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NDuncan
03-20-2011, 01:59 PM
I went out to fish Thunderhead yesterday afternoon. I got to the parking area at the end of Tremont at about 1:30. As I was getting my gear rigged up I realized that two of my pockets on vest were unzipped and after shuffling my stuff I realized that I had not brought by two main fly boxes! I have over the past few months stocked up a very good supply of female adams parachute dries and finished reorganizing my fly boxes the night before but then forgot to put them back with my stuff! (along with almost all of my dry flies) But on the bright side, I still had ONE attached to my vest that I caught my first fish of the year last month on twentymile with JayB. So I rigged up and headed up the trail. I first fished the spot by the metal bridge, got a few strikes, but no fish. The water was higher than normal for Thunderhead, but not too difficult to wade, which was good. The air was in the mid 70's but the was was around 45. A little further up the stream, I landed my first bow:

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2011%2003%2019%20Thunderhead/P1000258.jpg
6.5" bow

I got a new waterproof digital camera last November but haven't gotten a chance to take it fishing yet, so I used this opportunity to take a couple of underwater pictures of this guy:

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2011%2003%2019%20Thunderhead/P1000260.jpg
http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2011%2003%2019%20Thunderhead/P1000261.jpg
http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2011%2003%2019%20Thunderhead/P1000259-1.jpg

My camera battery was low so didn't photograph all of the fish I caught. There were some dark stoneflies sporadically hatching, but didn't see any mayflies.

While working up towards the confluence with Sam's creek, I caught another two bows, one about 5.5" and another 6" with a bunch more misses and "early releases". When I reached Sam's creek I started to hike back down the trail the car. In hiking back to trail, I snagged by fly on a branch and snapped it off. So I had intended to stop fishing, but the water was still too inviting and so shuffling through the small fly boxes I had, I realized I had two dry fly patterns with me, some stimulators and some parachute march browns. So I tied on a 14 march brown and starting hitting specifc holes as I worked back down the trail. One hole yielded my smallest fish of the day: (4")
http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2011%2003%2019%20Thunderhead/P1000267.jpg

As well as the largest: (8.5")
http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2011%2003%2019%20Thunderhead/P1000268.jpg
I wish the picture captured the colors on this fish as well was the white tips on the fins better. His colors were so strikingly red and darker than most of the bows I have caught. (spawning colors?)

Here's another shot of him:
http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2011%2003%2019%20Thunderhead/P1000269.jpg

After this I knew I needed to get going so I went back to my car, but when I got there, I realized that unlike when I got there, the parking area was pretty much deserted, so I just had to fish a little bit along middle prong by th eparking area so I took the short walk down to the river. Since Middle prong itself had much more flow and height to it, I decided to fish from a boulder near the shore and cast up to a good looking pool. The first cash I strike but I missed the hook set. I could see the fish that took it and it was a good sized one. The second cast yield a slap. So I kept carefully working the pool with a few hits and slaps, but now hook-ups. I would have rather been in a different position because it was hard to get a good drift from where I was, but didn't want to get in the water. After about 15 minutes, my patience was rewarded with an 8" bow.

http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/ae158/Nathan_Duncan/2011%2003%2019%20Thunderhead/P1000271.jpg

So all in all a good day, I cant wait to get back out there...

I was fortunate that I only needed 2 flies.

flybum62
03-20-2011, 02:03 PM
Sweet looking fish! I am green with envy!

rbreedi1
03-20-2011, 02:37 PM
That 8.5" bow has some awesome coloration. Nice underwater shots as well. That last one has a pretty funny face! Haha. Thanks for the report, looks like you made the best of the situation.

fishermen00
03-20-2011, 08:00 PM
Nice report.

JayB
03-20-2011, 08:55 PM
Rub it in, I got a big fat skunk. Big girls were still there but spooked as I was coming down the bank! Met that same old guy again and found out what a "sheep fly" is, he gave me one, and I promptly lost it to an underwater branch in the second hole.

Camping was great though, you missed a heck of a good time in that regard!


Jay


http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e383/beljason/campfire-1.jpg

duckypaddler
03-21-2011, 10:31 AM
I also got lucky yesterday and only used 2 flies all day. While I had plenty more with me, it was nice not to loose a bunch. The hackle finally came off my dry so I switched to just the pink weenie and while it was starting to come unthreaded it got me through the day

pineman19
03-21-2011, 06:02 PM
Great report and pics NDuncan! Thunderhead is one of my old favs, need to get up there in the near future.

Neal