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Hooch DH Report from Palisades 12/9

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  • Hooch DH Report from Palisades 12/9

    Well, I had to get out of the house because I've been out of my mind studying for exams for too long. So I decided to take my first trip to the Hooch DH since I live 5 minutes away from multiple sections. I left around 12:45 and was on the water by 1:15 at the West Palisades. I had gotten some advice from some other sources before I joined this forum but wasn't expecting much for my first outing. I intended it as more reconnaissance than anything else.
    From the flow data it seemed like the water was up a bit but not too bad so I headed out.
    It turned out to be one of the best quantity days (half-day) I've had for trout. It took me an hour or so of trying different combination of nymphs/buggers in a run that was clearly holding fish by the number I saw rising before I got my first fish, a pretty little brown, on a FBHE. Since there were so many fish rising and I had seen some pretty small BWOs coming off, I attempted to get one of the risers on a BWO dry in a couple of sizes but they were having none of it.
    Finally, I found the magic combination of nymphs for my outing (pheasant tail soft hackle with a smaller prince dropped off) and ended up with 29 fish (27 bows 2 browns) on the day. One nice 14" bow put up a great fight due to its stocky stature and the other fish generally fought quite well. Most were between 8-12" and more on the 8" side, which I suppose must be pretty typical for this section. The water seemed a bit stained but not badly but I don't have much to go on for this section since this was my first outing.
    I honestly wish I had brought my camera despite the risk of it being dunked simply to document this and corroborate what seems like to me a pretty extraordinary first experience with the fishery.
    Are these kinds of numbers typical, or at least not out of the ordinary, for the Hooch DH or was this an anomaly? Either way I'm definitely going to stick with my plan to go out almost every day after my last exam. Hope anyone else who made it out today was met with success!
    "There is only one theory about angling in which I have perfect confidence, and this is that the two words least appropriate to any statement about it, are the words "always" and "never." Lord Edward Grey

  • #2
    Great report

    Congrats on a fabulous day on the water.
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    • #3
      It always happens when you least expect it, right? Congratulations on a very successful outing. I think he may forgive you this time but make sure you take some pics in the future or you'll have RScott after you about how it didn't happen if there's no pictures . Thanks for the report and welcome to the board.
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      • #4
        rglaze,

        that section had been stocked twice this week ... wait is West Palisades White Water Park or Paces

        Any way that are was stocked yesterday and the water conditions were very good today, a light stain but not high and fast. In other words just right for you to have a great outing. As the trout acclimate to their surroundings and spread out they will get wiser, but will still be there to fool.

        Glad you had a great day on the water, that's what it's all about ... wait or is that Miller Time
        Nothing is impossible the impossible just takes a little longer. So take your time and enjoy the experience.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by SlowStreamer View Post
          rglaze,

          that section had been stocked twice this week ... wait is West Palisades White Water Park or Paces

          Any way that are was stocked yesterday and the water conditions were very good today, a light stain but not high and fast. In other words just right for you to have a great outing. As the trout acclimate to their surroundings and spread out they will get wiser, but will still be there to fool.

          Glad you had a great day on the water, that's what it's all about ... wait or is that Miller Time
          Palisades are Sandy Point I think. I'm not sure what names are most frequently used but I was fishing the stretch between Devil's Race Course Shoals and Thornton Shoals in what was mostly slow stuff. I'd heard it fishes well but is a hike so fewer people around.
          Thanks much, it was a blast and the beer afterward is always quite nice as well.

          Originally posted by Wet Fly View Post
          It always happens when you least expect it, right? Congratulations on a very successful outing. I think he may forgive you this time but make sure you take some pics in the future or you'll have RScott after you about how it didn't happen if there's no pictures . Thanks for the report and welcome to the board.
          It really does. I was blown away when things started to pick up. As to the pictures I'll be sure to have some next time not only for proof but good pictures of an outing are hard to beat for for looking back.
          No problem on the report; happy to share. Thanks for the welcome.
          "There is only one theory about angling in which I have perfect confidence, and this is that the two words least appropriate to any statement about it, are the words "always" and "never." Lord Edward Grey

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          • #6
            This is what happens when you pay attention to what the fish tell you.

            Good job!

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            • #7
              Sounds like you were fishing Akers Mill. I am considering heading out there soon because I'm sure Paces is packed. Thanks for the report. I'm glad to see there are fish at that spot because like you said, it is a decent hike to the river so it doesn't get as much pressure.
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              • #8
                Yep West Palisades is Akers Mill/Sandy Point. East Palisades is WW. Congrats on the trip, being successful makes it alot more fun

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                • #9
                  Paces was PACKED, but fishing awesome. BWOs were popping EVERYWHERE, dries were the ticket today.

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