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Tater
08-05-2010, 06:58 PM
I fished the Caney this afternoon, at Happy Hollow. They stopped generating today at 11am and I arrived at the river around 1:30pm. The river was dropping slowly and was covered with diving swallows and a thick blanket of fog.

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I was using my 7.5ft 4wt fly rod with 5x tippet tied to a size 20 black WD40. Within my first couple of casts I had a strike but was not paying attention. A couple of casts later I hooked and landed a small brown trout. The fog was so thick at times, it made it difficult to see the tip of your rod or the approaching boats. I continued to miss a couple of more small trout. Then the swallows let up and the fish stopped rising. So I tied on a size 12 Elk hair caddis dropping the same WD40 on 6x tippet. I moved a little closer to the opposite bank where I could hear fish rising. A couple of casts and mends later the caddis went down and I set the hook on what I thought was an average size trout. As I brought the fish closer it kept getting bigger and bigger. After multiple head shakes and some small runs, I was able to slide the net under the large brown trout. I moved towards the bank to photograph the fish.

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While reviving him I saw a small otter playing in the backwater. I finished the day with a small stocker size rainbow.

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A GREAT DAY ON THE WATER!!

silvercreek
08-05-2010, 08:30 PM
Excellent fish. I've seen those swallows about everytime I have been there this summer. A couple of times it looked like they were going to take my fly off the water, but like the trout, they recognized it as a fraud at the last minute.

BlueRaiderFan
08-05-2010, 09:08 PM
Sweet feesh. Had one on that big, but never got him to hand.

psnapp
08-05-2010, 09:51 PM
Impressive brown, Tater! Gotta watch those swallows ... I hooked one on my backcast back in May!

David Knapp
08-05-2010, 10:01 PM
Very nice fish! Congrats on a good day...

one more cast
08-06-2010, 07:05 AM
Nice fish, nice pictures.

oldhickory
08-08-2010, 11:16 PM
Nice brown! Thanks for the photos.