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Old 04-29-12, 04:59 PM   #1
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Hi everyone my friend and I went up to Settles Bridge Rd. and fished the shoals and a few other parts. Boy did I ever get a suprise! Here they are in no specific order.
1. The water is gin clear!
2. The water was 52deg! <--- my face when I walked in at 8am in my shorts.
3. There are some very deep holes that don't look deep.
4. Good current! It brought me out of the deep hole and onto a shallower area.
5. Mental note to buy waders and stop wearing swim shorts.
6. A life jacket is a **** good investment. Although me and my friend were the only fishmen down there wearing them that I had seen.

Well needless to say I got to do some one arm swimming (holding the rod/reel up) and enjoyed the hell out of such a beautiful place! Every fly fisherman we ran into was very nice and helpfull. My friend caught his first brown trout yesterday! So that was cool. My selection of flies were not usefull and to big, everyone we talked to was using size 22ish flies. All in all great drive up from Columbus to such a nice place. I'm gonna check out some more areas as finances allow. I have a tying rig on its way and I'm am ready to get down to some tying!

I didn't see very many trout, however I did see a really nice size one just cruising down the river right by us. The guys we talked to said the same thing, didn't see to many around. But all in all great day!
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Old 04-29-12, 06:08 PM   #2
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Glad that you had a great time. Settles is pretty much my main area on the hooche because of how close it is. The trout there eat tiny little bugs, but next time it is definitely worth it though to bring some earth worm brown san juan worms. I have used it to dredge up fish on really slow days on the river. You definitely won't see many fish moving in that area. The one fish I have seen though was really nice. Tight Lines
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Old 04-30-12, 03:17 AM   #3
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Your not joking about the tiny little bugs! Holy it blew me away when I seen the size of those tiny little things! My friend and I had to make a run to bass pro for some little zebra midges and a few others that we saw being used. I didn't want to buy to many of them because I'm getting my tying rig soon and I figure i'd try tying them instead of dropping 2 dollars a peice on a whole bunch. I was going to get a san juan worm but I didn't :-(. My friend caught a few on a zebra midge and one on a parachute fly. But like you said we didn't see many fish. The funny thing was when we were talking taking a break he had his line in the water about 15ft down current just laying there and somthing hit it hard and stripped off a few yards really fast than flipped off. We got a good laugh outta that.

Are there less crowded places around that area? I found the name of the place in a book and used bing maps to find it. It looked great so we went. I imagine there are some really nice areas around there with holding pockets. We did see alot of guys parked up at the bridge just north of where we went.
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Old 04-30-12, 11:22 AM   #4
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I hear that jones bridge is supposed to be pretty good. I usually stay up around settles bridge but work a different set of shallow. The one right there in front does produce fish but is also hit pretty hard by fisherman. When you get your fly tying setup let me know and i can tell you of a few places to get some cheaper supplies.
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Old 04-30-12, 11:33 AM   #5
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If you're coming up from Columbus, you might want to go to Island Ford or Jones Bridge as they are closer to you and still year round trout fishing. Also you can catch fish there on size 18 and larger flies.
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@Blueridgeflys, for sure hopefully by thursday I should have it! We tried the place right down from the parking lot and it was pretty dead, so later we moved further down the way to some shoals down a trail and through the woods. It was all good till some guys that smelled like weed and beer almost ran me over. The whole river and they almost hit me lol.

@2fly, I just checked out those places on bing maps and youtube, they look awesome!!! Thanks for the heads up! They are now on my list! I can't wait!

trying to cross where I crossed earlier except it wasn't, only 3 feet deeper lol, riding the current lol.
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"It was all good till some guys that smelled like weed and beer almost ran me over. The whole river and they almost hit me lol. "

Just upstream from you one of them said to the other in a Tommy Chong accent "Hey Man, Look there's a dude standing in the river, man."

Then the other one that sounds like Cheech Marin said "Nahhh dude, thats just a stump in your imagination, dude."

And so then both of them have to pass really close to make sure they're not seeing a stump wearing a shirt, sunglasses and cap holding a fly rod. If you stay really still you can scare them when they get close. But the one thing you have to like about stoners is they're typically happy people and they will almost always give you a cold beer if you ask.

At least you know your PFD works.
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Settles is a great fishing spot, but man the water can really fool you there. I remember wading across and working my way to a deep hole when I realized that I was surrounded on three sides by water that was 10 feet deep. Pretty nerve racking for a few moments there. Settles may be the only place I fish on the hooch where a wading stick is a really good idea.
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trying to cross where I crossed earlier except it wasn't, only 3 feet deeper lol, riding the current lol.
Dude, I'm sure glad when I've taken that slow ride that my buddies didn't have a camera!
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@marriettamike, LOL I think they had already consumed all of it! LOL.

@2fly, that happened a few times, I was like "how the hell did I get inbetween these holes?"

@windknot, LOL, always someone there to capture those embarrasing moments, his laughing still haunts me! LOL.

PFD was well worth the money!!! I'll tell you what, The entire time I was there I never felt sleepy that water was the best wake up ever! The water down here in the hooch near columbus is niiiiice and warm. Some of it is very... gatorish looking.
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