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Old 06-16-2014, 09:50 AM
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My wife asked me what I wanted to do for Fathers Day. Go fishing by myself on Saturday. Got the all clear and was at the trailhead by 7am Saturday morning. I was surprised to only find 1 other car at the trailhead. On my way across the bridge, he was coming back already because he had fallen in and was cold and soaked up to his shoulders. Said he wasn't hurt, just cold. I couldn't help but notice he was wearing tennis shoes. Headed up the trail and ducked into the woods just where the trail starts going away from the creek, where the gorge begins.



The water was up a little, which made wading pretty challenging at times. A lot of the normally safe crossings weren't so safe, and to be honest, a few times it occurred to me that this place is really too dangerous to fish by yourself. Fishing was great though. Not any significant insect life flying around, but the fish were hungry, taking both dries and nymphs.







The weather was perfect all day. By about 10:30, I was starting to catch brook trout pretty regularly, although not very much size to them. Possibly because they are still competing with rainbows this low in the stream.







Places like this were nearly impossible to get around, and there was a good chance that if you picked the wrong side, you'd be stuck once you got to the top.



Hauled in one more & called it a day. I had an exit point marked on my GPS, and decided to take it, basically an uphill assault through a small rhodo clearing, where you pray to god there are no yellow jackets or snakes. I had fished hard, only hitting the big pools, moving fast, only tied on a new fly once, for 5 hours straight and only made it a little over 3/4 of the way up the gorge. I'm still pretty certain you'd need a good 6 hours to clean the whole thing, up to Ramsey prong.

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Old 06-16-2014, 10:03 AM
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Nice! Glad you got out and thanks for posting a trip report.

I went fishing with Brian VanFossen and my buddy Trey on Sunday dropping in a little above where you dropped in (cause those 2 rapids you mentioned are hard to get around). We fished for a few minutes and caught a couple, but it didn't seem like the bite was really on. While I have waded it higher, it was at the point where fishing many pockets weren't worth the effort and we bailed for a smaller stream

Glad you got a good "Father's Day"
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:10 AM
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Sounds like you had a very good day fishing. Thanks for the pictures and report.
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Glad to see your post. It had to have been nice to be able to slip out and make a day of it for yourself. You picked a nice area to fish also.
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Glad to see your post. It had to have been nice to be able to slip out and make a day of it for yourself. You picked a nice area to fish also.
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I've actually fished quite a bit this year, mostly in the national forest, but just haven't taken the time to do trip reports.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:28 PM
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Great report and pics! Thanks for sharing.
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Love that area myself. Thanks for sharing!
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