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buzzmcmanus
02-26-2012, 09:15 PM
I woke up this morning and my whole day was planned with some productive activities.

- Take wife to breakfast
- Mow grass
- Take dog on hike
- Drink beer
- Watch race

While waiting for the wife to get ready, I jumped online and ready spotlight's post, "Sum Ting Wong". I thought to myself how nice it would be to get out today.

During breakfast, my wife informs me that she is going to hang out with her girlfriends today and watch a girly flick then maybe the Academy Awards. She then proceeded to ask me if I was going to fish. Well, I'm not one to close the door on oportunity. And that is why I am here making a report.

I swung by LRO on my way to the park to shoot the breeze with Chuck, cast some flyrods, and lighten my wallet some. I knew I had a good hike in front of me and didn't want it weighing me down on the way in.

I got to the trail and started my hike. I didn't pass a single other fisherman on my way in. It was hard to pass good water like this,

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/2-26%20Little%20River/P1000431.jpg

But, I made my way to where I had intended to start.

This looks like a good place for a cast or two.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/2-26%20Little%20River/P1000432.jpg

Earlier this week, ChemE and I had shot a couple emails back and forth. In one of them, he had told me about the steelar day he had catching them on top during a quill gordon hatch. I must have taken this to heart, because when I rigged up, I tied on one fly, a size 12 parachute adams. That would be the only fly I used all day.

About 3 casts into my day, I had a real nice fish come up and eat my adams. It ran upstream and I remember thinking that it may just be my best park rainbow of all time. I was thinking rainbow due to the fact that it was sunny, warm, and the middle of the day.

Well,
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/2-26%20Little%20River/P1000434.jpg

That ain't no rainbow. I snapped a quick picture, and measured it out on by fly rod. I've got a 14" mark above my handle, and this was a solid 1.5" longer. Being satisfied that it was only February and I already had a 15"+ fish under my belt for the year, I sat down and ate a handful of trail mix.

I resumed fishing upstream.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/2-26%20Little%20River/P1000435.jpg

I certainly wasn't catching them left and right, but every now and then, one would come up and take my fly.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/2-26%20Little%20River/P1000437.jpg

I was fishing much slower than I typically due. It was a nice day and I was content after my first fish. While fishing a real good looking run, I gave it a few more casts than I typically would. I watched a big fish come up from the bottom in slow motion and take my fly. I set the hook and it went nuts. Upstream, downstream, towards me and away. Somehow I kept it on. It eventially settled down and got right in between two seams of real fast water, just laying on the bottom in the rocks. I just kept some even pressure on it not really knowing what to do. If I move it too much, it might hit the fast water and head downstream. There's no way I could turn it if it went that way. I sit there thinking, WWDKD (DK=David Knapp). Then it hit me, I slowly added pressure until I had the fish coming up, when it got near the surface, I reared back on my flyrod as hard as I dared and surfed that thing right across the fast water. Once it was in the slack water on my side of the river, I had it whipped.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/2-26%20Little%20River/P1000438.jpg

This fish deserved 2 pictures.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/2-26%20Little%20River/P1000439.jpg

I measure it out on my flyrod and it was substantially past the 14" mark. About a hand width longer.

I continued fishing and caught some more of these.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/2-26%20Little%20River/P1000443.jpg

Then I reached a pool and had this little guy shoot clean out of the water to take my fly.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/2-26%20Little%20River/P1000442.jpg

I figured a greedly guy like that would make a good fish to end the day with.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/2-26%20Little%20River/P1000445.jpg

Anybody home?

Mundele
02-26-2012, 09:35 PM
Wow, beautiful fish! I'm just a little jealous :)

--Matt

ifish4wildtrout
02-26-2012, 09:58 PM
Awesome, I am jealous, as well.

BlueRaiderFan
02-26-2012, 11:05 PM
Man! That one brown must have been around 20" !!!

David Knapp
02-26-2012, 11:13 PM
Man, this was a great report! Not sure if I could have been much more excited about those two fish if I had caught them myself. You did an excellent job writing about it and I felt like I was wading up the stream with you. Love to see those big browns and even better that they both came on a dry!!! Well done...

Grannyknot
02-27-2012, 09:55 AM
Awesome Buzz.
Wish I could say the same about my day in the mtns yesterday.

JohnH0802
02-27-2012, 10:53 AM
Great post and pictures. Those are some gorgeous browns, congrats.

John

tnflyfisher
02-27-2012, 12:31 PM
Nice fish! I love seeing all these browns that are being caught... I wanna play!! ;)

Tight Lines,

Knothead
02-27-2012, 02:17 PM
Great story and pix! Thanks! I was hoping to get up to the Park but with gas going up, I might be sticking close to home.

grouser
02-27-2012, 06:26 PM
Thanks for the story and the pictures, "you done good !"

muskrat
02-27-2012, 08:46 PM
This northern guy is a LOT jealous !

But seriously.........MOW THE GRASS :eek:

I don't expect to be doing any of that stuff for a few months. We just had the two inches of snow we got melt. It's been a strange winter

buzzmcmanus
02-28-2012, 10:30 AM
You did an excellent job writing about it and I felt like I was wading up the stream with you.

Thanks, I enjoy the "went fishing, caught fish" posts that are just a bunch of pictures, but I'm too full of words to make one of them. I keep waiting for someone that I'm fishing with to fall in so I can post pictures and tell the tale of that too. But, it hasn't happened in awhile. Normally it's me that falls in.

But seriously.........MOW THE GRASS

I put it off as long as I could, but I still can't hardly believe that I had to mow the grass in February

David Knapp
02-28-2012, 11:29 AM
Thanks, I enjoy the "went fishing, caught fish" posts that are just a bunch of pictures, but I'm too full of words to make one of them. I keep waiting for someone that I'm fishing with to fall in so I can post pictures and tell the tale of that too. But, it hasn't happened in awhile. Normally it's me that falls in.


Let's fish together sometime. Then I can take pictures when you fall in... :rolleyes: :biggrin: Just kidding, I'm very good at falling in so maybe you can take the pictures...

jross
02-28-2012, 01:31 PM
oh my goodness Buzz, those are some nice feesh!

Did you get those from where I think you got those?

again, good job!!

p.s. I'm also jealous that you have grass growing. I mowed my dead grass the other day, just in prep for days come.

ChemEAngler
02-28-2012, 10:39 PM
Fantastic report Buzz, and some beautiful specimens you got your hands on there.

I sit there thinking, WWDKD (DK=David Knapp).

When I read this, I nearly spewed all over my laptop. That was classic! But so true! ;)

I don't remember you falling in one time during our trip. Even when you scaled that boulder the size of a van and hooked that mega rainbow from on top of it.

tnflyfisher
02-29-2012, 12:12 PM
I sit there thinking, WWDKD (DK=David Knapp).

When I read this, I nearly spewed all over my laptop. That was classic! But so true! ;)

Same here... thought that was pretty good!!

We need that on a bumper sticker available at LRO for park fisherman... :biggrin:

Tight Lines,

buzzmcmanus
02-29-2012, 02:30 PM
Did you get those from where I think you got those?

:biggrin:

Travis called it right out also. I can't remember where I was yesterday, and the two of you know exactly where I was from a year ago just by looking at the rocks!?!

If you make it down for springbreak and need someone to fish with, shoot me an email and I should be able to skip out of work and fish.


I don't remember you falling in one time during our trip. Even when you scaled that boulder the size of a van and hooked that mega rainbow from on top of it.

I was just showing off because I had an audience.

spotlight
02-29-2012, 10:32 PM
Wooo eee dem are some nice fish! **** I'll buy you the drink! I fished today there was no one in the park....no wonder with tornadoes in the forecast....hehe I can say it wasn't stellar.

Man them are some really nice browns wtg dude!:biggrin: