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Post 02 Jul 2020, 14:02 • #1 
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A friend turned 50 this week and we decided to celebrate his maturity milestone with a visit to a couple of Shenandoah trout streams. Normally our park streams are too low and warm to fish by the end of June. This year, however, we’ve had ample precipitation, flows are fantastic and the water is still deep and cool enough to fish without guilt over stressing the fish.

Action was slow but steady on dries, scenery and surroundings were fantastic and we’d gotten a good workout by day’s end - just shy of 8 miles up and down 2 drainages.

I fished my 64p again and my friend fished his Eagle Claw glass. Flies were para Adams, Royal Wulff and a hippy stomper for a little variety.

This was also my first chance to use a new Grayle water filter bottle. A couple of friends turned me on to them and it ended up working great. Drank purified mountain water all day without having to carry it in on my back. (No financial interest in Grayle at all and not trying not push them on anyone. Just sharing for any who may be interested.)

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Post 02 Jul 2020, 14:38 • #2 
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AWESOME photographs GordonS!!!


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Post 02 Jul 2020, 16:04 • #3 
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terrific, thank you - that is one GREEN stream..

hadn't heard of the Grayl bottles, I use a Sawyer bottle they don't make anymore. It's great not needing to carry water in the mountains, just refill from the stream and go on.
Maybe will get a Grayl for backup..


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Post 02 Jul 2020, 16:12 • #4 
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Nice country & water & photos, thanks. Ol’ copperhead only looking a little pissy there.


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Post 02 Jul 2020, 16:15 • #5 
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Gordon, your photos are stunning.


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Post 02 Jul 2020, 16:39 • #6 
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That’s a birthday!!



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Post 02 Jul 2020, 18:03 • #7 
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Love it! Particularly that snake shot.

Always enjoy seeing that Barclay rod /Tiemco reel combo.

Time to tie some big beetles ...


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Post 02 Jul 2020, 19:20 • #8 
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Nice photos. Believe that is a Northern Water Snake. They can have a nasty disposition but the bite is a lot less worrisome.


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Post 02 Jul 2020, 20:12 • #9 
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Thanks for the kind and positive comments.

BlackHackel is correct on the snake ID. A harmless northern water snake. No threat except the skipped heartbeat when you almost step on it. To the credit of others, this is PRIME habitat for both copperheads and timber rattlers.


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Post 02 Jul 2020, 20:31 • #10 
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That is a TON of good water in SNP for this time of year so late on the spring / early summer clock !

Yes, GRAYL is the "new" KATADYN (the former heavyweight champ of water purification systems ... why sales declined I have no idea ... no product on the market was even close to it's total capability and ease of use) !!

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Post 03 Jul 2020, 07:14 • #11 
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I use my Sawyer mini filters for a lot of years, $19.95 (2 oz) and they work like a charm, I can backwash the filter to clean it out too. I might consider the Grayl (15.9 oz) if I was going overseas somewhere, but goodness they're expensive and heavy.


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Post 03 Jul 2020, 09:07 • #12 
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Great sharing. Sometime when I am back to traveling East again for work I am going to have to get out there...


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Post 03 Jul 2020, 09:19 • #13 
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Pleasant photos - Happy Belated BD


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Post 03 Jul 2020, 11:00 • #14 
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great shots...Yeah, those Northerns certainly have a bit of an attitude.


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Post 03 Jul 2020, 11:15 • #15 
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Fantastic photos! Though, that snake shot really gives me the shivers.


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Post 03 Jul 2020, 15:08 • #16 
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It's great to see such a big Brookie. I should have headed that direction today. I ended up trying the Gunpowder and the temps went up and the tubers came out. However I did get the best refusal I've had all year. The fish came up two feet in the water column gave a really quick look and headed back to the bottom.


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Post 03 Jul 2020, 15:12 • #17 
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Great shots ! The snake photo is very dramatic.


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Post 04 Jul 2020, 06:33 • #18 
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We need to get up soon G! Looks like a perfect day.
-D


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Post 06 Jul 2020, 08:32 • #19 
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Awesome post and photo's. Love me some 64p!


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Post 06 Jul 2020, 09:40 • #20 
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rsagebrush wrote:
I use my Sawyer mini filters for a lot of years, $19.95 (2 oz) and they work like a charm, I can backwash the filter to clean it out too. I might consider the Grayl (15.9 oz) if I was going overseas somewhere, but goodness they're expensive and heavy.


I used to use the Sawyers, but one failed on a factory seam and would not work one day into a 4 day backpacking trip. Fortunately I had purification pills just in case, but I won't buy another one. I now have a Lifestraw squeeze bottle that works well for day trips and I bought an MSR Trailshot that is very light for longer trips.

I have found that if my water purification system requires mouth-suction to get water through the filter, that I will not drink enough because it is a PITA to drink.

In general, I try to keep a half liter of water from home in my rucksack for emergencies.


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Post 06 Jul 2020, 16:44 • #21 
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Shenandoah is beautiful; old-growth forests and clear mountain streams. Great pics, except maybe the snake. Don't like Mr. No-shoulders.

Thanks,
steve


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Post 06 Jul 2020, 20:57 • #22 
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Awesome photos!


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Post 07 Jul 2020, 09:09 • #23 
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Excellent!


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