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There’s just something about a good ‘ol farm pond. We’ve all fished them and probably all enjoyed them. Having been living the life of a trout weenie over the last year it is nice to be back home in the foothills of North Carolina. Last year before I left for the west I had access to the majority of the ponds in my home county.
I’ve been in town for a couple of days now and finally had to get out and do some fishing. As I pulled down into a familiar development I noticed some “No Trespassing” signs that had not been present when I left. I parked in my usual spot and proceeded to walk to the door of the house I park next too. I rang the doorbell and was soon face to face with the homeowner; he instantly recognized me.
“You’re the kid that used to fly fish in the pond right?”
“Yessir. I noticed some new signs up and wanted to make sure if it was still okay to fish on your property.”
“Sure, go for it. We just put those signs up because we began to get way too much traffic on the pond.”
I thought to myself “Too much traffic?” this could be bad. As I rigged up I had an inkling that the pond could have been pillaged. Reluctantly I worked my way down the bank and began my normal pattern of working the banks and visible structure. Fairly quickly I was into bites and back in my groove. It’s always nice to see a piece of water fishing as good, if not better, after leaving it for a long period of time. I even had the pleasure of chuffing up a couple of toads.
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I got back home to NC yesterday and made quick work to get in to some largemouth.
eddiesmag asked: Greetings, is that Dry Run Creek at Norfork NFH on your March post? I'm looking for images for a magazine.
Why yes it is. What magazine are you with?
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With the wild weather the White Bass bite hasn’t come on strong yet, but we’re finding a few here and there.
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After losing a couple fish and having some missed opportunities the #boo will be taking a break. #backtothegraphite #fail #notmadefortweed #indimouse
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Pound for pound there aren’t many fish out there that can rival the pull of an angry smallie on the end of rod. The other day Gabe Levin and I went out in the canoe to see if the smallie bite has kicked off yet. The fish were there and even though they made us work a little, we managed to stick a few. The only thing missing for the Crooked Creek slam was a carp. Quite a few smallies came to hand including a few nicer fish in that 15″-16″ range. Give us another week of this warm weather and the bite should really kick into high gear.
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Caddis hatch on the White this year has been ridiculous! At the start of the hatch, fish moving ten feet to take your fly, then later picking out the risers. Five x tippet meant losing some big fish.
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I guess it was easy to forget there were other fish caught the night Alex landed his beast. Here’s a couple of other pics from that night
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