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duckypaddler
05-06-2012, 10:18 PM
I just didn't get my fill on Wednesday and had to go back for some more.

After having to cancel my backcountry plans this weekend due to my wife's grandmother being sick, I scored a hall pass for Sunday. My buddy Trey joined me today, and we headed into the unspoiled wilderness for an adventure.

I was a little surprised to see this today. I guess everything will continue to be early this year

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/IMGP4280.jpg


We hiked to the "end of the trail" and crossed the creek and headed into a slice of heaven.

I don't know why you guys want the first fish pic, but here you go. I snagged him before Trey even got his soles changed and rigged up.

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/IMGP4282.jpg

I was working alot of sweet water and was coming up empty handed in 3 out of 4 pools. Was it the full moon? Was it the water being a bit high? I don't know but it was definately slower than 3 days before.

The fish that were brought to hand were some nice ones though

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This next one I called - tomorrow night's dinner

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Here's some stomach contents - How many bugs do you see? And this next one further proves how Byron must be crazy to tell people to use a green weenie:rolleyes:

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/IMGP4292.jpg

This next hole I call "Minature Midnight hole"

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/IMGP4295.jpg

Contined in next post

duckypaddler
05-06-2012, 10:38 PM
This next Brookie did the craziest thing. He said, "Thanks 2 weight for reminding ducky to wet his hands":biggrin: I was shocked!

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A look down stream of some of the finest Brookie water you'll find.

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Here's my buddy Trey working a pool

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Brookie of the Day #1 - Another 9er

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While this day wasn't producing quanity, it sure was producing some quality:biggrin:

I'm bring home a baby bumble bee - it was in my trouts belly

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This one was just so pretty, I had to show you a picture

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q548/duckypaddler/IMGP4312.jpg

And then I scored Brookie of the Day #2 - 3 over 9 in a week - that's pretty sweet:smile:

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My day ended as I searched for the elusive manway to avoid walking the stream back down. After finally finding it, I once again got lost in the same 2 spots I ALWAYS seem to get lost in. This time it was Trey instead of Crockett with the second set of eyes to get us back on track. Trey seemed to be unsure we were even following a trail at many points, and unless you were in the rhodo tunnel you had to rely on looking for spots over logs people had stepped on for years or use broken branches to navigate and search for clues as to the path it took. It always adds to the adventure at the end of the day, and once again we made it out just fine. Back at the parking lot I talked to an Ohio couple who had been fishing. The wife had caught her first Brookie up ther today. I wonder if she'll be as "hooked" as I am:smile:

And Mac, your right Knoxville isn't so bad:biggrin:

tlshealy
05-07-2012, 05:32 AM
Ducky,
Thanks for sharing your trip, great fish and pics, my favorite place in the park.
Tad

MadisonBoats
05-07-2012, 07:41 AM
duckypaddler,
Fabulous pictures and fishing report! Richard and I were talking about his backyard hole this past weekend. Looks like he should be hitting it up.:smile:

ifish4wildtrout
05-07-2012, 09:01 AM
Another awesome report. Was that a crawdad leg in the first guts picture?

duckypaddler
05-07-2012, 09:29 AM
Another awesome report. Was that a crawdad leg in the first guts picture?

Yep! I see them in the rainbows all the time. I don't think I have ever found them in a Brookie, although I haven't cut open all that many Brookies:smile:

Crockett
05-07-2012, 10:15 AM
Great report duckyp and I remember that manway. There is something about going so far up a wild stream like that and getting worn out that doesn't make me want to have to take the stream all the way back either. As long as there is some open area without rhodo or a manway I usually try to get back down out of the stream. Yesterday I had a nice trail to take me back out. I fished one of your old early haunts where peg leg falls used to be. Lots of nice brookies and I used the DP rig (what I call your setup) worked like a charm. 8 out of 10 on the dropper but a few on the dry here and there.

NDuncan
05-07-2012, 11:11 AM
I think fish guts pictures need to be a new staple for trip reports! I wish JayB had taken a picture of the giant moth or hummingbird or whatever that was in a rainbow from yesterday. It was almost as big as he was!

Knothead
05-07-2012, 11:20 AM
I would be surprised to find a moth in a fish. I have seen bluegill snag one and then spit it out. BTW, what is the pink fly?

NDuncan
05-07-2012, 11:26 AM
probably a variation of this:

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/store/product.php?productid=17460&cat=0&page=1

Crockett
05-07-2012, 11:49 AM
I agree on the fish guts good job ducky. Here is my entry from this weekend to tag onto your post:

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/CrockettCreek/rainbow_guts.jpg

Several green inch worms in there and one huge green caterpillar. I always fry my catch up streamside. This time it smoked up really bad and smoke was wafting all over the adjacent area. I always am thinking a bear will smell it and join me but none so far.

duckypaddler
05-07-2012, 01:53 PM
BTW, what is the pink fly?

Yes NDuncan is correct - it's the Pink Weenie!

They work great in any color like Byrons Green. The pink in great when the water is up as they are easy to see


Thanks everyone else for you kind responses:biggrin:

Crockett - I figure there might be a line on that stream with the forced rest period. Glad you got to go. I figure I might hike in from the top on a Wed and take advantage of that rest period myself. I love that stream - it's great looking directly downstream and seeing tree tops:eek:

tnflyfisher
05-07-2012, 04:06 PM
Ughh... and here I let some girls talk me into drinking tequila this weekend and look what I missed out on... :frown:

Trust me, I was there in spirit DP. Hopefully you will feel an inkling to hit that stretch again here in the near future... :biggrin:

Tight Lines,

NDuncan
05-07-2012, 04:25 PM
Ughh... and here I let some girls talk me into drinking tequila this weekend and look what I missed out on... :frown:


You let that stop you? My wife dragged me all around Sat night until almost 4 am and JayB picked me up at 7:30... I said I don't care if I am puking all the way up the trail, I'm going fishing! (I didn't, but I felt like crap until I started catching fish... )

tnflyfisher
05-07-2012, 04:45 PM
Haha... I was out to 4am as well and if I could just snap my fingers and be at the park in 20 minutes, you would have definitely seen me out on the stream Sunday. Unfortunately, that's not an option and the reality of the situation is that it involves 7 hours of round trip driving. However, don't mistake my taste for Patron as a sign of weakness or lack of 'hardcoreness'. I am up in the park a lot, even without living next door... ;)

Tight Lines,

Dancing Bear
05-07-2012, 08:48 PM
Great report and pics, as usual.

I think I know where you were. Would you do it solo?

Mike

duckypaddler
05-07-2012, 09:18 PM
I think I know where you were. Would you do it solo?

Mike

I wasn't trying to keep the stream a secret. Just trying to stay on that fine line between getting the info out (may have to add 2+2 together - or e-mail me & ask), and not trying to upset the anti-naming comittee:biggrin:

As for solo. I have not done it yet. I'm pretty cautious though. I know plenty of people who dive in much deeper solo without incident all the time. On the other hand, I broke a finger ther on Sunday, and with the temp displacement on the manway, one without a good GPS, or map & compass skills could spend alot of time in the rhodo. The rhodo is pretty thick. Freddie and I decided to cut across the rhodo because we knew it would intersect the manway. It took us an hour to go 100 yards:eek:

If you want better verbal directions on how to find the manway, I will be happy to provide them to you. I usually am against flagging, but there was one spot that if we would have not seen it, we would have missed the entrance to the rhodo tunnel out, and I'm glad to whoever put it there. It will be a little easier going than when we found it;) Just make sure to let someone know exactly where you are. I'm lucky enough to have friends that would come to look for me that night as opposed to the park service waiting till the next day. Also many of the trees have been knotched, and while faint will keep you on course. It also seems to follow some big trees, so if you lose it that may get you back on track. From top to bottom it goesCreek bottom area - Rhodo - Open - small stream - Open - another stream - Getting thicker and hard to follow - Rhodo tunnel - Stream confluence.

If you go please post a report:smile:

NDuncan
05-08-2012, 04:22 PM
I still have yet to do much exploring in that watershed...

Dancing Bear
05-08-2012, 08:13 PM
Ducky,

I'm itching to get in there . Hopefully my fishing buddy can get a kitchen pass soon. If not I'll do it solo. When I get ready to do it I'll get some more info from you.

I do always leave my plans with the motel folks or my wife if she is dropping me off. I have gotten wiser with age.

Love your reports! They're always great and make me envious. It's a three hour drive for us but we still make it as often as possible, which ain't near enough for us.

Mike