View Full Version : It Was a "High Sticking" Kind of Day ...

02-07-2012, 03:56 PM
First of all, if you aren't able to get out and fish the mountains when it is 57 degrees in February, I feel for you... This weekend ended up looking like a great opportunity to do just that. I decided to go and hit the water on Sunday and it was well worth it.

The rain held off and with a mix of sun and clouds and a temp of 52 at 9:00am I felt the fish would definitely be active. I headed up around Elkmont to start things off and after only four cast landed the first bow. He fell victim to one my special triple canopy parachute adams flies which can be contracted out for a nominal fee. They claim to catch three times the amount of trout that a normal adams does.... :biggrin:

I fully expected things to be hot and heavy for the rest of the day, unfortunately that was not the case. After a quick start I watched several trout look not once but sometimes two and three times at the adams and return to their holding position without a strike. Wondering why the sudden change I quickly switched to nymphs but I really wanted to fish dries!! :frown: I did go back and forth and managed another fish or two on the adams but soon realized that I needed to start high sticking some nymphs if I really wanted to catch some more trout given the conditions. And with that they started hitting in just about every run. As soon as I switched to a big fat squirrel tail nymph under some weight, I had back to back fish on the first two drifts.

Wanting a change in scenery, I took a break after a few hours and ventured down the road to head up high on the MPLR. Going right to the nymphs proved effective yet again. I had quite a few more hits up on MPLR along with several LDR's and a few good ones that were too camera shy and didn't manage a photo. All in all the fish sure seemed active this weekend and were on the feed. If you can high stick yourself some nymphs get out there and give it a go before it gets cold again and you might be surprised at how many you reel in... :cool:

Tight Lines,

First fish of the day...

For all you scenery lovers out there...

And some more...

You can see the sun trying to beat out the clouds here on the approach to this nice pool.

More fishy looking water...

Most of the fish looked like this with about nine or ten total to hand for the day...

And some of them looked like this... :cool:

Typical run on the MPLR that would produce a strike or two almost every time with the squirrel tail nymph.

02-07-2012, 04:13 PM
Very Nice! I too was very suprised at how active the fish were this past weekend.
Saw some very nice fish come to the surface that normally would be sitting deep waiting on nymphs.

02-07-2012, 09:06 PM
Wonderful report, felt like i was there. :smile:

02-08-2012, 01:16 AM
Very Nice! I too was very suprised at how active the fish were this past weekend.
Saw some very nice fish come to the surface that normally would be sitting deep waiting on nymphs.

That they did... can't wait till spring!!! You tie some nice flies btw... :cool:
Nothing like some February dry fly action...

Tight Lines,

David Knapp
02-08-2012, 12:58 PM
Gorgeous rainbows! Looks like they are starting to take on their spawning colors...

02-08-2012, 01:04 PM
Outstanding trip! That last one is beautiful.