Very fine outing my friend!
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