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Troutman 04-17-2012 11:00 PM

Vacation Day
 
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.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l1...4172012005.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l1...4172012007.jpg

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

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l1...4172012009.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l1...4172012011.jpg

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

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l1...4172012012.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l1...4172012013.jpg

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

Quote:

Originally Posted by No Hackle (Post 100165)
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

Quote:

Originally Posted by milligan trout degree (Post 100180)
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.


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