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11-14-05, 11:19 PM
Hi Guys and Gals!!
We hit SGW at about 7AM and immediately after we checked in I went to the spillway and landed a 14 in bow on my 3rd cast. I tehn went and caught the shuttle to Section 4 and nothing for about 3 hours. I tied on a black rooster tail at the falls right below the covered bridge and landed a 16 in brown right above the falls. We broke for lunch and then fished section 2 up to the wire. We then skipped up to section one and I landed another 12 in bow at the spillway by the road. At about 2 PM we split up and went accross the road up section 1 and I tried like heck to land one of the monsters that hang out at the bend. There must have been 10 bows ranging from 18 in to 30 in and they wouldn't hit anything. I went back toward the road and decided to try the deep pool below the "S". I always seem to get one there but on the way up another fisherman was in the spot. I landed a 23in bow on the second cast.
What a great place to fish!!
11-15-05, 07:23 AM
Sounds like a decent day to me! Any day I catch a 23" fish, I'm happy :)
11-15-05, 07:57 AM
Congratulations on your 23 incher! That's certainly an accomplishment!
Were you using the Black Rooster Tail at the time of catching the 23 incher? I always ask spin-fishers what color RT they were using because us fly fishers can go out and imitate the same color scheme using Woolly Buggers and other type streamer flies. So, if you're not too secretive, I'm sure more than I would love to hear what colors you were using. ;)
11-15-05, 08:31 AM
I fished Dukes Sunday afternoon and it was awesome. I, too, landed a 23" male rainbow on my 7' 4wt. Light Line. That was a hoot. Some of the big fish did have lockjaw. Probably because they were in such low, clear water but also because they had seen plenty of anglers by the afternoon. If it rains tonight, Wednesday could be outa sight!
11-15-05, 08:57 AM
;) You have to ask? He has 7 children! ;)
Dad of 7 - Sounds like a great day!
11-15-05, 02:12 PM
Because I'm such a great dad ;) , I took my 13 year old son with me as well as my dad and brother in law. I wanted my brother in law to catch a trout since this was his first time so I took him to a spot on section 1 that is pretty much a guaranteed fish and dropped him off to fish alone. My dad is almost 70 so by this time he was pretty tired so he fished right near the gate area as we walked upstream. My son had caught 7 or 8 already so I really wasn't worried about him catching anything elso so he went with me. As I hooked the big bow, he gets the bright idea to cast where I just hooked the fish but his bell flipped over and his line and lure wrapped around my rod about 200 times! I was cranking my reel as hard as I could but it wasn't working so I just grabbed the line with my teeth and bit his lure off and pulled on the line and it came off. By this time the bow had wrapped around my waders a few times and just as I grabbed the trout, my lure came off. My son, seeing the fury in my eyes and being a smart kid and recognizing from experience what was gonna happen next, dropped his gear and unassed the stream double-time. I put the trout back in and met him up on the road. He was scared to death! Lucky for him, his Papa was there to protect him. If I had lost that fish he still would be standing to eat.
I landed that 23 incher on a gold Mepps with a flame orange tail. The only reason I even had that tied on was because I had just left the bend where all of those big trout hang out and I threw everything at them I had in my box. I was on my way back to the truck when I decided to hit the falls since nobody was there. Just lucky I guess. I am gonna try and get back up there in the next few weeks. Bonnie told me that it was booked through December so probably in early Jan. I'll be back up there.
The creek was very, very low and some places that I usually would never try and cross with waders on were only a few feet deep. On section 3 where they feed the trout it was only about 2 feet deep.
Also, I have decided that I am going to bring my old HLS out of retirement and try it next time. I have been practicing with it on the Hootch and I'm getting pretty good. I just worry because there were trees down all over the stream. Any suggestions would be welcome.
11-16-05, 07:39 AM
Definitely something I would have done to my old man way back when. I was laughing hysterically when I read that. My favorite move was to not look who was behind me in the boat, hook their shirt as I casted and turn his baitcasters with high dollar line into eagles' nests. One of my good friends who loves to fish is giving me similar frustration as I am trying to teach him to use baitcasters and of course he must use mine because he's a tightwad and hasn't broken down to buy his own.
11-17-05, 09:44 AM
I was fishing once with my dad and 2 of my nephews on Lake Wedowee in Alabama a few years back and we were anchored down in a cove casting out from the boat. It was a 23ft Sea Ray pleasure boat so there was plenty of room for everyone to stand and fish. Well, I threw out a 3" black and gold floating Rapala toward the bank and let it sit until the ripples went away. Then I jerked it and WHAM!!! a big ol' largemouth hit it hard. I faught it for about 30 seconds and it threw the lure. I figured I would throw back out at the same spot since the fish were obviously feeding but it seemed my nephew figured the same thing. As I followed through with my forward motion of the cast, I felt my line getting resistance and I cast my lure with all my strength. I heard a loud POP as my line broke. I turned to see the blood pouring out of my nephew's head as both treble hooks sunk deep into his scalp. He had decided to throw into the same spot I was and was about 6 ft behind be when I tried to cast my lure. With the Rapala dangling from his head we rushed to the boat ramp and I sent my dad and my other nephew back out while I went to the hospital with my idiot nephew. As we walked into the emergency room the nurse asked, "What happened here?" My nephew replied, "My moron uncle hooked me in the head." The nurse then asked, "What did y'all do to the uncle?" To which I replied, "They made him take this idiot to the hospital!"
The moral of the story is to fish alone, and you can lie more. :cool:
11-17-05, 11:12 AM
I don't mind sharing my fishing spots with my fishing partners but I don't think I would feel bad if he wasn't hurt. That's all on him for trying to steal your spot while you're still there. Funny story. Thanks for sharing.
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