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Old 06-17-2017, 11:31 AM
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Headed down to the river behind the house for a couple hours yesterday morning to break in a new 7-weight that I recently acquired. Set it up with an old English-made Cortland multiplier that I had lying around the house.

The river was a bit high and stained from recent afternoon thunderstorms, but the fish were still hitting-at least the little ones.

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I didn't catch anything huge, but landed about 25 smallmouth, a couple of which had enough size to make a good account of themselves in the current.

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Also caught a few rock bass and a few bull redbreasts. Those redbreasts are some colorful fish, and can put a satisfying bend in a fly rod and make the line sing.

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I was beginning to get hot, and wishing that I had brought a bottle of water. About then, I felt something bump against my leg, and saw that the river gods had sent me a gift. I was rude and refused it.

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Quite an enjoyable morning, until eventually the sky grayed, raindrops started to fall, and thunder rumbled. So I waded out of the river and began the long perilous journey of several hundred yards back to the house.

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Old 06-17-2017, 11:10 PM
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Is that public water Hillbilly? I have my N.C. fishing license now I'm looking for destinations north of me. I'm primarily a trout fisherman but I love me some smallmouths too a friend and I caught 3 nice ones on Lake Blue Ridge Thursday along with 5 spots and a 4 lb. walleye. The smallies went back in the lake but the rest are going to provide a Fathers Day meal for my family.
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What a way to spend a couple of hours, despite the grueling journey......
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:43 AM
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Is that public water Hillbilly? I have my N.C. fishing license now I'm looking for destinations north of me. I'm primarily a trout fisherman but I love me some smallmouths too a friend and I caught 3 nice ones on Lake Blue Ridge Thursday along with 5 spots and a 4 lb. walleye. The smallies went back in the lake but the rest are going to provide a Fathers Day meal for my family.
Not public land per se, but you can fish 75% of the river with no problems. Lots of road right-of-way access.
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Wow,,,, very nice,,,, I need to learn how to fly fish,,,, what a beautiful place,,,,
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I was trying to see your cooking setup on your back porch in that first pic but it's too far
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Nice spot Billy!
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I was trying to see your cooking setup on your back porch in that first pic but it's too far
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I was trying to see your cooking setup on your back porch in that first pic but it's too far
That's definitely not mine. That's the purty people that live up there. They came from somewhere up north.
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Man those fish are beauties! I wonder if the quality of the beer determines where it floats in the water column
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Man those fish are beauties! I wonder if the quality of the beer determines where it floats in the water column
LOL LOL LOL,,,, we should do a controlled experiment,,,,
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Your reel is on backwards.
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Your reel is on backwards.
It's 'posed to be that way, idjit. That limey-made reel is weird, because it has a roller at the bottom of the arbor that the line goes behind instead of over. With the multiplier gears, it'll suck up line like a tractor beam, though.

I don't know why, but I can't stand left-hand reel on a fly rod. I can't stand right-hand reel on a spinning rod.

I think I've found the perfect combo for smallmouth fishing, love that TFO. It'll fling amazing amounts of line out with ease. It has enough backbone to fling heavy streamers, but is light enough for a foot-long bass or big redbreast to put a satisfying bend in it.
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Love the pics NCH!!! Had to be fun!
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