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    Default Annual Memorial Day weekend camping and Trout Trip

    The tradition continues...
    In a complete turnaround from last year, when it rained nonstop for days on end (we lasted 5 of 8 days last year, reaching our saturation limits and retreating to a cabin on the Tuck in Ela on the 5th day...this year, the cashier at the Ace Hardware in Robbinsville was surprised when I told her that we lasted 5 days, and I told her "the fishing was still good!"), this year we didn't have a single drop of rain the whole time. Daily highs in the heights barely reached 80, a timely avoidance of the 95 inferno back home on Badin Lake.
    Seven days in Paradise...
    This first beast took a size #8 Black Matuka in a very big, dark, deep pool, on the first morning of the first day. My favorite NC stream coughs up a big holdover surprise! (We have caught some nice Lake run brooks late fall and into winter down low, in the HS waters, and plenty of Snickers bar brooks freshly stocked, but up where this one came from, a 12 incher would be a bragging fish). This fish alone would have made my trip; what am I saying, would have made my season! Click image for larger version.

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    The third morning I found this streamside, Click image for larger version.

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ID:	194729, and later that morning, on another deep dark pool, when this mama rolled on it down deep, another good one came to hand on the wired yellow stonefly nymph. Click image for larger version.

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    The next day, a riser in a difficult lie caught my attention. 5 lost flies later (the lie was immediately downstream and under an overhanging sweeper), a few of these, (sidearm Tongariro rolls) Click image for larger version.

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ID:	194733, a couple missed strikes, and an extended rest-the-pool break, this mama fell to a #12 Mercer's Missing Link with natural Shiba Inu dubbing from my dog. Click image for larger version.

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    The next to the last day, late in the day with lengthening shadows, this one fell to the same #12 Mercer's Missing Link. Click image for larger version.

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    A lot of this in between...Click image for larger version.

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    Some random pics from the week...
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    Best flies for the week...#12 Mercer's Missing Link, #18-20 Barr's Emerger, sulphur and BWO, and #12 Grey Stimulator. Very few mayflies around (and I caught exactly 1 fish on a mayfly imitation all week), the emerger was preferred over nymphs or the dry at least 75% of the time (but the better fish came on the dry or something deep), and single-hand spey skills opens up waters that are pretty much unfishable otherwise...
    Tight lines, y'all, and be good to each other!
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    Lifelong fishing nut. Wish I was fishin, instead of wishing!

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    Paradise indeed.
    when's a noob no longer a noob...

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    Nice! Looks like yall had a good time.


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