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Waterborn
03-06-2010, 07:47 PM
Finally had a chance to to get out and hit Little River for a couple of hours on Friday... the water had dropped enough and though a little low, it allowed the sun to warm up the shallows which had a magical effect on the fish. There was a flurry of activity around noon...I LDR'd about 5 fish before getting my sea legs on and dialed in the light takes...oddly, the browns kept getting bigger after each cast when finally I tied into some fight with slender a 16"... thinking I couldn't be happier with the action I didn't deserve - the big brother showed up with a bone to pick and was a heck of a fight... a good 22"er...

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j150/Waterbornjournal/INhand4x6100ppi.jpg

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j150/Waterbornjournal/16in4x5150ppi.jpg

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j150/Waterbornjournal/BIGBOY4x6150ppi.jpg

Not happy having to photo them riverside on the ground, but no net and water was freezing...they splashed me in the face on the way out though - last laugh I guess...
The funny thing is, last year I was absolutely schooled on a huge brown in the same spot. In the back of my mind - I went with anticipation for a rematch...while it may not have been the same fish, it certainly scratched an itch I've had all year...

flyman
03-06-2010, 07:50 PM
That's what I'm talking about!

pineman19
03-06-2010, 08:39 PM
Beautiful browns Waterborn. Spring in near:biggrin:

ChemEAngler
03-06-2010, 09:22 PM
Nicely done!

Congrats on a wonderful day.

Speck Lover
03-06-2010, 10:13 PM
Nice, nice, & nice!

tjw37909
03-06-2010, 11:56 PM
Very nice fish.

Scott H.
03-07-2010, 12:28 AM
Gorgeous! Absolutely Gorgeous!

Nice work, and way to go.

MadisonBoats
03-07-2010, 10:36 AM
Waterborn,
I take quality over quantity any day...that 22" is my kind of fish...only you caught it:biggrin: Thanks for sharing!

silvercreek
03-07-2010, 11:10 AM
Really nice. I bet that big brown kept you grinning all day. Regards, Silvercreek

Westslope
03-07-2010, 01:44 PM
Great job with the Browns--that last one is a real stunner!

Iain

AKSkim
03-07-2010, 02:32 PM
Wow.. huge fish for the GSMNP.

Very good.

flyred06
03-07-2010, 04:36 PM
Totally awesome. I only wish I lived closer so that I could get up there more often. Congrats.

Waterborn
03-07-2010, 04:59 PM
Hey all, thanks for all the kind words, hope to see ya on the water here real soon - can only get even better with the hatches around the corner!

JohnH0802
03-07-2010, 05:26 PM
Great pics and beautiful fish. Thanks for sharing.

Waterborn
03-07-2010, 06:30 PM
Hey JohnH802,
I'll be down in Beaufort for some the Water Festival and visiting out-laws...don't suppose you'd mine sharing some water - I haven't done much salt and would love to get a Red on a fly (or anything salty for that matter, don't matter - long as it has fins)...

Dawgvet
03-07-2010, 10:27 PM
Awesome fish to be sure! I am trying to get better at my winter fishing. Would you mind telling me what flies and methods you used to catch those beauties? If not, I totally understand.
Thanks

BlueRaiderFan
03-07-2010, 11:31 PM
Wow...incredible. One of these days.

Owl
03-08-2010, 04:25 AM
Outstanding! Very nice color on that guy, too!

Waterborn
03-08-2010, 09:01 AM
Dawgvet,
Winter fishing in the park/ pre spring is a favorite time for me to fish the Park -simply because there's not many people around in the water execept us frozen fisherman. I mainly frequent areas between Metcalf Bottoms and Elkmont during the warmest part of the day with a winter flybox of mostly small PT's and Hugh's Blackbirds for nymphs and Little Black caddis and Blue wing olives for dries...
This being more a pre-spring situation with the quill gordons and blue quills sporatic already(and blue wing olives tapering off), I tied up some large soft hackles and dropped off of a much smaller pheasant tail....since the water was low and clear as glass, a small yarn indicator rig afforded the ability reach out up and across further and not wade into any sunny, shallow holding spots - normally I highstick but under these conditions I didn't want to do any unnecessary wading and spooking...
and unlike tail waters, I don't normally carry a net in the Park (hence the beaching) - but I'm thinking twice now :redface:
Appreciate ya guys...

JohnH0802
03-08-2010, 09:12 AM
Waterborn,
Send me an e-mail and let me know the dates and times you will be down. Just realize that I don't have a boat.

jross
03-08-2010, 11:13 AM
I wanna see! I've got a filter at work, so I can't see the photos....somebody explain it to me!:smile:

Tennessee Jed
03-09-2010, 10:03 AM
What an amazing brown trout for the Smokies. A true trophy indeed.

jross
03-11-2010, 08:48 AM
finally got to see the fish....that's awesome fishies right there! I told my wife about your fish, and she said "22 inches?"....a wild trout!...in the park?" You are admired at our house...:smile:

Waterborn
03-11-2010, 09:47 AM
Thanks again guys...but don't you know that even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and again (or hog n acorns)... :redface: Last "big" brown was about 10years ago around 18" and it had a gold aberdeen bait hook (sized more like a tow hook) with what looked like 10 lb test hanging from its maw. Quick barbectomy and he was back in on his way.

The great thing is that there are bigger ones out there and hopefully they'll show themselves this spring...