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Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Irishman and the river!

I Floated the Toccoa River on Friday with Patrick who hails from Killarney, Ireland and has been a citizen of the U.S. and a resident of Michigan for a number of years. We had to work around the early generation schedule and decided to split the trip up into two short floats. One in the morning and one that evening to see if we could get after some of the bigger fish that have been a little elusive the past few weeks and seem to be a little more active at dusk. The morning float went well. The section we floated was a little slow, but we caught a good number of fish. I think we boated at minimum a dozen fish; maybe 15-17 before the water caught us and ended the morning session. Everything took small dries without a dropper. It seemed like every other rising fish we spotted at least took a swipe at our fly, but there were several “lookers” that would just rise up and watch it float by. But there were not a lot of rising fish to mention. The weather was great and the company was even better.
The night session was a different story as far as the weather was concerned. We set sail at 6:30pm from the dam as the water receded and promptly ran into a thunder storm before we made it down to the City of Blue Ridge water intake. Apparently the 20% chance of scattered thunderstorms was sitting over the Tammen Park area! Patrick managed to turn a couple of NICE fish after the storms moved out, but they proved to be hard to hold on to. Patrick added a few more fish to the days catch before the darkness and the fog set in. All -n- all it was a good day.

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