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Appalachian Brookies- TR

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:14 pm
by Mangina
Had a chance to drop in on an old friend. Tx was one of those guys who got me started in the salt. Lots of days chasing reds and tarpon. He left the salt years ago to find some mountains. He had an impressive trout game to go along with his salt skills, so wasn't a surprise. Tarpon have been replaced with muskies and browns replaced with brookies.

He's in a spot where native brookies can be found. I'm not one of those guys running down all the native strains of trout but do find something unique and intriguing about catching a fish whose ancestry goes back to the waters they still reside. Been in the area before but never targeted the southern strain natives so wanted to make it a point to do so and see if I could bring one to hand.

I don't do much trout fishing. Regrettable, as its always a good time. That being said, when I do, I greatly enjoy the tiny creeks and streams over larger rivers. Something about trying to figure out how to drop a fly in tight quarters for wee fish brings me joy. Usually done with dries.

Hooked up with Tx and Socks. Both were gracious hosts and allowed this "flatlander" and opportunity to hit some creeks for some natives. They quickly realized that my "A" game was more like a "R" game. They'd work over the hula hoop sized water and leave the holes where the clouds parted, rainbows ended, and angels were singing. And of course room for a back cast. Hell at times even room for a roll cast was appreciated.

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Oops. Slippery.

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Great to catch up with an old friend and spend some time with a new one. Meeting some natives was a good time as well. Cool looking fish.

Thanks guys! Good times.

Cheers

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Re: Appalachian Brookies- TR

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:53 pm
by TX.
You're drunk.
That never happened.
Good to see you buddy.
How are the knees?

Re: Appalachian Brookies- TR

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:29 pm
by TX.
The strain you caught have been in this ditch since the second ice age and most of them have never seen a fly....
Makes you pretty special buddy....and you get it.
That's why we kicked your ass to get into (mostly out ) of his place.
Your knees will heal, but you caught several trout that have never seen a fly, That's pretty cool.

Re: Appalachian Brookies- TR

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:20 am
by SOBF
That didn't suck!

Re: Appalachian Brookies- TR

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:20 am
by B.M. Barrelcooker
much love

Re: Appalachian Brookies- TR

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:43 am
by Da Ax
Roll casting into some of those laurel hells can be a bitch...but damn worth it. good on ya. Miss bluelining that area.

Re: Appalachian Brookies- TR

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:59 am
by befuddled
Holy shit, I don't think I have ever seen Scott wear shorts before

Re: Appalachian Brookies- TR

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:32 pm
by 421sd
Man I love them little crick char. I just wish it wasn't a solid 17+ hours from my shed to the nearest crick that has them (natives anyway). Killer. :cool

Re: Appalachian Brookies- TR

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:06 pm
by Mangina
A few more.
Turns out Socks is not only good with a fly rod but pretty good with a lens as well

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Re: Appalachian Brookies- TR

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:21 pm
by Surly
Those fish are something special.

Re: Appalachian Brookies- TR

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:03 pm
by 421sd
This is.....gold.
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Re: Appalachian Brookies- TR

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:31 pm
by TX.
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Yeah, there were waterfalls.
A bunch.
And we had to use a machete to get in there.
Incline was about 1500' in two and a half miles
I think we did about 8 miles total that day. I'm still feeling it.
But it was cool as shit, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.Just not this week.
Pretty sure we got well over a hundred fish and most had never ever seen a fly.
You got your Appalachian adventure Bill.