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By Aguirre
#347159
Oh, one other question augustwest, do you love your Pearly Baker best more than your wine? More than your wine?
:cool
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By Thrillbilly
#347312
[report]Here is one of mine from earlier in the year......

Today I decided to hit a creek that I have not been to since last August. My day started pretty early as this place is a bit of a drive from my house. A quick check of the forecast for that area showed that there was a 50% chance of rain with a high of 67F.


I packed the night before so I was able to pretty much get up and leave. The morning was pretty warm so I was looking forward to getting up into the mountains and cooler temperatures. I was making pretty good time on my drive up.


Unfortunately I was making a little too good of time. As I was closer to my destination I came around a corner. As the road straightened back out I see a sheriff’s SUV traveling in the opposite direction. Well at this point it was too late to slow down. Sure enough as we pass each other I look in the rear view to see his break lights come on. He then made a quick U-turn and sped up


I saw the lights come on and I pulled over. He approached my vehicle where I promptly handed him mu DL and CWL. I informed him that I had a loaded weapon. He handed me back my CWL and said “Sir, I will make you a deal. You don’t show me your weapon and I won’t show you mine”. He then asked me what I was doing in this area. I replied “I am on my way to fish “XXXX creek”. He then said “it sure is a beautiful morning to go fish”.


He took my DL, registration and proof of insurance back to his vehicle. After several minutes I see him exit his vehicle. He then says to me “I am going to save you $85 and issue you a warning”. I replied “Thank you officer”. He then said “I am not sure if the bridge has been repaired since it washed out on “XXXX creek”. Then he said to be careful up there and to have a nice day.


About 25 minutes later I arrived at my destination. The air was nice and cool with a slight breeze. I though what a nice day; it sure beats the 80+ degree temps down the mountain. I got out of my car and geared up.


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The creek was very high and looked a little different than I last remembered.


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When I got down to the water; I sent my stimulator sailing towards its destination. It landed softly on the surface. After a short drift I saw the tell tale splashy rise from one of the resident native redbands. I set the hook and it was fish on. I landed fish and sent him on his way.


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I resumed fishing. I was literally catching these fun feisty little guys every other cast.


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After a little while and a lot of fish later I decided to check out another spot that interested me.


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The results from this run were exactly the same as the place I started.

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While I was fishing I felt the wind kick up a little, and the bright day started to dim. While I was releasing another fish I heard the tell tale rumble of thunder. I thought to myself “I guess it is time for a lunch break”.


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While I was eating the thunder subsided. I waited about 10 minutes, after hearing nothing I resumed fishing. I was having a blast when the rain decided to come in. I did not hear any thunder so I continued fishing. I just hooked a fish and I heard a loud crack, man this storm just will not give up. I released the fish and headed back towards my vehicle.


This time the storm did not let up the rain got heavier and the lightning got close and more frequent. As I had caught a lot of fish and had very fun day I decided to head back home.


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I can’t wait till the water comes down a bit. This place is really fun and has a lot of awesome spots at lower flows. It was also good to see that there were “larger” fish back in it.
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By augustwest
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[color=#FFFF00]I visited this stream once last summer and twice in the fall. It runs through a canyon in a state park near the coast and holds spooky, tiny, wild rainbows. The surrounding countryside is usually brown, bone dry and ready to burn, but this place is another world...wet and brilliant green throughout the summer and fall; not dark, but direct sunlight is rare.[/color]



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[color=#FFFF00]All of the plants seem to be fighting for sunlight, thanks to the skyscrapers everywhere.[/color]



[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream3-feb2011-3butanos/smallstreamP1010825.jpg[/img]



[color=#FFFF00]Some funky stuff grows in the shade.....[/color]



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[color=#FFFF00]....and crawls around on the bank.[/color]



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[color=#FFFF00]The state is nearly broke, so they can't afford to mess with this stream -- meaning no planted fish. Several hikers passed through but I never saw anyone else fishing during any of my visits. Maybe it's because the fish aren't what most fishermen target.[/color]



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[color=#FFFF00](Just kidding on that last one.)[/color]







[color=#FFFF00]The water level is never high, but it fell considerably after the first visit. This is the highest I saw the water in this run. [/color]



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[color=#FFFF00]They hide under the ledge on the far side….[/color]



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[color=#FFFF00]….and under the log in the foreground.[/color]



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[color=#FFFF00]The water gets pretty skinny in places. I'm often amazed at where fish can hold. [/color]



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[color=#FFFF00]It opens up every once in a while. (Warning: artsy fartsy abstract water picture) [/color]



[img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream3-feb2011-3butanos/smallstreamP1010788.jpg[/img]



[color=#FFFF00]But I rarely saw a fish in the open until it took the fly. [/color]



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[color=#FFFF00]This pool held fish on all three visits. [/color]



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[color=#FFFF00]Looking forward to returning in the spring.[/color]



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[color=#FFFF00]-augustwest[/color][/report]
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By shunned
#373408
I reckon it takes the same amount of agility and prowess to catch those little spooky fucking forever darting twatting bastards.
:cool

00, 000 or tenkara, mate?
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By SLSS
#373412
Beautiful crick, Mr. West, and those tiny trout are gems. :cool
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By augustwest
#373479
shunned wrote:I reckon it takes the same amount of agility and prowess to catch those little spooky fucking forever darting twatting bastards.
:cool

00, 000 or tenkara, mate?
Lightest rod I had was a 3wt so I had to take care to avoid putting them into the bushes behind me on the set....I need to go a lot lighter for the next visit. Can't wait to go back.
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By augustwest
#393004
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[color=#FFFF00]Today was the trout season opener, weekend plans kept me close to home so I headed for a stream over near the coast.



First time out with the new (actually used) 2wt setup.[/color]


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[color=#FFFF00]Heavy winter rains were a bit rough on the trees this year, when the ground is saturated the roots can't hold. Redwoods were down everywhere.[/color]

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[color=#FFFF00]Smallest I have landed to date. He took the largest fly I fished all day.[/color][img]http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af195/drakeaugustwest/smallstream4-butano/fish6_smallest_P1020343.jpg[/img]



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[color=#FFFF00]The old redwood root systems end up looking like driftwood after a while in the stream.[/color]

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[color=#FFFF00]-augustwest[/color][/report]
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By Transylwader
#393012
You n me both man, love the small stuff. Regular on the WNC bluelines. Good shit. Keep em reports coming.
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