First fish(es) of 2019! Pics plus report

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  1. CoolBreeze135

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    Hey all,

    I haven't been out at all since January. Life has been a bit crazy as of late between the fact that I have a new baby at home and I hadn't taken a single day off work in about 3 weeks. On top of that, its been monsoon month here, with flash flooding and way too much rain.

    Anyway, enough complaining. I'm actually posting because I'm quite grateful! I saw an opportunity for a respite this afternoon, and decided to sneak away to the creek for a couple hours. Several of you know that I have been (slowly) teaching myself to fly fish. I have had quite a bit of success with warmwater species on the fly, but trout have been a bit more elusive for me. Last year, I spent a considerable amount of time fishing for trout with light spinning gear. Now that I understand their patterns, I'm trying to incorporate more fly fishing. I often bring a spinning rod along as well, admittedly as a crutch for when I get frustrated.

    So, today, I headed down to the creek with a couple of rods.

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    The creek was considerably higher than usual, given the aforementioned monsoons. This may have been to my advantage, because it meant the creek was not as clear as usual and I could get closer to the fish without being spotted. I passed another fly angler, who offered a bit of advice when he saw that I had a fly rod in tow. He said he had caught several on a mop fly, so I tied one on.

    I was casting near the far bank (where there are a bunch of little micro eddies) and tightlining as the fly drifted with the current. I continued this tactic, moving upstream.

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    Before long, I saw the end of my fly line jerk against the current and I set the hook. I landed a nice 13'' rainbow, my first fish of the year.

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    I like eating trout occasionally, but I released this one. A few minutes later, I got another hit. I fought the fish for a while, but it spit the hook just before I landed it.

    I took a quick break, and snapped a photo of the minimal woods kit I was carrying with my fishing gear: my Cold Steel Mini Pendleton with custom kydex (my favorite fishing knife, but also could do some bushcraft in a pinch), a fire kit, my lightweight FAK, and a flashlight.

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    I moved upstream a little further and got a third hit. I was careful this time, and landed a second smaller trout.

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    I kept up the same tactic, and hooked another fish which I lost. Shortly thereafter, I brought in this unusual catch.

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    I ended the day 50:50, but really happy to get out if only for a couple hours. Also, I never touched my "crutch" and didn't break off any flies in overhanging trees. That's a win in my book.

    Thanks for looking!
     
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    Nice trip thanks for taking us along
     
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    Awesome.

    That is great my friend.
     
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    Nice outing. Congrats on starting to figure the out the trout. Been fishing trout for over 30 years and they still confound me sometimes. Also, never caught a lobster (I did, however, catch a Blue Herron one time).
     
  5. CoolBreeze135

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    Thanks! That sounds like a fun story.
     
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    This is my first post here I believe. I had been fishing for trout every Sunday in January and February of 2019 except when the weather was too crazy and did good each time. Cooked them in my garage on a cook stove due to weather as opposed to a fire in the woods. Still fine dining imo. 20190127_154427.jpg 20190128_185228.jpg
     
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    Nice! And welcome!
     
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    Thanks. !! I have big plans for this year as far as fishing camping ect.. ..first trip is Smoke Hole WV last weekend of this month.
     
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    Nice report @CoolBreeze135! Is that an Eagle Claw fiberglass rod?
     
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    It is!
     
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    Nice! I picked one of them up a couple years ago. I love glass rods!
     
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    I picked one up myself last year. Reading the OP has me all fired up to get it out for some spring fishing.
     
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    Good stuff friend. We’re planning to head out Saturday if the stream is still in good shape. How are you liking those wading boots?
     
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    I like them a lot. They open up a bunch of new possibilities.
     
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    I've been considering getting rid of my actual boots and getting a pair of those. I figure they would make great footwear for summer paddling as well.
     
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    I saw those in one of the pics- are those canvas with the gum soles and the thru sipes to let the water out ? I am trying to locate them online and can not find them now. IIRC they were right around 100 bones.
     
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    SoftScience Terrafin. I really like them. I got a size up for use with the thick neoprene, but if you get your actual size and some thinner neoprene socks they would be great for use without waders.

    @R Stowe

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    Nice. That's the exact model I was considering. Pretty grippy I'd imagine. A big plus is I can wear them with wading socks and use them for wet wading in the summer when sandals are risky.
     
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    I plan to do the same exact thing. Just picked up a pair of wading socks as a warm weather option.
     
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    @CoolBreeze135 I usually wade in my Bedrock sandals, but some streams are just a little sketchy for exposed toes. Any pointers on true to size for the Terrafins?
     
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    They seem true to size. I wear a 12 usually. I ordered a 13. They are big with normal socks, and necessary for 4mm thick neoprene. With 2mm thick neoprene, you can probably get away with actual size.
     
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    Thanks- last summer I bought a pair of the Simms rubber outer soled inner felt sole that have the option of inserting the metal studs into the felt. They also have a neoprene built in upper collar. They are had to get on and even harder to get off when wet- but they are the most stable wet wading shoes I have used to date.
     
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    I just read about the WV gold rush. This is when they stock loads of golden trout. I have fished Smoke Hole several times
     
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    I'm moving to WV this summer, and excited to find some fishing spots.
     
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    Check out WVDNR web sight loads of information. What part of WV are you moving too
     
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    North east (ish). Shooting you a PM.
     
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    Noted. I’ll probably get my regular 10. My wader feet are very tight.
     
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    Here's one from two weeks ago. Bass fishing with a buddy on Clark's Hill in SC, using a Berkely Pit Boss in green pumpkin. Caught three of his triplets about 3.5 lbs each, a 2 pounder and a dink. All in all, good way to start the year. Another few weeks and itll be wide open 20190302_130404.jpg
     
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    Looks like a great time!
    This double of surfperch was a nice way to start the year off. Easy catch after striking out on steelhead!
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    one more...

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    Those are some beauties!!!
     
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    Now I’ve got fishing fever!!
     
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    more Erie walleye from Capt Juls.....

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    Finally got out this weekend, tried a new spot & went fishing two days in a row. Not common in my world.

    37 degrees out (in Alabama this counts as "cold"). Grubbin' is one of my favorite things to do, picked up this guy by myself Friday morning:

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    Dang near as big as he was. Sure beats nothin'.

    Went out with my older son both days on Friday afternoon and Saturday, had a lot of fun (and had a lot of bait stolen from his hook). He's starting to get the hang of casting, gonna need a real rod pretty soon, not just a Walmart spincaster.

    Poor dude was beat up that he didn't catch anything - keep telling him that we're only getting started, and that if it was easy, people would call it catching, not fishing.

    Might scoop some Powerbait though. Cheap hot dogs ain't cutting it.
     
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    Finally got out to a close to home very small water drainage and caught three different species- real lunkers....lol.

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    Fish on!
    1st catch of the year. Big ole hog of a bluegill 20190325_103306_Film3.jpg Cold .Wet and windy .
    Orange ice fishing jig under a slip bobber . Had a 1in Gulp minnow and a giant mealworm on the jig .

    Also caught a Massive! Pickerel . But I dropped it trying to get my phone out of my pocket. Which turned out my phone wasnt even in my pocket but in my bag on the bank and it swam away. :2:

    Great day!
     
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    more vicarious Lake Erie western basin action from Capt. Juls

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    Giving me the itch to go fishing. Bout time to break out the emmrod!
     
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