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    I am so happy to have the opportunity to share this report with everyone here. I was so desperate to go fishing last weekend that I emailed my boss on Friday and told him I would not be in on the following Monday (5/21), that I would be burning a vacation day.
    I was up by 4:30am and on the road by 5:00. Grabbed a few drinks and some go-go juice for the truck and was on the river by 6:00.
    Paint Creek is a great trout stream that has won several awards but is not the "ideal" trout stream. For a large part of the stream it crisscrosses back and forth underneath I-77. However, it has a nicely maintained C&R section, which was my destination.
    I was a little out of practice. I didn't know what to really start with. I tied on a green weenie and quickly hooked up with a 3" long creek chub. After 15min of no other action I tried a GRHE with no success. Finally I said, "Okay, go big or go home." I tied on a #12 Olive Green Wooly Bugger and added a few split shot. I flipped it across the head of a pool and made a few quick strips across and WHAM!!! The rod came alive! Here is what I pulled out...


    After snapping a couple pics and releasing my friend I stood up and, never moving from my spot, flipped that same wooly bugger upstream letting it swing downstream and just before I flipped it back up for another drift, WHAM! A nice little stocker brookie...

    I sent him on his way and moved downstream a little. After about 10-15 minutes of swinging that same wooly bugger I was starting to think, "maybe I should try something else" when....WHAM WHAM WHAM!!! The rod tip just went crazy. This was the best part of my day. This bad lad really put up a fight to the point that I thought I had a 24 incher on the line.

    I wanted another pic but before I could get the hook out of his mouth, flip-flop, threw the hook, and he was gone.
    I got back in the truck and moved downstream a little and fished a run that was flowing underneath one of the interstate bridges. I got several rises but only managed one taker. Another stocker brookie.


    This was a great day. Besides the fishing, the day was gorgeous, and I never saw a single soul. I was all alone all day and was able to lose some stress and recoop.
    Hope you all enjoy...
    Seth

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    I wish I were with you there Seth, you definitely had a good day of it.

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    Thanks Ard! It certainly was memorable.
    Seth

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    Nice slam there Seth! No chub pic? milt.
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    Granted, a chub would have made it a bases loaded hit..................... Milt, you have no bounds,

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    Seth: Sounds like a great day on the water, definitely worth burning a vacation day for sure.
    Larry


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    Quote Originally Posted by milt spawn View Post
    Nice slam there Seth! No chub pic? milt.
    Ha! That would've been good! I was perturbed though cause those little buggers wouldn't leave my fly alone. Most of them were too small to get hooked though....

    Thanks Larry! I didn't regret it at all!
    Seth

    It's not what I catch when I'm fishing, it's what I lose that matters to me...
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