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Photos By: Matt Bornhorst     

I had a trip to one of my favorite North Georgia creeks scheduled for a couple weeks and was thoroughly looking forward to it.  Work had been quite busy and I needed that relaxing day on the water like no one's business.

This was going to be a bit different scenario for me though.  I was taking a newbie with me.  Andy and I have been good friends since our college days and he has been itching to translate his salt water success into to some small stream, fresh water hookups.  I gotta be honest, I was really quite anxious about taking a new fly fisher with me as I don't consider myself to be good enough to be teaching others.  But the more I thought about it, the more I looked forward to doing my best Mr. Miyagi impersonation.

Two days before we were slated to get our waders wet, I woke up feeling like garbage...hot garbage to be exact.  I was running a fever in the middle of a Georgia summer.  I thought to myself; "If I tough out the next two days, I will be fine for Saturday...".

I was partially correct...

That fever never subsided.  So after seeing my thermometer read out of 99 degrees Saturday morning, I convinced myself that wading in the cool mountain water would put my illness into submission.

Half way down the trail to the river, I told Andy that I may not be as spry as I usually would and that he may have to carry me out, but I was dying to get him hooked up on a good size trout.  Both of us missed quite a few fish this day, but Andy did bring a beautifully colored rainbow to hand.  It wasn't a trophy by any stretch, but that little 10 inch 'bow was very satisfying to me.

All in all, it was a good day on the water.  Solitude, scenery and giving a good friend some tricks of the trade.  Andy is supposed to head back to this same stream towards the end of the month, and I am fully expecting him to give a monster trout a sore lip.

If he does, I will take 100% credit for it and boast to everyone that I am the greatest instructor ever.

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