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mysticm 04-10-2012 09:44 AM

Small Stream Nirvana
 
I took the family to a nearby National Park over the Easter week-end. As a belated B'day present, my wife granted me a 1 day pass for unlimited fishing :) Here are a few pictures that are representative of the day. After the first few fish pictures, I decided to put away the camera and focus on hitting the right spots on the stream & ensuring that I did not snag in the trees on the back cast.

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n...pr12/SR_E1.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n...pr12/SR_E2.jpg

I had tied a variety of dry, nymph and wet flies for the trip & was hoping that the patterns I had tied would work. As I found out the fish really took a liking to a few patterns and I had a wonderful time guiling the native rainbows into tasting my offerings.

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n...r12/SR_E15.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n...pr12/SR_E7.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n...r12/SR_E10.jpg

I learned a few valuable lessons during the day's fishing session - (1) a rod that allows casting off its tip & with a medium to slow action makes the experience more enjoyable. I alternated between my superfine 4wt and Winston WT 2wt and found the Winston's action more appropriate. (2) don't wade and cast at the same time. I have a swollen left knee as a result of doing this :( (3) I found that a more neutral (olive) line color was more effective than a brighter (Peachy orange) one.

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n...r12/SR_E13.jpg

Almost all the rainbows hit the Stimulator (afternoon) & BHPT (morning). I had a few that went after a parachute adams pattern. It was so cool seeing the fish rising from the depth to hit the dries. The speed with which they take the fly is unbelievable. I had to always be ready to set the hook instantaneously...otherwise they would bolt after tasting the hook.

All in all, a fantastic experience that was capped with my 4 y.o. landing her first little rainbow (w help from Daddy) on a fly rod.

gatortransplant 04-10-2012 09:47 AM

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Looks like a beautiful day out with the family, and that's really awesome about your girl catching her first rainbow!

I really like the first fish photo as well, it's a unique angle/way of holding the fish and it looks great!

Hardyreels 04-10-2012 11:30 AM

Re: Small Stream Nirvana
 
Great pictures, great report, beautiful stream!

Ard

stl_geoff 04-10-2012 12:15 PM

Re: Small Stream Nirvana
 
Excellent looking stream and photos. What park in OH was it? i think i'll get to fish it some in July.

mrl0004 04-10-2012 12:36 PM

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Wait a second, when I get married I have to get a pass to fish!? :eek: You guys aren't exactly talking me into making the plunge just yet! :D

Nice report!

mysticm 04-10-2012 01:48 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mrl0004 (Post 429930)
Wait a second, when I get married I have to get a pass to fish!? :eek: You guys aren't exactly talking me into making the plunge just yet! :D

Nice report!


Too funny! Its the kids that get in the way of having fun, not the wife :) My wife is an avid flyfisher but our two toddlers have put a damper on her fishing activities.

---------- Post added at 12:48 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:46 PM ----------

Stl_Geoff, Its not in Ohio...unfortunately. I am not aware of any streams in Ohio that contain wild rainbows.

dean_mt 04-10-2012 03:04 PM

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Beautiful stream, and just gorgeous little rainbows! Man those are pretty fish. Congrats on the hall-pass and for using it appropriately. I've promised my little girl that we will fish together this year, when she's 4. I hope to teach her to row by the time she's 10, then I'll be all set!

stl_geoff 04-10-2012 03:51 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mysticm (Post 429955)
Stl_Geoff, Its not in Ohio...unfortunately. I am not aware of any streams in Ohio that contain wild rainbows.

Ah....so is it in KY or IN? I have a couple friends who live in Springfield/urbana and we'll be up to visit sometime this July I think. I know I plan atleast to hit the mad river, might even go bother Mike Schmidt for alittle bit.

dean_mt 04-10-2012 04:19 PM

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That ain't in Indiana, and if it is, I take back all the bad things I've ever said about the Hoosier state!

pa dave 04-10-2012 05:04 PM

Re: Small Stream Nirvana
 
Allegheny National Forest in PA maybe?


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