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mrl0004 06-24-2013 12:54 PM

Glutton for punishment...
 
Back to back weekends in this place, what was I thinking? Left home at 5am to get an early start on what I hoped would be a very productive fishing day. First, I wanted to hit up some skinny water where I had spooked some nice sized redeye last year. Where I wanted to wade was blocked by a family and their rock chucking. So I opted to fish downstream. It was slow. Maybe the super moon had something to do with it? After a couple of missed hooksets and LDRs, I finally caught a Bama brookie. This redeye was one of the bluest I have ever caught.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psb429ab0a.jpg
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0e63c96a.jpg
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psf8b91f19.jpg

Caught him out of the pool above the rock dam
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...ps78caddfc.jpg

I couldn't move anymore fish, so I decided to hike back out to the trail and walk up a ways to get to some better water. I followed the trail for about a mile and a half and I seemed to just keep moving further and higher from the water.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...ps5e88f8ab.jpg

I did find a cool cave
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psf64a8438.jpg

And some ripe blackberries
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psa0dcf290.jpg

And came across a nice rocky field at the top of the mountain...
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psb8498cab.jpg

At this point, I decided to check out some scenery and make my way to the crappy hike to meet up with some buddies that were fishing in the area today as well.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psbe677573.jpg
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psf3220a59.jpg

mrl0004 06-24-2013 12:55 PM

Re: Glutton for punishment...
 
Found the other guys working back to the trailhead and since they were working downstream, I decided to see if I could pick up any scraps they left upstream.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...ps258eeab1.jpg

Found several small mayflies coming off, but I still couldn't get any topwater love.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4f90e83a.jpg

As I came to this pool I decided I was going to catch a fish from it, so I just kept casting until I did.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psc4f7a78f.jpg

After about the 27th time I said, "last cast," my persistence paid off.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psc8c0e22e.jpg
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psb1afb06b.jpg

Man these fish are something special.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...ps909bcdd6.jpg

Thanked the little guy for making my hike down worthwhile and sent him back to the drink.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...ps40cacf74.jpg

This was the only fly of the 3 or 4 different ones I tried that got any love.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...ps30ee0e9c.jpg

As always, the scenery is worthwhile....
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psdfacc2f6.jpg
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...ps617ad615.jpg
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...ps213deb50.jpg

Another cave
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psbd1fde46.jpg

Supposedly this is the base of the chair lift that used to be there.
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7075356e.jpg

mcnerney 06-24-2013 01:17 PM

Re: Glutton for punishment...
 
Might not be the most productive water you will ever fish, but the scenery is downright gorgeous and the blue in that first fish was spectacular, congrats on the great photos and trip report!

Rip Tide 06-24-2013 01:20 PM

Re: Glutton for punishment...
 
Probably a bosun's chair. They're more like a zip-line than a lift.

http://bosunasdah.edublogs.org/files...uns-chair2.jpg

mrl0004 06-24-2013 03:50 PM

Re: Glutton for punishment...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Rip Tide (Post 566694)
Probably a bosun's chair. They're more like a zip-line than a lift.

http://bosunasdah.edublogs.org/files...uns-chair2.jpg

Nope. This was a postcard from back in the day...
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...psa87f6fbe.jpg

yonder 06-24-2013 04:04 PM

Re: Glutton for punishment...
 
Great report.....beautiful fish!!! Thanks for posting......:)

fishinkeebs 06-24-2013 05:05 PM

Re: Glutton for punishment...
 
Great pics! Man those fish have some awesome color!

gannoli 06-24-2013 11:14 PM

Re: Glutton for punishment...
 
Man those are some gorgeous fish. Pretty decent sized fly, what rod weight?

ditz 06-25-2013 09:18 AM

Re: Glutton for punishment...
 
I only live about an hour or a little more north of you. I have never found any blue smallies around here though.

stl_geoff 06-25-2013 09:57 AM

Re: Glutton for punishment...
 
Im always glad when you post trip pictures. Thats only 6 hours away from me, probably have to put that on my to-do list.


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