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05-03-2011, 07:03 PM
Oldman and I just returned home from a 4 day/3 night back country fishing and camping trip on Eagle. I had a really good time, but it sure is glad to be home. After I took a nice long shower, I felt almost human again.

Overall, the fishing was pretty slow, but we did manage to catch some decent fish. It was about 50/50 on the dry versus the nymph. Most strikes were subtle, a quick hookset was critical. I lost a bunch of fish due to slow reaction. Oldman outfished me at least 3 - 1.

We got to meet forum member cubefisher and some of his friends. They were a great group of guys and we really enjoyed hanging out with y'all Saturday night.

The ride over.


The hike in.


After setting up camp and chatting with our camp neighbors, we set off the do some fishing.


The catching was slow, but we did manage to get enough for supper. Campfire roasted trout was a nice treat.


Day 2 started with a bit of a hike as we decided to head much farther upstream. We were on a mission to catch some trout, but we did stop long enough to "smell the roses".


05-03-2011, 07:06 PM
Oldman managed one brown and one brook, and about 25 rainbows, completing his slam.


Day 3 we decided to head farther downstream. We met this guy on the trail. I took a quick picture of him and I think I made him angry. He quickly turned around, raised his head, and started rattling. We decided we would let him have the trail all to himself. We walked around, giving him plenty of room.


Our camp mascot visited every morning and every evening.


While waiting for our boat ride back, we had some company.


It was a good trip, and as I stated, the fishing was really slow. We had fun and I look forward to my next back country adventure.

05-03-2011, 07:23 PM
Thanks for the post and pictures. Looks like you had a great time.

05-03-2011, 07:51 PM
Thats my kind of backcountry fishing report. Thanks for sharing.

05-03-2011, 09:57 PM
I took my boat across Fontana sunday morning for my first trip to Eagle. I met 3 guys from Nashville waiting for the ferry on my way in. Was that you guys? They were staying at 89. I hiked up above 89 and fished for a few hours with very little success but it was very nice and quiet up there. there were still a few tents at 89, maybe that was your camp. I probably fished right behind you and that is why I had liitle success (or atleast it makes me feel better to think that). Eagle is a nice place although it was hard not to steer my boat towards Hazel but I really wanted to experience Eagle Creek. Nice post!

05-03-2011, 10:24 PM
The guys from TN were our camp neighbors Saturday night. Those were our tents at 89. We fished above the islands Sunday. On our hike back, we saw your footprints, so we knew someone else was up there.

I know that Eagle can and does fish great at times, but that was my first and last trip there. I did not like the stream, I hated trying to wade it, it is not the kind of stream I like to fish, it's too flat. I would much rather have been at Bone Valley. I am glad I went because I like to fish new places.

05-03-2011, 10:34 PM
Reports from Eagle are few and far between. Great post.

05-04-2011, 03:44 AM
My jealousy runs deep....

I think im going to cure my pain with a new 3 wt......:biggrin:

....and make the trip.


05-13-2011, 12:35 AM
I may have been one of those guys from Nashville at 89. I was with a group of guys that go a couple of times a year together. Typically, we do frontcountry. We used to backpack a lot together, but we discovered how much fun it was to fish and still enjoy the, well...uh...conveniences of an ice chest.

We came across on the shuttle on Thursday around lunch time, packed to 89 and stayed there three nights. Friday was the best fishing day. Both days were considerably better before lunch and slowed down until a short spike in late afternoon. So this was our first backcountry fishing trip. I'm looking forward to my next backcountry excursion.

We had a blast. I'll certainly go back to Eagle Creek. I don't know if I should be comforted or frightened by the fact that I didn't see any snakes like ifish4wildtrout and his buddy.

This was also my first time to keep and eat fish in the park. It was a treat for sure.

That is such a beautiful stream. I'll throw some of my pics in here too.