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Old 02-15-18, 05:09 PM   #1
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Default Smith Creek report.

Hey guys, after lots of questions and planning, I hit Smith creek. I'll start off by saying that the creek was in decent condition. Sure, the water is high and fast, but there's still good spots to fish with plenty of fish in them.

Woke up at 4:20 am. Was parked by 7:00 am. First one there. Not that it mattered

As the day went on, plenty of people around me were catching trout. At least 3 people around me had caught some 30+ fish. Fairly large trout even. The creek was stocked last Thursday.
I didn't have as much luck.

While there, fly fishing for the first time, I was able to count at least 7 trout bites where the trout grabbed my fly and I attempted to set the hook. All 7 attempts were weak and I missed/lost all 7 fish. My best set had the fish on for maybe 2-3 seconds before he plopped off. I should include that I wasn't wading as I don't own waders. A few flies were lost today (why are flies so dang expensive?) and a few indicators lost.

Sure, I couldn't catch any fish, but in general, it was a very good time on the water, and a lot of experience was gained. I enjoyed going beyond that one pond (whatever it's for) and fishing the "less fished" portions of the creek. There's definitely trout all down the creek, though less than upstream I guess. I can definitely admit to a little disappointment, but not too much.

It's going to be raining for the next few days, so I can't recommend going, but I'd definitely recommend a trip when the weather settles.

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Old 02-15-18, 05:29 PM   #2
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Great report.

I wonder if anyone has an old pair of waders they could part with for cheap...
I only have one pair, come wet wading season you're welcome to try them, but I'm a little larger than you...
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Old 02-15-18, 08:16 PM   #3
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Don't shy away from Smith in the rain. One of my best days fishing anywhere was Smith Creek in the rain.
Waders would definitely help, but are certainly not necessary to catch fish. There are plenty of good fish holding areas that you can high stick from the bank.
What flies were working? If you are sure you were getting bit and didn't land any fish, work on your hookset. Use a "strip set." Pull the rod tip away from the fish and strip line in at the same time.
Don't get discouraged. You've done your homework, put in the field work, it will come together!
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Old 02-15-18, 08:30 PM   #4
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Great report.

I wonder if anyone has an old pair of waders they could part with for cheap...
I only have one pair, come wet wading season you're welcome to try them, but I'm a little larger than you...
Lol
I'm obviously handicapping myself on purpose.
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Don't shy away from Smith in the rain. One of my best days fishing anywhere was Smith Creek in the rain.
Waders would definitely help, but are certainly not necessary to catch fish. There are plenty of good fish holding areas that you can high stick from the bank.
What flies were working? If you are sure you were getting bit and didn't land any fish, work on your hookset. Use a "strip set." Pull the rod tip away from the fish and strip line in at the same time.
Don't get discouraged. You've done your homework, put in the field work, it will come together!
I was using a mixture of peach eggs, pheasant tails, hares ears, lightning bugs to get bites.
I don't think I got any bites on anything else I tried.

Working on my hook set will definitely come next. I don't plan on repeating this!
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Old 02-15-18, 08:40 PM   #5
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If you come from bass fishing, be aware of the tendency to over set the hook. I'm often a guilty party myself. Much better to raise the rod tip an inch until you get tight and strip line in as the fish moves towards you.

I still use my walmart cheapo waders since I mostly wet wade.
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Old 02-15-18, 10:01 PM   #6
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Is there different types of wading? Isn't it all "wet" wading?
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Old 02-15-18, 10:21 PM   #7
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Is there different types of wading? Isn't it all "wet" wading?
Aka, I go sans waders. It works well for small streams, notsomuch the other DH streams.
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Aka, I go sans waders. It works well for small streams, notsomuch the other DH streams.


In warm weather you could wet wade (no waders) pretty much any stream.
I've wet waded up to my chest (@streamsidesam will remember) chasing big t around the hooch one day. I try to wet wade at least one day each month. January and February, ✔
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Old 02-15-18, 11:00 PM   #9
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Oh that makes a lot more sense. I guess people just wear a pair of sandals in the warmer months and are good to go?

I'm gonna need it to warm up a loooot faster.
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Old 02-16-18, 07:08 AM   #10
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Glad you had a fun day at Smith Creek. Keep trying, the hook set will come. Last week I had a great day at Smith, caught a bunch, but when I started out that day I had the same problem, lots of bites but unable to get a good hook set. For some reason my luck changed after an hour or so and I started landing them. I believe the correct way to set the hook is to swipe your line downstream, or snap your wrist downstream, and I kept telling my self to do that, and finally my brain kicked in, or maybe something else happened, but my fortunes did change after a while. I should leave it to others to explain how to set the hook, but I have had this problem on Smith more than once, and most of the time after a while it corrects itself, so keep trying, it will come to you.
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