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tjw37909
09-16-2009, 04:15 PM
I hit Elkmont this morning for the first time. Between the pooring rain and me casting in to trees it was frustrating. I gave up and wanted fish for dinner, so I hit the stocked section of Roaring Fork. Not as much fun catching stockers as wild trout but catching fish is catching fish and it's fun. Here are some stocker pics if I can get them to work.
http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae277/tjw37909/P9154828.jpg
http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae277/tjw37909/P9144827.jpg
Yes I eye-hooked that one, but it tasted just the same haha.

flyguys
09-16-2009, 05:10 PM
Great looking fish! How long did it take to catch them all?? The one on top looks like it swallowed a football!:biggrin:

tjw37909
09-16-2009, 05:19 PM
I fishied the stocked section for about 45 minutes to get those. That fat one in the top pic was heavy and fought hard. It was in a very small but deep hole with and undercut rock bank. I have tried several times and never got a bite in that hole until that hog today.

flyguys
09-16-2009, 05:23 PM
Without getting too specific, what type of flies did you use. All dry flies or any nymphs in the mix?

tjw37909
09-16-2009, 05:25 PM
tandem green weenie rig. one big stocker ate my indicator

flyguys
09-16-2009, 05:31 PM
Thanks for the info!! flyguys

Jim Casada
09-16-2009, 06:05 PM
I hit Elkmont this morning for the first time. Between the pooring rain and me casting in to trees it was frustrating. I gave up and wanted fish for dinner, so I hit the stocked section of Roaring Fork. Not as much fun catching stockers as wild trout but catching fish is catching fish and it's fun. Here are some stocker pics if I can get them to work.
http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae277/tjw37909/P9154828.jpg
http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae277/tjw37909/P9144827.jpg
Yes I eye-hooked that one, but it tasted just the same haha.
tjw--For what it is worth, and admittedly I'm going by a photo as opposed to looking at the real thing, but I mwould make a modest bet that the two smaller rainbows are wild trout. Note the difference in coloration, the difference in the appearance of the dorsal fins, etc. So I think it likely you caught a mixture of hatchery-raised fish and wild trout. I'm not 100 percent accurate with rainbows, but you can ALWAYS tell a stream-bred brown.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

tjw37909
09-16-2009, 08:13 PM
I wondered if the fatter of the smaller ones was wild. It hit and fought much harder. I have caught some 10-12 inch fish that were extremely brightly colored( much more than the two in the picture) in the upper part of Cosby Creek just before entering the park. I wondered if they were big wild ones or if they were holdover fish that had gained some color. Do they gain color after being in the stream a while? By the way Jim, I bought your book at LRO yesterday. Just skimmed through it so far, but I love it.

Jim Casada
09-16-2009, 08:20 PM
tjw--Take a close look at the fins below the gill plates on the two lower fish and compare them to those on the upper ones. You will see a distanct difference--those fins don't appear to have ever been in contact with concrete, while those on the dough bellies are blunt and rounded, a sure sign of a hatchery fish. Jim Casada

tjw37909
09-16-2009, 09:16 PM
Yes I see what you mean. Thank you. I will have to look at that next time I catch one of those big bright fish I mentioned earlier.

Crockett
09-17-2009, 11:56 AM
I didn't know there was a stocker section on the roaring fork. Wherabouts is that if you don't mind me asking? I am not gonna fish it but just curious.

pmike
09-17-2009, 12:00 PM
that the only stocker section on or near the Roaring Fork, was at the park just prior to entering Roaring Fork and that it was children only? I took my daughter there to fish when she was 5 and there were some rather nice fish. That is within the Gatlinburg fishing area and when I bought a permit to fish Gatlinburg, that is where the fellow told me to take my daughter.

Is there another section?

tjw37909
09-17-2009, 12:06 PM
They stock where it meets with West Prong LPR to Tree Tops Resort on Roaring Fork Rd. Better to fish from the start of Roaring Fork Rd and upwards. It stays fished out badly below there. You can park at Roaring Fork Church without being towed. They stock in town every Thursday, and probably get Roaring Fork every other week. Still a lot of fish in their yesterday after I left.