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bigsur
06-07-2013, 11:44 AM
The past couple of weeks I have been fishing heavy in the Clinch and even spent time in the Nantahala during the Fly Fishing Federation weekend in Western Carolina. I also went with friends on our annuual opening day Delayed Harvest on the Tuckaseegee trip last Saturday (Oh the humanity!:biggrin:). My body and mind was craving the Smokies, so when Byron reported the other day go to mountains I listened and obeyed. The clock clicked 5:01 last night and I blasted from work for the quick 30 minute jump to one of my go to holes. There was a huge traffic backup at the airport so I zigged and zagged thru Aloca and Maryville and got in the water about 6:30 a good half hour behind schedule. do these people not know I am a fly fisherman and have important work to do!:eek: I had watched the weather all day and knew I probably had an hour window before a possible thunderstorm and dark. I broke out my 12ft.Tenkara rod and tied on a neversink and let it drift, on the third cast a mouth appeared on both sides of the fly and I went it's on now. Many casts later with no fish in hand and the minutes counting down and the water running fairly fast in the rain, I changed to a green weeinie I tie on an 18. Many times in these type of conditions I can usually bag a couple, no luck this night! I opened one of my boxes and said last shot hand me that beadhead pheasant tail, something out of kilter caught my eye in the box as I noticed and wondered why was that soft hackle pheasant tail loose in the box? I never throw a soft hackle in the Smokies, like a superstitious ball player I have learned not to screw with karma, so I grabbed it and tied it on. The light was fading and the stream looked like a Chinese water color all mist and moisture, the second drift the furled leader pulled tight and I set the hook and landed the almost nine inch bow you see below. After weeks of hatchery landed fish it was sheer joy to handle a perfect Smokey mountain specimen, beautiful colors and perfect tail. an almost nine inch beauty.
Moral of the story: Sometimes just let the box choose the fly! Oh and leave work early.:biggrin:

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r487/bigsur06/SMOKIESJUNE6-6-20133MET_zpsae0a35e1.jpg

TylerG10
06-07-2013, 12:47 PM
Awesome, sur! You going to be around the rivers this weekend?

bigsur
06-07-2013, 02:07 PM
For sure tomorrow, Clinch River chapter TU is doing the TWRA Kids Fish Free day at the boat ramp from 9AM to 1PM and I am helping out, than seeing what the rest of day brings.

TylerG10
06-07-2013, 04:23 PM
For sure tomorrow, Clinch River chapter TU is doing the TWRA Kids Fish Free day at the boat ramp from 9AM to 1PM and I am helping out, than seeing what the rest of day brings.

Alright cool! I will probably be around that area unless I find somewhere else to go. I figured it may be a lot more crowded tomorrow due to the free fishing day.