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Old 04-01-2020, 08:38 PM   #1
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Any Good (or Bad) Opening Day Stories?

Well here's my doozy... Assume many of you, like me, spend the off-season reading up on/scoping out new grounds. Found just such a spot that I knew would be devoid of the opening day hordes. About an hour's drive and 45 minute hike to get to, but it was the perfect kind of fast pocket water that I like to fish this early in the spring. I'm positioned on a rock such that with a good cast, I can reach a nice pool on the other side of the stream. I slip on the second cast, and there goes my brand new rod and reel. Yes I did attempt a save, but not only did I not get to my gear, but I also got a whole lotta water inside my waders. Suffice it to say that the hike out was cold, wet, and felt like a lot longer than 45 minutes!

Only saving grace is with my old gear in the truck, I did land this nice hold-over stockie (see tail clip). Don't think I can ever recall seeing as many out on opening day as were out today--no doubt "thanks" to COVID. Best of luck to you all this year, and be safe!

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Old 04-01-2020, 09:48 PM   #2
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Pretty fish. To bad abt the gear for sure.
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Old 04-02-2020, 07:41 AM   #3
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I too explored water that I hadn't fished before. I could tell the water was very high but was really impressed with it, even though I only had one strike which I missed. I usually find opening day more an exercise of getting out as opposed to catching fish and yesterday was no different. I can't wait to get back to this river though as it has a mix of fast and slow water with some great holding water with submerged boulders and undercut banks in places. Wading was pretty hazardous though as the stream dropped off right at the bank in the slower sections and the faster water was a bit challenging for this old guy. I consider the day a success nonetheless and am anxious to return when the flies start hatching.

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Old 04-02-2020, 11:14 AM   #4
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Glad you were able to get out NH. That fast and cold water can be dangerous. Great pictures of the stream Eagle. Very scenic. I got out on a year round stream in western ny last week and picked up a couple of stocked browns. Ate them last night. Tasty.
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Old 04-02-2020, 12:46 PM   #5
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Nice photos. I wish I had taken them.
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Old 04-03-2020, 12:58 PM   #6
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Looks like a fun spot EC, looking forward to seeing what youre able to find hiding in those waters in about a month!!
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