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MarvintheRookie
01-21-2009, 09:44 PM
It's looking like I may very well make it to Townsend for TroutFest.
Sitting here in the cold, that seems a hundred years from now.

Any guesses as to what the fishing will be like this year?

Tarheelflyfishing
01-21-2009, 09:55 PM
Fishing should be fine this Spring, although, we are going into a phase of increased storm system potential, which means that we will probably see a good amount of rain/snow in the coming 2-3 months. By late Spring (Troutfest and beyond) and throughout the Summer, the water levels will likely drop like a rock, and the temps will soar, w/ only rain hopes coming from thunderstorms (hope this is not the case) but it seems to never fail every year. Hope you'll make it to Troutfest...man I'm looking forward to getting over there..

Speckleman5
01-21-2009, 10:38 PM
Its going to be just like any other year. Great fishing anywhere early. Then as the people start to pour in, the farther you'll have to walk to get away from the people with neon Tshirts, sandals, and Budweiser.

flyred06
01-22-2009, 05:34 PM
Yes but just think that neccessity is the mother of adventure. I hate the thoughts of the tubers and drinkers but it forces us to look harder for the solitude and that new hole we have just never fished. I hope all he rain that has came through will help yield a better year for the trout.

MarvintheRookie
01-22-2009, 05:48 PM
Last spring it was not the yahoos I had trouble with, it was the darn chubs.
Only in the smaller water did the trout find my flys first.

Speckleman5
01-22-2009, 07:14 PM
Yes but just think that neccessity is the mother of adventure. I hate the thoughts of the tubers and drinkers but it forces us to look harder for the solitude and that new hole we have just never fished. I hope all he rain that has came through will help yield a better year for the trout.

If it gets much better than it was last year, I don't know what I will do. I have had to take a month or two off to recover from elbow tendinitis that those little jaws gave me all year.:biggrin:

David Knapp
01-22-2009, 11:42 PM
This spring will be epic with lots of good fish area wide...both in the park and on the tailwaters...

BlueRaiderFan
01-22-2009, 11:59 PM
This spring will be epic with lots of good fish area wide...both in the park and on the tailwaters...

I like the way you think!:biggrin:

MarvintheRookie
01-25-2009, 11:54 AM
Me Too!!

Should I bring two rods in case I wear one out??:biggrin:

PeteCz
01-25-2009, 12:37 PM
I guess if you enjoy flyfishing, you must be somewhat of an optimist by nature. If you think about it, we spend most of our time in the effort of fishing and very little in the actual catching part...and yet, if we catch 10-20+ mountain trout or hook into a nice 16" tailwater trout it feels like we had a good day...

So with that in mind it should be an outstanding Spring, anyway you look at it!!

My personal opinion is that while the total number of fish will be down in the Park the next year or two, due to two years of drought, the fish will continue to be larger than they would be in "normal" years. The fish that have survived will have more food available to them (less competition) and will need to eat more voraciously to keep up with their growth, so we should be able to catch about the same amount, if not more of them...

This of course applies to Brookies and Rainbows more than Browns. Browns seem to live by their own rules...in fact, fewer fingerlings in the streams may be more detrimental to them. so they'll have to adapt (which of course they will) and eat more bugs until the next year's fry start populating the streams.

David Knapp
01-25-2009, 02:33 PM
My personal opinion is that while the total number of fish will be down in the Park the next year or two, due to two years of drought, the fish will continue to be larger than they would be in "normal" years. The fish that have survived will have more food available to them (less competition) and will need to eat more voraciously to keep up with their growth, so we should be able to catch about the same amount, if not more of them.

Yep, and last year's stream survey on LR showed excellent numbers of brown trout. There should be some larger rainbows showing up this year and the brown trout fishing should be great for the next few years...

MarvintheRookie, better bring more than that...3 or 4 would probably be sufficient...:biggrin:

nvr2L8
01-25-2009, 07:46 PM
In thinking about Pete's post, fly fishing for me (in my vast 21 months of experience now) has become an interesting study in expectations. In the first 6 months or so that I went fly fishing in the Smokies, I caught trout every time I went out. Granted it was somewhere around 4-6 trout but I expected to catch something every time I went. The first time Pete and I went fishing it was up on WPLP and I expected to catch my normal 4-6 trout and it ended up somewhere around 15. Surprise!

The first time we went to Road Prong, I had no way of expecting the thrill of catching brookies. What a beautiful fish! Once again, Surprise!

Just when I think I've gotten accustomed to a particular stream and know what to expect when I go, the water level changes and again I'm surprised. Where did that run disappear to? Wasn't there a pool or a bend there?

Every time I go fishing, and no matter how many times I fish a particular stream, I am surprised every time. When I went to Abrams creek this past week, it was the first time for me to fly fish that creek, it was the first time fly fishing with snow on the ground, it was the first time fishing where the air temp was 20 degrees lower than the water temp. I had virtually no expectations but was pleasantly surprised with a beauty of a rainbow.

So, as to predictions for this Spring, the only think I can predict is that I will definitely be fly fishing, I will continually be surprised and I will have a ball regardless of where I go or how many trout of what size I catch.

Ain't it grand?:rolleyes:

Treecatcher2
01-26-2009, 04:55 PM
Some will catch many, other will catch few, some will be skunked .
no matter when you go, you will get told that last week was the big hatch
But its always good...


...that is unless this is supposed to be a competition. If that is the case can someone please tell me where to download the competition rulebook since I didn't get one with my flyrod:biggrin:

flyred06
01-26-2009, 04:59 PM
With all the rain this year it should be a great mountain laurel and rhodendundrum hatch. Therefore I should catch my fair share of bushes in the spring.:eek: