Dodging the Runoff (day 2) TR

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Continuing the search for some clear, running water. Guy in the local flyshop lets on that a stream just down the road (relatively speaking) is high, but clean and THE big bugs are coming off. I file that away as probable B.S.; why would someone tell that to a perfect stranger unless he’s running a misdirection or is planning to jump me on the stream, steal my sorry collection of gear and bury my remains in a shallow grave along the Interstate? After the tailwater adventure of the previous day, though, some action a bit closer to home base seems in order and the chance to toss some topwater stuff seals the deal.

    More like bwo weather but you take what you get

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    different kind of speed goat, 1970 vintage (I think)

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    pretty valley

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    upper reaches are clear, as advertised; 2 more days and they’re fishable, too

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    a little farther down; looks good, but still not legal

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    starting the countdown

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    someone’s got a problem with 19

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    the magic number

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    two feet visibility. not going in much deeper; river's honkin along pretty good and the softer water along the banks looks to be the place for dries

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    started with a big orange thing, got 1 refusal and a toilet-flush rise that I was late on. saw a few skwalas crawling around so switched out and started hooking up; browns, nothing heroic but nice and caught the way dog, Tom Whiting and the guy who invented craft foam intended

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    move downstream a bit, skwala seems to be losing it's edge. look up, see the swallows going crazy and the first of the armored hummingbirds make their appearance; switch back to the orange thing and for 4 hours life is very good. browns and 'bows, none of the run-ups but bigger than anything I normally see on this water

    beating around the bushes

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    I feel like a peeping Tom

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    river is alive with bugs - caddis, March Browns, stoneflies big-and-small, all which would probably draw interest, but it's so much fun fishing the perch float I see no need to change.

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    Things finally wind down about the time the sun drops below the cliffs so I pack it up and drive out. Pretty big water down low (only folks I see on the river all day are kayaking through here)

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    maybe not snow-capped peaks but pretty country in it's own way

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    looks like Sauron's eye

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    my apologies to Josh for doubting him

    Regards,
    Scott
     
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