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duckypaddler
04-12-2011, 09:09 AM
This spring has been GREAT, in the Great Smoky Mountains I have gotten up to the mountains a half dozen times already fishing, and never seem to get enough. Having a family day on Saturday meant Sunday was fishing day, and with record high temps, fishing should be great.

Freddie called me on Saturday from the trail (surprised he had signal) while hiking with his girlfriend asking me pull out a good topo and let him know what creek he was crossing on his hike . He said it looked pretty good, and about the size of Leconte creek, and thought it may be worth checking out for fishing. He asked my if I had ever heard of anyone fishing it, which I replied no, and he said either did he, so we made it a plan for Sunday


When you are willing to study maps and just wonder "what if" up every blue way, the results can vary from bushwhacks that offer no reward , to many creeks that are just mediocre , but sometimes you get the gem in the rough. I am happy to report that the fishing was "Specktacular" as Grouseman says, and I was really impressed by the size of the Brookies in this little creek. Freddie picked a real winner on this one, and since it's his find I'll leave it to him to disclose it.

Anyway First Cast

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Soon landed this nice one


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As you can see it's a beautiful little stream


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And a view downstream


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A beautiful one caught on a variation of the never sink caddis I seem to fish 6 months of the year.


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And my best one of the day


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I caught several dozen fishing behind Freddie most of the time. I'd say he caught at least double that. You would pull 4 or 5 out of each pool, and even the micro pockets were filled with willing hungry fish that would come back even when you missed them the first time. Maybe it was weather, the tons of bugs, the lack of fishing pressure, or any other of the thousands of variables, but all I know is that is was a great day fishing. Thanks again Freddie for the find.

Until the next adventure,
James

Crockett
04-12-2011, 10:57 AM
Great find there James and awesome looking specks! I have one similar stream that I crossed while hiking a few weeks back that I want to check out too. There are a lot more out there like that I suspect. By the way Amanda and I went up to white top on Sunday via the Groundhog Ridge manway and it was beautiful up there. Ramps growing everywhere even in the middle of the maintained trails we were on!

Streamhound
04-12-2011, 11:14 AM
Great story and fish. That is the fun of the Smokies

pineman19
04-12-2011, 11:22 AM
Nicely done Duckypaddler. Nice specs for that size stream for sure!

Neal

mattblick
04-12-2011, 12:27 PM
Those are beautiful fish, thanks for the post. Now tell me where! :p

oldhickory
04-12-2011, 10:58 PM
James, a great report and a super-great find.