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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-25-2017, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Today I returned to fishing after missing the last two months. I had surgery in late June and had a longer than expected recovery process. I went to an extremely popular limestone stream. I knew that I wasn't in shape to make a long walk in and out.

After I'd been fishing about ten minutes, I had four trout hit my spinner and every one slipped the hook. I checked my hook points, which were sharp. My next cast landed on the mark next to a large rock and a dark shadow tracked my spinner and grabbed it. I set the hook and the heavy brown bolted for the heavy current, but I was able to maneuver him to my feet.



My first trout measured 17 inches. Not bad after a long absence.

In short order I landed browns of 9 1/2, 14 1/2, 12, 11, and 13 1/2 inches before the action slowed down. I lost two trout before closing the hour with browns of 9 and 13 3/4 inches.

Unfortunately, a fisherman had jumped in front of me, par for the course on this particular stream. I got out and walked upstream, out of sight of the angler. The action was slower and I caught only four trout in the second hour; three browns ranging from 8 to 10 1/2 inches, and a small rainbow trout.

I saw another fisherman upstream so I walked a good distance upstream and got back in. I was getting very little interest on spinners, so I switched to a plug and caught three small browns before switching back to a spinner. I caught only one more trout there before I decided to walk back to my car.

I drove to another section, a few miles upstream. I saw one other fisherman and started in an unoccupied stretch. The action was very slow and I left after a little over an hour. Only three browns from 9 to 10 1/2 inches came to hand.

I tried one other section of that stream briefly which yielded only a few follows so I fished up the main tributary. Shortly after starting there, I caught a nice 14 inch wild brown. Unfortunately, that was the only trout I caught there. I felt my legs getting heavy and although the air was cool and the skies were cloudy, I decided that I shouldn't push it and called it a day. I caught 20 trout for the day. Not a lot of trout, but great to be back in action!



I saw a bald eagle, which is always great to see.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-25-2017, 08:57 PM
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Welcome back!

Due to low water elsewhere, I've been pounding a nearby extremely popular limestoner. Don't know if it's the same one you hit, but if it was I can see where the action might be a tad on the slow side.

A 17" wild brown is a nice way to get back into the saddle again.

It won't be long now until autumn. Some leaves are already coming down. Can't wait!
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Excellent Andy! I know we've been in touch a lot but I'm thrilled to see you back in action and wish you a lot more recovery in the near future.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-27-2017, 01:08 PM
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Great to hear you are back in fishing shape. Sounds like a decent outing considering conditions and popularity of the stream.
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Thanks! Not in fishing shape really. My legs felt weak while I was fishing and I was pretty sore the next day. I didn't fish as long as I usually do. I'll have to work up to that.
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