Trip Report Dispatch from the Carolinas

My Dad got a place on a nice little lake in upstate South Carolina. I haven’t gotten to spend much time at it yet and when I have the lake was almost empty because of dam issues. But it’s been full for a couple years and by all reports is fairly productive. I’m really looking forward to exploring it with my fam over the next several days as I’m here on a too brief visit. I’ll keep y’all posted on the fishing.
Got in late and my brother fished off the dock and caught a couple bass and catfish. I was pretty keen on all the Hexagenia around, some of which are friggin’ huge! And I’m hearing cicadas. Are they Brood X? Shit I don’t know. But will I be popper fishing tomorrow? You’re damn skippy I will be!
 

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Matt B

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Fairly productive morning. Big time fun!
 

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Matt B

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Big sunfish are such a fun fly rod fish.

Switched to a yellow hopper (b/c hex) to 18” to a pat’s. They love that pat’s, baby.
 

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cdnred

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Nice fish..!! From the looks of the lake from what I saw, your dad 's got a beautiful spot. Nice to be out on the water early in the morning watching the sun rise. I'd image being in South Carolina, that lake gets fished quite heavily and has lots of activity later in the day..
 

Matt B

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Nice fish..!! From the looks of the lake from what I saw, your dad 's got a beautiful spot. Nice to be out on the water early in the morning watching the sun rise. I'd image being in South Carolina, that lake gets fished quite heavily and has lots of activity later in the day..
Not really. This lake is only about 50 acres and only has private access. So I get to pretend I’m not a Plebe for a while.
 

cdnred

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So I get to pretend I’m not a Plebe for a while.
I enjoy the solitude of being alone fishing in the early morning with no one around. That reminds me about a time I was working down in Santiago, Chile for 8 months. The air in Santiago in October is filled with pollution, just putrid so I took a trip over to Juan Fernández Island about 2 hours off the coast to escape. That was the island that Alexander Selkirk was stranded on that inspired Daniel Defoe to write the fictional novel Robinson Crusoe. Gorgeous place to see, I could just image how he must of felt being stranded there alone as he was..

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Matt B

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It was a very calm and quiet morning, just me, the lake and a mug from my childhood filled with fresh ground aeropressed home roast (Guatemala, City+).
More bream and small bass. Got my brother in on the fly rod action too.
 

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Matt B

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A big storm last night seemed to put the fishing off this morning, but by late afternoon things had warmed up and gotten muggy and buggy and fishy. We put a hurtin’ on ‘em tonight. And had a little late night fish fry. The catfish out of this lake tasted so great—the opposite of “muddy.”

Cool cloud this afternoon, but just some distant rumblings, thankfully wasn’t another frog-choker like last night.
 

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Matt B

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I’m sitting in the airport now getting ready to head back to the relatively cool PNW. I have lost my tolerance for the heat+humidity combo!

What a fun trip with some good fishing. It wasn’t always easy and I never found any large bass but the bream population in this lake is a hell of a lot of fun on the fly rod, and the bass just need some figurin’ out I suspect. Or, sheer persistence/playing the numbers game? More research is called for.

I leave you with some photos from the Gothic South. I know nothing about stonefly species in the Carolinas but this sure looked like a golden stone that showed up last night.
 

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