View Full Version : Wild Brookies...

07-25-2009, 04:03 PM
We left town at 6:00 this morning, bound to the North River area. We grabbed some breakfast and drove on past Tellico Plains and Telliquah. Albeit it's Saturday, there weren't mounds of people on the Tellico this morning. We keep driving east towards the NC state line (roughly 3,200 ft or so in elevation). We followed the North River, which is fairly wide (15-20 ft in most places) but as you climb in elevation, the "river" turns to a small, rushing mountain stream. I actually fished one of the feeder streams to the North (IAin'tTellin' Creek). Very tight cover, but beautiful to say the least. It's been a while since I've been in such a pristine, untamed area such as IAin'tTellin' Creek. The first couple of casts yielded several wild So. App strain Brookies. All where released unharmed.

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This particular pool was full of eager Brookies. Some took a #12 Green Weenie, but most jumped at a #14 Yellow Sally dry..

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(Above) I caught this guy just after sunrise. With it being this early and given the dense brush and overhanging trees, it's hard to see the picture... The Green Weenie hanging out of his jaws sticks out like a sore thumb though...

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Good size Spec from this particular stream. I caught him a few minutes after I caught the one above. Notice the oval-like parr marks on his side...

I got into a nest of yellow jackets while on the water...I honestly had no earlthly idea they were there until they started swarming around me, every one of them stinging me; on the face. Those little buggers are good at stinging the intruder in the face.... They chased me 100 yards down stream. I was slipping and sliding trying to get out of there. I'm now preoccupied for a while digging and removing stingers from my face. Luckily, I didn't have an allergic reaction, I wouldn't have made it... The nearest hospital was 45-an hour away...

All in all, it was a great trip. I'll be back...Probably Winter when the yellow jackets are gone. They were everywhere...

07-25-2009, 04:23 PM
Glad you found your brookies. Sorry you found the yellow jackets. Jim Casada has a post about them in the Smokys. I got stung on the Middle Prong of the Little River years ago by a hornet. My left hand swelled up so bad I could barely grip my flyline. I'd hate to get hit in the face.