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My Bubble Burst! :-(

I've been on a hot streak but it was bound to end. You cant catch 20 trout per hour forever although I wish ya could haha!

This AM I drove to a rather famous stream to fish a stretch Id never fished in the past. Pretty much never fished the stream at all except for a few short unsuccessful early season trips. It certainly was big water. I'd almost call it a river!



It took me a few minutes to turn my first trout of the AM which ended up being a nice stocked rainbow.



The fishing carried on that way and really became a true extraction process. I was pretty much only tackling fish from secluded dead spots surrounded by swift runs. The pools seemed void of trout although I'm sure they were there. I think pressure is a big factor at this place. It was, however, a very unique fishing experience and JUUUUUST good enough to warrant a return trip shortly to give it another shot to prove itself and earn a spot on 'the list'. Slippery as all get'up I'll tell ya that!!! I stayed dry though :-)


Most of the catch consisted of surviving hatchery trout.

But a couple wild fish were around


There were long periods of time without turning a fish but the scenery was rugged and I enjoy that.



BJB would die here haha :-)

I fished for 1.5 hours and caught 15 trout. Subpar for my tastes but like I said, just enough to try it under a different water level and see how it responds. Figuring a place out is part of the fun for me.
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great pics

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Slippery as all get'up I'll tell ya that!!! I stayed dry though :-)

There were long periods of time without turning a fish but the scenery was rugged and I enjoy that.

BJB would die here haha :-)
Haha. When I saw your first picture, I think the contusion on my forearm started to ache in pain. I need to learn to turn my pace down a bit on those rugged streams.

Glad to hear you made it out with no bumps or bruises (and dry at that).
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Slippery as all get'up I'll tell ya that!!! I stayed dry though :-)
I have never gone for wild trout but this reminds me of all the hazards that exist for someone who wants to try it. Not just slippery rocks, but at this time of year there is also poison ivy, snakes, ticks, and insect bites.
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Nice pics! I think we have to change roles this year, you carry the big camera! LOL

Trout180, I hate ALL of what you mentioned. I can handle the rocks as I use studded felt soles so the grip is impressive but the bugs and snakes alway give me the heebie-jeebies and I don't know that I will ever get over it.
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Re: My Bubble Burst! :-(

That's really a pretty stream. If it were around SC PA I suspect it would be stuffed with wild trout.

You'll always have a dud once in a while. If time permits it's smart to go to Plan B after a short time (as you know).

Ticks bother me more than just about anything. Many places I fish have rattlesnakes, though I see one only about every other year or so. You just have to watch where you walk (preferably not through ferns where you can't see your feet) and make it a practice never to put you hands down on anything. I think hip boots offer some protection due to the air space between the boot and my leg. I do think that rattlesnake fangs would go through hip boots like they were warm butter.

Anyway, I look forward to reading about your next outing.

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I do think that rattlesnake fangs would go through hip boots like they were warm butter.
THIS is something to think about, as it seems you do most of your fishing alone, and farrrr of most beaten paths. Not sure of your health, or health issues, if any, but, as you know, frail health can really be dangerous when being bitten by a number of "critters". Do you ensure cellphone service when you are out and about ? Probably a good idea to stick mostly to areas where service is acceptable when alone. From past photos, you don't appear to be in your 20's , Broken legs, chest pain 4 miles in, etc..... Have a plan.

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I use studded felt soles so the grip is impressive
I just replaced wading boots this year, and the pair I got are felt soled, and came with a bag of studs. Per your experieces, should I put the studs in the soles or not ? I've fished twice without the studs so far, as I never tried them, and didn't know how the walking would be with them.

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I wet wade a LOT but almost never in places were the walk out is going to be through snake country. I always wear my rubber boots as, like Frank said, there is a lot of air space and even when the snake gets through the boot the fangs will more then likely miss your flesh, but not 100%. It's always something to think about.

As for the studded felt, I wouldn't. What I will say about it is that they studs are good with felt when walking on level. If you are slow and methodical about your fishing then it would be a decent idea for you. But it your like me and get on some uneven surfaces at time studs can be absolutely treacherous. They are very slick on sloped flat rocks with little texture. Felt is definitely the best wading material out there right now. Crappy for the walk about though. Thankfully I typcially ride a bike!
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Nice pics
Nice to see there are still some "wild" fish there
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