View Full Version : Wild Specs

08-11-2009, 08:19 PM
Like planned yesterday, I ventured out to my all-time favorite blueline: "IAin'tTellin' Creek". Chock full of smallish wild Southern Appalachian Specs, this stream is not necessarily untouched, but it is still in the wild; away from the "big city lights" of Etowah, TN, away from major roads; it's away from people and it's a great place to spend the afternoon (or day) relaxing and unwinding. I rigged up my 4wt 6' fly rod, took a small fly box full of small dries and a few Green Weenies with me. I set off into the jungle of Mountain Laurel and what can be an angler's worst nightmare, or best friend for the native fish, the rhododendron. In some places I had to "swim" through the tangle of these pesky shrubs. Throughout the short hike to the stream, I could here the mountain stream gurgling and rushing over stream rocks. Upon seeing the stream, I stopped and scouted for any liking looking hiding places for the fish. In short time, I located a likely looking pool. I positioned myself for a decent cast, while staying hidden behind a large boulder. The first cast of the day enticed a Spec to the surface, meeting my dry in a splashy outcome. I brought him close to my hand and while getting my camera out, he was gone. Perfect release in my book. I moved upstream to the next pool, where I caught several more. I managed to take a few pictures of a couple of fish, but instead of taking pictures of every single one, I sporadically took a picture throughout the day.

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The gravel road leading up to the trailhead and the Cherohala Skyway.

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The stream as seen a top an old bridge.

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IAin'tTellin' Creek

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The stream as seen below the old bridge

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The trailhead

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Bald River Falls (At the confluence of the Tellico River)

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No fish were harmed and all were released. The one above darted off to his rock after I let him out of my hand.

Very enjoyable and productive day on the stream. Not once was I stung by africanized bees, yellow jackets, or bitten by a copperhead or rattlesnake this time. It was definitely a good day...

08-11-2009, 10:14 PM
Sounds suspiciously like North River to me.

Nice report, THFF.

08-11-2009, 10:33 PM
In the vicinity... All I'm saying.