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    Default Labor Day combat fishing

    Went with an old friend trout fishing on Labor Day. Started out at Desperation Hole on the Davidson until lunchtime (getting better with 12 foot leaders and 6x tippet- managed 4 uneducated trout and missed 4 goodies, all on either a #18 black foam forest ant or a #22 BWO Barr emerger), then we went on a good drive, a good hike, and some bushwhacking to get to a tiny little stream where we harassed the natives a little. Combat fishing! Close quarters, hand-to-fin combat fishing. Gotta love it!
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    Lifelong fishing nut. Wish I was fishin, instead of wishing!

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    Very cool ! If we ever get rid of this heat the fishing should really pick up soon, I'm looking forward to October.
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    Davidson on a major holiday...I'd rather fight a bear with a feather duster.
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    Tom, there was only myself and my partner for over half the day in Desperation Hole. There were 3 fly anglers by the hatchery bridge for an hour or so, and another older guy who came down for a short while at the tail end of Desperation Hole, who finally gave up and left after he didn't get a look. That's three times in a row now where I've gone on a busy weekend or holiday and had the Hog Trough to myself. 12 foot leaders and 6x/7x tipper isn't for everybody, I guess, but I'll take it!
    Something about Desperation Hole...when I finally took a break, after what I thought was maybe 2 hours, I was only slightly surprised to find that it was more like 5 hours. Last time I was there, 2 hours was more like 8! Time has no meaning there...
    Tying on size 22 emergers is a major pain, however...
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    You know those steps that lead down to the Hog Trough/Desperation Hole from the parking lot? I have decided, they are NOT steps, they are casting platforms! A multi-fish day in the Trough was once a fairy tale to me, and Monday I mostly stayed out of the water and used single-hand spey techniques to fish to risers- really think that made a difference. 3 to hand and 4 Long Distance Releases in 5 hours, and countless looks and follows (as opposed to the usual "slide out of the way until it passes") equals a fantastic day there, to me. Only a matter of time until one of the mac daddies in the Pool takes me for a ride...
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