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WNCFLY
10-06-2008, 12:15 PM
I have been meaning to put up some pics from my trip to cataloochee the weekend of 9/27. My friend and myself camped in the campground Friday thru Sunday and got too explore a lot of water in three days. We fished rough fork and Caldwell creek on Firday and did ok. The water is really low in the valley. On Friday we were up and out at daybreak heading up the Palmer creek trail for about four miles to fish a small spec stream called Lost Bottoms creek. The fishing was not bad for the low water level. I would say we caught about twenty five between us that morning. We rock hoped our way back down the creek to the trail (L bottoms doesn't have a trail) and decided to hike back down Palmer creek and fish it back up. As we were walking down we noticed a lot of the trail being torn up and bear scat all over the place. This place is known for having a lot of bears. We started fishing Palmer creek about 2 and had about the same amount of success as lost bottoms. Most of the fish were browns. We were fishing right along that evening and we had a visitor cross the creek about thirty yards upstream. Remember all the bear scat on the trail, we found the culprit. The bear was about 200-250 pounds and didn't hang out long enough for me to get a picture. We ended up fishing till dark and hiked our way out. All and all Cataloochee is my favorite place in the park to go. I am biased because it is close to my house, but I think it the most beautiful place in the park, hands down. Were else can you listen to elk bugle while standing beside a 150 year old church catching wild trout. Here are a few pics from the day...

Lost Bottoms Creek..
http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/WNCFLY/lostbottomscreek9-27-08.jpg


Lost Bottoms spec...
http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/WNCFLY/eastfrkpiogenbrookie.jpg


Another brookie from L Bottoms....
http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/WNCFLY/roughforkcattalooche9-26.jpg


Palmer Creek Brown....
http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/WNCFLY/P8310661.jpg


Palmer creek bow....
http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/WNCFLY/kiessecreekbow9-20-78.jpg


Two Elk fighting (I will put this video up soon)....
http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/WNCFLY/P9260799.jpg


Big bull resting....
http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/WNCFLY/P9260766.jpg

mtnman2888
10-07-2008, 06:14 AM
Great pics. I, too, love that area and have yet to go when i didn't see at least one elk. About the bear, if you notice there are several blueberry patches scattered along the palmer creek trail plus the last time i was there i saw an abundance of large acorns on the ground (moreso than in most places) so it appears this place is a buffet for them.

Worrgamesguy
10-07-2008, 10:46 AM
That's an awesome picture of the elk fighting.

WNCFLY
10-07-2008, 11:26 AM
Thanks. I got a video of them fighting. They were circling that female in the background for about five minutes before they locked antlers for about two minutes. It was pretty violent. They really got after it. The males in the valley are really aggressive right now.

fly fisherman DK
10-07-2008, 05:45 PM
Nice report and pics! I would love to be able to see the elk in Catalootchee some day with my own eyes.:rolleyes:


fly fisherman DK

Speckleman5
10-07-2008, 11:22 PM
It's even better to watch them without 2 lanes of traffic between them while they are bugling back and forth....Funny how things change in 5 years.