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Thread: 07/05/08 West Prong Little Pigeon

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    Default 07/05/08 West Prong Little Pigeon

    Had a double whammy kind of day today on the West Prong of the Little Pigeon.

    First Whammy: got to take both my kids fishing today. First time this year for my son, Andy and first time ever for daughter Carrie. That was pretty special.

    Ran into PeteCz and B-I-L Steve gearing up in a pull off, also headed for WPLP. Didn't see them again - hope they had a good day.

    After a quick lesson on the water with Carrie (we did the cast-into-the-hoola-hoop thing in the back yard last night - and that's an honest to goodness '50's vintage hoola hoop), she took off fishing. Her casting got better and better as the day went on. Andy went ahead to give us a little room.

    Second Whammy: I decided to bite the bullet and commit to the BHPTs that I bought this week at LRO and it paid off. I caught 5 nice bows on a Light Cahill/BHPT (#16) double rig with all 5 taking the nymph. I was so pleased, I stopped by LRO on the way home and stocked up with a dozen of the little buggers.

    Here's a picture of son who insisted on staying with dries all day and ended up without a catch. Felt bad but both of us were sure that they would start rising to the dries at any time.


    Next, a picture of the daughter. While she didn't catch anything, she did a bang-up job of casting for her first time up. Just hope she takes the opportunity for more practice later.

    Had a great time out with the kids, had significant success with nymphs (just took committing to them for the day). Couldn't have asked for a better day.
    Charlie B

    His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.
    bartonca@hotmail.com

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    Hey Charlie
    Looks like a good time was had by all. I find it hard to commit to the nymph as well...I think it is just because I want to see them take the dry so bad...but a dropper accomplishes both. I am a big fan of the BHPT...good choice!

    Rachel

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    tough to beat the bhpt

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    Looks like a great day on the stream. Keep that girl casting!

    -Greg

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    Unfortunately, Greg, she lives in DC and only gets down here a few times a year. But I'll definitely get her back out there every chance I get.
    Charlie B

    His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.
    bartonca@hotmail.com

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    Charlie, glad you had a great day!

    The WPLP is really low and slow right now. I was amazed at how much lower and slower it is than even last summer. It looks like it has not fared as well as some of the other streams in the area. last summer when all the rain was missing the LR basin it seemed to supplying the WPLP with just enough to keep things going. Not this summer, so far. I hope things change...

    Saturday we fished below you all and did ok for the conditions. Steve caught about ten fish. Half on a Yellow Humpy Trude and the other half on the ubiquitous BHPT. Since he had the only Yellow Humpy Trude I had tied, he of course caught more fish than I did...Plus I get credit for all ten of the fish he caught, since they were on flies I tied, right?

    I managed to catch a few fish, with one of them a nice 10" on a #16 Yellow PA:


    Still haven't got the hang of the new camera, the rocks were focused much better than the fish...I think I have it figured for next time, we'll see.

    Glad you had a good day. We need to get out and fish some, if the streams ever come back up...

    "Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut."

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