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By LuckyBastard
#496671
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I've had the last 3 weeks off work (Wedding/Honeymoon), and we've spent this past week relaxing at home. I snuck out on Tuesday. I decided to visit a Happy Little Stream that I haven't visited in 2 seasons, as we've had fuck all rain. This year has been better (slightly), so I thought I'd go see how the fish had coped. The Happy Brook:

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/Happy1.jpg[/img]



Plan usually consists of hiking down to a little man made dam, then fish back up. There always used to be half a dozen in the dam:

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/Theresalwaysonehere.jpg[/img]



This time, there was only one:

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/There.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/FishOn.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/Alright1.jpg[/img]



I continued upstream, but something was wrong, there were no fish in the usual places. Every riffle and pool used to hold little 250mm fish eager to hit a dry...

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/Happy2.jpg[/img]



But the bigger pools still held a single large (for this stream) fish

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/BigFishSmallWater.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/BigFishSmallWater2.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/BigFishSmallWater3.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/BigFishSmallWater4.jpg[/img]



This usually did the job, except for the fish above, he required a Bugger, as the flow was too heavy for this little nymph:

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/MatchHatchCaddis.jpg[/img]



With the lack of fish numbers, I took ghey shots (though I'm not very good). Flowers all the way up the valley, Here's one:

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/Ghey.jpg[/img]



Lunch at the top:

[img]http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k164/birchy_t/Lunch.jpg[/img][/report]
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By LuckyBastard
#496672
[report]I continued to the dam I regularly visit. I decided on using a classy rod, that you'd have to pry from my cold, dead hands. This rod wins all fights (Prison Rules)
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The conditions were good for a hatch. Cloudy, mild afternoons here mean Caddis:
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During the hatch I brought shitloads of little bows like this to hand, and lost some very good fish:
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Then a mudeye hatch started at dusk. Things got silly, and I must have landed another half dozen cookie cutter 'bows. Decided to call it a night on a rare Brown:
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Back to Work Monday :smile

:cool[/report]
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By WanderingBlues
#496673
Those you did bring to hand looked healthy.
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By shunned
#496703
you brought that brown from home, pants on fire.





speaking of which... I want to move house.
sorry, what I mean is... I want to move state.
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By Ephemeral
#496950
Fine report.

Thank you.
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