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Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 08/03/2010

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David, Bruno and I had a ball with the smallmouths on SRC tonight. The water was slightly high and slightly discolored -- perfect conditions. A freakin ton of whiteflies came off starting at around 8:15 with a few hexegenia mixed in. The pictures tell the story.

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Posted on: 2010/8/4 1:06

Edited by Maurice on 2010/8/4 21:13:22
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Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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Thats pretty cool!
Thanks for sharing!

Those smallies taken the white flies?

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Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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That IS cool Greg. Thanks.

Posted on: 2010/8/4 5:52
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Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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that's what it's all about!!! what section af the stream did ya fish?
it's good to see the hatch lasting more than a week so far, last year kinda sucked, at least on the stretch where I live.

Posted on: 2010/8/4 6:50


Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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The smallies were up sipping white flies. We had luck with any large white colored fly, even a popper. A fly significantly larger than the naturals seemed to work best.

Biker,

We were a couple miles north of 422.

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Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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Greg / David

Thanks for the company last night – I had a great time. It is just plain fun. I agree with biker that last year was not so good. I may head up again tonight.

Posted on: 2010/8/4 8:18
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Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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Cool Gregg. I was planning to head up there after work yesterday too. But a last minute work crisis killed my plans. I'm on my way to Ocean City tomorrow, so I'll have to wait another year for the white flies.

I was able to hit the hatch Saturday night and had fun. Not an awful lot of fish and they were smaller than in years past, but the hatch, as always, is a must-see event.

Posted on: 2010/8/4 8:18
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Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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GG,
While we didn't land any monsters, most of the fish caught had some shoulders. Bruno had one big guy break him off and my best was getting close to 15". The majority seemed to be in the 10-13 inch range, leaning towards the high end. And all with lot's of spunk.

The hatch has been going on for at least a couple days because their bellies were BIG. I think alby even had one puke on him (binge and purge!) The hatch was heavy enough that even after dark the horizon had a glow. When it shut down, it shut down quickly!
There was also a hex spinner fall that never materialized. There was a cloud of them forming above me until a slight drizzle fell for no more than a minute...spinners were gone!!!

Alby,
Thanks again for the reel (I left my reel bag at home and was up there an hour and a half earlier than bruno and alby...talk about torture!!!!)

Bruno,
Thanks for the beer...good stuff!!!

Posted on: 2010/8/4 10:32


Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010
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If there's any chance the hatch would still be on Monday next, I can go after work. Otherwise, I missed it as well this year. But, I caught the GDs at the Jam, so....

Posted on: 2010/8/4 10:33
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Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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Maybe I shouldn't mention this on the internet, but my super-special glow in the dark popper was just slaying these fish... You can see it in the first two pics.

Matt and Bruno, thanks for a great time and thanks for the beers. I've been comming to Slippery Rock for 3 years now trying to hit the white flies and this time I really got to experience the full-blown hatch. What a spectacle!

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Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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I forgot to mention the carp - they coming right up outta the water. Sounded like someone throwing rocks at us in the dark.

Posted on: 2010/8/4 12:36
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Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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Neato.

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Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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FYI --The hatch has been going on strong for about 7-10 days now. I suspect it will be tapering off in the next few days.

Jack,
Chances are you will still see flies Monday, and who knows, with a little luck it may still be fairly heavy. But given its intensity over the past week it seems unlikely.

One thing for sure, the fish are keyed and probably will continue to be for a while.

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Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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Nice report! Thanks for sharing

Posted on: 2010/8/4 19:14


Re: Slippery Rock Creek, Lawrence County, 03/08/2010

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I headed out tonite for a bit, here's some pics

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