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General RegionNorthern Virginia
Specific Locationour favorite urban outfall below a certain decorative lake
Time of Day2:16-6:00 pm
Fish Caught8 hold-over trout and a carp, and at least that many sunfish
Conditions & Hatchesair: 70
water: around 50
weather: amazing
some midges were hatching but not enough to merit matching

Details and Discussion

CaseyPMarch 26th, 2008, 5:31 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
this stream has been "improved" with a cycle trail running the length of it. the trail crosses the stream 5 times in a mile and a half, with cement fords and stepping stones. when this was put in, we feared the worst as far as our fishing went because all the urban jungly bits were destroyed and some of our best pools disappeared. well, it is a bit like fishing in a park, but most of the dogwalkers and strollers don't notice the anglers, and their presence means the homeless and illegals can't camp there any more. this makes it better for solo lady anglers. the good access means that the October stocking truck can get to more of the stream as well.
this was an epic day because i've never caught this many fish all on my own. i guess you all have been telling me the right things and today the fly choices, casting, and sneakiness all came together. nope, no photos because i left the net in the car. someone suggested holding one's breath as one lifts the fish out of the water to help get the hook out fast. it works, but the fish don't stick around for the papparazzi treatment afterwards.
BTW, the carp acted just like the trout in that pool--peeking caddis fooled both of them!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
MartinlfMarch 27th, 2008, 4:24 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3203
Great story Casey. It's all about the memories and the satisfaction that comes from a convergence of the right ideas and the right moment. You know, some anglers pursue carp with all the passion of a rabid bonefish angler. What luck to find one while fishing for a lesser species.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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