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Old 01-16-17, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Wet Wading in January and PB Rainbow

I thought that this weekend's warm weather was a welcome change of pace so I headed out last minute for some camping on a wild trout stream in North Georgia with the girlfriend who is generally happy to tag along as I fish. Soon she will be best fish-netter a guy could ask for. After a beautiful night and a hellacious battle to get a fire going with wet wood, we hit the rack.

In the morning I went straight to the water and picked up a small 5-6" rainbow in a couple of minutes then went to make breakfast and pack up. I hit some really nice runs and plunge pools, got a ton of bites, but those wild fish are spooky and only give you one shot at a hookset. Getting frustrated with no more fish to hand, I went to another location on the water where I had fished (unsuccessfully) before and tied on a size 14 barbless, jig hook prince nymph and got to work. After a couple of minutes I was just about ready to call it quits. I put the lure through a plunge pool about 2' deep and 5-6' wide and the current worked it out into the seam. I looked away for a second or two and when I looked back I could not believe the size of the fish in front of me. The water was super clear and he was just sitting there motionless where my fly had been. I had not felt any tug and was unsure if he had taken the lure. Figuring I only had one shot with this guy, I didn't want to spook him, but still needed to see whether he was on the other end of the line or not. Gently lifting the tip revealed that he had indeed taken the fly and was now really, really pissed off. He darted into a deeper pool and jumped a cool 3 feet out of the air several times. I was very happy that I didn't tie on 6x because I swear the 5x almost called it a day on me a few times. I ended up running downstream with him through 2 runs/pools before I was able to guide him into the shallows where he finally was played enough that I could get his head up and pull him toward the net. I let out a war cry, Alison took some pictures, and we sent him on his way.

We ended the day on that high note and drove back home. In the past, mentioning this stream by name has been a volatile subject, so I will keep that quiet. For those of you lucky enough to know where it is, play those cards close to the chest because that fish is still out there and he likes Prince Nymphs...
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Old 01-16-17, 05:27 PM   #2
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Old 01-16-17, 05:29 PM   #3
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Nice job and good looking fish!

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Old 01-16-17, 05:34 PM   #4
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Default Pretty Rainbow,

Beautyful fish from a beautyful place. TRW
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Old 01-16-17, 05:56 PM   #5
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Wow!! That is fantastic!!
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Old 01-16-17, 06:05 PM   #6
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tenkara IS for big fish too!

Man that is awesome. Maybe I can sneak up there with you sometime this year.
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Old 01-16-17, 06:21 PM   #7
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What a fish!! And wet wading in the middle of January - life is good
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Old 01-16-17, 06:38 PM   #8
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Totally awesome. Great looking fish

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Old 01-16-17, 06:59 PM   #9
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That's a helluva fish from that spot! It's wonderful up there. Heckuva job!
I like em big fat and sloppy.
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