View Full Version : smokies trip 4/24/13-4/27/13

05-05-2013, 08:23 PM
Went to the smokies on wednesday 4/24/13 with a friend to do some camping and some fishing. We arrived at elkmont camp ground around noon and set up camp. We then proceeded to hike up the little river trail to fish. We went up the trail a good little piece before stepping in and trying our luck. By this time it was roughly around 1:30 pm. We were not seeing many fish (none is more like it) but I believe that became our advantage. A small afternoon shower passed over and the dry fly bite turned on. A size 16 para blue wing olive was the ticket. I brought nine fish to hand and missed somewhere around 30 short strikes and refusals. The ones i landed were between 9 to 12 inch fish. We came off the water around 6:00 pm and started the hike back out.

4/25/13 we slept in till around 9:00 and then fixed some breakfast and headed toward greenbriar. After a short stop to pick up some more floatant we were finally on the way. We got to the water around 11:00 and started fishing right above the ramsey cascades trail head. This day was totally great I fished a size 14 adams all day and brought to hand 26 fish. My friend brought 19 to hand. Most fish were small in size but still a blast to see take the fly. Some pools would yield three to four fish. Numerous short strikes happened and we came off the water around 4:00 pm. I was totally happy with this accomplishment as this was the first trout fishing stream I ever fished some 16 years ago. On that trip with a guide I only caught about nine and they were by total luck. So going back and fishing with no guide and doing this well was full circle for me and my smoky mountain trout fishing.

4/26/13 We got out a little earlier and decided to go down to WPLP. We got there around 9:00 am and started getting ready. My buddy started up the trail and I was hiking with him. About a hundred yards up I realized that I didn't get my bottle of water. I ask my friend to hold my rod and I would be right back. I hiked back down to the truck when I saw 2 huge doe deers running across the road and up the trail. I said to myself this is going to be funny so I just watched. My friend dressed in sage colored clothing was in the middle of the trail and didn't know they were coming. When he turned around the deer stopped no kidding but about 9 feet from hitting him. Any way back to the fishing right. We went up the trail about 75 yards and started fishing. After about 3 hours I met up with my friend and I had not caught a single fish. He on the other had had caught around 14. All very small fish. Shortly after that I brought 2 to hand and they were very small. Size 14 adams was the fly we used on that day. We decided to come off this piece of water and move back to little river trail at elkmont. We made it back to the camp ground and I decided to hold there while he went on up the trail to fish. I set around the campground and talked with other fisherman that had a successful day and they were using a dry dropper combo. They had 2 browns and 3 bows all caught with in an hours time. Now I do not fish nymphs but nymphs performed well for this guy. My buddy came back down the trail and he had caught around 7 more. Still on dries. That is all we fished on this trip.

We got up the next morning and packed up everything and headed back home to the wives and families. Now a week later I am already day dreaming about the next trip back.

Sorry for no photos but we were never in a situation where we wanted to stop casting long enough to take a photo. lol

Hope you find this very informative.

05-05-2013, 10:05 PM
Funny you mention the dropper rig - I was in cimarron canyon nm yesterday and I started using the dropper rig and caught 8 browns - only one of which took the dry.

I never had fished a bead head until yesterday but Ive grown tired of "fishing" and decided I'd like to "catch fish". Figured out its a lot more fun.:eek:

05-05-2013, 10:14 PM
Funny you mention the dropper rig - I was in cimarron canyon nm yesterday and I started using the dropper rig and caught 8 browns - only one of which took the dry.

I never had fished a bead head until yesterday but Ive grown tired of "fishing" and decided I'd like to "catch fish". Figured out its a lot more fun.:eek:

yeah there is no doubt that nymphs probably catch more and larger fish, however, I can not pass up the simple dry fly. I got to make myself fish more nymphs this year. I am planning a trip to the mountains where I plan on not even carrying one dry fly. This is the only way I will ever learn to fish this way.

05-05-2013, 10:36 PM
I wasn't that thrilled with trying the dropper but it works if you want to catch (a lot) more fish!

The downside is you naturally have more tangles and snags. Shorter casts and a 7.5 foot leader are a must.

I've never used the dropper rig in the smokies but will from now on when there is clearly no top water action. It's a game changer.

P.S. A buddy of mine who s an avid fly fisher told me that 90 percent of trout eating occurs below the surface, which means when you fish with a dry only, you're only going to get a hit from that one-off fish now and then. But...with a dropper, if there is a fish in the path he's likely going to hit one or the other!

05-06-2013, 10:53 AM
Thanks for the report. Glad you had a good trip, and hope you can get back soon. Except for the WPLP I love all the streams you fished.:smile:

Dry fly fishing is great, but I really don't ever cut the dropper off till late summer after the fish tell me to. Just too many missed oppourtunities to catch fish. I do love how much easier it is to control your drift with a dry only, and tangles are greatly minimized

It can't be more than 15-20 seconds to shoot a fish or scenery shot here or there:rolleyes: And just think when your old and feeble minded you'll have a few pics to remind you of your glorious days flyfishing the Smokies:smile:

Again thanks for posting

05-06-2013, 12:35 PM
Duckpaddler I totally agree about wplp. I do not like that area. I do wish I had more pics but I have so many already down loaded to my pc that I hardly ever even carry a camera. I will live to regret that I know. My wife and I are going back in 18 days and she will use up nearly a 2 gig memory card. Lol she ain't that bad but she will take alot. The dry dropper is a tech I need to use more but I am interested in learning heavy no indicator nymph fishing for large browns. Thanks for the reply

Rob Johnson
05-12-2013, 01:00 AM
I agree. No reason for anyone to fish WPLP!

05-17-2013, 03:09 PM
Great report thanks for sharing.