Friday, November 20, 2015

SNP Forced Brookie Trip

The ending to this year has been both exciting and hectic.  I recently started a new job which involves an hour and a half commute until my wife and I sell our house.  So between the baby, new job, and the house selling process I have been going full throttle.  This past weekend I decided to relax a little from the house work and do a day trip. 

The day started out slow and cold, but after the sun hit the hit the water for a little bit the fishing picked up.  Even caught a couple on the dry. 

Cold morning.

Small falls.

Big falls.

View from top of falls.  Big elevation change.

One of the few eating dries.

Widow maker.

Standard stream side lunch

Big brookie of the day.  Odd ball sitting in tail out and took the dry.  Most fish were at the heads of pools deep.

Old sawmill

It felt good to get out and enjoy a little bit of the outdoors. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Musky Skunkage

I have been out a couple times chasing the musky in the rivers of Virginia.  Only had some action one day.  Hooked one that came unbuttoned before I could get him in the net and had another follow and an eat but he completely missed the fly.  Still great to get out on the river and enjoy a couple nice fall days.

Outboard runs a 100 times better with the set back bracket.

Foggy start one morning.

Can't beat fall, even if it does come with the smell of a skunk.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Quick Mid Day Trout Fix

I hit a stream on Tuesday that has a mix of rainbows and brooks.  More rainbows then brook trout but enough to keep it interesting.  Steady action on both the dry and dropper. I'm not a fish counter, but if I was it would of been a day where I lost count.  Nice fall evening to get out on the stream.

Friend working a run.

Lots of big crawfish in this stream.

Never seen this before.  This brookie was sporting a heck of a head wound.  Surprised he was alive let alone looking up to take my dry. Have to watch those non native Rainbows, apparently they like scalping little brookies.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Second Part of Weekend Trip

My friend that camped out with me on the brookie stream had to be back by Sunday Morning, so we hiked out Saturday evening and I headed to a friends cabin that was close by to watch some college football and dry out a little.  Plan was to fish with my friend who has the cabin on Sunday on a trout stream he has private access too, but a family issue arose Saturday night that would cause him to have bail on fishing Sunday.  So I hit a wild rainbow and brookie stream close by Sunday since I would no longer be able to access the private water.  Still managed to catch some decent trout on the public water and the private access water will give me an excuse in the future to visit my friend's cabin again.

Breakfast at the cabin

Trout behaved completely different on this stream compared to other stream the day before.  Lots of dry fly action.  Day before all fish came off the dropper.

This wild bow crushed my dry fly.  Not bad for some small stream action.

Colored up rainbow

Brookies were not big, but they were plentiful.

Dark colored brookies are my favorite.  Have some unusual markings.

Car lunch after a morning of fishing.

Good weekend to be out and the gloomy forecast proved to not be as bad as what they were calling for in the area.  For once I am happy the weatherman was wrong.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Backpacking for Brookies

I recently received a free pass for a weekend of fishing from the missus.  Had a weekend planned in NC with some friends but, 3 inches of rain forecast for the weekend of the trip made me have to bail.  With the baby, my free passes are way to valuable for me to spend in wet blown out stream conditions.  Virginia was forecasted to receive far less rain so I decided to hike into a brookie stream I've had on my radar for a while now.  Gave an old friend a call to see if he was game and we were lock and loaded for the weekend.  A few things I have learned from this trip are:
  1. I really enjoy sleeping in a hammock over in a tent.  Stayed dry in the pouring rain the first night and much more comfortable to me then sleeping on the ground.
  2. I need to learn how to pack lighter.  3 mile hike in, and we took everything plus the kitchen sink.  We even hiked in a 28 QT cooler for good measure. 
  3. This goes along the lines of packing lighter, but I need to buy a good back packing backpack and lighter gear in general.  Cause what I have now is fine cause I'm still a young buck, but as I creep along slowly in age, it just isn't going to cut it.
Had a great time back on the stream with a good friend.  Stream fished marginally.  Even though that area has received a far amount of rain, it still needs another couple inches to it to really get the big fish out and moving around.  For the conditions though, I did well.

Rained all the way to the stream

And all the way on the hike to the campsite.  (Really need to get a hammock rain fly instead of a tarp)

But I stayed dry.

And we ate like kings. 

Steak Fajitas.

Rain broke sometime around 5 am.  Very from Camp.  Fall is in the air.  The weather Saturday behaved and did not start raining again until we were a half mile from the car on the hike out.

Some fancy camp coffee.


All the brookies I caught were not wearing their fall colors yet except this odd ball trout.
Stream could use a little water.
Friend couldn't resist a little rock climbing.

Staple stream side lunch for me.

Dace for the win.

Lots of crawfish in this stream.
Red Spotted Newts are always a treat to see.

Hike back was a bear.  All up hill for 3 miles and close to 1,000 ft elevation gain.  Had to take a couple breaks, but we managed to lug all our crap out of there.

Celebratory coffee at the car to celebrate the hike is over.

Had a great weekend catching up with my friend and getting in a little fishing.
Part Two to come later.