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duckypaddler
04-19-2014, 07:28 AM
Derrick had contacted me a few weeks back to see if I would chase down some Brookies with him, and yesterday we finally got a chance to hit the water. Derrick had his third child (has 3 under 3:eek:) last week :smile: and I'm surprised he was even able to make it out. We got a bit of a late start, but met and made it to the river and rigged up for the day.

Derrick landed the first fish of the day:smile:

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A decent rainbow with a lousy photographer

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I was missing fish left and right but finally managed a few nice ones. What I was missing in quantity, I was making up in quality

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It was great to see lots of yellow stoneflies everywhere. Time to switch to the yellow neversink

Here is Derrick working a nice pool.

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duckypaddler
04-19-2014, 07:42 AM
The branch lettuce was out in force

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On a high water channel there was a lettuce factory with hundreds of heads

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Some Bluets

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Sweet 10 incher

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With all the shades of early green and flowers that abound, it was nice to soak up Spring

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Derrick was learning the ropes, but his expression seemed pretty satisfied with a sweet Brookie

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Well Derrick caught the fish in the middle or tailout of a very nice pool. He had re frog's Fanny so I took the top of the pool. Little did I know I would steal his trophy fish:eek:

While Derrick will probably never again wear waders or take his net on a blue line, I was glad when he asked to net the fish for me:biggrin:

duckypaddler
04-19-2014, 08:01 AM
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The beast taped 13 inches. I had to get a pose with this baby.

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Me overrun with joy, even if I stole it from Derrick:eek:

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I never expected a fish that big on a small blue line. I was stoked. Continued on, but realized I left my GPS in tailwater vest from trip earlier in week and wasn't sure how far we were into out trip.

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I guess I wasn't the only Turkey on the river.

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Lovely little stream

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It started getting late and I wasn't sure how close to our out and I climbed ahead but luckily saw our trail not too far ahead. I don't think I was the only person glad to see it.

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Glad to have fished with another fellow forum member on a beautiful Spring Day:biggrin:

Sandman
04-19-2014, 08:30 AM
Had a blast man! Sore as all get out, but well worth it! Thanks again.
Oh and it's ok you stole my fish, I will just steal yours next time :)

Breck
04-19-2014, 08:37 PM
Great Post Guys!!!!! Thank You.

Breck

Flyrod
04-19-2014, 11:21 PM
Nice fish guys, thanks for the post. I should be headed that way in a couple of weeks, can't wait!!

tlshealy
04-20-2014, 05:50 AM
Great fish guys, that rainbow was a beast. The last 3 years I've been down there on Good Friday, couldn't get away this year. Thanks for the post.
Tad

softhackle
04-22-2014, 08:35 PM
Thanks for the great report. That rainbow is a beast. Again, I'm amazed at how beautiful those smoky mountain rainbows are, of the course brookies are always stunners.

lauxier
04-27-2014, 01:59 PM
nice pics--that was a really excellent rainbow....