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    Me and my brother decided to hit up a new blue line I've been wanted to take a look at for a while now. I finally had a chance to get away for the weekend, so this was the time. I heard there were mostly stream bred rainbows and browns in the stream which attracted me towards it. However, it seemed like the bows were nonexistent, or at least we didn't catch any.

    Started by stringing up the 7 ft 3 wts and some really long leaders. Probably about a 10 foot long leader ending on 6x tippet since these fish were very easily spooked. You'd see them swim away when you were walking 20 feet away from the run.



    It was kind of a slow day at first, not much action in the smaller pockets, but then we found this big pool and that turned the day around. Caught this one first and then they started slamming the natural frenchie that I had tied on.



    The browns had their bright spawning colors with their red adipose fins looking pretty sweet. Photos don't really do this one justice, but it was the most colored up of them all.



    After that hole was done, we started to walk upstream. Found a few pockets here and there that looked fishy and got a few smaller brown which was cool to see. I caught one that was about 2'' long that was a bugger going after that big nymph I had on. I had never actually caught a baby brown that size before so it was interesting to see.







    In one of the medium sized runs, I had a strike that seemed stronger than the rest. The fish was the same size as the others but it was definitely putting a bigger bend in the 3wt thats the others. Once I got it in close, I noticed that it was a female full of eggs. She was pretty feisty, but it was pretty awesome to see that on a blue line, but I got her back fast so she wasn't too stressed. Hopefully those little dudes make it to be big ones out there in the next couple seasons.





    We were about done for the day as we walked a pretty good way on the stream and up a few tributaries just to see what more was out there. Seemed like the smaller tributaries were better suited for dry fly weather, but there is always next year. Saw one more spot that I had to test out and ended up with a chunkier brown that really didn't want to come up. Swam under rocks and logs to try to get away but ultimately I got it up for a picture, then he swam right back into the pool he was in before, which was over a slightly submerged rock structure. Must have been a really good spot.



    So the day was pretty brown filled. Guess you have to be lucky to catch a bow in this stream now. Like I said before, I was using a frenchie in a few different colors. If you look in my fly box that is about all I carry now, since they are easy to tie and it'll hurt less when you loose them, but the jig hooks help a lot. This one had an oversized bead since the water was up from all the rain. I knew using a dry wouldn't work so I tested out the New Zealand wool indicator and it worked great. Much better than the rest of the bobber style ones I've used so it'll probably be what I use on smaller streams from now on. It doesn't make a huge disturbance on the water and stayed dry for about have the day without some gink.



    Overall it was a great trip. Saw lots of good water and lots of cooled up fish. They may have seen me first and were swimming away but they are in there. It's going in the books for next time, once I manage to patch the hole in my waders.
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    Great report and pictures. My favorite kind of fishing.

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    • #3
      GREAT REPORT

      Beautiful pics and a great report! Congrats to you and your brother on a memorable day on the water.

      Gotta ask....are those Chacos in one of the photos? As in, you guys were wet wading? Wow...that "feat" is quite impressive in and of itself!
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      • #4
        Great pics! Brookies get a lot of love, but wild browns are the pinnacle of blue lining. Looks like you've found a real gem.
        The first thing scripture tells us about man is that we're made in the image of God. The second thing it says is that man should have dominion over the fishes of the sea.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BrianD View Post
          Beautiful pics and a great report! Congrats to you and your brother on a memorable day on the water.

          Gotta ask....are those Chacos in one of the photos? As in, you guys were wet wading? Wow...that "feat" is quite impressive in and of itself!
          Yeah I was actually wet wading with chacos. It wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be so it wasn’t that unbearable. The weather warmed up a bit towards noon.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by fishinbub View Post
            Great pics! Brookies get a lot of love, but wild browns are the pinnacle of blue lining. Looks like you've found a real gem.
            My thoughts exactly! Brookies are always fun but there’s nothing like a wild brown to keep you coming back for more.
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            • #7
              Those look like Hooch Browns.

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              • #8
                Nice pictures, looks like a great day

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                • #9
                  Those pics look an awful lot like fraudulent images. I'm going to need you to send me the exact coordinates of where you were fishing to verify their credibility.

                  (No clue what a fraudulent image is. Great report.)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Athos View Post
                    Those pics look an awful lot like fraudulent images. I'm going to need you to send me the exact coordinates of where you were fishing to verify their credibility.

                    (No clue what a fraudulent image is. Great report.)
                    I bet we can find it if we look hard enough
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                    • #11
                      That's one of my favorite places. This fish are gorgeous, spooky, and super rewarding to catch, and if I'm not mistaken, you weren't far from some speck and bow streams if you wanted to go for the wild slam.

                      Great report. Great fish!


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by splatek16 View Post
                        That's one of my favorite places. This fish are gorgeous, spooky, and super rewarding to catch, and if I'm not mistaken, you weren't far from some speck and bow streams if you wanted to go for the wild slam.

                        Great report. Great fish!


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                        I’m sure that there are some good streams around there since it is pretty decent altitude and has sizable water but this isn’t the one everyone is probably thinking it is. I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard to find with a topo map and some lookin. That and it seems like everyone knows the small few “wild” trout streams in Georgia now.
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                        • #13
                          You're probably correct. I only know of about four managed wild brown streams. I'm pretty sure everyone else knows about them too.
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                          • #14
                            Beautiful fish. I love finding browns on a small stream. I think they are some of the harder fish to catch up there.
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                            • #15
                              There are only a small handful of streams that predominantly hold wild browns...they are generally the easiest streams to ID from reports. You've done a very good job (intentional or not) of keeping this one anonymous. I always appreciate that in a report.
                              The first thing scripture tells us about man is that we're made in the image of God. The second thing it says is that man should have dominion over the fishes of the sea.

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