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Younger Tom
09-21-2011, 09:00 PM
Holy stinging nettle Batman!

I bailed on a backpacking trip to Forney because I didn't want to hang around a wet camp by myself when a warm dry house (and rye) was available at Old Tom's place in Bryson City, so I spent today fishing from the car along 441. It was overcast but the rain held off most of the day. The rain last night may have brought the water up a tiny bit, but nothing was off color.

I spent the morning on a little speck stream off 441 because I like fishing little streams. I'd never fished it before and had a blast, but what it lacks in rhodo it more than makes up for in stinging nettle.
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I climbed up to the trail around lunch because the water was getting pretty thin, plus lunch was in the car. That is a tough, tough climb out of there, but I guess it beats walking .5 mile down the stream. My calves were close to cramping by the time I reached the trail.

After lunch I bushwhacked down to Beech Flats and fished the rest of the afternoon. Just like the morning, the fish would hit most anything orange. I probably could have floated orange yarn wrapped around a paperclip and gotten hits. I never got into any specks, but there were a few browns sprinkled in among the rainbows.
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The only hole in the rhodo I could find when it was time to head back to the road was a small, spread out creek. Full of stinging nettle. That was fun.

It was a very moist trip (the humidity is absurd) but probably my best day on the water in years. For the last several years when Old Tom and I have been able to make a trip up here the water has either been extremely high or we've been in a summer-long drought. For years. Old Tom is sidelined so he's missing out on this, but with a careful approach the fish will come up after something orange out of most every hole. If I could learn to set a hook properly I'd be in fine shape. I'm kinda hoping for overcast and drizzly the rest of the time I'm up here.

Tomorrow I hike down to Deep Creek from 441, another trip I've never managed to fit in.

Grannyknot
09-21-2011, 10:25 PM
Excellent report. Thanks for taking the time to write it up and post pictures.
Hope Old Tom gets better soon.

Knik
09-21-2011, 10:26 PM
Great report and nice pics. too, Beech Flats is on my list also.

At least lunch got your calves warmed up for Deep Creek. :biggrin: Hope you have fun, have a safe trip.