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    Cool Rainbows And Browns And Stripers, Oh MY

    Spent the last few days fishing in the mountains fishing out of Asheville. Took my fiance on a half day float for Smallmouth. We fished the French Broad at an undisclosed location. The water was high and slightly stained,which isn't optimal conditions for Smallie fishing. We ended up with 8 dinks. The biggest fish was maybe 12-14 inches. My fiance did however catch her first bass. She still hasnt pulled in a Largemouth. She did however get the concept of a bite and good hookset. We worked hard for those 8 fish. I caught six, all but one on either a black or chartreuse popper. The other fish was on a White/Blue/White Clouser that I tied last week.

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    Day two, I was solo with the guide, floating an undisclosed tailwater river that I am forbidden to reveal the location of.
    Day two was Trout day. We got the boat in the water and immediately noticed that the water was a bit higher than normal. Evidently the generating at the dam had been for a couple of hours,just after midnight. That really negatively effected the fishing. There are normally rising fish in the put in pool,but none today.
    We were dropping beetle patterns at the base of rock walls hoping to entice large Brown Trout to slurp up the beetle. We used a dry fly with a dropper in the shallower,faster moving pools. We picked up a couple of Rainbows in the shallower ,faster water in the first run we came to.
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    We were making a LOT of casts to find these fish. We continued to beetle bomb the rock walls and started slowly picking up a Brown every now and again.
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    When we stopped for lunch,the guide put out a large live bait,on a baitcaster, in the very deep pool by our lunch area. He explained that Stripers from the lake below had started migrating upstream into some of these deep holes and he wanted to try catching one. He set the rod up and we sat down to eat our lunch. The live bait swam around in the deep part of the pool for 20 minutes while we ate lunch. We were packing up after lunch when the rod doubled over and the reel started singing. I grabbed the rod and threw it into gear and off we went. I never slowed the fish down, even after adding a pretty good amount of drag. I had noticed when he put the rod out that it was spooled with heavy braid,but was only spooled about half way up. I watched as the silver of the spool started showing and the fish hadnt even slow down. PING..That awful sound that tells you when you've been spooled. Fish gone, bait gone,line all gone. Well Crap. We finished packing up lunch we went back to fishing for trout. We picked up another Brown in the lower end of the lunch pool when we noticed the float had popped up and was moving back and forth at the very end of the pool. We beelined our way down,hoping to retrieve the float and maybe even the fish. Nope..The float went down and didnt come back up. Oh Well. The next pool yielded another Rainbow. As we were releasing the Rainbow, we noticed the float was across the river and stuck to a tree limb sticking out of the water. We paddled over to the float and there, wrapped around a tree limb was a large Striper, upright,swimming the current,but firmly attached to the tree limb. The guide had to hold the boat in place because we were in some current. I took the net and started pulling the tree limb up and hand lining the fish up. I scooped the net under the fish and scooped up a large,very ****** off fish. He thrashed around for a second and calmed down. I pulled it into the boat and we both kind of let out a WHOOP. The fish was in the 20 pound range..In a freaking trout stream..Go figure. Anyway, we unhooked the fish, revived it for several minutes and watched it swim off.
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    We finished the day wth a couple more Brown trout before we got to the take out.
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    We didnt catch nearly as many fish as normal due to the weird generating schedule,but still had a ball and had some real excitement with that big striper.


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    Nice pictures and story, thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fly2bTied View Post
    Nice pictures and story, thanks for sharing.
    Ditto
    Thanks for Sharing!

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    Ditto x3. Looks like you had a ball.

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    Stripers would come up the Clinch to Norris dam in TN. Surprisingly large stripers chasing stockers. Always a good time

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    Awesome story and fish!!
    Red X Angler
    There is always a way

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    Great story about "The one that did nod! get away!!" Usually the other way around!
    That, that is, is. That, that is not, is not. Is it?

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    Yep stripers love to eat trout

    The FBR right now is blown out so keep that mind if you want to fish it

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    Quote Originally Posted by VolFan View Post
    Stripers would come up the Clinch to Norris dam in TN. Surprisingly large stripers chasing stockers. Always a good time

    Watched two huge stripers go through a pod of trout below the dam on the South Holston a few years ago. It was incredible. The knocked a few trout completely out of the water and made huge swirls when they'd gulp one down.
    Red X angler

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    Cool

    When I go back next year,knowing what I know now, those stripers better WATCH OUT!!!!
    I'll be bringing a Penn International 50lb class reel and matching stand up rod..Ha Ha

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    Thank you for the post...but make it an 8 wt. for the stripes next year! :-)
    Lifelong fishing nut. Wish I was fishin, instead of wishing!

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    Congrats on the Post Award !

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