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ifish4wildtrout
04-29-2012, 02:36 PM
Oldman and I just returned from a 2 night backpacking trip in the GSMNP. After some heavy recent rains the streams were very full and flowing very fast. However, we managed to catch pretty good numbers of fish and had a very good time. We both fished a dry/dropper, catching plenty of fish on both the dry and the nymph.

Wading was tough, to say the least. We spent a lot of time belly crawling and bushwacking through the laurel and rhodo thickets as high fast water made moving upstream impossible in many areas.

We saw plenty of bear scat, but the only wild animals we encountered were turkeys.


Oldman fighting the high and fast water.

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The reward, speckled jewels.

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Oldman fishing one of the few calm runs we found.

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Despite the high water, it was a beautiful day to be in the outdoors.

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Yellow sally.

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ifish4wildtrout
04-29-2012, 02:39 PM
Combat fishing at it's finest.

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After fighting and clawing for about 4 hours, we decided to head back to camp for the evening, eat dinner, and sit around the campfire telling fishing lies.

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The next morning we hiked a bit to fish a different stream. The water was still high and fast, but it was much lower than yesterday.

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ifish4wildtrout
04-29-2012, 02:43 PM
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Some how this poplar managed to not get logged back in the day. It was huge compared to other trees in the area.

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Belly crawling through the rhodo and laurel thickets.

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After about 6 hours of fishing, we were tired. All the bushwacking. belly crawling, and fighting the strong water had worn us out. Considering the conditions, we had a pretty decent day.

A delicious backcountry dinner of campfire roasted trout and freeze dried meals awaits.

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The hike out.

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It was a good trip, we had much fun. I do wish the water had been a tad lower, but we can't control Mother Nature.

buzzmcmanus
04-30-2012, 07:32 AM
Nice report. The fishing regulations picture has to be my favorite.

GrouseMan77
04-30-2012, 09:43 AM
Oldman needs a "wide load" sign...he is taking up a lot of trail with that pack. :p

Mac
04-30-2012, 03:46 PM
Really nice report and photos. Looks like your report included some high country as well as some larger water. Looks like you two made the most out of the fishing conditions. ;)

As far as the comments on Oldmans back pack, we meet Oldman a couple weeks ago on the trail, and i think his pack was the size of both my brothers and mine put together. I wish i had that kind of strength, i was worn out just looking at it. :biggrin:

Oldman
04-30-2012, 04:56 PM
My pack wieghed around 40lbs.coming out. We only went 2 miles. My pack was more "fluffy" than most folks.

duckypaddler
04-30-2012, 04:58 PM
You better be careful when handling those Brookies. Looks like one was about to bite off your finger:eek:

That was definately some real high water. I think I remember you saying in another post about getting high water skunked a month back or so. I hope your not bad luck that way. If so, remind me to bring my kayak also if I ever fish with you:biggrin:

I'm headed to the backcountry this weekend, and you trout cooking pics have my curious of how you spiced them. You method looks so incredibly tempting as simplicity. I don't like trout, but would like to cook a few up for my buddy.:smile:

Oldman
04-30-2012, 05:05 PM
No spice mon. Cooked until the juices nearly stop flowing , eyes white and skin brown. Dont rush it. Just like roasting marshmallows only longer. The only spice I would add would be some bourbon and coke.

ifish4wildtrout
04-30-2012, 05:22 PM
Yep, just a little smoke flavoring. The brook tasted much better than the bow. Just peel the skin off and the meat falls right off the bone.

High water made my trip to Deep Creek last month pretty unproductive, but I was not skunked, I just did not catch very many on that trip.

BlueRaiderFan
05-02-2012, 04:49 PM
Don't know how I missed this...very cool. Thanks for sharing.

tnflyfisher
05-03-2012, 04:03 PM
Same here... nice trip and report!

It could be worse, at least you weren't trying to fish Abrams with all that high water. Those individuals must surely have a screw loose somewhere... :biggrin:

Tight Lines,

tnflyfisher
05-03-2012, 05:50 PM
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Yep, just a little smoke flavoring. The brook tasted much better than the bow.

Never would have thought of that?? Now, is that a Marlboro or Camel that you use... do you have a preference?

Sorry M, just couldn't resist... :biggrin:

Tight Lines,

Flat Fly n
05-03-2012, 05:53 PM
Well done sir!

ifish4wildtrout
05-03-2012, 05:55 PM
Never would have thought of that?? Now, is that a Marlboro or Camel that you use... do you have a preference?

Sorry M, just couldn't resist... :biggrin:

Tight Lines,

Any will work, as long as they are non menthol :biggrin: , notice it's under the trout, center of the pic. :biggrin: