05-25-2009, 02:55 PM
We took the family and stayed acouple days in Elkmont. We love that place. It was crowded to say the least and the tuber hatch was really coming off even thou the water was freezing and rather high. I actually had a hard time moving around in the deeper pools because of the current. The first evening after supper I happened to notice a ton of bugs in the air and apon closer inspection it was caddis flys... thousands of them. I geared up and was off. When I got to the river I already had a double nymph rig on and it was getting close to dark so I just stuck with that. There was everything in the air over the river, fish were leaping 2 feet out of the water to catch them and attacking my strike indicator. It's the only time that l've ever been able to stand in one spot and catch mutiple fish in the park out of the same hole. In the matter of just minutes I landed 2 nice 10 in bows 1 brown in the 11+ range and another brown in the 8-9 inch range along with several other smaller bows, never leaving this one small run. I fished until it was to dark to see and the fish were still VERY active. The next morning I was up and still fishing the nymphs with good success when I noticed a green cut worm inching down his silk. I switched to a green weenie and it was like a hole new ball game. I would watch fish leave a pool, swim 20 feet across the stream and take that green worm. Increditable is how I would describe the fishing with the green weenie. There is a little but deep pool in the middle of the camp ground that has always seemed to hold a big fish ever since I was a kid. It doesn't look like much and most people over look it because of the white water but, I never fail to fish it. I made two passes threw it and then it happened. Big fish, and he wasn't in the playing mood. He ripped line from my little 3wt heading down stream in a hurry. In my panic I just touched the reel with my hand to try and slow him and that was the end of it. He popped 6x like it was nothing. I never saw the fish but, he was a dandy. I tipped my hat and went to digging for another green weenie.