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Brook Trout Tactics(next level)

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Here is an old post i put up very long ago.
http://www.paflyfish.com/modules/newb ... php?topic_id=1410&forum=7
If you are interested read it

Now for the next step.

In the previous post i covered clothing for a small portion now lets expand.

Wild Brook Trout inhabit some of the most brushy places in PA. It can be a real pain, literally, to get to the water. Heck it can be that way to even get back to the car. Clothing can aid in repelling thorns. What do you wear?

Well truth be told i dont always wear the clothes im about to talk about. They can be uncomfortable, especially on a hot summer day. However when going to a small stream i know nothing about i at least bring them.

The Camo Brush Hat
Why would anyone wear something so ridiculous? I thought the same thing one year. I saw a FFerman fishing a small brushy stream that i was on. We talked at length about fishing for brookies and various tactics. I cannot remember his name today, it was so long ago, and i wish i did. He taught me this special trick. On the opposite side of the stream was a high ridge, to high to climb. On the side we were on were millions of thorn bushes. Just on the otherside of these bushes was the trail. The options you had were to walk back 300 yards(probably more) to get to the trail or go through the bushes. This man had a camo canvas poncho(something im still looking for) and his hat. He broke his rod down, tucked it under his poncho, lowered his head and went right through the brush.
I was shocked!

I had to walk back a long distance just to hit the trail. Walking stream side can be tiring after you been fishing all day. Finally when i made it back to the parking area he was sitting down enjoying a water. I had to ask him, how did you do that?

He explained to me that the hat when you duck your head will block the thorns from your face and ears. The long canvas poncho protects your legs and chest.

I asked yes but doesnt that rip them up bad? He told me to feel his hat. It was stiff and very very tough. He then told me he sprayed it with adhesive that drys fast and strong. If you rub in the adhesive a little after spraying it will soak and mat itself into the fabric better.

I was amazed and have used this trick for many years.

Here is some of the spray adhesives that would work:
http://www.cutting-mats.net/spray-adhesives.html

I thanked this older man for his insights and i wish now i could tell him just how much i appreciated it over the years.

Use this trick or donot use it.....but it works and can save you from some nasty scrapes. Im still looking for a good, cheaper camo canvas to make a poncho.......im going to get it done this year. Im set on it.

Posted on: 2009/10/28 16:40
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Re: Brook Trout Tactics(next level)

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Great story. Some of the old timers are good at coming up with ideas like that, In another time, they or someone they knew well had to come up with great ideas to get by day-to-day.

Posted on: 2009/10/28 17:22


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did you ever feel 100% beaver pelt cowboy hat-
same reason -resist thorn and brush.

Posted on: 2009/10/28 18:30
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Re: Brook Trout Tactics(next level)

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Nope never have pete.

Maybe thats where he got the idea. I dunno

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lot of people think they are soft like felt but hard as a rock-hit one and it goes BONK lol

Posted on: 2009/10/28 18:35
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Re: Brook Trout Tactics(next level)

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try waxed cotton clothing from Barbour

Posted on: 2009/10/29 18:34


Re: Brook Trout Tactics(next level)

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I have a nice set of Filson Chaps. . . They are the waxed cotton tin chaps. Very similar as well. I use them for small game hunting. They also have a wide range of clothing to check out.

Posted on: 2009/10/30 11:48


Re: Brook Trout Tactics(next level)

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http://www.fatiguesarmynavy.com/store ... onchos_GI_Gortex__Clothes I have a few of these ponchos not sure if theyre what you are looking for but they work very well in most situations

Posted on: 2009/10/31 10:51


Re: Brook Trout Tactics(next level)
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Can you imagine seeing Sal crashing through the bush along a brookie stream wearing one of these with his Orvis rod in hand!

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Posted on: 2009/10/31 11:24


Re: Brook Trout Tactics(next level)

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ok im not that bad

I cant even imagine that thing would be comfortable in the winter, looks hot as .......

Posted on: 2009/10/31 14:06
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My question would be what kind of underbrush growing along a wild brookie stream has thorns or jaggers on it? The ones i fish have mostly rhododendron , hemlock m, mountain laurel etc. not muti flora rose , blackberry or even locust for me those grow farther downstream. Don't mean to be picky but..........

Posted on: 2009/11/1 8:52


Re: Brook Trout Tactics(next level)

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LMAO that's great Afish! I'm all in for being stealth but that's a bit extreme! Who buys that stuff?

Posted on: 2009/11/1 10:19
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Re: Brook Trout Tactics(next level)

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This guy bought it

Osprey you gotta think what grows in SE PA. Along some streams it's nothing but thorns.

Posted on: 2009/11/1 12:38


Re: Brook Trout Tactics(next level)

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Ya there are a ton of jaggers here in SEPA.

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Yep , i apologize it's been awhile , but i remember Donegal spings and chiques i'm sorry about that.

Posted on: 2009/11/3 10:14



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