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Waterborn
01-23-2007, 11:27 AM
Just nothing more peaceful than Abrams spring section on a mid winters Monday...the cove was virtually empty, may have seen less than ten cars of which 2 were parked at the trail head. The air was chilly and damp with that trademark woodsy decay scent thick in the air, the ceiling was a light dun overcast. The water was perfect - slightly up and shade off color. At the magical 47 degrees, the fish were active several fish 6 - 12" came out of the various riffles and runs. I managed to spook several larger fish through some fumbling about trying to get through the thicket along the streams edge...
The silence back in there is deafening. It really gives you time to decompress. You can actually hear yourself think and the only interruption is the occasional dull double report of cars crossing the road bridge or echo of laughter from some kids back at the trail head bridge...
On the way out an antlered buck was chasing a doe, guess the warm weather and then the recent cold snap has 'em off schedule -I'd thought the points would've shed by now. Back at my car I saw another anger stringing up a rod. After a brief chat it turns out to be another LRO Boarder - PMike from Florida...Great to have met ya and hope you caught some fish, preferably those larger ones I spooked!
Of course, My camera battery decided to fail me as I was trying to take a pic of the fish so I'll post some from my trip a couple of weeks ago in the same section, just a little more sun as all...the fish still have that signature leopard spotting...
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David Knapp
01-23-2007, 11:39 AM
NICE pics!!! Thanks for the report...there's nothing better than a day on the water without the crowds. Were you fishing dries or nymphs?

geerona
01-23-2007, 12:17 PM
Wow,

It's pictures like these that make me want to make that 7 hour drive just to enjoy the beauty. Maybe with a little luck I will be ice fishing here in Indiana in a couple weeks. What a crazy winter here.

Thanks for sharing, gary <*))))><

russ
01-23-2007, 12:24 PM
Just nothing more peaceful than Abrams spring section on a mid winters Monday...


Where is the spring section on this creek? Do you mean the sections that flows through the cove? I've only fished the horseshoes and have never fished close to the trailhead or through the cove.

appalachian angler
01-23-2007, 12:39 PM
The spring creek section is the part that flows through the cove and up to the trail head. From that point it takes on a more freestone like quality.

Speaking of spring creek. Many of them have other food forms such as scuds, shrimps and sow bugs. I ofen wondered if this type of forage is avaliable in Abrams since I never hear of anyone fishing with these types of patterns?

Nice photos and storyline Waterborne! Thanks...I got a new jones to fish Abrams now!

AA

Jswitow
01-23-2007, 01:26 PM
Beautiful Pics ! What kind of camera? Like that outfit as well, love those Bauers.
Thanks for the post!
John

mtnman2888
01-23-2007, 01:46 PM
I don't have a map with me right now, but hopefully someone can help me out on this one. If your looking upstream right where the two creeks come together to form abrams creek, the creek to the left is the spring creek, right? Thanks.

russ
01-23-2007, 02:16 PM
Here's a map. See if this is where the spring creek section is please :).

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/russ333/Fishing/AbramsSpringCreekMap.jpg

Jack M.
01-23-2007, 03:35 PM
Your arrow points to the right-hand fork, which is Mill Creek, not Abrams. The left-hand fork would be Abrams. That said, not being local, I have no idea what people mean by the "spring creek" section, although I always assumed it meant that part above the mouth of Mill, perhaps anywhere inside the loop road.

Waterborn
01-23-2007, 05:08 PM
Thanks all,
If you hang a right at the bridge at the trailhead and head upstream is the area I'm referring to, where it says "CREEK" on your topo map...it gets flat,calm and gin clear. There are some broken water areas through out, but mostly its an even smooth as glass surface...the section I fish serpentines up to the next bridge which is where everyone has to drive over to get to the trail head or to continue on the loop road - often with a noticeable clank of the tires hitting the trestle...I have yet to fish the area past this bridge and further into the cove...around this area you can see water percolating up from the ground in various spots from its under the cove journey...can't say if its a true spring - think the water splits from the front of the cove (anthony creek area) where some goes on the surface and some subsurface and bubbles up softer after its limestone filtering...
As far as cameras - though I'd like to lug around full gear, I use my compact digital Pentax Optio 550 - has some great features for manual settings and a great macro for bug portraits...
Haven't seen any scuds or sowbugs there...can't say they aren't but haven't seen any on any bug hunts either...can't say for sure why not...
I fished with a small pheasant tail yesterday...I was hoping for some winter stone dry action, but didn't see any fluttering about so I stuck to the usual...

easttnsalmon
01-24-2007, 05:57 PM
Unbelievable pics!!! I have so much to look forward too!!

mtnman2888
01-24-2007, 06:02 PM
Do you know what the water temperature was the other day in that section?

Waterborn
01-25-2007, 12:26 AM
It stayed 48/47...I imagine the cold rain the day before brought it down some - couple weeks ago was in the lower 50's...

pmike
01-26-2007, 12:51 AM
Howdy Waterborn,

Pmike here. It was a beautiful day and I sure enjoyed getting to meet ya. Also wanted to say what incredible pic's you posted, sure are beautiful. I didn't get to stay long, my daughter's thin blood couldn't tolerate the cold. Bout the only thing I had a chance to snag was bottom a couple of times, but I still enjoyed getting out there even if only for about 15 minutes :). I'm looking forward o the spring and hopefully my next trip up. I'll try to give you a heads-up if so and maybe we can meet up.

Thanks & God Bless,
MIke

mtnman2888
02-13-2007, 05:59 AM
So this is definitely the spring creek section? That's interesting i've never heard much about it, but if the water temperature can stay up in the mid 40's then it's definitely a great winter spot to try. I just might have to try that section out sometime, thanks.

Craig

sammcdonald
02-13-2007, 02:20 PM
spring section is from the little wooden bridge as you exit the trees down to the bridge at the trailhead. lots of down trees in the water for cover. some evidence of beaver activity. in july is bear country because of all the brambles.