Took a day off work…

I think about fly fishing all the time. And so on my day off work, I found myself driving to Shenandoah NP to chase more wild brookies.

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This sign greeted me as I hiked down the trail.

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I made it to the first water crossing after a nice hike. Pretty water and with the warm weather, small insects flutter about. ItÂ?s going to be a good day.

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I geared up my trusty Abel TR and newly purchased Cabelas glass 2 weight rod. Pretty sweet rod and got it for a cheap price.

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First fish of the day, caught on a royal humpy.

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What a beauty!

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This one took a yellow sally.

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One of the bigger brookies I caught. This one inspected the dry fly and quickly went back to its hiding hole. But the dry fly looked too enticing for this brookie to pass up on my second cast.

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This pool was surprisingly deep and held many brook trout. I thought about tying a small midge anchor but it wasnÂ?t necessary as the trout pummeled the dry fly again and again. I caught around five and enjoyed fishing this pool to the max.

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Good water flow but the deadfall made it difficult to cast. I lost one when it got tangled up. Oh well.

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I canÂ?t help but be awed of this beautiful creature.

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Last brookie of the day. Time does fly when youÂ?re fishing and enjoying the day. I didnÂ?t see a single soul out there. Solitude and fly fishing are so good for the soul.

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Hiking back to the car wasnÂ?t too bad especially after an awesome day.

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Grand old tree standing guard.

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ItÂ?s a welcome relief to see your car after a long day.

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My mug. Pretty satisfying day off work.

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Until next time beautiful Shenandoah.

Thanks for looking. Fish hard and wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! We have a lot to be thankful for. 🙂

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