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Old 11-06-2009, 09:26 PM
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Default A little Stocker Fun

Guys,
This is an excerpt from a note to my buddy Paul. He's not well (cancer) and we spend a lot of time on email bantering back and forth about different things. The laughs help him.

Anyway, it's a little fun about fishing for fresh off the truck stockers here in Kentucky. I thought some of you guys and gals may get a smile. If you think my sense of humor is a bit warped, you should meet Paul. He's a real hoot.

In celebration of my birthday and the feeling of relief that I was, in fact, a year younger than you thought I was, I snuck out of work early today and went fishing. I was so relieved to get a whole year back that I just had to go fishing.

On 11/4, the state stocked about 1,000 trout in a little creek (crick in these parts) that runs through Big Bone State Park. The crick gets about 90 degrees in the summer but in the winter, it has good flow all season, has enough deep pools so as to not freeze solid and being down in a hole on the north side of the valley, it stays cold longer than most of the area streams. So, in November, the state dumps 1,000 stockers in the crick and again in March, they dump another 1,000 stockers. It is “delayed harvest” meaning from November until April 1, all of the trout caught need to be released unharmed to the water (or as we like to say here in Kentucky, thrown back in).

Well, knowing that a bunch of stockers fresh off the truck have absolutely no idea what a bug is, or that food comes in anything other than a fish food pellet, I had to sit and think, what type of fly should I tie to attract these not overly intelligent fish? My first thought was a pellet fly. However, I didn’t have any yarn or chenille of the appropriate color for a fish pellet.

Hmm, what else would trout from a hatchery think may look like food?
You guessed it:
http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/Flies/?action=view&current=PB060008.jpg
If you’re thinking “Jeff, my good friend, and master fly tier, that looks just like a kernel of corn”, then you would be correct. It is my corn fly. I may even try it on Carp in the spring.

One might ask, how would hatchery stockers feel about a kernel of corn bouncing down the stream toward them?

In a little over an hour, 10+ of these came to the net:
http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/fishing/?action=view&current=PB060013.jpg
http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/fishing/?action=view&current=PB060014.jpg

Now, any serious fly fishing adventurer must have his “game face” when going after the weary trout. I cannot let those guys in the adventure fly fishing videos get a one up on yours truly so I had to get the game face going.
http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/fishing/?action=view&current=PB060012.jpg

A fellow bum sitting out in Oregon may be thinking, what a gnarly adventure. I’m sure he may even be thinking, wow, dude, let’s see this awesome crick you’re smackin the line on. Dude that must be like a class 5 or something in the rapids and like, wow, you must uf been on some wild energy juice when you took on that water. Like wow dude, 8” stockers on a 3wt. You’re one wicked crazy dude, I just gotta get out on one of those trips with you. It would be like super gnarly.

So, fellow bum, I will share with you one of the wilder pieces of water. Be sure you’re in a seated position before checking this out. Ernie may even need to be holding your hand. Turn on some screaming heavy metal music as loud as your neighbors will allow and hold on. This is some wicked water dude.
http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...t=PB060021.jpg

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Jeff
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