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Fishing Reports / Re: North Georgia Reunion.
« Last post by breamchaser on August 21, 2017, 09:09:39 AM »
Thanks for sharing this trip with those of us that did not get to go with you. Nice area and nice fishing to go with it. Thanks again and take care, John. :smile:
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Fly Tying / Re: Panfish Bugs
« Last post by StippledPopper on August 20, 2017, 08:55:16 PM »
My what big eyes you have.  That will get them down in a hurry!
In the lighting the eyes almost look Blued.  Ever try that to the
Silver Bead Chain?  It lasts longer than painted Black.
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Fly Tying / Re: Chenille Panfish Spider
« Last post by StippledPopper on August 20, 2017, 08:49:51 PM »
Nice. With the long legs if you find them too long on the water, it is an easy fix.  But lengthening them is another matter.
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Fly Tying / Fishable and Fanciful
« Last post by StippledPopper on August 20, 2017, 08:42:12 PM »
Three Wapsi cupped Poppers with similar design in different colors
A Balsa Popper on a 6/0 Orvis Pike Hook
A Balsa Long Tom/ Per Walt Holman
A Balsa Frog Gerbubble Bug
A Balsa White Gerbubble From (my least favorite of the bunch)
A Balsa Pike Head on 2/0 Orvis Pike Hook
A Balsa take on Jim Stewart's Deer Hair take on a Hula Popper
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Fishing Reports / North Georgia Reunion.
« Last post by chunting on August 20, 2017, 12:31:06 PM »
Although my wife and I have fly fished on and off for trout over the years in the Ellijay area, I'd not fished any of the myriad small, mountain streams in the lower reaches holding populations of native redeye and Alabama spotted bass for almost 50 years.  I'd made a commitment last year I would remedy that on a future trip back to Georgia while visiting an aging parent.  Garner Reid of Cohutta Fly Fishing Co. knew of my desire to get back up there and asked if I wanted to take a hike up near the Tennessee border.  Game on.

We met up before daylight in Cartersville, loaded my gear in Garner's vehicle and pointed north for the hour and some drive to a deserted trail head.  I grabbed my 5wt and fanny pack and fell in behind Garner who was already headed downstream along a trail.  On the way down we stopped at vantage points along the way and observed quite a number of redeye and spots lying in tops and cruising rock piles. 



Forty five minutes later we stopped at our first fishing spot.  From here we would work our way back up stream fishing. 



I took the time to just sit a spell, enjoying scents and sounds that brought back old memories.  The river here was noisy and gin clear, making it easy to underestimate the depth. 



I started off wading a sandy ridge down the middle of the river casting to each bank.  As I moved upstream I noticed what looked like a large gar resting on the bottom ahead of me.  As it turned out, my eyes hadn't failed and I eased close enough to poke it with my 8.5' rod before it exploded out of there.  One had the sensation of being in an aquarium as two species of bass, redhorse sucker and redbreast sunfish swam by periodically.  We didn't catch a great number of fish nor any large ones.  There were so many instances we located larger bass from the trail and Garner would stay to spot for me and I just could not get in a position to cast to them due to deep water or obstructions.

The Alabama spotted bass here are long, lean and brightly marked. 



The redeye have a reputation for aggressiveness and we weren't disappointed.  This four incher bit off more than it could chew.



On the way back out we stopped again at a rock pile along a deep bank and watched some really nice bass cruising around.  I gave up on trying to find a way down to position casting to these fish.  I told Garner, being much younger and athletic than I, "give it a shot, I'll spot for you."  He was able to get in a position but it was too close to the fish and they simply disappeared into the depths.  After a half dozen casts he gave it up and climbed back up the bank and we resumed our hike out. 



We noticed plenty of wild hog sign along the trail and on the way out we found where a bear had move a couple rotten logs lying along the trail, sign that had not been there when we hiked down.  One of the most pleasurable day I've spent on the water in some time.  I'll be back.


   

 
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Fishing Reports / Back on the Flint.
« Last post by chunting on August 20, 2017, 09:48:26 AM »
I invited a friend from south Louisiana to join me for a couple days fishing the Flint for shoal bass.  He accepted and we met up in LaGrange, Ga two weeks ago.  Kent Edmonds picked us up early the next morning and led us to a new area on the Flint that he had recently obtained access to.  After parking my truck at the end of pavement, we joined him in his jeep for the next mile or so down, up and sideways on single lane, clay hunting roads, finally ending at stream side.  Kent and Joe gearing up.



Our first good look at the Flint.




The shoals here are expansive, deep and demand respect while poking around in them.  My previous trips had all been on more docile water and I was somewhat intimidated at first look. 



Lots of heavy water here.



We began chugging poppers fast across the deeper shoals.  A few bass took a whack but I spooked considerable more floundering around in thigh deep water working hard at staying upright.  Kent led Joe across the river to a slower area and soon had Joe into fish.  Joe enjoyed a couple dunkin's along the way with the only damage to his ego. 



I worked my way upstream where a small island split off a slough to the right that looked promising.



The area held plenty bass and redbreast sunfish that were receptive to my presentations.  I spooked some large bass and had several follows by dandies, but the bass I caught were average.  Shoal bass are aggressive and pugnacious.  This small, beautifully marked specimen certainly had those qualities.



Joe with a nice shoal bass.



An afternoon thunderstorm rolled in and we scrambled to get off the river.  In my haste I hung a toe under a slanting rock, went down and enjoyed a good dunkin'. The ride out in the rain was quite entertaining on the wet, red clay woods roads.  But, that's another story altogether.  :)     


 
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Fishing Reports / Re: Fishing in central kentucky
« Last post by breamchaser on August 19, 2017, 12:30:34 PM »
Flyfish, you are very welcome, my friend. It took me a while to find out who was in that P/U truck I would see at Clear Fork Lake, but sure am glad I did. I enjoyed many evening fishing with you and Carmoletta and the fly tying lessons as well. Still tie a few Shoe Bugs now and then and they still catch fish. I have gotten Marilyn set up with a U/L spinning rod and casting bubbles, now she will be able to ''fly fish'' also. Y'all take care, John. :smile:
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Fishing Reports / Re: Fishing in central kentucky
« Last post by Flyfish on August 17, 2017, 03:26:53 PM »
John, you can't give me credit for that.  I think you were already headed in that direction on your own.  I can still hear you hollering from the hill "Who's that flyfishing in my lake?"  Scared the heck outta me.  All I could see were your uniform.....and gun!  Boy, I thought I was in some big trouble.  I can't thank you enough for your friendship and becoming a fishing partner. 
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Fishing Reports / Re: Fishing in central kentucky
« Last post by breamchaser on August 14, 2017, 09:47:46 AM »
Flyfish, you  of all people, should know about that. You are  the one that led me down that path and again, I thank you. Take care, you two and enjoy retirement, John. :thumbup:
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Fly Fishing Events / 13th Contraband Fly Fishing Expo - Sat., August 19
« Last post by Catch on August 13, 2017, 02:07:08 PM »
13th Contraband Fly Fishing Expo
Saturday, August 19, 2017
8:30am - 4:00pm
VFW Hall Post 7321, 2668 Highway 171 North, Lake Charles, LA

FREE ADMISSION.
Sponsored by the Contraband Fly Casters / Tom Nixon Chapter

Fly Tying Demonstrations, Casting Demos, Lure Exhibits, Auctions and Raffles, Food and Refreshments, Equipment Displays and more!  Public invited.



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