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Old 09-13-2008, 06:34 PM
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My grandfather decided to drive down from West Virginia for a weekend of fishing. We (granddad, dad, me) started at 5:00 AM this morning at Happy Hollow, and caught a mess of brookies on powerbait. When it was light enough for me to see, I switched to my fly rod which proved to be VERY hazardous in the boat. We have a two person jon boat that we squeezed 3 people into. I caught about a dozen fish before I decided to call it quits before someone got hurt. I did manage to catch a brown off my EHC indicator, all the rest came off black zebra midges.

We floated down river and caught a lot of fish, nothing of size until I caught a 16" rainbow. Our friends wanted us to bring them back trout, so we only kept the ones that were injured or big enough to keep.

And this is the part you've been looking for. My grandpa hooked into a 24" brown, it is EASILY the biggest fish I've ever seen taken out of the Caney. I've SEEN bigger fish, sure, but never seen one being caught. We got him to the boat, he was barely hooked in the lip, took a few pictures, and went to let him go when we saw blood pouring from his gills.

Anyways, here are the pictures of random moments throughout the day.

Nice little brookie-



Another brookie-



Haha me attempting to grab the line so it didn't slip through the eyelets-



That fish-



And of course... the brown (me cheesing)-



And again...



I will post again when I get back from the river tomorrow, only this time my friend will be with us, so I will most likely be wading alone at HH with my grandpa, dad, and friend in the boat.
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:36 PM
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Wow, that's a nice dead brown. I'm glad for your GP, but the story would
have been even better with a release of the fish.
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:49 PM
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Wow, that's a nice dead brown. I'm glad for your GP, but the story would
have been even better with a release of the fish.
He was gonna die, so it might as well be food... He was one of those fish that if you tried to release him, he would swim out of your hands, and turn immediately over.
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Trey!

Great day!

Now... Just for kicks, go back and re-read some of your first posts on this board. You were one of the most frustrated, helpless, confused posters on tis board!

Now you're talking about having fun with rainbows and brookies on the fly and getting frustrated with the confines of a Jon boat!

As the old Virginia Slims commercial used to say, " You've come a long way, baby!"

Virginia Slims?? It's an old brand of cigarettes....
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Old 09-14-2008, 12:12 AM
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pig of brown. its a good story dead or alive. I Like to see the big ones go back, but sometimes that happens. My guess is that even if the hook was in its lip when it got to the boat, at one point or another, the hook had been in its gills to cause it to bleed. Great fish though

I've never fished the caney before. I probably won't for a while because it requires a decent drive for me, but what is the layout of that river like? Are we talking long slow pools, riffles, jagged rocky runs? Does it run through fields with relatively open banks, or does it have bluff borders like a lot of the watuaga does? I never get to see many pictures of the river, I'm just curious.
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:37 AM
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Trey,
Great pictures and great trip. It's nice seeing three generations fishing together. Keeping the dream alive.

MTD,
You've been pretty quiet lately. What have you been up to? I'm sure whatever it is, there's been some trout fishing involved.
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pig of brown. its a good story dead or alive. I Like to see the big ones go back, but sometimes that happens. My guess is that even if the hook was in its lip when it got to the boat, at one point or another, the hook had been in its gills to cause it to bleed. Great fish though

I've never fished the caney before. I probably won't for a while because it requires a decent drive for me, but what is the layout of that river like? Are we talking long slow pools, riffles, jagged rocky runs? Does it run through fields with relatively open banks, or does it have bluff borders like a lot of the watuaga does? I never get to see many pictures of the river, I'm just curious.

A lot of the river looks like this....
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