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By flatscaster
excellent read. now I know just how little I know about the natives. Looking forward to the second installment.

As for daughters, I have 2. Don't listen to anything anyone says about the doom and gloom. It's horse shit. Your life with kids will be just exactly how you make it. If you're a good man, that little girl will ride shotgun and love everything you do just as much as a little boy will, and then someday she will look for someone like you. Make sure she can cast, read water, and hold her own.
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By Ruddy Duck
Fist, those small streams look like a ton of fun.

Second, that MRE is giving me flashbacks form Hurricane Katrina.

Last, do not fear raising a daughter. She will likely be the most rewarding element in your life. Do your best to spend as much time with her as possible, and your relationship will be strong.

You will feel a new sense of responsibility to be the type of man you believe they deserve.

I have found that even my "Princess" daughter loves to spend time with me in the outdoors. This, more than anything, makes me feel like a luck man.




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By mrl0004
Well, most of the TR is shot since pissbucket locked down my photos. So you'll have to use your imagination to remember those.

I woke up and hit the road at 3:45 am to chase one of the last two species left on my list. This trip was around 8 hours round trip driving, and a 9 hour float all in one day. It was a long day, but I did get what I came for.

The water appeared in every way to be a mountain trout stream. However, something slightly larger and older swims there.
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Drifting a popper results in explosive takes right underneath the rhododendron.
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Did I mention how picturesque the water is?
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A little further down we came to a very large waterfall that serves a great purpose. This drainage is infamous for these fish hybridizing with Alabama bass and spotted bass. This large waterfall keeps most of those species away from swapping DNA with the more precious upland species.
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This is definitely a larger specimen than what is regularly caught. The red fins are a dead giveaway as to which drainage they're from. The red coloration has nothing to do with gender, time of year, or age. They're just red because their DNA says so.
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The water was a little lower than we hoped it would be, but we did get to actually sit in the kayaks for some stretches.
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And a few more like this were caught to round out the day.
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It was a good day and I was thankful to knock out another species. One left and I'll have them all.

Stay tuned....

B.M. Barrelcooker wrote: Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:52 pm oh go man!
The last species is endemic to a drainage very near Auburn. Probably one you've caught often. Not sure why I never fished for them there.
Very nice. Very nice indeed.
Real nice again Matthew,

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