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Hooked_On_Fly_Fishing 04-16-2012 01:56 PM

Hazel Creek 4/13 - 4/15
This weekend I made my first trip over to Hazel Creek with three friends. We headed up to campsite 85 on Friday and were able to get our campsite set up in time to fish some on Friday evening. I brought one small rainbow to hand and had another one that got off before I could get him out of the water. (with a 40 lbs pack my net was left out to lighten the load).

I caught two more on Saturday and three as we hiked out on Sunday. While I can certainly see why this stream is fabled, I was somewhat disappointed with the number of strikes in some really nice water. There were various hatches during my time there but the top water feeding was inconsistent at best. I also tried some nymph fishing but I must confess that I have a long way to go when it comes to my nymph fishing skills. I'm not sure if the recent strange weather had anything to do with the somewhat slow fishing ,but if I had to guess I would say we were about three weeks two early. I would expect the dry fly fishing to improve each week as the weather warms.

As is our custom on our backcountry trips we always try to have a fish fry one night and I'm glad to say Hazel Creek cooperated and we are able to keep the tradition alive.

It was a wonderful weekend.

BlueRaiderFan 04-16-2012 02:03 PM

Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

tnflyfisher 04-16-2012 02:48 PM

Great looking trout to me...
I soooo want to get over there to fish Hazel. Hopefully, I will get my first opportunity to do so later this year. It always looks amazing everytime I see pics of it...

Tight Lines,

Hooked_On_Fly_Fishing 04-16-2012 04:56 PM

When compared to most of the other trout I've caught in the park I would have to say on average the trout we caught on Hazel Creek were larger. It's a beautiful area and if you ever have the opportunity to fish it I would recommend going for sure.

Barbara 04-18-2012 08:57 AM

Enjoyed the pictures. I hope someday to fish Hazel Creek.

duckypaddler 04-19-2012 08:20 AM

Thanks for the report
I have still yet to ever fish Hazel either.
I guess I'll have to finally get over that way.

Looks like you had good weather and a good time, even if the fishing wasn't what you expected

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