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Old 11-25-2010, 07:28 PM
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Default A first and a great turkey day

So I sneaked out of the house this morning at 6:40 and prepared for my assault on the Chattooga DH section. I arrived around 8:40 after some stops and prepared to walk up the river towards Reed Creek. The parking lot was pretty empty, only 4 cars.

I had a wonderful day; the fog and drizzle let up and the sun started shinning. Around 11:43, I caught my first legitimate trout on a fly rod. (I have been trying for about 2 months now, mostly on the Lower Saluda with two trips each to the Davidson and the Chattooga.) I caught a rainbow on a seam in some nice riffles. Upon leaving that hole I decided to fish up the river and came up empty. As I walked out something told me to try the same spot I caught the rainbow earlier, and to my luck was able to pull a larger one. So with the sun shining, the monkey off my back and my mind on turkey, I had a beautiful hike back to the parking lot.
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Old 11-25-2010, 08:00 PM
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Congratulations on your first of what will most certainly be more than you will be able to remember. The first trout on a flyrod is certainly a magical day - I am sure you thought it would never happen after two months of trying! Funny how we all have to put our time in. The fishing gods know. I have known guys who are now pretty solid fishermen that didn't get a fish to the net for a solid year. It is nice that you have such a wonderful way to remember Thanksgiving from now on.
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That is great to hear and no doubt while you ate that turkey dinner you were thinking about fish.

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