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Bob's Creek, Class-A Section Bedford County, 06/16/11
Location: start of Class-A section, upstream ~1 mile into Class-A water
Weather: Thunderstorm, upper 60s
Water Temp: unknown
Water Clarity: light stain
Water Level: Seemed average-about the same as Monday
Hatches: very, very, light-saw a few Green Drakes and some March Browns, nothing really keyed on them
Parked at the pull-off by the trail to the Missing Children monument as an afternoon storm was setting in. Hiked in a fair bit, saw lots of bear sign (fresh tracks) and made my way down some small tribs to the mainstem of the stream. I recommend parking a bit before the monument if you are heading to the Class-A water, I had a bit of a walk to get to the mainstem from there, but it was a neat hike. The mid-June frog-strangler soaked me good, but the woods got that wet, fresh, smell that no air freshner company as of yet can truly duplicate. Goal today was to try to catch a native and I searched long and hard in that infertile mountain water. Looking for the "perfect" pool, I found several really nice spots with some deeper water, but only saw an isolated fish. I had to keep reminding myself this was a mountain stream, without the biomass of a limestoner. I was prospecting with a Royal Coachmen dry, got no interest but there was no one at the dance most of the time. Had a dinner date with the wife, did not want to screw that up, so headed back downstream about 16:15. Sun came out, no surface activity so I tied on a thing we use back in IA/WI called a Pink Squirrel (beadhead nymph) and used that on the way out. Just about ready to quit when a fish broke the surface in a fast riffle. I paused and watched him settle back down in a pocket, then dart towards the surface again. I also saw a few others. On the third cast, he nailed it hard, like a little locomotive, and I landed a living jewel of a 11" brookie. Mission accomplished, I released him and headed home to get cleaned up for supper.
Posted on: 2011/6/16 23:21
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