View Full Version : Oconaluftee fishing

03-28-2010, 02:02 PM
Thought I would post this short little report with a few pictures from yesterday.
My wife and I went over to Western Carolina University yesterday morning to watch our daughter perform in her guard (flags, sabres and rifles) competition.
It is a very nice campus with beautiful mtns surrounding you.
This was taken at the arena yesterday morning.


We stopped by Cherokee on the way back and watched a few anglers fishing the trophy section. The place was packed with fly fishermen but not nearly as crowded as the lower river with 100s of bait fishermen lining the banks through town. I think I'll stick with the wild trout rivers.
We went above Smokemont on the river and had a streamside picnic at one of the pulloffs. While sitting there watching the water and Quill Gordons popping off, the fish were jumping out of the water after those bugs. After a few minutes, I just had to get out the fly rod and rig up. My wife took some video and a few picts of my catch. Fished about an hour and two runs and brought probably 12 fish to hand. Missed just as many. The fish were rising like crazy at times. It was sure a fun day spent with my wife of almost 20 years now!

now a few fish picts.



trying out the waterproof capabilities


03-28-2010, 02:06 PM
nice! great underwater pic.

David Knapp
03-28-2010, 02:06 PM
Sweet! I was wondering just yesterday how the hatches were doing on the other side of the mountains. Guess I know now...:biggrin: Nice colors on that rainbow btw...

03-28-2010, 02:08 PM

Odd that you just happened to have your gear in the car. Sounds like some advanced planning to me. :rolleyes:

03-28-2010, 02:30 PM
The hatch was coming off about 2pm in the area we were at. It was crazy with floaters being taken off the surface with lots of trout leaping out of the water as they would lift off.

Would you believe my wife told me I should take my fly rod with us and fish awhile on the way back. I had my gear packed and ready to go the night before!

old tom
03-28-2010, 04:45 PM
Hard to tell. Is that maybe a para-Adams hanging out of that rainbow's mouth?

Hal M
03-28-2010, 05:08 PM
Great pics and a great day. The wife is a definite keeper for her idea. Thanks for the post!

Hal M

Speck Lover
03-28-2010, 06:58 PM
Nice report and great pictures Gary, it sounds like you and your family had a great day together.

03-29-2010, 08:50 AM
Nice trip Gary! I'm glad and envious of you for getting out and catching a few, been wanting to go pretty bad lately. We're still muddy and high on local waters. Wife and I are headed back to Disney with Emily this weekend and I'm packing the 4 and 5 wt. for some of those ponds and canals down there. I'm still chomping at the bit to get to some cold water though, it's gonna have to wait till Memorial Day.

03-29-2010, 04:12 PM
nice post! I was in the area that day I believe...I wonder if I saw your vehicle?

03-30-2010, 07:57 PM
All these reports of hatches have me thinking about moving my B/C hike up Hazel up about 2 or 3 weeks! Nice report! Thanks!