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Persistence Pays Off

This week I hooked up with my buddy Fred (Stepp Outdoors, https://www.facebook.com/Stepp-Outdoors-1624514371160753/) and we got after some trout in the local NC DH water.  Conditions were less than ideal, windy at times, with high water conditions.  We started mid-morning with double nymph rigs, plenty of split shot and Corqs Indicators.  Wasn’t long and we were into fish, and one of my first of the day was actually my biggest brown trout of the day, a rather feisty football of a brown trout that took several minutes to land.

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The fish seemed to be spread out, not bunched up like you would typically expect.  We had to continue to work the water, move around and make plenty of drifts.  Our bites were mostly coming on stonefly nymphs and worm patterns.  Fred landed a good brown shortly after mine.  He was getting some good work in on his newly acquired St. Croix Imperial 3wt rod with Redington Zero reel, an awesome combination.

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We worked the same stretch of water for most of the day, covering the area well with lots of casts.  You had to do a good job of mending and presenting the flies with a good drift or the fish would not fall for them.  Keeping the flies deep with split shot also seemed to help.  I was putting my Allen 10′ 4wt Volant and Allen Tout II reel to good use.  I did some high sticking as well as using the indicator.  We eventually both completed the east coast grand slam of brown, rainbow and brook trout and did so with some pretty decent size to boot.  Here was another good brown I landed.

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Our best brookies of the day:

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And finally, here are our best rainbow trout of the outing:

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After we worked our way upstream a ways with the nymph rigs, we did switch out to streamers to fish our way back down.  Both of us were able to pick up a few more fish on the way out.  Of particular note was one area I had nymphed and caught two fish from, after I switched to the streamer I was able to pull about 6 more fish from the same run.  The fish in that particular spot just wanted to chase a bigger meal I guess.  It was the only area that seemed to be the case though.  Just shows you that making a change sometimes can make a difference.  Most importantly though, we worked the area well, fished for numerous hours and made lots of drifts and our persistence paid off with a fabulous day on the water.

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Dealing with Conditions

I’ll be honest, Mother Nature has not exactly been kind to me on my last few fishing outings.  In fact, last time I had the day to go fish, it rained hard all night and by the morning of, all the rivers were completely blown out.  I even drove to 4 different locations, just to see if anything was low enough to fish.  This week, conditions were a little better, but still far from ideal.  Recent rains again had the rivers high and murky. And it was a nice 27 degrees when I arrived.  Not to mention the river itself looked a little different as some areas had been silted in from high waters.  I started out throwing streamers and located a few fish scattered in the middle of the river.  As I worked my way into deeper water, I caught the best brookie of the day on the streamer:

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Once I had fished the streamer through the area, I switched over to nymphing with a larger black stone fly and a worm pattern.  After about 30 minutes of fishing this rig, it seemed apparent that the fish only really wanted the worm pattern.  After changing the worm up a few times, it also seemed that the fish mostly wanted a red one.  So, for the rest of the day, that is what I used.  I had to adjust the amount of split shot on occasion, and the depth of the indicator.  In a few places, I went without the indicator and just did some high sticking.  Keeping the worm near the bottom on a good drift produced a good many fish, and I was able to complete the slam with a brook, rainbow and brown trout all of decent size.  The higher murky water was surely dictating how I had to fish, and what the fish were responding to, but as long as you experiment and adapt to conditions you can have a productive day.

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