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David Knapp
10-13-2011, 04:01 PM
Fall break has arrived and with it I now have time to go fishing. Yesterday I kicked off the break with a trip to Little River to chase the browns. The water was up just enough to get the bugs hatching and the fish feeding.

I was not as interested in hatches of BWOs and Yellow Quills though. My main objective was big brown trout and with that in mind, I promised myself that I would give streamers a fair chance before changing my rig.

The sun was just rising as I arrived and rigged up. My first choice was a small streamer that has been effective on small stream smallmouth the last couple of years. After thoroughly working the first pool, I was just about to try another spot when I made one last cast. Immediately a little brown nailed it and the day was off and running.

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For the next few hours, I caught several browns up to around 12 inches. The big ones eluded me though and in fact, I never really spotted any true giants. The largest fish I definitely saw was around 17-18 inches at most.

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Still, it was a perfect day to be out and I took full advantage of the overcast skies and feeding trout. The rainbows were on the feed as well and when I changed to a double nymph rig later in the day, my catch quickly diversified.

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This time of year is my favorite, and not just for the fishing. The colors were awesome, and I took a few pictures to remind myself later of how beautiful the day was.

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JoelO
10-13-2011, 05:49 PM
Beautiful pics...I really like the 3rd one (the lighting is nice plus the ripples in the water frame the fish well). The 5th one (of the rainbow) is really nice too with the fall colors reflected in the water. I'll be up that way next week...should be fun...plan on catching my limit of leaves. :biggrin:

David Knapp
10-13-2011, 07:03 PM
I'll be up that way next week...should be fun...plan on catching my limit of leaves. :biggrin:

JoelO, so far the leaves aren't too bad but unfortunately they will only increase for the next few weeks. Thankfully the fish will feed on the surface otherwise I would go crazy once the streams are full of leaves... :eek:

Knothead
10-13-2011, 07:35 PM
Great story and great pictures. Thanks.

oldhickory
10-14-2011, 01:24 AM
Beautiful fish and photos. I also plan on 3 days in the mountains early next week. :biggrin: Hope to get a few trout and photographs! Love this time of year in the Smokys. :cool:

Teddyp
10-14-2011, 09:20 AM
Nice fish!

Mundele
10-14-2011, 12:37 PM
Nice! I always am a little proud of myself when I catch a brown... They seem to be warier than bows and brookies for sure.

What fly pattern is that? White clouser?

JohnH0802
10-14-2011, 02:11 PM
Nice fish and great pictures, thanks for sharing.

David Knapp
10-14-2011, 07:59 PM
Nice! I always am a little proud of myself when I catch a brown... They seem to be warier than bows and brookies for sure.

What fly pattern is that? White clouser?


It is actually a Crazy Charlie (or at least my version of one) which is a saltwater pattern but seems to work well for fresh water species as well...

BAM BAM
10-15-2011, 02:44 PM
Those are some nice looking fish, and a fisherman fishes with what works weither or not it is a saltwater fly:biggrin:, i have been fly fishin for about five months straight now, almost evry day.Ive caught little fish and huge fish. But im self taught i was wonderin if we could go fishing sometime david, and maybe get a few pointers. email me at bobadders@yahoo.com with a reply or some pointers, it would be much appreciated:smile:..

David Knapp
10-16-2011, 11:36 AM
Those are some nice looking fish, and a fisherman fishes with what works weither or not it is a saltwater fly:biggrin:, i have been fly fishin for about five months straight now, almost evry day.Ive caught little fish and huge fish. But im self taught i was wonderin if we could go fishing sometime david, and maybe get a few pointers. email me at bobadders@yahoo.com with a reply or some pointers, it would be much appreciated:smile:..

I'm always up for fishing with someone new... Let's try to get together and fish sometime...

BAM BAM
10-16-2011, 02:09 PM
thanks for sharin

BAM BAM
10-16-2011, 02:29 PM
this was a great day on the little river and i knew it, but my buddy was doubting it until we caught these fish!

BAM BAM
10-16-2011, 02:33 PM
nice report

GrouseMan77
10-27-2011, 09:47 AM
David, that was a really nice report!