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Sapro
post Jun 23 2010, 08:21 AM
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I rented a cabin in North Georgia and spent a week up there fishing and relaxing cuz I was in severe need of a break from work. It's located in McCaysville, GA - right at the TN border and maybe 4 miles from the NC border as the crow flies. We made the drive in about 9 hours, including a stop at Fox Brothers BBQ in Atlanta for lunch.




The cabin belonged to some friends of ours. There's a creek that runs through the back yard but not too fishy while we were there, although my son did pull a couple out of it. The nearest river is full of fish and is only a few minutes away.

The plan was simple: fish every day, drink beer and bourbon, smoke cigars, and generally forget about work for a week.

Mission accomplished!


I started the first day with a guided trip on some private (trophy) water. I booked through Unicoi outfitters in Blue Ridge - a real class operation. My guide met me at the shop at 8:00am and we headed off in his truck to the creek we'd be fishing. I was hoping to use my new 3wt but they said to leave it at home in favor of a 5wt. My guide taught me a lot about trout fishing, and gave me lots of guidance as I am still a novice at this. I even learned how to roll cast tongue.gif

Fish had been feeding on "terrestrials" - so the first dry he gave me was this enormous grasshopper.


Probably 15 minutes into the day I landed a 16" rainbow on this fly - my personal best trout, and the smallest fish of the day! I snapped one halfassed pic in the net, then held it up for another shot, only to have it wiggle out of my hand and take off sad.gif


Got into lots more fish as the day went on. Midday I got one over 20". It was a hell of a fight, 7 or 8 jumps and the fish trying to wrap me around a submerged log the whole time. No way in hell could I have stopped it with the 3wt. It was hot as fuk and I couldn't wait to get out of my waders once we were done.






After this trip, I fished the Toccoa river, just a couple of minutes from the cabin. I had rising fish every day and stuck with dries. I caught fish every day, most in the 9-12" range - 3wt territory. It's hard to photograph these yourself so I apologize for the crappy net shots tongue.gif








One of the days the local TU chapter came down for a group trip. Looked like Tiger Shoals huh.gif


Wife got some shots with her Nikon, pretty neat shots








Other than that we just chilled. We did a canoe trip one day, it was a short trip down the Toccoa right after it rained, so it was foggy on the river.







It was a great trip, probably the most relaxing vacation I've ever had. Trout fishing is so damned fun.


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post Jun 23 2010, 08:30 AM
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A few more pics...

Austin enjoyed trout fishing as well - his first experience with it.



Trenton, well ... he was more interested in picking up rocks.


Tried some underwater shots, not great results but ...



Fly shop banger.gif


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post Jun 23 2010, 08:50 AM
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Nice pics. Especially of the BBQ.
 
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post Jun 23 2010, 09:04 AM
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QUOTE (Sapro @ Jun 23 2010, 09:30 AM) *
Fly shop banger.gif


I know that shop! "downtown" Blue Ridge is awesome
 
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post Jun 23 2010, 09:06 AM
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Very nice !!!


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post Jun 23 2010, 09:25 AM
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QUOTE (JRH @ Jun 23 2010, 10:50 AM) *
Nice pics. Especially of the BBQ.


Agreed except for that crappy hot sauce in the BBQ pic!!!! spam.gif tongue.gif


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post Jun 23 2010, 12:15 PM
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Nice trip Sap. I like the pic's your wife took, very cool.
 
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post Jun 23 2010, 12:54 PM
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Very cool Sap!


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post Jun 23 2010, 12:57 PM
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You need to cut your fingernails, or get a french manicure. smile.gif

Nice trip. Thanks for sharing.


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post Jun 23 2010, 01:23 PM
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QUOTE (Sapro @ Jun 23 2010, 10:21 AM) *


Did you find some good weed in dem woods?
 
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post Jun 23 2010, 02:26 PM
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Sabikis are easier laugh.gif laugh.gif


Looks like fun, great pics esp Mrs Sap's banger.gif banger.gif


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post Jun 23 2010, 02:31 PM
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QUOTE (Fishmoose @ Jun 23 2010, 03:23 PM) *
Did you find some good weed in dem woods?


LOL is prolly me wincing from severe dehydration. 90-somethin degrees standing in those fuggin waders and stupid me forgot to bring water bottles. Aint no JBs in Noontootla Creek angry.gif


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post Jun 23 2010, 03:17 PM
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post Jun 23 2010, 03:41 PM
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Nice Job Philpo, looks like beautiful country there. Mrs. Philpo did great with the Nikon tu.gif


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post Jun 23 2010, 04:28 PM
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Wow that's pretty nice Sap!
Nice fish too
I really liked the pics of the food. Lol wink.gif
 
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post Jun 23 2010, 05:38 PM
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Looks like a great time. and bbq. Why do you hate your job?
 
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post Jun 23 2010, 06:04 PM
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QUOTE (Sapro @ Jun 23 2010, 04:31 PM) *
LOL is prolly me wincing from severe dehydration. 90-somethin degrees standing in those fuggin waders and stupid me forgot to bring water bottles. Aint no JBs in Noontootla Creek angry.gif


Careful! You'll lose a kidney.... mellow.gif





Nice job man. jam.gif
 
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post Jun 25 2010, 06:27 AM
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Wow. Beautiful trip. And pic's(most of them)

Envious.

 
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post Jun 26 2010, 03:57 PM
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nice pics great trip
 
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post Jul 5 2010, 06:13 PM
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That is very beautiful country up there Phil !

My father-in-law has a cabin on the outskirts of Ellijay !

Have been to Unicoi on several occasions .....you`re right ..trout feeshin` is alot of dayum fun ! cool.gif


If you hav`nt been to one of the hatcheries in the area ..you owe to yourself to go...awesome . tu.gif

Great report and kewl pics . banger.gif


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