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Old 04-09-2012, 08:24 PM
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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.
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Made several casts and had another bite.
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The fish were incredibly active. For every smallmouth I caught 4 or 5 sunfish. Moved upstream a little and stuck an interesting fish.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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After several snapshots, I sent him back on his way.
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When I got back to my car, it was covered in caddis flies. They were swarming above it and dozens were resting on it.
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Also found one of these guys, and noticed several others.
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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........
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:45 AM
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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 !
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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.

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great report and pics....what's the fish on the third pic?
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What was the mystery fish? I don't believe I've ever seen one just like that.

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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.
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That last smallie has a wonderful patttern on it. nice trip, i need to get out on some smallies soon
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great report and pics....what's the fish on the third pic?
Ard will you stop asking questions before I do
Guys, I am told it is a striped shiner. It was colored up!
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Nice mess of fish,
I'm chompin' at the bit to get out in the water, maybe Sunday.
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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!!!
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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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