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ChemEAngler
02-20-2011, 12:27 AM
Made it out today after the demo for a few hours of fishing. Chose to focus my efforts on the smaller waters and tributaries of LR. Started off a little slow with a heavy stonefly nymph (for weight) and a zebra midge. Then it happened.......

I saw a lone blue quill ascend from the surface of a pool just downstream of a riffle. So, I immediately switched over to a #16 flashback pheasant tail, and it was game on. In nearly every good looking run I would get a take. My landing-to-strike ratio was way too low, and I was probably close to 20% today. Had one big fella take my nymph as I drifted it just inches from a rock wall, and he immediately rocketed downstream. Never even got a look at him, as he came unbuttoned pretty quickly. Never saw another blue quill or a single rise. However, I hope this report helps to brighten the mood of some of you out there anxiously awaiting Spring. Here are a couple pics from the day:

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Knik
02-20-2011, 12:44 AM
Thanks for the report Travis, sounds like you had a fun time.

It's posts like this one that are helping me put the pieces of this fly fishing puzzle together. :smile: Thanks for sharing Travis.

Great pics. as always!

Shannon

pineman19
02-20-2011, 05:53 AM
Travis,

Thanks for the report. Nice to see things warming up in the mountains early this year. I need to get down that way, haven't been since the middle of November.

Neal

flybum62
02-20-2011, 05:00 PM
Sweet fish Travis, they look like little jewels- I am green with envy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ifish4wildtrout
02-20-2011, 06:44 PM
Nice, man. I am heading to GSMNP Tuesday for a few days and nights. I am hoping to meet Mr. Grandpa Brown again, he broke me off last time we met. :biggrin:

spotlight
02-20-2011, 08:43 PM
I'm glad you got a few, I fished all day and landed ZERO I only had one small strike and missed it I will just call it casting practice. But it sure was a nice day to be out there.

Barbara
02-20-2011, 10:25 PM
Nice pictures and report, Travis. I haven't fished since Thanksgiving. Apparently I've forgotten everything I knew. Fished 1/2 day from Metcalfe to Elkmont, SKUNKED!

MadisonBoats
02-21-2011, 10:17 AM
Nice Pictures Travis!

Bran
02-21-2011, 10:40 AM
Nice pics Travis. Glad you had some luck and got to get on the water!

Grannyknot
02-21-2011, 10:54 AM
Excellent Travis!
I drove past that area on Saturday and saw 1 lone fisherman working beside the road. You weren't driving a Jeep Grand Wagoneer were you?
My wife and I hiked the Anthony Creek Trail that afternoon. I fished for maybe 30 minutes with my little 8 piece fiberglass pack rod. Had 4 takes and 1 to hand. I didn't see any bugs, but I was having luck with quill gordon wet flies.

Carlito
02-21-2011, 12:07 PM
That spring fever is setting in!!! Thanks for sharing.

ChemEAngler
02-21-2011, 05:20 PM
Excellent Travis!
I drove past that area on Saturday and saw 1 lone fisherman working beside the road. You weren't driving a Jeep Grand Wagoneer were you?
My wife and I hiked the Anthony Creek Trail that afternoon. I fished for maybe 30 minutes with my little 8 piece fiberglass pack rod. Had 4 takes and 1 to hand. I didn't see any bugs, but I was having luck with quill gordon wet flies.

Granny,

I believe I remember seeing that Jeep too, but I believe I was farther upstream than they were. I fished from about 3:00 till 5:30, and only managed to cover probably 1/4 mile of water. I really took my time working my way upstream hitting every reasonable holding lie.