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David Knapp
12-23-2011, 12:51 AM
The past two days were perfect for fishing and even decent for camping if you don't mind a little rain. I spent both days on LR while camping at Cades Cove. The catching was a little on the slow side but I can't complain when one of the few I do catch is a nice brown. This fish hit an olive sculpin pattern (I saw tons of sculpins on this trip) and there was no doubt about it...

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk311/drknapp83/IMGP0385.jpg

For those just interested in getting out, I think you could have caught good numbers of rainbows and smaller browns if you were willing to fish nymphs hard. I even saw a few rainbows rising in the slower back eddies... This warm water won't last for too long so enjoy it while you can!

Knik
12-23-2011, 01:01 AM
Great brown David! Glad you got to enjoy some fishing before all this rain hit.

flyman
12-23-2011, 01:54 AM
Nice fish David! Sculpin patterns are a good bet this time of year. Big fish love them.:smile:

MadisonBoats
12-23-2011, 07:37 AM
Nice! Hopefully, I will try a few of my friend Ray's Sculpin Patterns next year on the Clinch for some of the bigger boys...:biggrin:

David Knapp
12-23-2011, 01:44 PM
Nice! Hopefully, I will try a few of my friend Ray's Sculpin Patterns next year on the Clinch for some of the bigger boys...:biggrin:

Shawn, throwing streamers on the tailwaters is addicting. I've got it so bad now that I throw them even on low water just because I can. I'll look forward to seeing how you do next year!

whitefeather
12-23-2011, 02:02 PM
David,

Very nice fish! Way to go! Wish I could be down there!

Knothead
12-23-2011, 04:55 PM
Nice brown! How long was it? Estimated weight? Inquiring minds want to know.

David Knapp
12-23-2011, 06:12 PM
Nice brown! How long was it? Estimated weight? Inquiring minds want to know.

Not sure about the weight but it measured 21 inches...

BlueRaiderFan
12-23-2011, 11:13 PM
That's just sick...probably against a few laws, not to mention rules and regulations of various municipalities and small countries...if it's not it should be. :biggrin:

bluefish
12-24-2011, 09:49 AM
Beautiful fish, David. Those size large sure like a nice sculpin dinner. Hard to put away the streamer box. Very glad you didn't.:smile:


Charlie

No Hackle
12-24-2011, 01:10 PM
Still in spawning colors too. Awesome fish. Did he slam it or just suck it in?
Lynn

David Knapp
12-24-2011, 04:34 PM
Still in spawning colors too. Awesome fish. Did he slam it or just suck it in?
Lynn

Lynn, he slammed it like he wanted to kill it...definitely a really cool take.

doghaircaddis
12-27-2011, 11:06 PM
It's a true challenge to catch a fish like that in the Park. You seem to have it figured out, at least to some degree. Gorgeous fish, David.

David Knapp
12-28-2011, 12:17 AM
It's a true challenge to catch a fish like that in the Park. You seem to have it figured out, at least to some degree. Gorgeous fish, David.

Thanks! As much as I would like to say I've got it figured out, there are tons of people that have it figured out way better than I do. If people could see some of the fish guys are catching routinely it would be an eye opening experience...

jeffnles1
12-29-2011, 08:50 PM
David,
Seriously nice fish. congrats!

JoeFred
12-30-2011, 07:21 AM
Awesome, David, and a source of renewed optimism for the future of our great fishery. Thanks!