Monday, June 22, 2009

Let it Be

Bullhead Creek is a stream with a reputation; that reputation was one of a place that held 30" browns and 'bows. That is why 5star and I fished it recently. It is modeled after a fly fishing club, you pay a fee and get to fish a section of the stream all to yourself for as long as you want.
We camped out in a primitive site, which was near this beautiful little waterfall
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After shutting down camp we paid our dues and got on the Bullhead Stream, it looked mighty fishy...
....I had signed up for section 6 of the creek and 5star had section 5(naturally) and we got to prospecting, surveying, sneaking and tossing our flies. It was slow going as I made my way through the section. Not a lot of plunge pools at first, came to this one after a few minutes...
..and knew that it held fish...had visions in my head of a 5 pounder just cruising at the top of this pool.....
...but this was all I pulled out of there. Even more depressing, was that this pool was the end of my section! I was a little confused because from what I had heard the sections were much longer.
Went back to meet up with 5star and see how section 5 was and it was about the same, no big boys, just babys like the one above. We met a father and son team on the trail a few minutes later and got the scoop; someone had come with CASTING NETS and 5 GALLON BUCKETS and TAKEN all the trout. Whoever did it should be castrated. So, just a warning, don't waste your money on Bullhead thinking there are big trout up there; it's not true. The reputation has shifted, from big trout, to a poached stream.

Decided to fish the upper part of Stone Mountain Creek when we got done on Bullhead and caught tons of fish, mostly small chubs and browns, and one unusual red and green fish that I wish I had gotten a picture of ....it was really buggy
....but didn't manage too many of these.....
....until next time, -FHP










Monday, June 15, 2009

Bushwhacking to Natives

After hearing from a wiley old timer about a little creek that tumbles off the Blue Ridge a few months ago, how beautiful it was and the fish it held, it had been in my sights as a fish-hunting destination.
I figured there was no better time to get up to there, to some wild trout water, than the week after the delayed harvest waters opened to all fishing with no mininum size limit. On the Roaring River deep pools that held nice numbers of trout two weeks ago were now populated with lost underwear and beer cans.

The old timer who told me about the fish on this creek made it perfectly clear "ya gotta cross the creek on the trail 7 times before you get to the trout...'fore that it's just chubs"



So I got hikin'...

...still too much civilization for wild trout...


...but after a few uncounted miles I got to the wild trout habitat, or "troutitat"...


...and this pool was literally jumping with fish....I sat and watch for a minute and noticed they were taking white and yellow butterflies, so I put on the elk hair caddis because it is the only thing that looked similar and got down on my knees...


...'n started slayin' em....not much food supply up in skinny water like this, a "big" fish is over 8" in length, so this Brown's about average. Was surprised to catch any Brown's this far up the creek....

...and another...

...the brown's were everywhere down along this stretch so I decided to hike up even further to get on top of some native brookies...

....and was surprised to see crayfish like this (maybe there are bigger fish up here with that kind of foodsource?)...

...then we got on some nice feisty brook trout....

..this one was hungry for sure, almost swallowed my fly...cut it loose rather than attempting
major surgery, I hope he made it (note to self; de-barb hooks before fishing little water)


Overall it was a great day: epic, crazy, wild trout, zero flies lost, and no need to combat fish.
...until next time-FHP