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ChemEAngler
02-18-2012, 11:00 PM
I had originally planned to come to the mountains tomorrow to watch Plateau Angler tie, and get a couple hours on the water. However, a change of plans for today prompted the wife to suggest I take advantage of the weather and go fish. After a lengthy deliberation of about 1.5 milliseconds, I said okay.

While driving in I saw somebody in about every other pull-off either gearing up or fishing. When I arrived at the trailhead I was surprised to find plenty of open spaces. So, it appears that most everybody was focusing their efforts roadside.
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I was anxious to try out some new Patagonia gear, so I had a little more clothing on than was probably necessary. Thankfully, I elected to pack in my waders and put them on after walking a couple miles up the trail.
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This is where things began to get interesting....

I found this nice little run and saw one small head poke out of the water, so I decided to give it a go.
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I rigged up a #12 Quill Gordon and made my first cast to the middle rear portion of the run. My fly hadn't drifted more than 2 ft before BAM! I caught this little guy.
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Keeping with Buzz's posting requirements I took his picture because I figured he would be the only fish of the day. What I didn't expect to happen was to catch 5 more fish on the next 5 consecutive casts....:eek: I actually had a group of hikers see me land the second one, and they hung around to watch me land the next four fish. Eventually they started applauding every time I landed one. I have to say it was quite an experience.
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The 5th fish in the 6 fish streak was this 12" beauty that ran me up and down this little run.
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I believe this is the best rainbow I have landed on the TN side of the park.

I caught a few more, but eventually wore out this run before moving upstream in search of more water. This was when I met up with RKeeton from the message board and had a nice little chat while searching for more water. I ended up walking another 3/4 mile or so upstream with less than stellar results. I caught a couple more, but there was absolutely no surface activity going on. Thinking that I may have walked above the Quill Gordon hatch range, I walked back downstream and soon got back into the action.
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Throughout the day, there were not large numbers of Gordons hatching. However, of all the ones I did see bouncing on the water, none got away free. I did see large numbers of brown stoneflies in a size 16, but had no reason to switch away from the Quill Gordon.

It was an absolutely beautiful day to be in the mountains and on the water. I would hate to speculate as to the quantity of fish landed today. However, a day like today causes one to completely lose track of numbers and just enjoy God's creation. I feel extremely blessed to have been able to enjoy such inspiring scenery and spectacular fishing.
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Tight Lines and God Bless!

David Knapp
02-18-2012, 11:05 PM
Travis, beautiful pictures and sounds like an amazing day! That big rainbow is definitely a nice fish! Glad you were able to get out and enjoy the hatch...

ChemEAngler
02-18-2012, 11:15 PM
Travis, beautiful pictures and sounds like an amazing day! That big rainbow is definitely a nice fish! Glad you were able to get out and enjoy the hatch...

Thanks David. I didn't realize you had changed your screen name.....

I may still be able to make it up that way tomorrow, but not sure yet. I came home to a sick little boy, and he usually wants daddy to sit around watching cartoons with him when that is the case.

If I don't get up that way tomorrow, good luck if you get out. I still need to see that killer striper fly you tie....

Byron Begley
02-18-2012, 11:24 PM
Hey Travis,

Thank you for posting this. You told me about your day in person but I'm glad to see you following Buzz's example and telling us here about your day. Good job!

David, I'm taking tomorrow off. I need it. I will miss seeing you at the shop tying.

I hope tomorrow's fishing is as good as it has been like the last two.

Byron

spotlight
02-19-2012, 01:04 AM
Travis, BEAUTIFUL rainbow....that's my park best is a 12 and man they will run you up and down the river. I am amazed that you landed all bows and the day before I only caught browns? I wonder if it was fly selection or the fact that you were farther up river. Either way great pictures.

MadisonBoats
02-19-2012, 07:38 AM
Travis,
Nice photos and report! Looks like a fabulous outing!

David Knapp
02-19-2012, 08:15 AM
David, I'm taking tomorrow off. I need it. I will miss seeing you at the shop tying.

I hope tomorrow's fishing is as good as it has been like the last two.

Byron

Byron, you deserve a day off! I don't know many people who work nearly as much as you do. Enjoy your time away...

ChemEAngler
02-19-2012, 12:46 PM
Travis, BEAUTIFUL rainbow....that's my park best is a 12 and man they will run you up and down the river. I am amazed that you landed all bows and the day before I only caught browns? I wonder if it was fly selection or the fact that you were farther up river. Either way great pictures.

I know. Daniel told me about your day, and I said mine was exactly the opposite. However, I have never had much luck with browns in the park, don't think I have ever caught more than 2 in a day.

I fished a few different places up the trail with the closest being about 2 miles up and the farthest being close to 3 mile upstream. I did see a few other fishermen walking out as I was working my way upstream, so either I was fishing "used" water or those guys went way upstream.

I used a #12 Quill Gordon all day until the last fish shredded it, and I switched to a streamer for 10 minutes probing a deep run for a piggie. No luck there. However, I chose to call it a day, and walk away very fulfilled.

flyman
02-19-2012, 05:39 PM
Nice:smile:

BlueRaiderFan
02-19-2012, 07:39 PM
Very nice Travis. I caught a bow about that size last year on the MP but I called it 15" :biggrin: Congrats.

duckypaddler
02-19-2012, 07:47 PM
Always good to take advantage when you get a free day. Looks like you definately made the best of it:smile:

buzzmcmanus
02-20-2012, 08:22 AM
Awesome report. I'm curious if we are going to have a year of bigger than typical fish. This warmer weather seems to have kept them more active than usual, will that mean they will be bigger?

buzzmcmanus
02-20-2012, 08:53 AM
Awesome report. I'm curious if we are going to have a year of bigger than typical fish. This warmer weather seems to have kept them more active than usual, will that mean they will be bigger?

buzzmcmanus
02-20-2012, 08:58 AM
That was worth saying twice

ChemEAngler
02-20-2012, 09:44 PM
That was worth saying twice

Thanks Buzz. I didn't get your email until this morning, it got caught by the spam filter at work. I wish I had gotten it Friday afternoon so that you could have enjoyed the wonderful fishing with me. We will have to schedule a trip in the near future...

flyguys
02-21-2012, 09:23 PM
Awesome post! Can't wait to get out there and get to fishing. I could only hope to have such a good day. Love loving through these posts.flyguys