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  • Smith Creek (Euro nymphing, take 2)

    Was going to hit some lower parts of the 'hooch today, but the wind and the late morning water release put the kabash on that.... So, I decided to drive up to Smith Creek. Haven't been there in a bit. It was really crowded. There were like 10-12 names in the book before I signed it. I figured it would be a terrible day. I talked to a few guys when I showed up and when I was leaving and every report was for 1-2, 3 fish was the max. Well, not for me. Been working my euro nymphing technique a little, and on a place like Smith, which is basically designed for it, I ended up bringing about 15 to hand; hooked a couple more, but they threw the hook. It was cold, really cold. I only stayed for about 90 minutes; once my hands were so cold I couldn't tie a fly on, it was time to check out (and by check out I mean throw about 20-30 more casts with what's on the line and then leave).

    What's even cooler, to me, is that I caught every fish on a fly I tied. In fact, I am not even sure I carry flies that I didn't tie anymore, maybe a few stone flies or pheasant tails. I was crushing them hard earlier in my day on a #12 and #14 Frenchie nymph I tied. I tied about 10 yesterday, planning on the hooch visit, but decided to use them at Smith. They worked. I did catch 2 on a black based zebra midge I tied, but they weren't hitting anything else. No junk food, nothing.

    On the way out I saw a younger fisherman who said he had just caught one fish all day. I gave him one of my frenchies and wished him good luck. #payingitforward

    I also broke in my new felt sole boots; cheapo boots from gander mountain, but they were virtually free because of some gift cards and family discounts.

    I also stopped by Unicoi Outfitters and picked up a few tying supplies; great little place and turns out it is really close to Habersham winery, so I grabbed the GF a few bottles of red (#NYE). All-in-all a pretty darn good day.

    Happy new year to you all; hopefully I will be able to meet and fish with a couple of you before too long.
    Last edited by splatek16; 01-12-17, 05:10 PM.

  • #2
    Congrats! I remember my first beer, I mean fly tie lol just messing around. It is quite a good feeling to catch fish on your own tie for the first time. Smith's generally gets a little crowded on the weekends or Friday's but glad to hear you are getting the hang of Euro-nymphing and were able to have yourself a day! (or a few hours) Makes me a little jealous sitting here at work in my cubicle...

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    • #3
      Great Report! Looks like you had them all figured out, they were refusing junk flies since yesterday when I was there, seems like they adapted pretty well.

      Good call on the wine too, nothing like wine to make up for fishing all day, Happy New Years!

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      • #4
        great job sticking with the tight line nymphing and congrats on catching fish on your flies. Catching fish always makes the cold a little easier to tolerate.
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        Pat

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        • #5
          Way to go man, a double digit day with flies you tied seems like a great day. I stopped by Unicoi last month and it is a cool little shop with some nice knowledgeable guys like Jake and Jackson and they have some great prices and selection as well.

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          • #6
            Thanks y'all.

            Learning curve is coming along, still very steep, but coming...

            Unicoi is cool; however, how can a place like that be out of black thread!? I got some other colorful supplies, but really could use some black thread. Hello, amazon...lol

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            • #7
              I'd bet there are a lot of black zebra midges on vices right now!!

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              • #8
                Congrats, nothing builds confidence in a technique like really getting on them. Way to go!
                I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took a Clouser in the knee.

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                • #9
                  Joe, thanks man. I agree about confidence and practice. I am by no means getting as many fish as I think I can on the technique, but learning. Detecting strikes on the euro rig is both fun and challenging. As the morning moved on I feel like I got a little better, but ... missed a few, I am sure of it.

                  Also, thanks for all the positivity on the board! I love it!

                  Originally posted by Joe_Atlanta View Post
                  Congrats, nothing builds confidence in a technique like really getting on them. Way to go!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by splatek16 View Post
                    Joe, thanks man. I agree about confidence and practice. I am by no means getting as many fish as I think I can on the technique, but learning. Detecting strikes on the euro rig is both fun and challenging. As the morning moved on I feel like I got a little better, but ... missed a few, I am sure of it.

                    Also, thanks for all the positivity on the board! I love it!
                    Considering you are using a 8' 4 wt, I'd say you did outstanding at nymphing. If you ever try out a true tight line nymphing rod you'll be surprised at how much better you can detect, control drift, and protect lighter tippets. Good job dude.
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                    You gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie.

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                    • #11
                      Man, thanks. Means a lot coming from a seasoned angler like yourself, 2Fly.
                      and, given the flurry of gift cards I got, I just ordered a 10 foot, 3 wt nymphing rod. A cheapo (maxcatch) rod, but I figured it would be an ok start. And, to be honest I've bought a few maxcatch things and really like them (keeping in mind I have no high quality name brand anything, except waders (Orvis) which was simply by necessity as I had driven to the Tuck and developed a hole in the waders I had been given by an old neighbor)

                      Thanks again.

                      Originally posted by 2fly View Post
                      Considering you are using a 8' 4 wt, I'd say you did outstanding at nymphing. If you ever try out a true tight line nymphing rod you'll be surprised at how much better you can detect, control drift, and protect lighter tippets. Good job dude.

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                      • #12
                        Another great day at Smith Creek

                        Decided to get on up to Smith Creek again today. Wasn't worried about rain, which turns out was non-existent anyhow. In fact, it didn't start raining until I was about to start the truck. And I totally overdressed - it was warm!!! Too warm for thermal base layer, that's for sure.

                        Still working my euro nymph technique and tied a few frenchies and gold bead hare's ear, and some squirmy worms, among other fancier/flashier things the past few days.

                        I strolled in to the place I fished last week and on my third cast BAM strike. Rainbow. That was the first of about a dozen rainbow brought to hand and several other missed hook sets or thrown hooks. My catch rate has over doubled in average at Smith.

                        Added bonus: on the way out I saw a couple sitting in their truck. I gave the standard "you guys coming in or heading out?" greeting. They told me they were leaving and we go to talking about our catches. Well after 10-15 minutes and more than a few references to my 6 year old boy (who I talk about non-stop) @bozosnightmare realizes it's me. Small world. It was great putting a face with another NGTO-er. No pics today; I was working on my fast release. But, my lovely girlfriend made the attached video with some iPhone app.... Hope it comes thru.

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU26_5vjV7Q

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