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    Default Possessed Oldman Went Fishing and Camping

    Possessed is my screen name on most other forums, hence the title of the thread. Oldman and I set out early Friday afternoon for a backpacking, backcountry fishing and camping adventure. *We fished a true blue line, a bit of a hidden gem. *It has no official name per the map, so Oldman named it Baby Brook Trout Hatchery.

    After a short hike in, we set up camp, rigged up, and were chasing brook trout. *We did not keep count, but we caught 25-30 brooks, with a few small rainbows mixed in. *We only fished for about 2 hours, as darkness was soon approaching. *So we headed back to camp and ate while sitting around the campfire telling fishing stories and other entertaining lies.

    Saturday, we woke at sunrise, ate some oatmeal, and then took off to catch some fish. *Once again, we did not keep count, but I'd estimate we caught 50 or so. *Mostly brooks, but a few rainbows were caught also. *The fishing got really slow for a few hours, then we discovered we were fishing behind someone else, a big blue heron. *He took off when we yelled at him and the fishing soon got better.

    After a long hard day of fishing, we headed back to camp. *We took a little break and told a few more lies, and discussed Sunday's strategy. *We finished the night with few beers, some tasty freeze dried meals, and some more lie telling while sitting around the campfire.

    Sunday, we woke a little after day light, and headed up to the gorge to fish where few others would even dare to venture. *It was a tough day of rock climbing, bolder hopping, and bushwacking. *The rewards were well worth the blood loss, bruises, scratches, and knots we endured. *I took a pretty hard fall while stupidly trying to scale a waterfall. *I landed jaw first, knee second, almost knocking myself out. *We caught some beautiful brooks, most of which have probably never seen a human. *We fished hard and covered a mile and a half of stream, returning to camp by 245pm. *We took a little break, and headed off down stream, with very little success. *Not keeping count, but we caught around 55 brooks, no rainbows. *We caught a lot of brooks in excess of 7 inches, and even a few in the 8-10 inch range.

    After returning to camp just before dark, I got sick. *We both knew what happened, I did not drink enough water and was dehydrated. *Not good, but I drank some water and ate just a few bites of dinner. *After a few hours, I felt much better. *Once again, we sat around the campfire telling fishing tales and other lies.

    Monday, we awoke just after daylight and packed up camp. *I had a quick cup of coffee and we hiked back to the car and stashed our gear. *We headed off for one final attack on the local trout. *We caught about 25 in 3 hours. *Oldman picked up 2 very nice browns and I was able to get a 13 inch rainbow. After that, we headed back home.

    As normal for this time of year, the water was low and the fish were super spooky. *Most fish were holding in the deeper runs and holes. *We caught them on a variety of dries, nymphs, and even green weenies.

    We saw a few snakes and a few ground hogs. *The owls were intense, we had them hootin' and hollorin" all night every night, this combined with the katydids made for some interesting sleeping music. *We did see one other person that reported a bear about a 1/2 mile form camp, but we never saw one.

    I had a great time and I am very thankful for all the information I gained from Oldman. *I have fished with him once before and he has taught me a lot about fly fishing. *He really helped me with my casting skills and although I am still no expert, my casting has greatly improved since Friday. *Oldman is hardcore and I struggled to keep up with him hiking and boulder hopping. *He definitely out fished me at least 3-1.

    Okay, enough typing, he are some pics.


    The mouth of the Baby Brook Trout Hatchery









    Wild troutin, blue linin, fly flingin, camo wearin, redneckin elitist.

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    great photos

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    What an awesome experience! Thank for taking the time share it with your forum friends. I felt like I was there with you while reading it. I am glad you took the opportunity to go and do it and to have lived it!
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    Sounds like a great trip and only seeing one other soul makes it even better!

    What state were you in ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by millerdvr View Post
    Sounds like a great trip and only seeing one other soul makes it even better!

    What state were you in ?
    Sorry, but all I can say on this one is somewhere in the Southeastern USA.
    Wild troutin, blue linin, fly flingin, camo wearin, redneckin elitist.

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    Great report if4wt!
    Thanks for taking the time to write up a great report and post photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifish4wildtrout View Post
    ...*We did not keep count, but we caught 25-30 brooks, with a few small rainbows mixed in.
    ...Once again, we did not keep count, but I'd estimate we caught 50 or so.
    ...*Not keeping count, but we caught around 55 brooks, no rainbows.
    Its a good thing you didn't keep count....


    Great report!
    It sounds like you had a great time (unless of course you were lying...)

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

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    I nearly always keep count. This was not a productive trip as far as numbers go. I know its not always about numbers but I like quanitative as oppossed to qualitative. Normally I do better but with low water and the heat its tough this time of year. Things will pick up come late Sept.

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