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I took a little time last night and tied up some goodies for today's outing. It seems that my super early starts are a thing of the past through the week due to baby responsibilities. It's well worth it.
The first two stretches of streamage I arrived at were pointless, on to Plan C. It's always important to have a Plan C.....D,E,F, and so on.


I've had productive days on this creek, and also downright sucky ones as well. Today was so-so. I explored a new section of it only to find that most of it left much to be desired. Fish were had, but nothing spectacular.


This stocker slammed something on top, it did the same when I placed my fly in it's locale.

Lots of nothing:


Always:

Found several of these.

I forgot about fishing when I noticed this deer in the creek up ahead of me. Small buck, full velvet, of course. I laid my rod down and stalked closer, within 50 yards, only to notice a second, larger buck. They had no idea I was in the world. Watched from a fallen tree in the water for quite some time as they quenched their thirsts and foraged throughout the stream's offerings. This was epic.





Best place on Earth to enjoy lunch. (Cracked pepper turkey and cheese)


Enough of this. I'm heading to another flow for some different scenery.

The second stream was much more tight, blocked off, and aggravating. I totally busted my *** here, landing hard on my right shoulder/elbow/ribs. One of those invisible, slick as all get out rocks that you didn't know was there until you're picking yourself up off of it.

Climbed over tons of this type of thing.

Upon arriving at the stream, I recalled the last time I fished it. It yielded many brookies. Although this was a different section, I expected something similar. First fish surprised me. I wondered what else may lurk.





I quickly became aggravated with the absence of the expected natives. It became a race against time to nail one before heading back to the fort. After losing one and rushing through all types of shallower areas I finally located the one that would end the trip.

Ironically, this snake was in the exact same little depression as last time I was here. I made a special point to check it out and there it was. Minding it's own business.


Until my next breath of freedom.
 

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Turkey and cheese never looked so good! Cottonmouth? Really hard to tell in that picture...
I'm putting my money on water snake. As mentioned, I've seen it there twice. This time a fella and his dog were making their way right to it, so I suggested them to give it a little space. They did. I rarely fish a stretch more than once so if I want to see that dude again I'll have to make a special point to stop by. I'll give the snake this much: it's chosen a fine place to dine, no shortage on fish in his area.
 

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I like to think myself a pretty good identifier of snakes having owned and cared for many, spent a lot of time outdoors, etc.
I fish a spot that's covered in brown water snakes and their pattern is different. This guy has the faint "Hershey's kiss"/diamond pattern of a copperhead which is common to the cottonmouth. His head doesn't look right though. I'm with you that details make me think water snake, but this guy has the best mimic pattern of a cotton mouth that I've seen. Gotta love nature. I once had captured a copperhead to keep as a pet in a terrarium until my wife let me know how she felt about that. Copperheads and Pigmy Rattlers are awesome snakes.
 

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I like to think myself a pretty good identifier of snakes having owned and cared for many, spent a lot of time outdoors, etc.
I fish a spot that's covered in brown water snakes and their pattern is different. This guy has the faint "Hershey's kiss"/diamond pattern of a copperhead which is common to the cottonmouth. His head doesn't look right though. I'm with you that details make me think water snake, but this guy has the best mimic pattern of a cotton mouth that I've seen. Gotta love nature. I once had captured a copperhead to keep as a pet in a terrarium until my wife let me know how she felt about that. Copperheads and Pigmy Rattlers are awesome snakes.
The only reason I doubt the cottonmouth label is the area the snake is in. PM sent.
 
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