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Troutman
04-17-2012, 11:00 PM
I had a few days of vacation left over from last year and was able to roll them over to this year. I used one of them today to spend the day wading a favorite stream!
I arrived about 9am and was into fish pretty quickly. I wanted to throw topwater flies since I had luck with them over the weekend. I fished chart green stealth bombers , and yellow and black blockhead poppers all day. Epic day with many nice fish to hand and a couple of heartbreaking large fish came off after leadering them.
This fish was about the average size caught today but it had such striking markings I had to get a few photos of it. This is the prettiest smallmouth I have ever seen.

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I did land several fish in the 17-19" range.

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I'm really enjoying the TFO BVK 6wt I bought from LRO!

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AL trout bum
04-17-2012, 11:24 PM
Man! I am seriously jealous. I would take a nice colored up smallie like that over a 20" dull one. I think you and Wade have some serious smallmouth juju.

I am liking my BVK (5wt) too. I am still having to adjust to the action, as it's much different than my previous 5wt, but a lot of fun.

Very nice day and pics! Thanks for sharing!

kentuckytroutbum
04-18-2012, 09:35 AM
Those first 2 photos look like the fish ran into a camo paint can. Great markings on those fish. Nice catches. :smile:

milligan trout degree
04-18-2012, 11:04 AM
Awesome report and fishing as usual. I've never seen the patterns that first fish has on a Anatole before. I have seen it in pictures of shoal bass though. I'd like to find one like that myself.

No Hackle
04-18-2012, 03:36 PM
That's the prettiest SM I've ever seen. Let's you know who's in charge of the painting. Only God could do something like that. Awesome photos.
Lynn

appalachian angler
04-18-2012, 11:06 PM
That's the prettiest SM I've ever seen. Let's you know who's in charge of the painting. Only God could do something like that. Awesome photos.
Lynn

That's exactly right Lynn!

Very nice fish Gary! Gotta love those bass with what I like to call "sun rays" beaming from thier eyes!

Folks, don't be jealous of Gary, I know he has spent many years "doing his homework" honning his skills. River/stream smallie fisherman are mostly VERY tightlipped about the where, when and how. Gary is one of those who shares his knowledge, and is most helpful to those who get to fish with him. I appreciate him sharing his experience with us!

Mike

BigMax
04-19-2012, 12:23 AM
Troutman,

Those are some nice smallies.....what kind of line and leaders are u using with that BVK.... I just got some furled leaders im excited to try.

All,

I have never really targetd smallies before what are some good access points on the french broad or little pigeon? if ypu dont, mind me asking...feel free to email me if u would rather not post mtrent11@gmail.com

milligan trout degree
04-19-2012, 02:06 AM
Gary, I gotta ask. Is that a flashlight on your head? Is that the secret to catching the topwater tanks?

buzzmcmanus
04-19-2012, 09:07 AM
Gary,

Nice fish. Thanks for taking the time to post.

buzzmcmanus
04-19-2012, 09:10 AM
Gary, I gotta ask. Is that a flashlight on your head? Is that the secret to catching the topwater tanks?

It looks like an old timey wind up alarm clock strapped to his head. He must have had plans with the wife that he knew he shouldn't be late for.

Troutman
04-19-2012, 10:40 AM
Troutman,

Those are some nice smallies.....what kind of line and leaders are u using with that BVK.... I just got some furled leaders im excited to try.

All,

I have never really targetd smallies before what are some good access points on the french broad or little pigeon? if ypu dont, mind me asking...feel free to email me if u would rather not post mtrent11@gmail.com

I tie my own bass leaders. Randy Ratliff (Smallmouth and trout guide) turned me on to just using a basic leader for turning over the poppers and heavier flies. much cheaper to tie your own if you fish a lot of streamers and or large flies. I use the Orvis AR tippet for the butt and mid section 36" of 40lb, 24" of 20lb, and 36-40" of orvis SS 1x. I also like using maxima tippet in the Ultragreen. hard to find around here so I have to order it online. I like the furled leaders for durability but hate to have to use musclin dressing to keep them floating. It turns to mush in the can when in hot weather.

As far as access points, I wont post them online but the river runs by the road and there are plenty of store parking lots and a parking area on the river at the greenway. The river is shallow enough to wade up and down.

Yes, That is a headlamp flashlight on my head! A very important piece of equipment for those that fish daylight to dark. very helpful for retying on flies and tippet sections in low light and also I have a tendency to fish till dark (or just after) if the fish are biting, and walking out on a trail or through the weeds, I have taken a few headers into the muck from tripping over a root or stepped in a hole. My wife of 22years knows that when I'm out like this, not to expect me till sometimes 10pm! Remember, smallmouth like big brown trout are predators, and low light conditions in the morn and evenings are good times to fish for them. Smallmouth dont like the bright sun but will feed shallow when cloudy or late evenings.