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mrl0004 04-09-2012 08:24 PM

Bronze
 
I had been wanting to hit up a certain creek for a while now. After reading several smallmouth reports earlier today, I couldn't wait any longer. I also needed to break in the BVK properly. So as soon as I could scoot out the door from work, I bolted. It was A LOT lower than the last time I was there. Jumped in the water and after weeding through several red breasted sunfish, I had my target. It was small, but it was brown.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...110019copy.jpg

Made several casts and had another bite.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...090003copy.jpg

The fish were incredibly active. For every smallmouth I caught 4 or 5 sunfish. Moved upstream a little and stuck an interesting fish.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...250003copy.jpg

I changed flies a lot and often. Mainly because I would lose one, or I just got impatient, but I also wanted to experiment a little. I used crayfish, clousers, one bugs, zonkers, and white wooly buggers. Caught a fish on all of them.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...110026copy.jpg
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...090006copy.jpg
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...reek31copy.jpg

As the day was winding down, I knew I needed to start making my way back while I had some daylight. As I neared some shallow riffles, there was a massive caddis hatch going on. This is only a small section, bugs were literally everywhere.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...090009copy.jpg

Guess what the only fly I didn't have with me was? Of course, I don't normally carry caddis flies on bass creeks. I made a few more casts anyway and my wooly bugger disappeared from sight and I set the hook. I was treated to brief circus acrobatics and finally landed this beauty. The first one I've ever caught that had this nice of a pattern.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...4/P4010005.jpg

After several snapshots, I sent him back on his way.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...4/P4010009.jpg

When I got back to my car, it was covered in caddis flies. They were swarming above it and dozens were resting on it.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...250019copy.jpg

Also found one of these guys, and noticed several others.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...090016copy.jpg

I didn't catch any monsters, but I did see a couple. Apparently I have a long way to go when it comes to being stealthy. All in all it was a good outing, but I am still chasing that 3lber or better........

theboz 04-10-2012 12:45 AM

Re: Bronze
 
Wow you had a bangin day! Smallmouths big or small all a ton of fun. Looks like a real honey hole. Again congrats on a great day! Hope you get that 3 lber !

Hardyreels 04-10-2012 12:53 AM

Re: Bronze
 
You took some wonderful pictures to go with a good report. What was the mystery fish? I don't believe I've ever seen one just like that.

Ard

jpbfly 04-10-2012 01:59 AM

Re: Bronze
 
:thumbsup:great report and pics....what's the fish on the third pic?
Ard will you stop asking questions before I do:D:D

kibby 04-10-2012 02:53 AM

Re: Bronze
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hardyreels (Post 429722)
What was the mystery fish? I don't believe I've ever seen one just like that.

Ard

Some sort of fallfish, or creek chub I reckon, Ard. Lots of 'em up this way. They will eat the heck out of gamefish spawn and the eggs, and its common practice (up here) to toss them up on the bank if caught.

stl_geoff 04-10-2012 08:25 AM

Re: Bronze
 
That last smallie has a wonderful patttern on it. nice trip, i need to get out on some smallies soon

mrl0004 04-10-2012 10:43 AM

Re: Bronze
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hardyreels (Post 429722)
You took some wonderful pictures to go with a good report. What was the mystery fish? I don't believe I've ever seen one just like that.

Ard

Quote:

Originally Posted by jpbfly (Post 429725)
:thumbsup:great report and pics....what's the fish on the third pic?
Ard will you stop asking questions before I do:D:D

Guys, I am told it is a striped shiner. It was colored up!

hillbilly rick 04-20-2012 06:45 PM

Re: Bronze
 
Nice mess of fish,
I'm chompin' at the bit to get out in the water, maybe Sunday.

sam4msu 04-20-2012 09:12 PM

Re: Bronze
 
Man, you're killin me!!! I've gotta find some streams like that one!!! They've gotta be here, afterall, I'm just across the mountain from ya!!!

theboz 04-20-2012 10:22 PM

Re: Bronze
 
That fish in the third picture is definatly a type of chub. The only reason I know is I was catching a similiar fish in a stream near me and after exhausting all avenues of research on it went to the DEC. They pulled out a chart full of different chubs just from one area! There are a bunch and you need an icyjyologist to get a positive ID. They all look very much alike!


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