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By Ramcatt
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thanks to Troutsmack for the campsite info...

8 cliff bars, water bottle, tent, bag, and fishing stuff... just the basics
flight in at 3pm on the trail at a 5:15pm with an easy 5miles uphill
the river was next to the trail the entire way... nice motivator and scenery
one of those bullshit cliché things… "the view at every turn was better than the last"
but it was true
it was also a bit tempting to see stoneflies flutter and see splashes

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as I was getting close to camp I saw a scamper down the trail and up onto the hill side
i knew bears would be around... just did expect it

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get in, make camp, and get out the rod with the last hour of light
right away little guys are smashing up top

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THIS is a fucking taut tent

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up early and fishing some smaller feeders

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with the bear in the area, I left my pack up high as I made way for a full day


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I pass the opening where I had seen the bear with no sight
Another 100yrd down the trail as I pass a tree… there he is sitting on his ass eating
I have a 7’9 2wt in my hand and could have poked him in the eye
Some rocks and a yell had him across the stream before I could pull out the camera

i know its only a black bear... but with your guard down and inside 10 feet
Got the blood pumping

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hiked up and it was all dries

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I was beat by the end... probably 30+ fish
i fell in, stuck flies in trees, bushwashed, and had a blast
surprised i didn't get a brown

In the bag before dark
The next morning was an easy down hill back to the car

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made a stop for an amazing pulled pork sammie

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sadly she wasn't in the kitchen

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By _9er
#311240
AWESEOME tr and pics! I'd much rather sit and read through that than fight the crowds here in MI for the opener. Thanks for sharing. :cool
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By VTNZ
#311242
That report was a great way to wake up, thanks Ram... :cool
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By Mike Honcho
#311246
Rite on Homey :cool

I knew you'd be a gay backpacking, cliff bar eatin sum bitch.
By thalweg
#311248
Wow. Tight tent and a really tight report.
That shot of the bridge... :bow
Did you use a psilosibin filter?
By Willi
#311252
Great report.

It will be a couple months before we can do that sort of a trip out here in CO. Here in the high country there's snow, and then there will be runoff.

Hope to hit one of those little streams in the Smokeys on my trip to Tenn in a couple weeks.

Willi
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By Gremlin
#311263
awesome report. I love the photos of those small Eastern streams. Yeh, its only a black bear, but if it wanted to fuck you up, it could.
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By Bad Fish
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Awesomeness. Been there before with a bear, it's not very comfy being that close in tight quarters.
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By BearsFan
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Pictures are fan-fucking-tastic.
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By PastorBen
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Hey there

Great TR..photography is off the hook...the Bear looks kinda pissed at you in the last shot ( after throwin' stones at him)...thanks

Grace and peace

Ben
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