View Full Version : Sometimes It Just doesn't Work Out as Planned

06-11-2012, 07:35 AM
Oldman and I set out Saturday morning for 3 day/2 night backcountry fishing trip in the GSMNP. He has fished this stream but it was my first time there. We carefully reviewed the weather forecast and knew Saturday was good but Sunday and Monday we may be in for trouble. With both of us wanting badly to get into the backcountry, we went for it.

After setting up camp, we set out to do some fishing. At first, we thought it would be a great day. Within 10-15 minutes, we both caught rainbows in excess of 10 inches. I also hooked a nice brown right at camp but he came unhooked.

After that, the fishing slowed to a crawl. We fished on for a while wondering if we were fishing behind someone. Finally we bailed out and hiked upstream for a bit, we soon saw another angler, we talked to him to find out we were fishing behind 3 people. We headed back to camp and took a little break.

Although the fishing was slow, the average fish was pretty decent.


The stream was absolutely beautiful.


After a short break, we fished around camp for a while and caught supper. We thought things were picking up. Oldman caught the bigger one and while he was putting it on the stringer, I casted in the same hole and pulled out his smaller buddy. The fishing slowed down after that. We kept 3, one for each of us and one for our camp neighbor. It was his first trout ever and he loved it.


We headed back to camp and hung out around the fire, talking with our camp neighbor. He was an interesting fellow, to say the least. Right at dark, 3 teenage boys came in, it was there first ever camping trip. Their plans were to stay out for 7 days and nights, I hope they will be okay. They seemed like nice kids, but I don't they had a clue what they were doing and I really don't think they had enough food for that long.


We woke Sunday morning to the sound of rain. We ate breakfast and decided to bug out. We packed up and hiked out in the rain. With the thunderstorms moving in, we felt it was best. We had no desire to sit under a tarp all day and wait of the weather.

It was still a fun trip. The hike was a beast for me as I am not in tip top shape. It's uphill both ways. Going in, you climb 1 very steep ridge and going out you climb 2 very steep ridges. I am still sore.

We left some food with the kids at camp, trying lighten our packs and help them out at the same time.

We saw no bears, but at least 5 big piles of bear scat were on the trail. Our camp neighbor sad he saw a bear near camp on Friday. We had a buck walk into camp Sunday morning, all decked out in his velvet antlers, he looked to be pretty mature and I think his rack will be pretty nice once it's grown out. He came within 30 feet of us, but my camera was in the tent so I was unable to get a picture. It's little things like that that make a backcountry trip so special.

06-11-2012, 08:35 AM
Very nice report and those pictures are great. The fish looked awesome and I bet they tasted good as well. Nice camp setup. Thanks for sharing I enjoyed it very much.:smile:

06-11-2012, 12:24 PM
I am still really Envious,

Your trip sounds like a heck of a lot better than my week at work. Thanks for taking the time to share your pictures and trip stories.

It sure helps reading these reports and seeing your pictures until its my turn to get out in the backcountry again. :redface:

Please, keep them coming.

06-11-2012, 01:09 PM
I fished 2 miles above you Saturday morning and may have seen you pitching camp as we walked out. On our way out, we saw the other anglers in the water just above your camp. I fished upstream again Sunday. The rain quit about 10:30 am and the stream stayed clear all day. The fish upstream were quite active both days, and looking up.

The area around this campsite is getting heavy fishing pressure these days. You could probably tell from the over-used appearance of the camp-site itself. On a Saturday, you are sure to have fishing company here, and this probably affected your catch rate. Judging from your numerous other good posts from remote streams, you are probably accustomed to less pressured water.

The boys were hanging out Sunday afternoon with your camp neighbor. He appeared to be a big fellow. They looked fine. Thanks for posting your trip.

06-11-2012, 03:01 PM
We saw 2 guys coming back from upstream as we were pitching our tents. Were you with them or where you with the other three I saw. One of the three was a older gent I would guess in his 70's with a bandage on his left side of his face and wearing waders. If you were not any of those folks that would make at least 8 folks fishing up there in a three mile section.

06-11-2012, 05:00 PM
We were the pair. I could tell you two were serious fishermen from your dress and gear. The ten inch rainbows you caught were excellent for that stretch of water.

Last weekend, I found a lost airedale terrier in the campsite. It had a phone number with no area code on it, and the name "Lucky." After numerous phone calls, I located the owner, who is a horse enthusiast from Kentucky. He'd lost the dog while riding in the park (the dog of course was there illegally with his owner.) Lucky came to live with me for a few days and is now back at his Kentucky home.

06-11-2012, 05:30 PM
Next time we will camp upstream at the next site.

06-11-2012, 06:03 PM
I will not stay at that site again. My first time and there is a Bigfoot in camp that resembles Charles Manson, even his first name was Charles and he toted a hatchet. Then the daycare shows up at dark and disappears into the woods to smoke thier dope upwind of us.
When I hit that stream again it will be the campsite upstream from that one for sure.

06-11-2012, 08:10 PM
I agree with your strategy. It was probably also a good idea to feed the big neighbor. It might have spared you a midnight hatchet chop. I passed him on the bridge and he scared me! Better luck next outing to the two of you.

06-11-2012, 09:11 PM
I kept looking for a news clip about 3 teenage young men killed in the park. Anywho, I mentioned to Mike aka ifsh4wildtrout, with a wink of my eye, If he was still packing. Thankfully he caught on a said sure.

06-12-2012, 05:13 PM
Nice Report. Too bad about the campsite and the strange individuals there. Glad you got into some nice rainbows.