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    al simpson

    It’s November, and night time lows are in the 30’s, so I visited Back Creek in search of the monster browns that are reputed to run up from Lake Moomaw to spawn. It was sunny, and the ambient temperature warmed into the upper 50’s, water temp was in the 40’s. The CFS was good at 90, and the water was clear.

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t detect any reds, and saw no browns. But the rainbows saved the day, with many caught in the 13-15 inch range. Fun day!

    Does anyone know when to expect the browns? or have I missed them for this fall.

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    al simpson

    It’s Black Friday, a day when many go to the shopping malls, and in Virginia, a perfect day to go trout fishing!

    I returned to the Back Creek gorge, looking for those big brown trout. None were present, and there were more anglers than bugs, but I did manage to find some open water, and caught a number of nice rainbows. The fly was a #16 old-fashioned wet fly, with a yellow floss body, green/blue glass bead thorax and a rusty soft hackle tied in ahead of the bead. Darker flies and larger flies were ignored.

    This is really a great stream, with a lot of deep water, large underwater structure, riffles and runs. Too bad VDGIF won’t manage it as a catch-and-release or delayed-harvest water!

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