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05-08-2008, 11:30 AM
As the story goes,Harry Middlleton caught a large brown trout behind the Dairy Queen in the waters of the Little Pigeon?? that passes through downtown Gatlinburg.Talked to Bill who lives in Maryville and works for Cardinal the people I buy from...he says the downtown Gatinburg waters are some of the best fishing in or out of the park.I would give it a try but (here's where neurotic confession begins)I don't like people watching me flyfish---I don't know why--it's not like having another fisherman downstream from you
glancing your way now and then--maybe its because I would feel isolated in the water,standing out,as though wanting to be seen because I cannot smell that circus smell of fudge,barbecue,ribs,steak,exhaust fumes and the maple of the maple syrup drowning a pancake or two that is about a block away and all those folks eyeing you ARE there,which makes them not only curiouss about you casting a fly,but sincerely at peace with themselves because they are full as ticks wondering why in the heck you would want to fish the waters of hotel-motel land.So was Bill right about the fishing?
05-08-2008, 12:02 PM
Fishing Gatlinburg is not that pleasurable. There are fish in the water. Gatlinburg stocks regularly and the stockers are very fun fighters but you are under the microscope and the theme park atmosphere is in full effect. Maybe it's because I work up there maybe it's because I don't like people watching me fish or maybe I'm just bass ackwards but I drive through there on my way to wild trout streams often and don't think I'm missing much. I think Middleton caught the large rainbow there. The brown came from slickrock I think.
05-08-2008, 12:36 PM
Every time I pass through Gatlenberg I am drawn the the stream. And I am going to have to try it some time to get it out of my system but it just does not seem right. A big part of fly fishing is the solitude, nature, no need of a boat and motor and lack of croweds. Gatlenberg has all the stuff am try to escape.
But I know one day I will be fishing there acting like no one is there but that is going to be difficult.
We, of course, vacate every year in G-Burg. The wife and daughter love it and quite honestly I have enjoyed it for years. I fish in town every year while I'm there and understand how it wouldn't be for some people. I fish miles away from anything all year at home so it doesn't bother me to fish in town once or twice a year and the family loves it. My wife also fishes. Anyhow, said that to say this, last year I hung one of those stupid tame ducks. Thing flew perfectly through my cast before I could react, hung my BHPT right under it's wing!! Of all the ruckus me and that duck caused by the time I got that fly off him! I had a crowd of at least a hundred people watching by that time and when I got that duck off it was none too soon. It's funny now but at the time I was mad as a hornet.
05-08-2008, 03:54 PM
...(here's where neurotic confession begins)I don't like people watching me flyfish---I don't know why--it's not like having another fisherman downstream from you...
I know what you mean, but these days that's the nature of flyfishing. If you don't like crowds - spectators or fishermen - you wouldn't like the Beaverkill, the Battenkill, or much of the Henry's Fork and Madison. I tend to go into my own little world when chasing trout. I don't mind people watching as long as they don't start hootin' and hollerin' and throw stuff at me. That kind of destroys my concentration. ;-)
Are there many wild trout in the Gatlinburg water or are they just stockers?
05-08-2008, 04:33 PM
[QUOTE=Bran;52281]Anyhow, said that to say this, last year I hung one of those stupid tame ducks. QUOTE]
When I first read this, I was just glancing at the posts and thought it was some new lingo for one of the large stockers Gatlinburg throws in. Then I went back and read the whole post. That is hillarious. I've caught some weird things, but never a duck, and in front of a crowd none the less.
05-08-2008, 05:09 PM
I have never caught a duck but do have a red tailed hawk and a huge bull frog on my list of unusal catches.
I have never Caught a duck with a fly rod, But I do have the distinction of being the only golfer in Nashville to kill a Canada Goose. We had a company Golf outing on a local course that has a large population of geese.And being just my luck I was on the tee box with one of the owners of the company I work for when I made one of those worm burner drives. Next thing I know one of the geese started going nuts with his neck and head at a strange angle. Of course everyone one had a good laugh at my expense. Well, as we left the tee box I walk down to pick up my ball and all the other geese started chasing me back to the cart. After we made the turn and started coming back toward that hole you could still see the wounded goose flopping around. My boss informed me that I should do the right thing and finish off the poor thing. We had one hole to go before we got back to the tee box. all I could think about was how I was going to catch the goose and wring its neck with all his friends chasing me. Good thing for me that the poor thing died before we got up there. For years after that at our annual customer tournament whatever team I was put on someone would ask if I was the goose killer. Thankfully a few years ago our tournament got so large that only customers could play and we moved it to another course. I have since put the clubs up and picked up the fly rod. But vendors will still come in my office and ask if I have been doing any geese hunting with a driver lately. I also set a tournament at one of the local Knights of Columbus tournaments here at Ted Rhodes golf course in Nashville by putting a ball in the water on all 18 holes. I am kind of proud of that because about 5 of the holes don't have water next to them. Needless to say golf is not for me.
05-09-2008, 09:03 AM
Due to the distance to any fishable trout water from my home base I unfortunately play more golf than fish for trout....on one of our local courses there is a small creek that cuts across the fairway in front of one of the tees...one day my foursome allowed a man and his wife to play through...as they left after their tee shots I bet one of my friends I could tell if the husband was also a fisherman....he wanted to know how and I said watch him as he crosses the crreek....as he did he slowed to almost a stop and peer longingly into the water....just can't help it can we.
You and I need to play sometime. I once hit a squirrel with a sand wedge from 100 yards. I was trying to hit the ball over the tree in front of me and I hit a squirrel about half way up the tree. He fell off the branch, crashed to the ground then climbed back up the tree like his tail was on fire. Don't know if i really hurt him or not.
05-09-2008, 01:57 PM
It wasn't with a fly rod, but I've got claims on a Pelican. I was surf fishing with my grandfather back home on the Alabama coast. I had just made a cast and was watch the line and this group of pelicans came cruise the beach line right above the water. The next thing I know is my rod bowed over and the bird hit the water and he didn't just hit it, he got wrapped up in it from flopping around. It took me and my grandfather about 20 minutes to get it off and I lost count of how many times I got bit.
05-09-2008, 02:15 PM
I almost hooked a bat when I was a kid. I was standing next to my brother, fishing a deep pool while camping back in the mountains. It just after noon, and we were suprised to see a bat at all. We were even more suprised when he started making dives at my Hopper when I made false casts. He hit my fly several times, but never got hooked. I think he may have been rabid. Not only was he out in the middle of the day, but he was flying pretty erratically, too.
05-09-2008, 02:39 PM
Never know what is going to happen when nature steps in....late one afternoon on Tremont above the Institute my best friend was false casting an EHC and as he laid out his line upstream a huge dragonfly snatched his fly in midair and headed up stream....virtual "fly" fishing....
I wasn't going to respond but after reading the posts I figured it was ok. I caught a Bat at Citico creek making false casts. That thing went crazy after being hooked. The best fight I have ever got on a flyrod. LOL. It took me almost 10 minutes to get him in. He also tangled the line about 6 times. He was quite mad. I ended up letting him have the fly (because I didn't want to get bit).
I have also caught a small Turtle at Abrams creek campground on a dry. No kidding. He took it off the top just like a trout. I also caught a large crawlfish that wouldn't let go of my nymph.
The thing with the Duck wouldn't have bothered me so much if there weren't a crowd of people looking on and growing by the minute. I was getting a little panicky about it, and you know if it hadda been a nice fish my tippet or leader would have broken at any time but nooooo, that's the strongest 5X I've ever bought!! It held a Duck for what seemed like 20 minutes!
By the way, for those wondering, Mallards really go for a Copper John fished about 12" under a Yellow stimulator. And carry a good strong 4wt. with a little backbone to it, I had just bought my TFO Finesse from LRO a couple days before that fiasco. Next time I'm thinking of carrying my Lab with me fishing.--Bran
05-15-2008, 03:39 PM
LOL....The duck catch and a crowd no less...Man I bet that was eventful to say the least!
KID: Mommy whats that man doing to that Duck.
Mother: I don't know honey, should someone call a park ranger?
That alone would have been reason enough to call it a day!
It definately sounds like a Patrick McManus story doesn't it? Wish I had made that up http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif
05-16-2008, 07:50 PM
I caught my future father in-law by his ear with a bass popper...I am happy to report I am still married for 21 years! He was happy to know his future son in law "could snag such a large beautiful creature." LOL
05-18-2008, 07:36 PM
Caught a Seagull with a #4 EP Bunker Minnow in Buras La. while Red Fishing.... The Guide made me throw him back though.
Caught the neighbors calico while practice casting into the gaps between the hedges in my front yard...he pouced onto the yarn I had tied on and got a claw hung into it...glad I had the drag set on the 8wt...otherwise he'd been into the backing before I got him stopped.:eek:
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