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Worrgamesguy
09-13-2008, 06:34 PM
My grandfather decided to drive down from West Virginia for a weekend of fishing. We (granddad, dad, me) started at 5:00 AM this morning at Happy Hollow, and caught a mess of brookies on powerbait. When it was light enough for me to see, I switched to my fly rod which proved to be VERY hazardous in the boat. We have a two person jon boat that we squeezed 3 people into. I caught about a dozen fish before I decided to call it quits before someone got hurt. I did manage to catch a brown off my EHC indicator, all the rest came off black zebra midges.

We floated down river and caught a lot of fish, nothing of size until I caught a 16" rainbow. Our friends wanted us to bring them back trout, so we only kept the ones that were injured or big enough to keep.

And this is the part you've been looking for. My grandpa hooked into a 24" brown, it is EASILY the biggest fish I've ever seen taken out of the Caney. I've SEEN bigger fish, sure, but never seen one being caught. We got him to the boat, he was barely hooked in the lip, took a few pictures, and went to let him go when we saw blood pouring from his gills. :frown:

Anyways, here are the pictures of random moments throughout the day.

Nice little brookie-

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1565.jpg

Another brookie-

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1567.jpg

Haha me attempting to grab the line so it didn't slip through the eyelets-

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1568.jpg

That fish-

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1569.jpg

And of course... the brown (me cheesing)-

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1574.jpg

And again...

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1578.jpg

I will post again when I get back from the river tomorrow, only this time my friend will be with us, so I will most likely be wading alone at HH with my grandpa, dad, and friend in the boat.

Crick Addict
09-13-2008, 08:36 PM
Wow, that's a nice dead brown. I'm glad for your GP, but the story would
have been even better with a release of the fish.

Worrgamesguy
09-13-2008, 09:49 PM
Wow, that's a nice dead brown. I'm glad for your GP, but the story would
have been even better with a release of the fish.

He was gonna die, so it might as well be food... :redface: He was one of those fish that if you tried to release him, he would swim out of your hands, and turn immediately over.

Gerry Romer
09-13-2008, 11:54 PM
Trey!

Great day!

Now... Just for kicks, go back and re-read some of your first posts on this board. You were one of the most frustrated, helpless, confused posters on tis board!;)

Now you're talking about having fun with rainbows and brookies on the fly and getting frustrated with the confines of a Jon boat!

As the old Virginia Slims commercial used to say, " You've come a long way, baby!"

Virginia Slims?? It's an old brand of cigarettes....

milligan trout degree
09-14-2008, 12:12 AM
pig of brown. its a good story dead or alive. I Like to see the big ones go back, but sometimes that happens. My guess is that even if the hook was in its lip when it got to the boat, at one point or another, the hook had been in its gills to cause it to bleed. Great fish though

I've never fished the caney before. I probably won't for a while because it requires a decent drive for me, but what is the layout of that river like? Are we talking long slow pools, riffles, jagged rocky runs? Does it run through fields with relatively open banks, or does it have bluff borders like a lot of the watuaga does? I never get to see many pictures of the river, I'm just curious.

nvr2L8
09-14-2008, 08:37 AM
Trey,
Great pictures and great trip. It's nice seeing three generations fishing together. Keeping the dream alive.

MTD,
You've been pretty quiet lately. What have you been up to? I'm sure whatever it is, there's been some trout fishing involved.

Crick Addict
09-14-2008, 09:18 AM
pig of brown. its a good story dead or alive. I Like to see the big ones go back, but sometimes that happens. My guess is that even if the hook was in its lip when it got to the boat, at one point or another, the hook had been in its gills to cause it to bleed. Great fish though

I've never fished the caney before. I probably won't for a while because it requires a decent drive for me, but what is the layout of that river like? Are we talking long slow pools, riffles, jagged rocky runs? Does it run through fields with relatively open banks, or does it have bluff borders like a lot of the watuaga does? I never get to see many pictures of the river, I'm just curious.


A lot of the river looks like this....
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d55/Bluegrass18/P9120409.jpg

David Knapp
09-14-2008, 10:17 AM
Nice raft Crik Addict!:cool:

Trey, hope you have a good time today at HH. Looking forward to hearing how you do... Those brookies look like they've colored up even more than when we fished a couple of weeks ago...fall must be just around the corner!:smile:

Worrgamesguy
09-14-2008, 03:00 PM
Trey!

Great day!

Now... Just for kicks, go back and re-read some of your first posts on this board. You were one of the most frustrated, helpless, confused posters on tis board!;)

Now you're talking about having fun with rainbows and brookies on the fly and getting frustrated with the confines of a Jon boat!

As the old Virginia Slims commercial used to say, " You've come a long way, baby!"

Virginia Slims?? It's an old brand of cigarettes....

I knew what they were as soon as you said Slims. Haha thanks, I'm just really excited for my new setup. I taught myself how to tie blood knots that way I could tie on my own tippet (thank you, and thanks David :p).

pig of brown. its a good story dead or alive. I Like to see the big ones go back, but sometimes that happens. My guess is that even if the hook was in its lip when it got to the boat, at one point or another, the hook had been in its gills to cause it to bleed. Great fish though

I've never fished the caney before. I probably won't for a while because it requires a decent drive for me, but what is the layout of that river like? Are we talking long slow pools, riffles, jagged rocky runs? Does it run through fields with relatively open banks, or does it have bluff borders like a lot of the watuaga does? I never get to see many pictures of the river, I'm just curious.

The Caney is one of the top rated rivers in the nation. I love it, I've fished it 16 years and have NEVER been skunked, on any either spin casting or fly fishing (only been fly fishing 4 months, mind you). We were gonna put the brown back, so we put him in the net in the water so he could breathe and he turned sideways and you could see clouds of blood pouring out.

http://a141.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/33/l_6e2d8d1bde70353115356069fa52272c.jpg

http://a686.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/54/l_32968cfda3645e1e6cd8deecce5f35ad.jpg

http://a774.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/55/l_159d291cae4a5a828ce50c462d409ed5.jpg

http://a713.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/3/l_4c890eb854af650c7cf4bd9380d4e2e0.jpg
^^^ That water is about 2-3' deep.

Trey,
Great pictures and great trip. It's nice seeing three generations fishing together. Keeping the dream alive.

MTD,
You've been pretty quiet lately. What have you been up to? I'm sure whatever it is, there's been some trout fishing involved.

Haha 3 generations, literally. My grandfather is Donald Carson Nichols, my dad is Jr., and I'm III (hence the name Trey).

Nice raft Crik Addict!:cool:

Trey, hope you have a good time today at HH. Looking forward to hearing how you do... Those brookies look like they've colored up even more than when we fished a couple of weeks ago...fall must be just around the corner!:smile:

I couldn't go today. They were gonna come wake me up at 9:00 because my buddy said he couldn't fish, so we were gonna float the river again. I woke up at 9:30 to my buddy's little sister and she said we weren't going fishing because it was gonna storm later. I was really upset...

Mike_Anderson
09-16-2008, 11:22 AM
I’ve seen fish with gills missing survive. Blood from the gills isn’t a death sentence. Keep the fish in the river, hold him under his head with one hand and by his tail with the other. Face him upstream so water can rush into his gills and move his body back and forth to release the lactic acid buildup. This may take several minutes but there is a lot of satisfaction in reviving a fish and watching it swim away.

We spend $4 a gallon drive three hours to get there. Spend tons of money on equipment, boats, license, food, etc, etc, and then remove the very thing that moved us to spend all that money for a shot at it. I just don’t understand.
I can’t help but think that some day we will all look at pics like this and say I remember when the caney was the best river in the nation..... I'm not picking on anyone here, its just that I've seen so many of this size fish leave the Caney this year it makes me sick to my stomach. It's only about 8 miles of river. How many Trout over 20” do people think there are?


http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b161/Worrgamesguy/100_1578.jpg

Worrgamesguy
09-16-2008, 05:27 PM
It wouldn't have survived, why leave such an awesome fish to turn over and die. Some boater would pass by and see a big white fish laying in the weeds and think "Holy crap." And if anything, it IS a renewable resource, they repopulate, and the 16 inchers you let go will be this size come next spring.

BlueRaiderFan
09-16-2008, 05:38 PM
I usually try and hold their mouth open and pull them so that water goes through their gills (when you hold them out of the water too long, they pass out for lack of oxygen) and if that doesn't work after a few passes, they're a goner. Sounds like you did the best thing and if you made a mistake, it happens.

Worrgamesguy
09-16-2008, 05:43 PM
I stood where that picture was taken, holding him by the tail and moving him back and forth in a current. I let go a few times, and he would just roll over and float back to me. I HATE the way trout tastes, and hate cleaning them, so I took all the means necessary to get him back in the water but it just wasn't gonna happen.

mkctn
09-19-2008, 10:16 AM
Trey--it sounds like you tried to do the right thing, but fish that big require different tactics because they build up a lot of lactic acid during the struggle. sometimes it can take 30-45 minutes to revive a fish that size. if you want to practice catch and release (which it sounds like you do) you have to be prepared to spend the time. you shouldn't "let go" of the fish--wait until they are strong enough to really kick their tail to get out your hands. otherwise they will go belly up, as yours did. keep them pointing upstream and be patient. they will generally (but not always) survive.

Worrgamesguy
09-19-2008, 05:34 PM
We didn't have that kind of time. They had started generating and the water was starting to pick up. I would have loved to see her swim away, but it just wasn't gonna happen.