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08-04-99, 01:00 PM
With summer upon us, soon the hootch will be too slow for my taste and I would like to head to the hills.
1. What wt and length rod is a good overall rod for the mountains.
And B. who will step up to the plate and take me to the hills for some wild trout. And 2. are neoprene waders too hot for the mountains this time of year?
08-04-99, 01:37 PM
I'd say a 7'foot 4wt would be perfect. I have a 7'6 4wt 3piece, but my next rod will be around 6'foot, then maybe 5'foot, it's mighty tight in some of the spots I go, one time I had to take off the butt end of my 3piece, and fish the top to pieces, and just flip cast.
I suppose Owl would take you, but he told me he wasn't going to get to fish for a couple of weeks, and I can't take you, but there's gotta be someone out there!
Don't forget the almighty EHC #12 #14, and the prince, grhe, and of course the WoolyB!
I'd say you don't need waders at all,, just wet wade with felt-sole boots, but if you want to stay dry, then maybe breathables, but there not cheap!
What weight/length do you have?
08-04-99, 01:42 PM
The ideal Georgia mountain rod falls anywhere between 0 to 5wt and 6' to 8'. I prefer a 7'6" 2wt.
I will be happy to show you the few wild trout holes I know. It may however, be two or three weekends before we can go and even then I can only fish up there on the weekends. I'll email you.
Not only are neoprene waders too hot, but any waders are too hot this time of the year. In fact, wet-wading is pretty much the standard from Easter till Thanksgiving. While the water is cold, it is rarely above your thighs and the short to moderate hikes-in and around the laurel and rhodeodendron keep you pretty well warmed-up.
Welcome to N.Ga. mountain trouting. Like Phlyster says, there's gold up in them there hills.
08-04-99, 05:55 PM
Well said Pechuer!
I've been wet-wading since early spring, and I was all to hot in them last time I wore them, can you say, "heat stroke".
Mountain trout flyfishin is my style of fishin! "It's a rare fishin day when I don't head for the hills with a long stick, and a box full of bugs!"
heheheeee, I love it!
I suggest that if it's your first time for mountain trout, that you go somewhere with room to cast, that is, if you don't want to be taking your bug out of a tree every 5 minutes, cursing at the tree for multiple hang-ups, and impossible casts, and the fish for holding in such a tight little spot or jam that grabs your fly on every p****and makes you spook the fish while trying to get the fly rhododedrum, roots, rocks, sticks, logs, grass, ect) That was the way I was at first, but after a while, you develop indistinguishable patience, and determination, but sometimes I have my days, and then I just go to the van and find a creek with room to cast! hehehe
Don't spook them, move slow, and stay low, and stay very, very still! hehe
BTW: Do you know the "bow & arrow" cast?
You must find the rhythm!
08-05-99, 12:37 AM
Phlyster, I have an 8' 4 wt that I just built, I am anxious to build another and am thinking the 7'6" 2 wt. As for wading, sounds like I will be going wet. I will be awaiting an invitation to join one of you for a trip to the hills.
08-05-99, 05:00 PM
Micheal, you ever fished Dukes Creek CA?
08-05-99, 06:12 PM
My trout fishing experience has all been on the hootch other than one trip to smiths.
I have a Sage 7'9" 3wt LL. I have used it in the mountains alot and love it. Loads quickly for the short casts you need to make. I have recently got a Loomis 7' 3wt and am waiting to try it too. If you find someone that is willing to take you up there, how about letting me know so I could tag along.
08-06-99, 08:36 AM
Hi Bud, Michael H. and I are going after some wild NY trout next week, you are more than welcome. This isn't small stream fishing though. The fish can be well over 20" but they average 16".
I was there Tuesday and got 12. The smallest was 14" and the biggest was in the 18-19" range. They were mostly browns with a few bows tossed in for aerial effects. Hopefully someday soon we can fish together. These fish sure will put a nice bend in your new rod.
08-06-99, 12:19 PM
Thank your for the invite. I wish I could join you. I am thinking I would like to come and join you to chase some samon. Good luck and tight lines friend.
I haven't been in three weeks. New record for me I think ! Stinks , really.
Anyway....I'l be free next weekend as far as I know. This weekend I'll be in Snowwhite's territory. You are ore than welcome to go with me anytime.....I'd like to fish Smithgall Woods or Noontootla soon....
08-09-99, 09:05 AM
Michael, you know you are always welcome in my home and more importantly to share some water with me. I hope we can get together soon.
08-09-99, 10:28 AM
Paul, I hope that I will be able to do that sometime real soon. If you are able to make it down for the fling, you know where to stay.
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