When it’s too wet to fish.

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  1. chiefjason

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    I had 2 days off but too much rain to fish. So I tied some flies. Mostly for bream but stuck a few in the trout box too.


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    Mops and Squirmy worms?!?!? You god less heathen.

    I started using a piece of vinyl rib to tie on squirmies and they’ve lasted quite a bit longer for me. I always cut them with the thread even with a dubbing cushion.
     
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    I fished a BASS tournament on the Potomac river and it was raining so hard that when I was culling I had fish swimming around in the bottom of my 19’ Champion.
    The bilge pumps couldn’t keep up.

    Its never raining to hard. :p
     
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    You just forgot to put the plug in , tell the truth lol


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    You obviously never met my FIL while he was still living. There was no such thing as too wet to fish. Told my wife when he died that if he got the pearly gates and Saint Peter told him there was no fishing in Heaven he didn't go in.
     
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    There are two types of fly fishermen, not much middle ground, the purist and the guy that fishes what works. I love dry fly fishing but I'm not against droppers or double nymph rigs if I think they will work better. And those mop flies are killers. If it comes off my vice, it's a fly.

    When the rivers and lakes are all chocolate milk color and a couple feet above normal I'm not going to bother trying to put the kayak in. And I've trout fished, and done well, in high stained water but it wasn't 15" of rain in a couple days high and stained. Considered driving up to the parkway to see if the high streams were fishable, but went shooting instead.
     
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    "Too wet to fish" right now in our streams and rivers means "likely to drown." I've seen some flooding around here, but nothing like what we had this last week. I don't blame Chief at all.
     
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    The difference between fishing out of a boat and walking the bank is huge.
    I remember back to a huge flood we had when Buggs Island was really flooded. I was trolling down a road, guard rails on either side under several feet of water.

    Nothing better then the “water in the bushes” at Buggs.
     
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    Yep. Fished in CA in some El Nino years. Took a bass a little shy of 11 lbs out of the woods by a county park on Clear Lake when the water was way up. My first Zoom Brush Hog fish ever. Caught a lot of bass on that bait.
     
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    That is true, if your topography allows for it. As steep as a lot of our drainageways are, I imagine our opportunities for such as you describe are more limited than you would find at Buggs. A lot of the flooding I saw would count as Class V whitewater in the middle of dense stands of hardwood. :)

    I was camping at Buggs Island one summer when the lake was really high - sometime in the late 80s. We were swimming and tubing in woods that wound up being high and dry the day after they fully opened the dam. That was my favorite trip out there. We used to camp there every summer.
     
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    It wasn't too wet in some places yesterday. [​IMG]
     
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    Where did you catch those?
     
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    They were in the water under that little bush near the turn hole. Caught em on that little green twisty bug thing they sell at Walmart.
    Sorry, I couldn't resist.
     
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    24 hours makes a big difference, how did that stream look Tuesday? If that big storm had not rolled through Monday afternoon I would have probably took a chance. But it rained hard again exactly where I was headed to fish. Sometimes you just don't feel like driving an hour when the odds are not in your favor.

    Nice fish BTW.
     
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    Not sure how it looked Tuesday. I dont live up there. I dont think the area it was at was hit as hard as some areas and that particular stream is generally lower and slower. Lots of fish caught where they wouldn't normally be since the water level was up.
     
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