View Full Version : The Official Fishy Lookin' Water Thread

02-12-2010, 10:06 AM
Grouseman77 and I have recently been planning a backcountry trip for this year and the anticipation and wait is probably gonna kill me. Combine that with the fact that I haven't been able to wet a line in the mountains since Christmas and you're looking at someone with a bad case of cabin fever. Usually I can get my fix this time of year by watching a strike indicator float around in the clinch, but the rain has ruined that plan.

I think we all need a little pick-me-up....maybe in the form of some fishy waters pictures.






Have a great weekend everyone.

02-12-2010, 01:09 PM

02-12-2010, 01:15 PM




Not a fish, but reminds my of spring

02-12-2010, 02:41 PM
Nice pics there Grannyknot! Can't wait for spring

David Knapp
02-12-2010, 04:31 PM
Here is a spring picture on Little River...should start looking like this in a couple of months!!! :biggrin:http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/Smokies/EarlydogwoodsonLittleRiveraboveElkm.jpg

High water in the summer on WPLP...

02-12-2010, 04:49 PM
Ok guys great pictures, but you are just adding to my pain!

02-12-2010, 05:15 PM

02-12-2010, 06:23 PM
A couple that I often think about at work. Lets keep this one going. I'll try to add a couple more during the weekend.



David Knapp
02-12-2010, 09:19 PM
Grouseman77, are those both on the same stream? Don't need a name...:cool: I know where the second one is but am not positive about the first. If that first one is where I think it is, I used to fish that stretch a lot. Caught a really nice rainbow out of that pool once upon a time...

02-12-2010, 09:47 PM

one of my favorite holes on the planet, not real sure why, just really like it....and it aint a smokies stream...

02-12-2010, 11:19 PM
My favorite place - GA's Flint River....




And some lakes and ponds...


And some striper country...


Won't be long...

02-12-2010, 11:49 PM
Plateau Angler - The first picture is a section of the Raven Fork.

02-13-2010, 09:49 PM

02-14-2010, 12:58 PM

02-14-2010, 02:57 PM






Home of the dumbest population of brook trout in the world:

02-14-2010, 10:28 PM
My son fishing in one of my favorite places.

02-14-2010, 11:17 PM
Hate to mention it, Jeff, but it looks like Brad's contemplating Angelina instead of fishing. :rolleyes:


02-14-2010, 11:45 PM

02-15-2010, 11:37 AM
Of course I looked at this thread today... Snowing and 20+ MPH winds...
Thanks a lot.

I can't wait!

02-15-2010, 12:31 PM



02-15-2010, 09:54 PM

02-16-2010, 02:48 PM
Hate to mention it, Jeff, but it looks like Brad's contemplating Angelina instead of fishing. :rolleyes:

After a little "incident" last spring along Little River where Daniel was making some rather impressive casts with some excessive false casting ans posturing followed immediately by a lovely sounding high pitched voice asking "you guys catching anything" (young female voice with a very lovely southern drawl), I started calling him "Young Brad".

Later that same day, we saw a couple bikini clad young lasses swiming in the stream and "Young Brad" informed me it was the same girls who asked us if we were catching anything earlier in the morning. He also informed me they were from a church group somewhere in Georgia.

I didn't even bother to ask how he knew that little detail (we were fishing some different parts of the stream at various times of the morning).

I did inform him that was the most dangerous game he would ever fish for. I'm not sure he understood just what I meant, but soon enough he will.:biggrin:


02-16-2010, 09:11 PM
Hence, my "Brad" reference. I recall that story.

02-17-2010, 08:00 PM



this trip almost ruined me...


02-18-2010, 10:23 AM

Who's that handsome lookin fella?

02-18-2010, 04:21 PM
First nice spring day we will have to head back up there.

02-18-2010, 04:57 PM
First nice spring day we will have to head back up there.

Count me in! I'm jonesin' bad!

02-18-2010, 08:43 PM
First nice spring day we will have to head back up there.

I also wouldn't mind heading back up to this place....


02-18-2010, 09:07 PM
Count me in! I'm jonesin' bad!

Good Lord! It's a Carlito sighting.

I have a pretty good list of trips going. Grannyknot and I have done a little emailing about a an adventure that you will want to be included in.

02-19-2010, 09:38 AM
All these pictures are making the waiting even harder, so I guess I will add to it.

I should be back here towards the end of March.




My daughter Jessica.


Jessica and I.




02-19-2010, 10:53 AM
I also wouldn't mind heading back up to this place....


Dude, nice photo!

Elkins, fill me in on the details. I happen to have my fishing gear in the back of the Subaru and **** near drove right by the office this morning!

02-19-2010, 04:49 PM
I happen to have my fishing gear in the back of the Subaru and **** near drove right by the office this morning!

We all should drive by the office just a little bit more.

02-20-2010, 07:35 AM
Man I thought I was the only one wearing cowboy hats in the park. You should see the looks I get on the Chimneys' Trail fishing Road Prong.

Jim Casada
02-20-2010, 09:37 AM
A couple of thoughts on the cowboy-type hats. (1) They are great for keeping the sun off tender skin, (2) As someone who strongly believes that bright or highly visible attire can and does spook fish, I would urge considering a color other than bright white. I'd be really interested in the thoughts of others on this. For my part, I wear earth tones or camouflage almost exclusively (mostly my turkey-hunting attired) and feel it really makes a difference. To me, the highly visible white hat stands out in an all too readily visible fashion. Mind you, I don't want this to be taken wrong, because obviously each and every angler should wear what he wants. I'm just looking at things from the perspective of what means catching more or fewer fish. Do you agreee? Or disagree?
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

02-20-2010, 10:52 AM
Well here goes. It is as easy to wear natural tones as loud colors. There is absolutely no disadvantage unless you go down and the rangers are out trying to rescue you. Having said that. I'm not sure loud colors are a problem as long as you stay below the trout's window, particulary if you are fishing upstream. Below that window and he cannot see you. I worry more about rod flash and line. That is going to be in the window often. As to the hat, the trout is seeing ,if at all, the underside which will be in shadow and therefore is probably not as bright. Just some thoughts from a heretic. Regards, Silvercreek

Jim Casada
02-20-2010, 12:29 PM
Silvercreek--I agree and disagree. No question on the importance of keeping a low profile. That is absolutely critical. Likewise, I completely agree on rod and line flash (I think making fly lines in those brilliant orange and yellow colors is a mistake, although the camera's eye sure does pick them up well). I don't fully agree on the small likelihood of trout picking up bright colors, and I actually gave it an unscientific but revealing test some years back.

A good friend (about the only person I will share stream time with) and I often fish together taking trout about. We are close enough to one another in skill level that it pretty well equals out, although he's better than me. That means I fish more but not a lot more.

On this particular occasion though, I wore one of those bright yellow shirts which seem to adorn the covers of many of the catalogs as well as cloth anglers fishing the flats. He eyed me speculatively when me met up but said nothing. We spent the morning fishing, with me taking my normal approach to pools in terms of stealth, keeping a low profile, using streamside vegetation and rocks to hid my approach, etc. Suffice it to say I fished a lot more than he did.

At lunch we sat down on a rock to eat and I shucked off that bright shirt and pulled a camo one out of theback of my vest and put it on. He grinned and said: "Thank God. I thought you'd taken leave of your senses!"

Not much science there, but a field test which was, to me, revealing.

Of course in the end it all boils down to window of vision, and I figure anything which gives me a bit more advantage (such as attire which blends in with the surroundings) is a plus. Also, the fish would see more than the shaded underside of a cowboy hat. Lie at ground level and look up at one and I believe you'll be convinced. It will be interesting to see what others have to say on this topic. I'm frightfully opinionated, which is typical of folks with deep mountain roots, but I'm also fascinated by what others think.

Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

02-20-2010, 01:06 PM
Jim, we've got several points of agreement on this. I do not want a bright line. I almost always cast side arm almost parallel with the water both to keep the rod out of the trout's view and because that usually gives me the clearest backcast. (I fish dry flies almost exclusively) In tee shirt weather I do worry about my white arms, particulary the underside of them being visible when casting. Being blonde and fair skinned, I'm no tan freak and the doc advises be to avoid much sun. I worry more about noise than clothes as a trout can detect noise from anywhere. The biggest trout I ever landed was caught on a western spring creek fishing almost straight downstream on a dry fly. I was wearing a white tee shirt. If the government is kind enough to leave me any money for fun this year, I plan on buying an underwater camera with a video function and put that puppy on the bottom 3 foot or so and see what it tells me about what's visible. Not exactly a trout's eye, but I would like to get my own idea of what's going on. In the mean time, I plan on dressing to fit the background and ghosting along the stream as best I can, although I'm stopping short of putting camo paint on my face and arms. Regards, Silvercreek

02-20-2010, 04:44 PM
My husband and I fish in khaki and camo. One disadvantage is we have trouble seeing each other on the stream when we blend in a little too well.

02-20-2010, 07:48 PM
No scientific data here. I usually wear browns and subdued earth tone colors when fishing.

I just find the hot pinks and bright colors don't match my manly rugged good looks. :smile::eek:


02-21-2010, 01:39 PM
i wear worn out camo or old brown shirts. no fear of me in a fancy sky blue or "salmon" (pink) colored shirt cause this turkey aint paying $40 for a shirt...and i'll never wear pink.

but, each is own, thread is officially hijacked now...so to bring it back around...a pic of some fishy lookin water:


02-21-2010, 09:00 PM
I would not be caught dead wearing bright or fluorescent colors period! I have had people suggest that it doesn't matter...I have not fished with them again.

02-22-2010, 09:23 AM
Didn't mean for the post to get high-jacked by my hat. I have worn cowboy hats my intire life while fishing (I grew up fishing in the Sierra's in Ca). I often wear a brown one that is a little more stealthy, however I can honestly say that I have outfished others wearing stealthier hats than my straw cowboy hat. To be honest the choice of the cowboy hat is mostly weather dependent for me....I tend to wear the straw one when it is very warm. I have spent much of my life outdoors both for fun, and while I was in the Marine Corps. My father has had some issues with mild skin cancer, and I decided a while back that if I wanted to continue to enjoy the outdoors that I would need to take some precautions in the sun. For this reason I almost exclusively wear long sleeved shirts, and a hat is a must. I do have a camo hat that is one of my favorite fishing hats, but when it is really warm it just gets too hot. I have not really tried any comparisons of outcomes while fishing, but I will have to start a personal experiment to see if it has an effect on my fishing. Truth be told I prefer the brown cowboy hat, but tend not to wear it if I have not had a haircut in a bit (it is a little tight if I have not recently gotten my hair cut), I have been just too cheep to get one a little bigger. They do work great to cut the glare, and the straw hats are much cooler.


02-22-2010, 09:41 AM
Here is a picture with my camo hat, and a nice fish! It was raining pretty hard, so I didn't wear the straw cowboy hat.


Here is a picture of one of the nicer browns that I have caught....with the straw cowboy hat ;)


02-22-2010, 01:36 PM
I don't know where I heard it, but I remember hearing that it is unlucky to fish in a cowboy hat. Then I see this.


Doesn't look too unlucky to me. Nice fish. Cool hat.

02-25-2010, 11:44 PM

now that is a pretty pic, wheres that river? I want to build a house in the middle of it....

02-25-2010, 11:53 PM
i think sometimes fish are sensitive to bright colors, sometimes they arent. Ive cuaght fish in the park that have hit the fly almost between my feet while i was wearing a white tee shirt. Ive also had times when i could see fish spooking before i ever got within casting range (while i was wearing green and being sneaky)

03-01-2010, 02:55 PM
i think sometimes fish are sensitive to bright colors, sometimes they arent. Ive cuaght fish in the park that have hit the fly almost between my feet while i was wearing a white tee shirt. Ive also had times when i could see fish spooking before i ever got within casting range (while i was wearing green and being sneaky)

I honestly think some fish are just plain dumber than others.