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Arctic Graying #2

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...we managed to walk around this obstruction...only mid thigh deep at the obstruction...past the obstruction, we were in waist deep water... doesn't look that deep, but looks are deceiving...look at the undercut banks...thinking brown trout are we...

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...we had no choice to get out of the creek again...no way in double hockey sticks that we were getting around this...scrambled on to the bank and worked our way along the bank again...great looking water, but still no fish...

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...once again...into the creek...we are starting to feel like a yo-yo or a rabbit, you decide...

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...here we see Dan looking hard for fish...still no signs of fish...no signs of fish rising...no tell tale signs of flashing...on the plus side if there is one... there is lots of bug life...

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...wait a minute...Dougie sees something...can it be...no, just caught one of those illusive willows...

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...lots of shadows...here the creek narrows quite and widen a bit...we still have no signs if fish are present here...

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...standing above the creek and looking down, we see that the creek is starting to meander through a clearing...we are looking upstream at this time...

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...another area...looks good...still no signs of fish...difficult to gain fishable access...we decided at this point to turn around and head back to the truck...

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Paul great report and very nice pictures. Looks like you got your excercise for the month on that trip.

 

To bad about being no fish sounds like the river is a bit silty but lots of cover and sounds like there is depth.

 

Rick, Brandi, & I will have to get out in the next couple of weeks.

 

Tight Lines Always

Dennis S :fishing::fish_jump:

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Meanwhile, down on section 12 a ways downstream we are seeing this:

 

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This is in canyon water with steep slopes covered with deadfall on both sides. The stream is wide with riffles and runs. There are sweepers and woody debris providing cover, plus boulders to break the flow. The pools are few and far between. There are deeper runs with 3-4 feet of water that look like they should hold fish. But we only caught one 270 mm grayling in 2 plus hours of fishing. We saw a couple small grayling coming for the fly but they couldn't get their mouths around it.

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...well, back to posting more pictures and continuing on with the story so to speak...after checking areas DC15 and DC16, there was not much daylight left in the day, so we decided to try out area DC13a...the honey hole from last year...arriving at Dismal Creek again, it is hard to tell if the water levels are up, down or they remained the same...I'll post some pictures from year to compare with the new one from this year...check it out for yourself...

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...arriving at the honey hole, we decided to let Dougie go first...while waiting for him to get geared up...took a quick peek upstream...looks like the creek is up a bit from last year...

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...while I was taking pictures upstream...Dougie was already into his first fish...managed to turn around in time to see Dan reaching down to cradle the fish...

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...proof is in the pudding...here is Dougie with his first fish from the honey hole...nice little specimen...

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...here we see Dougie once trying his luck again...his fly of choice...a size 8 foam hopper...

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...the tools of our trade...laying them out on the bank made it easier for both us and the fish...

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...Dan finally gets his turn...both pictures are taken at the same spot, camera angle was changed...

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