“It’s fun, I love getting that bite”.
That sums it up. Night stalk with the Swimjig. If you have some time this week, get out there and go fish!
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Three days of hiking, fishing, and more hiking in the Shenandoah N.P. in search of the wild NATIVE Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). For many anglers it’s the crown jewel, and our sojourn was not without reward. We were able to draw a handful of the spotted specimens to our flies for quick observation, appreciation, and release back into their lair - they, a little wiser to our tricks. Their presence is gin-clear evidence of the purity of the remote Appalachian streams. To access the blue line (Big Run) requires a descent from an overlook vista, deep into the dark and ancient valley of the Appalachian wood. No longer just a blue line, the confluence of tiny streams grows wider and more robust as the the downhill journey progresses. Cascading mountain water tumbles into deep cold pools that hold promise of a brief encounter with the coveted native Brookie. The mountain trout are nearly invisible to us but take notice of our shadowy presence. Bent over, our stalking pose resembles that of someone approaching exhaustion. The luxury of a good nights sleep, while strung between two trees, is as elusive as a glimpse of our wild game. A night of chattering teeth as the temperatures dropped, reminded me of the importance of LAYERS! Strong winds were an added challenge, but at the least, helped dry out our gear after middle of the night rain. Weariness will not dampen our enthusiasm for the pursuit. Transcendent experiences are best shared with family and good friends, and I am grateful to @asteven and his bro Colin for helping to make this possible!!! Also - Thank you Jack, John, and Wood from @AlbemarleAngler for your insight and advice!
Photo Credits: pics of @1mf_sorcerer on Big Run & Moormans R. / streamside hammock by @asteven
Look, trout are extremely delicate. Not only are they sensitive to water pollution but also to the friction on your hands.
Make sure to always wet your hands in the water before handling any trout. And don't wear gloves.
The friction and oils on your hands will remove the slimy coating on the trout that helps protect them from parasites and other harmful diseases.
Tag a friend who needs this reminder.
First #steelhead : this little one was a good wrestle on the 5WT, first drift through I saw a flash, second drift tug and dance - the second one on day two... big take, big flash, big roll, and see ya later rookie in less that a minute. Leaving me like a deer in head lights... bent over in agony. #flyfishing is hard.