January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

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January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

Post by JustTheTippet » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:13 pm

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I awoke early on Saturday morning to drizzly, foggy skies and the sound of my dog snoring his ass off. Neither of us were very enthused to be awake, but there were fish to be caught. I forced him to get up.
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After 2 cups of coffee and 15 minutes walking around the yard, I was ready to go. A little creek in Shenandoah National Park was the destination. The fog was thick for the entire drive out but after climbing the mountain we found blue skies.
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We started a longish hike back down the mountain we had just driven up. Wait - up which we had just driven? Where's wildman when I need him.
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Shortly thereafter, we found the creek - which was still pretty skinny up there.
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Further down the hill, things picked up considerably. We hiked a few minutes more and decided to start fishing.
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Decisions, decisions...
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That's the right one.
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I fished with one of my best good friends. He forgot his fishin' clothes but caught some trouts anyway.
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Sometimes the going got tough.
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But we got going.
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And caught a bunch of palm trout on dry flies.
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Then we found this weird tree growing into a rock.
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And an even weirder, deformed trout.
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After that, we decided to call it a day because we were happy.
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Sunday morning found me on the road again - headed back to the SNP. You can't let 60 degree days in January go to waste.
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I took my new fishin' rig. It's the longest lasting, most dependable, full size truck on the road. Or so the commercial says. It just replaced my old rig that was with me for 13 years. So far I like it.
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I parked on Skyline Drive and hiked down to here.
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And stashed these in the crick for later.
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Then I hiked downstream some more until it was time to turn around and start fishing.
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I tied on my fly from yesterday.
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And caught some fish.
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The gradient picked up in some sections.
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And the brookies were a little better there.
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I finally made it back to my beer and drank both of them while sitting on a rock.
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Then I hiked back to the truck and put the finishing touches on a great weekend.
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The End.[/report]
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Re: January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

Post by SouthFork » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:18 pm

Nice. It looks warm. I miss warm.
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Re: January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

Post by west_jay » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:31 pm

Looks like you found some sun.

Nice feeshs!
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Re: January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

Post by Horn_Identity » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:45 pm

Very nice all around. It's a high of 14 today and it was sunny. I think it will be about the same tomorrow. This TR makes me want to go out and give it a try. :cool

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Re: January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

Post by KilgoreTrout » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:51 pm

Excellent choice for the soundtrack.

Unfortunately further north we are dissolving 2' of snowpack, making all the pretty little creeks swollen and angry. Glad you got out.

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Re: January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

Post by wildman » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:20 pm

Nice tr . Well done. And great pictures

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Re: January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

Post by foureyedgeek » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:43 pm

Wildman, I thought you left...

Great stuff, JtT. I was wondering what palm trout were, turns out I fish for em too.
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Re: January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

Post by stratabass » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:06 pm

Good stuff and a better weekend than I had. :cool
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Re: January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

Post by Randall Dee » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:42 pm

Very Nice. Crickin' for brookies is as pure as it gets. The new truck looks bomber. :cool

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Re: January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

Post by Bamaboy » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:18 pm

Verry nice! I talked to a couple friends back east and they said it was warm. They had highs in the 70's. Fukers!!! :wink . It was 5 here today.

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Re: January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

Post by root wad » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:40 pm

I (barely) remember having the opportunity to do trips like that. They are fond memories. I miss them.
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Re: January Dry Flies - A Palm Trout TR

Post by Bucket » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:41 pm

Love the pics. Makes me want to head south to the Smoky's.

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