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Old 09-14-2013, 04:38 PM
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Default Beautiful Day in the NC Mountains

To celebrate my birthday, I drove way up in the mountains above the Wilson Delayed Harvest section to try to catch some wild browns. I know this particular stream holds 14-16" browns, so I was eager to chase them around.

Weather was 70 and sunny. The water was gin clear and cool for this time of year and higher than average. No obvious hatches, but plenty of midges, flies, and dragonflies were on the surface.

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I started off with a couple rainbows on the rise. Nice 8" fish that had no problems hitting a size 14 sulfur dry. I lost more than I caught, but managed to bring 6 to hand. 5th was my first brown:

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Not exactly what I was aiming for, but every trout is a nice trout.

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Last hole of the day. Saw a nice brown in the tail of the pool. She refused my nymph. Tied the sulfur back on and she refused that as well. Next cast, I gave it a little twitch right over the top of her. Beautiful swirl and a hook up. Only 11", but still a very nice trout for this stream.

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The scenery was pretty nice also. I hope everyone else had a good day on the water!
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:02 PM
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I hear you Diamond...........nice fish........that is a really beautiful area, that very few people are willing to put in the effort to enjoy.........I know of one place in that area that requires a hike to get to the water, but it is worth it........ Happy Birthday!!!
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:21 PM
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Thanks! There are some amazing browns (15"+) in those mountain streams that most people don't even know exist. You gotta work your butt off for them, though.
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It's not the hike in that gets you........it's the climb back out...........right???
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Those fish are well worth the effort it takes to get in there, congrats!

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That shot of the last hole of the day is now my desktop, unless you object. Sounds like and looks like a wonderful day.
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It's not the hike in that gets you........it's the climb back out...........right???
Yeah, I violated my cardinal rule of mountain trout fishing: Park below the stream. It was definitely worth it.
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