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Younger Tom
09-24-2011, 06:40 AM
I fished a small, low elevation stream on the NC side today that's home exclusively to rainbows. We got about a half inch of rain on Thursday night/Friday morning and I was a little concerned about what the water levels might be, especially since I have a friend coming up this weekend to fly fish for the very first time.

They were letting water through the flood gates on Cheoah:
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6180/6176394432_d804d10437_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25717202@N06/6176394432/)

The water was about average, I think, but it definitely had some color to it. The day alternated between rain, sun & overcast, often all three within 15 minutes of each other. Each rain storm produced a mild leaf hatch. They're starting to collect on the rocks which makes for some dicey rock hopping.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6168/6175866209_f28f33f561_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25717202@N06/6175866209/)

The fish I caught were smaller on average than what I'm used to seeing here and the fishing was slower then than any other day on the trip so far, still it's been pretty good, I think.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6168/6175867473_a6e08220dc_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25717202@N06/6175867473/)

I fished orange stimulators, yellow & olive EHC & thunderheads all with pretty much equal success. With the colored water, I tried fishing a SM Blackbird and a hare's ear. I caught a few on the nymph, but they seemed more interested in the dry. I got tired of having to untangle the nymph after having a rainbow spaz out on the dry so I finally cut it off.

My friend brought some hiking boots and more of a sense of adventure than I expected, so we're headed back down to upper deep creek on Saturday. We'll go down and check out Rock Branch like fearnofishbob suggested and see what it's like. I expect that it will be like the rest of the creeks and overgrown with rhodo, timber rattlers, stinging nettle, love children of Eric Rudolph, really creepy bugs and generally no fun at all to fish. ;)