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mtnman2888
06-23-2008, 05:42 PM
On Friday, my uncle and I headed our way up Thunderhead Prong to give that a shot. I have never been up there before, though trips on nearby Lynn Camp Prong had given me hope that this sister stream could provide the same results. After following the manway for a short while, we got in at the second water crossing. The water was extremely low and the word of the day was, say it with me, stealth! Stealth and presentation were definitely the most important factors of the day in catching fish.

I started out with a stimulator and managed a couple fish when I kept low and out of sight. Conditions like this make a fisherman hone their skills and really think about how the fish behave and see under water. The fish weren't consistently hitting the fly, but I managed to get a strike every few holes as long as I stayed invisible to the fish.
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m229/mtnman2888/LittleRiver6-210-08005.jpg
Things got interesting when my uncle, Shawn, almost stepped on this fellow when we were rock hopping around a fallen tree.
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m229/mtnman2888/LittleRiver6-210-08007.jpg
I must confess that he held his composure pretty well and I was impressed, he stayed pretty calm and gave plenty of space. Shawn, on the other hand, ran away screaming (had to take a jab!).

The fishing never really heated up the way that I had hoped, though. The river was absolutely gorgeous even though it was low and I can't help but wonder what the effects of last year's drought plus the low water this year had on this stream.

On our way back we decided to hit up the lower portion of Lynn Camp for a little bit. I decided that I would tie on a SMBSH dropper since there are some deep pools and runs in that section. Immediately I began getting strikes and landing fish on the dropper. At one pool I caught 3 fish, all on the dropper. It seemed that I had hit on something as the fish were taking the blackbird in a consistent, although not furious, manner. In a short 45 minutes on Lynn Camp I brought 7 fish to hand and was very pleased with the way my fishing went as I really tried to stay out of sight and stealthy (like a ninja). On the way out we saw this fella up the bank at the parking area. Never saw one before and this was a treat to see and they are magnificent creatures.
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m229/mtnman2888/LittleRiver6-210-08023.jpg

Worrgamesguy
06-23-2008, 05:56 PM
You mean invisible, not invincible. Haha if only we were invincible. That sure is a beautiful rainbow.

mtnman2888
06-23-2008, 06:00 PM
Showed off my great edumacation there. You would think a college degree would mean something but apparently not.

Worrgamesguy
06-23-2008, 06:10 PM
Sorry I'm a grammar nazi. I'm in my final year of Advanced Placement English as a senior, and if I pass the End Of Course for A.P. English IV I get to skip my English class Freshman year in college. I really need to make a trip up to the Smokies, I've been to Gatlinburg once and I saw trout jumping everywhere even though it was snowing in April (last year). I need to learn to fly cast before I head up there because I'm positive I won't do any good on a spin rod.

nunavut4
06-23-2008, 10:07 PM
I fished Treemont at the end of the road late on Friday. Fishing was OK, but the bear in your last picture and I had a close encounter as he crossed the stream no more than 20 ft upstream from me as I was changing flies. He never even looked at me as he crossed the stream and made his way up the hill. Yeah, I was scared at first, but it was cool, once he was out of sight. Especially due to the fact that he did not try to eat me.LOL

scflyfisher
06-24-2008, 07:26 AM
Craig,

Caught some fish and you got to see a bear and a great snake? Sounds like an awesome day despite the low water. I should have tried the SMBBSH myself this past weekend. I'll keep you posted, b/c my wife is going to be out of town for about two weeks pretty soon. Home alone for 2 weeks...what will I be doing to pass the time? I might just have to fish a day or two. Maybe it would work out for us to go chase some brookies.

Matt

Worrgamesguy
06-24-2008, 10:27 AM
Craig,

Caught some fish and you got to see a bear and a great snake? Sounds like an awesome day despite the low water. I should have tried the SMBBSH myself this past weekend. I'll keep you posted, b/c my wife is going to be out of town for about two weeks pretty soon. Home alone for 2 weeks...what will I be doing to pass the time? I might just have to fish a day or two. Maybe it would work out for us to go chase some brookies.

Matt

SMBSH and SMBBSH... What are these? The only one I've figured out was Elk Hair Caddis (EHC). What do you call those types of abbreviations again? I forgot, the shortened version like EHC for Elk Hair Caddis?

scflyfisher
06-24-2008, 10:28 AM
Smoky Mountain Blackbird Soft Hackle

Its deadly. Enough said.

Worrgamesguy
06-24-2008, 10:31 AM
Smoky Mountain Blackbird Soft Hackle

Its deadly. Enough said.

Gotcha, thanks for the info!

mtnman2888
06-24-2008, 12:34 PM
We'll definitely try and go sometime soon, just let me know when and we'll set something up.

Brook Fan
06-24-2008, 09:01 PM
Sounds like a great experience in the mountains. The snake looks like he is ready to introduce himself with a quick bite. I may not of ran but it may have been because my heart stopped.
I may need to pack some of my daughter's baby wipes on my next trip so I can properly clean up after myself if I see one of those that close

sammcdonald
06-24-2008, 09:05 PM
****, it was hot in that bear suit...even with the cool water

hedge
06-24-2008, 10:47 PM
Rattlers, bears, Oh My!
What's going on down there?
This site in the last 2 days has resembled an episode of Animal Kingdom.

pineman19
06-25-2008, 12:27 AM
****, it was hot in that bear suit...even with the cool water

Sam,

You better get a bullet proof bear suit if they somehow allow gun use in the National Parks, LOL. I think me and Hans saw you last fall ambling along the Greenbriar. Now that I think about it, I could of swore that bear smiled at us while we were standing on a rock in the middle of the river, trying to figure where to go if the bear started to cross the stream towards us.


Neal

jeffnles1
06-25-2008, 12:19 PM
Too many bears and snakes up Lynn Camp and Thunderhead. I don't think any of you guys should go up there and fish, it's just far too dangerous.

I'll be happy to take all the risks and bring back some photos and stories about the fish, but you guys just need to stay away because of the danger.:biggrin:

Jeff

Brook Fan
06-25-2008, 09:21 PM
The snake picture got me thinking. Cell phones don't work very well in the park so in the event you get bite by a snake how long do you have, what's the best methods to get out of the park?

swipper 74
06-25-2008, 09:32 PM
Nice jab at my manhood Craig. I thought I held my composure very well for being about 6-12 inches from that Rattler. Second rattler I've seen over the years. This one was curled up the whole time just like in the picture and never made a rattle. Guess I'm so light footed it never knew I was there :)! It was a great trip even though the Master Fisherman humbled me quite a bit!