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Old 02-06-17, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default Stockers at the bridge

Friday afternoon I happened to spot the stocking truck headed for paces as I was running errands. After following the truck down to the park, I ran home (about 1.5 miles away) and grabbed my fly gear!

As soon as I got back, I jumped in the water at the boat ramp and started fishing. The water was SUPER low, maybe the lowest I've seen, and had excellent visibility. I worked my way from the boat ramp all the way up stream to just below the bridge. I landed 2 very nice bows (my 2 pb's in succession) and a small brown, but didn't find the numbers I was expecting from a stocking truck.

As I was getting ready to climb out of the river just below the bridge, I found the fresh stockers. There were 3 separate pods packed in so dense, I couldn't see the bottom! I then proceeded to stand in one place and catch approximately 30 fish in probably 60 casts! I have never been on a fresh stockers bite, but now I understand what people are talking about. They will bite literally anything!

The 2 bows were around 15" and I'm very proud of them, but the best freshly stocked fish I caught was my fly rod pb at somewhere around an 17"-18" brown! Fins were destroyed, but still a great fight!

Thanks GA DNR for making my day amazing and memorable!
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Old 02-06-17, 03:35 PM   #2
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Old 02-06-17, 11:17 PM   #3
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Old 02-07-17, 08:01 AM   #4
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haven't stocked browns in years. but 1 may have slipped in there.
always fun to find a hungry pile though!
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Old 02-07-17, 08:46 AM   #5
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Good job..it pays to be geared up and ready just in case.

I believe they do stock browns during the dh season below Morgan Falls Dam.
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Old 02-07-17, 08:48 AM   #6
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haven't stocked browns in years. but 1 may have slipped in there.
You're thinking of the upper tailwater. Browns are stocked every year in the DH.
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Old 02-07-17, 09:21 AM   #7
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I'm surprised they made it that far that fast. Were the fresh stockers mostly browns for you as well?

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Old 02-07-17, 09:54 AM   #8
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I'm surprised they made it that far that fast. Were the fresh stockers mostly browns for you as well?

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I think the truck must have dumped them in at the bridge, because I didn't see any at the ramp. And all but one of the approximately 30 stockers I caught were browns! Only 1 bow amongst them. Which makes me wonder...

Do browns and bows wander into different kind of water immediately after being stocked? Or did the bows just not like the look of what I was throwing?
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Old 02-07-17, 01:53 PM   #9
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I think the truck must have dumped them in at the bridge, because I didn't see any at the ramp. And all but one of the approximately 30 stockers I caught were browns! Only 1 bow amongst them. Which makes me wonder...

Do browns and bows wander into different kind of water immediately after being stocked? Or did the bows just not like the look of what I was throwing?
I do not know the answer to your question, but on Saturday I caught 3 browns letting my woolly bugger rise at the end of its swing while the rainbow I caught was stripping it back in. Similarly, on Sunday the rainbows chose larger flies than browns, generally speaking. I would need more experience to know if this was a trend.
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Old 02-07-17, 02:46 PM   #10
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I probably put 25+ to hand early last Saturday morning and only 2 were bows......but nice bows. That was my first outing using the euro nymphing technique so I might be a little spoiled now.
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